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Board: Menopause 07-01-2015, 04:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By MSNik
Re: Is this what perimenopause is like?

Jillybean,
This may or may not be perimenopause. I was in a similar situation time wise in my life, however, when I started having some pretty erractic symptoms and went to see my GYN- who sent me...
Board: Acne 07-01-2015, 03:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 179
Posted By MSNik
Re: Blackheads Overload: Help!

Hi there. Be careful with the mositurizer you are using. Nivea products have oils in them, and those oils can trigger blackheads. You migth want to look into Neutrogenas acne line. They have an acne...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 07-01-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 220
Posted By MSNik
Re: New Diagnosis, lots of questions...

Ms Merry,
I want you to know that where you are right now- in a place of gathering information is very normal. My own mother did it until I went nuts on her and begged her to stop! (wink). I have my...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 07-01-2015, 02:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By MSNik
Re: Plasma exchange for MS treatment

Amberjoy,
Hi and welcome to healthboards. I have been here for about ten years now, and I have never heard of anyone doing plasma exchange- although Im familiar with it.

My own MS specialist will...
Board: Women's Health 06-30-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 133
Posted By MSNik
Re: Vaginal odor

It sounds like vaginitis, which is similar to yeast, smells bad, but the discharge is usually clear.
Youll need to get swabed at the doctors to be sure. Its treated with antibiotics- if its...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 06-30-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 315
Posted By MSNik
Re: K2 how much D3

There are tests to measure K2. Bone is used, and osteoclacin is measured.
This is not done commonly in the US, but if you talk to an orthopedic specialist, they can explain it to you.
There is...
Board: Skin Problems 06-30-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 71
Posted By MSNik
Re: Bruising easily

This could be related to an iron deficiency or overload. Get your blood levels checked for anything that might be off. Its not uncommon for things to get out of wack, post delivery!
Board: Raynaud's Syndrome 06-30-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By MSNik
Re: Symptoms

I too would say yes, go see the Rheumy. I was sent to one as well, who couldnt find anything wrong with me and referred me to a Neurologist. I started with Reynaulds. Turns out I have Multiple...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-30-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By MSNik
Re: Sneaker/sock recs for crazy tingling feet, please!

Grozer,
I too, I want to add that I started taking supplements for vascular disease. Im taking something called Vein FX and Im also taking Grapeseed Extract. Not a big fan of supplements, I have...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-29-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By MSNik
Re: Sneaker/sock recs for crazy tingling feet, please!

Grozer,
One of my symptoms is that my feet go numb too. Im also very athletic, working out 3-4 days a week. Ive had the same problem this summer, where my sneaks KILL me. I also had the same problem...
Board: HIV Prevention 06-29-2015, 02:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By MSNik
Re: Can you get hiv from licking the outside of a woman's vagina?

If someone is HIV positive and you get their body fluids into your body fluids, you can get HIV.

HIV enters the body through cuts and sores- so if you had a cut or sore in your mouth and her...
Board: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 06-28-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By MSNik
Re: 50 year old with widespread twitching and muscle spasms...

Hi there. There is a very particular test which is done to dx ALS. Its not one of those diseses, like MS, where its "hit or miss" with the testing....if you have ALS, they can tell.

Talk to your...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-28-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By MSNik
Re: Struggling with symptoms of ON

Just to put your mind at ease, every year, for the past ten, like clockwork- my symptoms get crazy as soon as the temperature goes over 85 degrees. I hate summer. You mentioned it hurts to close...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-28-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By MSNik
Re: Invisible string on leg

Yup. Me too. I often feel like something is touching my arm when nothing is there. My doctor tells me its a nerve...
MSNik
Board: Relationship Health 06-28-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By MSNik
Re: I'm Engaged and not in love with my fiancè. In love with someone else

Hi there. You wrote "because i know he loves me, and he wants this to work. But i dont love him, i cant tell him that." If this is how you really feel, you arent ready to get married.

