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Board: Lupus 04-25-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By ladybud
Re: Now Shrinking Lungs???

Helen, I am sure our paths crossed in co I am sorry you have been thru so much pain and now surgical complications. I have seen people who have been on 5mg prednisone get cushingoid, especially after...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 04-25-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By ladybud
Re: advice please

A sed rate of 41 is significantly higher than it should be and indicates inflammation. This level will go up during flares, so since you were feeling not that bad, it is probably even higher during...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 04-25-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By ladybud
Re: advice please

A see rate of 41 is significantly higher than it should be and indicates inflammation. This level will go up during flares, so since you were feeling not that bad, it is probably even higher during...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 04-23-2015, 11:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By ladybud
Re: I have a liver cyst and i am so scared it is cancer

Simple explanation possible-many Drs who do a lot of procedures have their office in the hospital. So it is the same as going to any Dr. office, just the location is a hospital instead of office...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 04-23-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By ladybud
Re: What could be causing my head and eyebrow hair loss?

I would think the iron deficiency is the most likely cause. Next, be sure you are not hyperthyroid from your thyroid replacement, as that causes hair loss too. I would not stop any medication. You...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-23-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By ladybud
Re: Been having involuntary bowel moments in sleep for months now!!

Minime, this is definitely a problem, and hard to believe your Dr. is just dismissing it. I think if you were having seizures in sleep, you would urinate as well. I wonder if you have a milk or...
Board: Fibromyalgia 04-23-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By ladybud
Re: Differential Diagnosis

I think with elevated liver enzymes, sed rate and copper levels, there is more to this than fibro. These are suggestive of an autoimmune disorder, and I would see a rheumatologist and ask for more...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 04-23-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By ladybud
Re: I have a liver cyst and i am so scared it is cancer

On ultrasound, a simple cyst looks entirely different from cancer which would be described as a solid mass. Just the fact that the radiologist called it a cyst means it is just that, and cysts are...
Board: Cancer: Colon 04-23-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 183
Posted By ladybud
Re: Hey all- some questions.

When I read the beginning of your post, I was thinking diverticulitis all the way through. The only way to diagnose it is with a CT scan. You only have to worry about CT radiation if you have...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 04-22-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By ladybud
Re: Could my symptoms be indicative of an autoimmune disorder?

With numbness anywhere I would want to check for B12 and folate deficiency. Leg aches can certainly occur with Vit D deficiency, but fingers and wrists are usually more joint related, as with...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 04-21-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By ladybud
Re: Dealing with Fatigue

First off, be sure you haven't developed anemia or low thyroid levels (Blood tests). If those are all ok, try to reduce any inflammation. Inflammation releases cytokines that cause fatigue, so if...
Board: Anemia 04-20-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By ladybud
Re: GI bleed work up

Esophageal ulcers and Crohn's and celiac can ALL cause iron deficiency anemia, so the GI seems on the right track for checking out the possibilities. Whatever turns out to be positive can all be...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-20-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By ladybud
Re: Has anyone ever heard about FDA Approved low-dose naltrexone for Hashimoto's?

I agree that thyroid treatment is what you need and not LDN. Some people get on a bandwagon and feel that what helps one thing will help everything, like a panacea (that doesn't exist). So best to...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 04-20-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By ladybud
Re: Abdominal distention and breathing discomfort

No that is not too much to ask for. So if you feel this sick, and feel no one is listening to you, and feel you have no more time or energy to deal with another outpatient physician appointment, I...
Board: Lupus 04-20-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By ladybud
Re: Now Shrinking Lungs???

Hummerbird, I am in CO too, so always good to know a fellow Coloradoan not too far from Littleton. Please do let me know how your pulmonary appointment goes. Because I have SLE and pulmonary issues...
Board: Lymphomas 04-20-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By ladybud
Re: Anyone had this same experience?

Unfortunately, the node cannot be identified as to benign vs malignant by looking at it.
The wait for pathology results is a long anxious one, but if the node comes back as lymphoma, it is...
Board: General Health 04-20-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By ladybud
Re: I am always hot and need help

If you are of normal weight, I would ask for a 24 hr urine test for catecholamines. This is a way of measuring your adrenalin output, as excess adrenalin makes you sweat, feel exhausted and raises...
Board: Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis 04-20-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By ladybud
Re: Blood and mucus in stool for past 8-12 weeks.

