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Board: Pain Management 06-07-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 648
Posted By gmak
Re: Questions about new insurance & refill policies

Hi, my pharmacy manager told me that they do not go by the filled Rx date but by the actual day the medicine was picked up and only fill 30 days from the day it was picked up last month. By the...
Board: Arachnoiditis 05-29-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By gmak
Re: Wow opiod dependency on my chart

Hi blue, I understand your frustration bc I have had adhesive arach for 27 years. Seen the same dr for 15 years and I've taken same dosages of same pai meds for 12 years. I had 3 NS's diagnose me...
Board: Arachnoiditis 05-19-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By gmak
Re: MRI Reading for Arachnoiditis

Hi blue line, I have adhesive arachnoiditis. On your MRI report what does it say about spinal nerve clumping? Was the MRI done of lumbar with contrast? On my axial view is where I can see the spinal...
Board: Pain Management 04-22-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 810
Posted By gmak
Re: Dr. mistake with pain med script, can't get a call back

Hi island, so sorry you have this mix up. My dr does make mistakes occasionally over fifteen years and the pharmacist told me to take it back to the office which I did. It required two trips to drop...
Board: Pain Management 04-21-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 964
Posted By gmak
Re: It feels like Dr. is giving up on me!

I'm so sorry that you aren't being listened to about the pain and I was extremely allergic to gabapentin but I can take Lyrica. The pharmacist said that yes the are similar but many who can't take...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-10-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By gmak
Re: First post, need advice.

Hi, I'm sorry that this is happening to you! Im curious if you have ever had spine surgery and what did all the specialists say so that you aren't returning to them? Sometimes on this board I see...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-28-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

I so hope the dr visit went well And the dr is one that can help you! Restoration of your hands working is a huge thing! Sometimes when I read about all the very intricate, miraculous technologically...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-28-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By gmak
Re: 1st post pain pump complications

Hi darrien, I have adhesive arachnoiditis. What else did they tell you besides diagnosing arach? How did they come to that conclusion and did they indicate if the arach is old or has the process just...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-23-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Hi Cspine, I have those days! Too many to count so it makes a good day stick out like a true red letter day! Im so sorry hearing about your hands and all of the pain and difficulty! Has the...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-22-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Thank you Cspine! Yes I had that diagnosis, failed back surgery syndrome for 17 years and it certainly was a good reason to cry! I always wondered how that diagnosis fit me because my surgeries...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-19-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 718
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Hi C spine, Glad to hear from you and I understand. Unlike most of the country I haven't endured the frozen tundra but evenso I can say that winters are my worst times and so happy spring is so soon...
Board: Pain Management 03-19-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,173
Posted By gmak
Re: My nightmare

Hi ouch potato, I am really sorry that you are having such pain and disability. I hope that you get SSDI soon. I have a lot of similarities in my story, same surgeries, same meds and also lost...
Board: Arachnoiditis 03-12-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,380
Posted By gmak
Re: need some advice

Hi ceb, Adhesive Arachnoiditis is a condition that causes the cauda equina/ spinal nerves to clump together and adhere with scar tissue together and to the inside of the dura and peripheral...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-10-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By gmak
Re: Confused about MRI/Doctor visit

Hi holly, I am really sorry that you are having pain and neuropathy symptoms! Usually if the MRI shows moderate to severe nerve compression the Dr refers to a neurosurgeon to be evaluated...
Board: Pain Management 03-09-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By gmak
Re: Not sure if this is the right place to ask

Hi tears! Sorry I'm late again on replying to you. Good advice above! I wanted to add that thyroid problems alone contributed to the hot flashes I was having and since I started taking thyroid med I...
Board: Pain Management 03-09-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By gmak
Re: Not sure if this is the right place to ask

Hi tears! Sorry I'm late again on replying to you. Good advice above! I wanted to add that thyroid problems alone contributed to the hot flashes I was having and since I started taking thyroid med I...
Board: Back Problems 02-22-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By gmak
Re: Back Pain Years after Surgery

Hi olsenblane, I was married also very soon after having two laming tomes and dural grafting at age 26 & stayed under the care of my neurosurgeon for 20+ years because I always had pain. I can...
Board: Hysterectomy 02-22-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,718
Posted By gmak
Re: Hysterectomy for precancerous condition?