Marriage is...
Board: Depression 06-28-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By MSNik
Re: nothingness

Hi. Have you tried getting interested in new things? Joining a club or going to sporting events/ concerts or anything else that you wouldnt do on a day to day basis?
When you feel like you...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 06-28-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 315
Posted By MSNik
Re: K2 how much D3

K2 should only be used if your labs dictate it. Therefore, it would be important that you only take K2 or D3 if your doctor prescribes it. He will then tell you how much to take.
Taking that much of...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-27-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By MSNik
Re: MS Symptoms

I just answered another post about optic neuritis, I hope you read it.

First of all, optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve. It can happen to anyone; however MSers are more likely to...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-27-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 127
Posted By MSNik
Re: question about MS eye issues

You should NEVER be embarrassed to talk to any medical professional about what they are doing- what they are looking for, or what they see. Its important that you understand your own health- and just...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-27-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By MSNik
Re: And the saga continues ...

Im glad you are feeling better! My mom also goes through rounds of steroids- which she hates! She says they make her fat...lol. You (we) all do what we have to do. As you know steroids lose their...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-26-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By MSNik
Re: And the saga continues ...

HI Firemom, unfortunately I do not. My mom actually found a support group in her town with 11 patients; but she hates going. Just a quick note- my mom is now 73 years old, owns a large business which...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-26-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By MSNik
Re: Officially diagnosed and medication

Sara, welcome to our family.

The JC virus, is called this because John Cunningham, is said to have had the first diagnosed case of PML. Almost everyone will test positive at some time or another...
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 06-24-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By MSNik
Re: Help needed - Speech Recognition software

I use and love Dragon Naturally. It's available anywhere softwear is sold. This program got me through graduate school and Im using it right now!
You can buy a student edition which is less...
Board: Skin Problems 06-24-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 129
Posted By MSNik
Re: What are these bumps on my chest? Please read

They could be anything from clogged pores to actual breakouts to a rash. You really need to see a Dermatologist, or at least your General doctor to find out. IF its a rash, theyll prescribe some...
Board: Women's Health 06-24-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By MSNik
Re: I need Help ASAP about a mass found on ovary

Iwould also agree that your GYN needs to contact your insurance company and see if she can have the 30 days waived. They will do it for an emergency. You can also go to the ER. They will not send you...
Board: Urology 06-24-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By MSNik
Re: Introduction

Bladder leakage may be due to a number of things. It can happen post child birth, it can be neurological in nature. Normally, you would be referred to a Urologist to find out what is going on.
From...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-24-2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By MSNik
Re: Looking into my symptoms and I have came here...

Minnie
One of the things that Dr Google wont tell you is that MS symptoms are also the symptoms of 400 other diseases. Your chances of having MS are one in four hundred! As Jayhawk stated, the...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-24-2015, 02:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 339
Posted By MSNik
Re: Help me understand

Cricket,
Give the MS society in your part of the country a call. They can give you names of MS specialists in the area. You can also call the insurance company and see if they have any names locally...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-24-2015, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By MSNik
Re: And the saga continues...

Firemom,
Im sorry you find yourself in this position. I was hoping you would get some conclusive news. I agree with you that you are the one who knows your body best and knows what you feel. I also...
Board: Neurology 06-22-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By MSNik
Re: is this a problem?

Unfortunately your symptoms are too random to begin telling you what it could be. Knowing that you have anxiety and hyperchondria, makes it that much more difficult.
I would suggest you go to your...
Board: Grief & Loss 06-22-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By MSNik
Re: Intrusive Thoughts

Im really sorry you are going through this. I lost my dad 2 months ago, and even though he was in and out of the hospital for the better part of a year, and I was there every step of the way- now...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 06-22-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By MSNik
Re: SPF 15 Lip Balm Protection suggestions?

I love cliniques lipsticks- High Impact. They have SPF of 15 and have enough color that they look like regular lipstick. If you insist on a balm underneath, try Niveas, I found that to stay on...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-22-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By MSNik
Re: MS symptoms

I agree with Jayhawk, there is no such thing as a cure...but Im more concerned with what your MRI said that has you thinking the radiologist thinks its MS. Radiologists DO NOT diagnos diseases...are...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-22-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By MSNik
Re: Undiagnosed ... thoughts?