I would also avoid roughage, like salads, raw veges, nuts and high fiber foods. I would stick to soft, bland uniformly textured foods, like soy yogurt, noodles (rice would be good), applesauce,...
Board: Urology 04-19-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By ladybud
Re: Honeymoon cystitis

I think so, and that would be fine, but in addition, be sure to urinate before and especially soon after sex to flush any bacteria out of the bladder. This will help a lot. Drinking cranberry juice...
Board: General Health 04-19-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 287
Posted By ladybud
Re: Interesting Lab Results ... Need guidance.

With these results, and with fever and chronic abdominal/flank pain, I would see a hematologist. These are not the kind of results that a kidney infection would produce. With reactive lymphocytes and...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 04-19-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By ladybud
Re: Abdominal distention and breathing discomfort

You can try printing up this thread and ask your Dr. to read it (or excerpts from it). You could also go to a new Dr. and get a fresh start with someone who hasn't labeled you as anxious, and doesn't...
Board: Lupus 04-18-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By ladybud
Re: Now Shrinking Lungs???

Hummerbird, I have had SLE for 33 years or so, am 65, and have heard of "shrinking lung syndrome" in SLE, but do not have it (to my knowledge) and although I know a fair number of people with SLE, do...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 04-18-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 937
Posted By ladybud
Re: Abdominal distention and breathing discomfort

Is your COPD related or associated with asthma at all? It may be that the breathing trouble has more than one cause and you need treatment for the COPD separate from figuring out what the abdominal...
Board: General Health 04-18-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By ladybud
Re: Bizarre

Welcome and I am sorry you have such health issues with disagreement from your Drs. I can only give you my opinion as someone who has autoimmune diseases. Your list of symptoms could fit well with an...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 04-17-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is wrong with me?

Personally I would see a different Dr., a gastroenterologist if you can. Viral infections don't last 3 months. Otherwise, be prepared to go to emergency room where you will get the attention you need...
Board: Lupus 04-17-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By ladybud
Re: Test results

So blood clots in the leg cause pain and swelling in one leg/foot. Clots in the lungs cause shortness of breath, chest pain (sharp on inspiration), fast heart rate (sometimes), dizziness (sometimes)....
Board: Lupus 04-17-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By ladybud
Re: Test results

Yes, it is somewhat like having too thick blood, only in that your blood may clot too easily inside a blood vessel. There may have been clues during the pregnancy or birth or with the placenta that...
Board: Lupus 04-17-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By ladybud
Re: Test results

Lupus anticoagulant is one of the anti-phospholipid antibodies, and when elevated means there is a tendency for your blood to clot too easily, which can lead to blood clots in legs, lungs, etc. This...
Board: Endometriosis 04-17-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By ladybud
Re: Someone please help

Yes, endometriosis can cause cysts, sometimes called "chocolate cysts" because they can be brown in appearance from blood in them. However, many ovarian cysts develop from either follicles (before...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 04-17-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By ladybud
Re: Odd heaviness in my throat for past 3 years

I would wonder if your thyroid is enlarged, although the ENT should have felt that if so. I would ask for anti-thyroid antibodies to be checked on blood and an ultrasound of your neck, since that is...
Board: Endometriosis 04-17-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By ladybud
Re: Someone please help

Elainab, I am so sorry you have such problems and no one has suggested endo as a possibility. I assume you have been working with a GYN, not GP. I would flat out asked to be checked for...
Board: Osteoporosis 04-17-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By ladybud
Re: Metatarsal Stress Fracutures

That extra info makes sense and I am glad you had these workups already. MCTD can be related to osteopenia, as many with autoimmune disorders have low Vit D levels and develop osteopenia. So you...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 04-17-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is wrong with me?

Glad you are seeing the Dr. today. Yes June 12 is way too far off and the Dr. may even want you in hospital for faster work-up. In the meantime, I would avoid all roughage in the diet (salad, rough,...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 04-16-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is wrong with me?

