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Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-24-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By MountainReader
Tennis Elbow Treatment Suggestions

Three weeks ago, my elbow started hurting. Now, I have a nice case of tennis elbow on my non-dominate arm. I've been on prescription NSAIDS for another issue. I've also been icing the area. I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-24-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Washing boot liner in washer??

I have no idea. If you try the washer, maybe put it in a case and wash on gentle cycle.

My liner had huge holes worn in it in a couple spots after just a month so I couldn't imagine wearing it...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-21-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 568
Posted By MountainReader
Re: So I'm pretty sure I want a fundoplication...

I'm glad everything went well for you.

In my opinion, it is very early to be eating food. I was on liquids only for the first 2 weeks. Not even allowed strawberries in a smoothie because of the...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-17-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 229
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Hiatial hernia and gerd

If they are repairing your hernia with a Nissen Fundoplication (wrapping your stomach around the esophagus), you should have a Manometry first. You need to have good esophageal motility otherwise...
Board: Asthma 05-15-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Patterns everywhere ... even when we aren't looking for them

Thanks Capttom! It is good to hear from you.

You are right about my worry about summer wildfires. I figure I'll have to stay on my upped regimen for a while since the flare set in. I'm keeping...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-13-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By MountainReader
Re: wrist arthroscopy recovery?

I had one a couple years ago on my dominant hand/wrist. They were looking for a UT split tear, but just found tons of inflammation and debris. The surgeon made 4 small incisions on the top of my...
Board: Asthma 05-12-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By MountainReader
Patterns everywhere ... even when we aren't looking for them

I made it through winter without asthma problems. Amazing accomplishment for me. Winter is my worst time.

Ironically, about 10 days ago, I was exposed to someone painting a room down the hall...
Board: Asthma 05-11-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By MountainReader
Re: You Guys Saved My Life

I'm glad to hear you are doing so well. Asthma can be confusing.

Thank you so much for your posting. It is much appreciated. It is nice to know we can learn from each other. :)
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-09-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By MountainReader
Re: My son had a Nissen Fundopluication and his health has gone downhill for the past

Try researching Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. It is a connective tissue disorder that causes issues with the collagen. Basically, the entire body is made of connective tissues. While EDS presents as a...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-09-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By MountainReader
Re: My son had a Nissen Fundopluication and his health has gone downhill for the past

Welcome to Health Boards.

Sorry to hear your son has been going through so much. I had a NF 7 years ago. It can help with the acid refluxing. I still have to deal with other digestive issues...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-07-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By MountainReader
Re: anger and Gerd

I'm curious, do you have asthma? Grouchiness, being short tempered, restlessness, and heartburn can all be early warning signs of an asthma flare. (There is a sticky at the top of the asthma board...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 05-06-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By MountainReader
Re: running out of help

Has your IBS been acting up? My GI doc and I have found that when mine does my acid reflux gets worse, even when I'm on treatment that is working. I find that mornings are my worst and frequently...
Board: Allergies 05-05-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Am I Alone?

Have you researched Mast Cell Activation Disorder? Your combination of Zantac and Zyrtec are common in helping with the MCAD symptoms. Zyrtec is an H1 receptor inverse agonist and Zantac is a...
Board: General Health 05-04-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Just Not Feeling 100%

Are you on Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's) for reflux? It may be worth checking for anemia.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-30-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 353
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Right ankle now gone after years of problems with the left fixed!

Just some other things to think about.

Ask the anesthesiologist about getting an anti nausea patch. It lasts about three days and does help.

Try researching Benign Joint Hypermobility or...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-30-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nissen fundoplicature 2 months ago, still sore

What a difference a few weeks make. I'm glad to hear you are doing better. Thanks for sharing your good progress.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-30-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

Hi all,

I'm about 7 weeks out now. I have a scar a couple inches long curving with the bone on my outer ankle. I continue to get the 'zings' from a nerve at the top of the scar. That one made...
Board: Anemia 04-28-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Iron deficiency 41 year old male?

I developed iron deficiency anemia last August. Working with my GI doc, it was determined I had developed absorption issues. (A bit more complicated than that.) I ended up having a couple iron...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-27-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 203
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Tendon release surgery for de Quervain's

I've had 6 joint surgeries in the last 6 years. I found the ganglion cyst removal/de Quervain's release on my left wrist to be the easiest of all of the surgeries. I happened to have surgery right...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-21-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Not been here a while update

Glad to hear you are doing so well. I've had the same surgery on both of my shoulders. My right was pretty bad with major pain and loss of most ROM. I was close to 100% after the shoulder healed...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-20-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Sprain? Torn Ligament? Fracture?!

It is hard to tell at times. I 'tweaked' my ankle a bit in November. I didn't notice the pain for a couple days. Like you, I only felt pain when I made certain movements. I did the ice and...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-18-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

Thanks Jen. I'll try the gel pads. I've been wearing an ace bandage under my boot and brace to provide some cushion. I think it helps some, but obviously not enough. I do a bit better in the...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-18-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nissen fundoplicature 2 months ago, still sore

If you are having allergy issues, it may be worth seeing about upping your treatment. I used Flonase and Astelin with my Allegra for years. Nasal sprays are a good complementary therapy.

Are you...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-17-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

I'm not 5 weeks post ankle ligament surgery. I still have nerve issues on the top of my foot/toes where the fluids pooled. Swelling has gone down, but it is still there. I've also found I have...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-17-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nissen fundoplicature 2 months ago, still sore

You didn't provide much information about yourself. There are a lot of factors involved.