You mentioned blood work for autoimmune diseases, but have you had it checked for vitamin deficiencies? A low vitamin D would cause every symptom you are describing as well.
I also have a disc...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-22-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By MSNik
Re: In a huge panick! Help!!!!

Demylination is caused by a number of things. You obviously looked up MS- and no matter what you look up, MS is one of the highest searched diseses, thus will always come up in the top 3 searches......
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-20-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By MSNik
Re: Tecfidera

Rose,
Thats awesome; however, dont get overly confident yet. Tecfidera takes 2 weeks to reach full blood levels in your system. At this point, you havent really started developing the "good" effects...
Board: Skin Problems 06-19-2015, 03:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By MSNik
Re: How to reverse unusual tan on face?

It will not restore to your original skin color, but simply break down the melanin, the tanning agent in your skin, which will lighten your skin.
You can also go see a dermatologist who has lasers...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 06-19-2015, 03:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By MSNik
Re: Spitting up blood, advice needed please

Michelle,
you wrote 'I am on holiday so the appt was postponed as they left it so late. At this point, Im not sure if you ar away from home, or where you are- but if you woke up this way while on...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-17-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By MSNik
Re: Tecfidera

Good luck Rose! I just read a very promising article on Tecfidera. Lots of people are loving it! Hope you do, too!!
MSnik
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-17-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 763
Posted By MSNik
Re: Sudden onset MS possibility - mystery illness

[I]There was a Vitamin D deficiency and I was put on 2000 mg of Vit D daily. The rest of the results were normal per doctor. I also read about Vitamin B12 deficiencies, and I'm thinking I should get...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-17-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 763
Posted By MSNik
Re: Sudden onset MS possibility - mystery illness

Hi there and sorry you are feeling so poorly. First of all, you should know that like the ANA test, the Lumbar Puncture wont tell you anything definitively. They look for O bands, which indicate an...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-17-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By MSNik
Re: Nervous have Optic Neuirtis and mild symptoms

I have had ON four times. I have MS. My brother who does NOT have MS, has also had this five or six times now. He gets tested for MS yearly, as I definitively have the illness.

ON doesnt necessary...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-17-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By MSNik
Re: iv infusion steroids

I have had IV Steroid infusions many times. What you are describing is actually a side effect of the steroids. Sometimes, when a doctor prescribes this for the first time, they dont tell you that its...
Board: Women's Health 06-15-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By MSNik
Re: Ovarian cysts

When a cyst on the ovary ruptures, it is extremely painful. It can take you to the ER painful...
However, the body absorbs the liquid from the cyst and as that happens, the pain stops...its over.
...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 06-15-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By MSNik
Re: Multiple vitamins/supplements daily

For most people its absolutely safe to take those particular vitamins and supplements; however for most people its not necessary.

You should have some blood work done- just to get a base line of...
Board: Grief & Loss 06-15-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By MSNik
Re: My common law wife of 10 years lost her battle to cancer.

I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you two shared alot of love. Moving on will be hard, but as time goes by, you will learn how to live again without Carolyn.
In the meantime, you are...
Board: Grief & Loss 06-15-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By MSNik
Re: Her mother is dying in the hospital and I have to tell her her cat died yesterday

Hi. Whatever you do, do not tell your partner until she is home. You dont want her driving upset...
Its a horrible thing that happened. I know how upset I would be if it happened to me. Im very...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-15-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By MSNik
Re: Is it possible I have MS?

Hi there and welcome. Its very UNlikely that you have Multiple Sclerosis. First of all you should know that optic neuritis can happen whether you have MS or not....however, what you desribed isnt...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 06-13-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 178
Posted By MSNik
Re: I don't know what's wrong with my mother

The fact that your mother is on medication makes me assume she is under a doctors care. Im also assuming she is non compliant, not taking the meds as directed. I think at this time, you can try to...
Board: Anemia 06-13-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By MSNik
Re: Iron Deficiency Anemia and feeling AWFUL and scared!

Hello there. Iron deficiencies can take months to stabilize. Your doctor is doing the right thing- a slow increase in iron spread out throughout the day. He will probably repeat blood work in 6-8...
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