Your symptoms are very suggestive of possible inflammation in the bowel, so a colonoscopy is exactly what you need, IMO. This has been going on for some time, and with the burning in stomach and...
Board: Osteoporosis 04-16-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By ladybud
Re: Metatarsal Stress Fracutures

It can take a long time for post fracture pain to go away, some of it depends on how the bones are positioned when they heal, and arthritis can set in after fractures. The pain would be on weight...
Board: Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis 04-16-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By ladybud
Re: Blood and mucus in stool for past 8-12 weeks.

It sounds like a colon inflammation that could be an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohns/ulcerative colitis. Your PCP may do an anoscope exam, but you need a colonoscopy to see up further into...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-15-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By ladybud
Re: Could My Symptoms be Just Allergies?

I too think it could be just allergies, which can be miserable and make one feel sick,so would suggest seeing an allergist, taking ALL precautions about eliminating allergens and treating with...
Board: It's Life - Off Topic Discussions 04-15-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By ladybud
Re: MD, PA or RN?

I'll weigh in on your dilemma. There is a world of difference in the jobs of MD and RN. That said, PA and NP are in between. IF you have the smarts, the time, the stamina for hard work and hard...
Board: Fibromyalgia 04-15-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
Posted By ladybud
Re: fibro and infections

Only you know what you feel, and fibro does not cause immune system weakness. Keep in mind your Mom doesn't want you to have anything wrong, so denial could be operating with her. Many people of...
Board: General Health 04-15-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By ladybud
Re: Autoimmune/Thyroid/or something esle

Welcome to the boards! I am sorry you have been dealing with so many issues and getting little help. First off, have you been tested for autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease)? It is quite...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-15-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By ladybud
Re: Heart Rate Monitor???

An echo provides good information about the size of heart chambers, blood flow through the valves, contraction force and effectiveness, etc. It is entirely different than an EKG/Holter monitor, which...
Board: Diabetes 04-15-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
Posted By ladybud
Re: Question

I think your numbers overall fall into the "pre-diabetes" range, and warrant watching. If you are overweight at all, weight loss can help tremendously in improving your blood sugars. I would discuss...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 04-15-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By ladybud
Re: High ESR and CRP

SteelMagnolia, I would see this as progress, and I'll bet the Placquenil will help. It works so slowly sometimes it is hard to tell at first. It took 2-3 weeks for me to see any difference at all,...
Board: Hernia 04-15-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By ladybud
Re: Please, Please help interpret MRI comments

I do not think she is in any danger at all. She has no pressure on the spinal cord itself, but the bony arthritic spurs and herniated discs are pressing on the nerves coming from the neck causing her...
Board: Diabetes 04-15-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
Posted By ladybud
Re: Question

A blood glucose is a single measurement in time. A calculated mean is the average value of glucose, calculated mathematically with several glucose measurements over time. A simple example- glucose of...
Board: Fibromyalgia 04-15-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
Posted By ladybud
Re: fibro and infections

Rashes, ulcers in mouth and frequent infections are really not part of fibro. Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome and does not include these symptoms. These, plus the sun intolerance, sounds more like an...
Board: General Health 04-15-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By ladybud
Re: Abdominal Pain

I would try to get ahold of your weight loss surgeon and have someone check the operative report in your chart for notes on possible appendectomy. If this pain is increasing, IMO, you need to be seen...
Board: Hernia 04-15-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By ladybud
Re: Please, Please help interpret MRI comments

In essence, this report indicates your Mom has arthritis in her neck, with several deteriorated discs and herniated discs as well as bony spurs pressing on the nerve roots, which cause both neck and...
Board: Brain & Nervous System Disorders 04-15-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By ladybud
Re: Strange happenings in sleep

This sounds to me like a "hypnogogic hallucination" accompanied by sleep paralysis. It can occur as part of narcolepsy or by itself. A sleep Dr. is the proper Dr. to consult, but often it is hard to...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-15-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By ladybud
Re: Heart Rate Monitor???

Depending on how often these episodes occur, you might get by with a 24 or 72 hr heart recording. Since you have changed insurance, the cost may be entirely different, hopefully less, like a copay....
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