What testing did you have before your Nissen Fundoplication? Manometry? 24 hr pH testing? A Bravo test?...
Board: Anemia 04-08-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Iron via IV

My bloodwork has come back 'normal' for the last 3 months since my 2 infusions. They just checked the hemoglobin and hematocrit last week and not the Ferritin though. Honestly, as bad as it was...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-08-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By MountainReader
Re: eosinophilic esophagitis

How severe are your symptoms? More severe symptoms not controlled with the current medications should warrant that second opinion.

What dose of Omeprazole are you on? Have you tried other PPI's....
Board: Women's Health 04-07-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By MountainReader
Re: mammogram

I'm of the philosophy that if there is something wrong I'd rather find it sooner than later so it can be treated earlier.

That said, I've learned there are a variety of reasons they may need you...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-06-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By MountainReader
Re: eosinophilic esophagitis

What other testing have you had?

You mention having trouble getting stuff down. Have you had an Esophagram and Barium Swallow or a Manometry yet?

With my modified Esophagram and barium...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-04-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 308
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Pain in neck

My last shoulder surgery I requested for the doctor to do a referral for the PT to work on my neck as well. To me, it would seem to be a common occurrence. The shoulder and neck muscles are...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-28-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

Armstead and Nicki,

Thanks for your replies. :)

I saw my surgeon and had my first session of PT yesterday.

I mentioned the nerve pain to both of them. The nerve pain has been much worse...
Board: Asthma 03-26-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Question about managing asthma flares

Glad you are starting to feel better.

Wear a mask when you do the cleaning so you don't trigger any more problems.

Also, be careful of strong chemicals. I know for me, cleaning chemicals can...
Board: Asthma 03-24-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Question about managing asthma flares

Over the years, I've been on Advair, Symbicort, and Dulera. It could be you need to try something different to see if it would help.

For years, I found Advair to be my go-to medicine. I had...
Board: Asthma 03-23-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Question about managing asthma flares

In addition to my Dulera and Albuterol, my asthma action plan has adding Singulair to help with the flares. I never found it effective by itself, but as an added treatment, it has been helpful.

I...
Board: Allergies 03-22-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By MountainReader
Re: "Nose" problems for 3 years - Doctors aren't helping

Have You had pH testing? There is one type my ENT administered to me that is specifically for LPR. It is an upper probe my ResTech. It measures gaseous reflux tardiness past the UES, not just the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 03-22-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nerve damage or scarring issues after hand surgery

I've had 3 hand/wrist surgeries. I highly recommend seeking out a certified hand therapist for your PT. Whether it is now or after surgery. It made a significant difference in my healing.

Good...
Board: Asthma 03-21-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 503
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Question about managing asthma flares

Usually, doctors don't recommend using a rescue inhaler more than 4 times a day. When I'm flaring, I usually space out the doses about every 4 hours. When I wake, before sleep, and twice during the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-21-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

Thank you. I have an appointment Monday afternoon.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-21-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

2+ weeks since surgery. The hematoma and nerve pain on the top of my foot and toes Oscar bothering me much worse than the ankle ligament repair. It is painful all of the time, but much worse...
Board: Asthma 03-17-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Trying to recover from constant asthma attacks

I'm not sure it helps with how physically, mentally, and emotionally worn down you must be. I've had more than my fair share of winters feeling like you. I have a team of 4 doctors who all treat my...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 03-17-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Question about an MRI result.

Hi,

I can't answer your specific MRI questions, but want you to know you aren't alone.

I have Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome with 'probable' EDs. I found out about the hypermobility...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-17-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By MountainReader
Post-op nerve pain top of foot

11 days ago, I had an arthroscopic & arthrotomy ankle surgery. A lot of inflammation, debris and bone chips removed. Also had 'trashed' ligaments that needed to be repaired. I've been in an...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 03-15-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By MountainReader
Re: De quervain's and CMC instability

Ironically, my issues are kind of backwards of yours. I had a Ganglion cyst develop on my wrist that was pushing on my nerves in that area. The hand surgeon said it was a leak of synovial fluid...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-10-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Fundoplication Surgery

I was on a liquid only diet for 2 weeks, then a very soft diet for a couple weeks before adding in solids. Even then, I avoided things like solid meat and bread because they don't break down well...
Board: Anemia 03-06-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Iron recommendations for sensitive stomach

I got wicked constipation from the iron supplements last fall. Tried several types. Ended up talking to GI doc and opting for a couple iron transfusions. I haven't needed any supplementation since...
Board: Asthma 03-05-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Asthma and surgery

Thanks Capttom. We haven't chatted for a while.

I took my Albuterol with me, but they determined my asthma and breathing were doing well enough they didn't have me use the Albuterol. I just...
Board: Asthma 03-04-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By MountainReader
Asthma and surgery

Just making an observation. Sometimes it is really confusing to me about how medical personnel view asthma.

My asthma has been under control for a while now. I had surgery 5 weeks ago (female...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 03-03-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Bad IBS-d flare-up?

I had IBS D for years. Lately started alternating though. Anyway, my Gastroenterologist told me that If I go more than a few days outside of my 'normal' that I'm supposed to call him. He means it...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-03-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Surgery tomorrow!!

I can't speak about the ankle, but I had 7 screws and a plate removed from my wrist and I just had the wrap on for 4 days. I just couldn't over-do for a bit after that.

Good luck.
Board: Anemia 02-25-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Iron infusions? How often?

My absorption issues are unique to me so I'm not sure my info will help you.

I have SEVERE acid reflux issues and have been on PPI's for many years. They are impacting my absorption. Also, I had...
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