Hi Wendya, There are different ways to treat pre cancerous cells on cervix depending on the type of cells. Were the abnormal cells from uterine lining or from cervix? I had a hysterectomy and...
Board: Breastfeeding 02-22-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 703
Posted By gmak
Re: bumps around nipple

Hi Athena, No, those bumps are called Montgomery glands and help to prevent cracking on nipples because they secrete oil. Most moms make more than enough milk for the baby. Welcome to healthboards!
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By gmak
Re: lower back and cocyx pain after fall

Sure anytime. Hope it heals fast!ps ive had 4 back surgeries and the hot baths help the most.
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By gmak
Re: Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

The Hi Stphilly, I can relate because I am a chronic back pain patient. I'm sorry but I don't understand the term pelvic loin. However on your back on each side there's a slight dimple between...
Board: Back Problems 02-15-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 362
Posted By gmak
Re: lower back and cocyx pain after fall

Hi refj, I empathize and sympathize and am so sorry that you are hurting and that this happened! Just today I was praying for multiple friends up north to be safe especially on ice because it's so...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 988
Posted By gmak
Re: New confused and not sure what to do...

That's such wonderful news! I hope with you that when the post op healing has all taken place you will be pain free. I'm also glad you got your medicine! I am not sure of how long it's been since...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By gmak
Re: Broke my pain contract need help

I am really sorry that you lost your Dr that you loved and respected. We all make mistakes. Especially when upset, sad, mad, and in pain. However to me making a mistake in pain management is worse...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By gmak
Re: Question about refill day? URGENT

John I think I get what you are asking! You are asking if urine testing is usually done at appointments or is it done at refill time, correct? If so, my dr has done it at appointment time once...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By gmak
Re: Question about refill day? URGENT

Hi John, I get nervous and have a very hard time giving urine even though I follow dr directions on Rx explicitly! I have to drink a ton beforehand to be able to give sample. Also, I get worried...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 988
Posted By gmak
Re: New confused and not sure what to do...

Hi tears and fears, did the NS give you your medicine yet? I hope so andvi recall all that you went through the past 3 years and I am so happy that they found something fixable and really hope this...
Board: Pain Management 02-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By gmak
Re: Pain meds

Hi Roberts, I'm sorry. The dentist or oral surgeon will know what to give you if you tell them in advance. Something like promethazine or zofran. When I run out sometimes before I get back to the...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-01-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By gmak
Re: Life after chronic pain

Hi Palmtrees, First it's just miraculous to hear that the pain is gone! Wow I'm so happy for you! I am very sorry that you are struggling emotionally from the pain though and i think that at age...
Board: Pain Management 02-01-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By gmak
Re: Pain meds

Hi and welcome Roberts! Have the drs tried giving you various non steroidal anti inflammatory meds like celebrex, arthrotec, ibuprofen etc? Did those bother your stomach? It really depends on what...
Board: Pain Management 01-26-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,626
Posted By gmak
Re: Suggestions please, after being "fired" today.

Hi Karlee, You are right that we are just identifying with you and wanting to say we know how scary and how painful it is at the same time and wouldn't wish this on our worst enemy much less our...
Board: Pain Management 01-16-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,626
Posted By gmak
Re: Suggestions please, after being "fired" today.

Karlee, Oh dear I just saw your thread now and I'm so sorry. We all care about you and we are your friends and are here for you and will be praying for you!! You are very honest and have great...
Board: Back Problems 01-14-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By gmak
Re: New Diagnosis - long story short

I know you want to know the truth so bad. There is arachnoiditis, just inflammation that people can have and not even know it and it can get better & may have something to do with the genetic thing...
Board: Back Problems 01-14-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By gmak
Re: New Diagnosis - long story short

Hi davies, when i read it it seems like its saying that at one time you had inflammation of arachnoid membrane type of arachnoiditis, not adhesive arach, and its left visual signs or sequela after...
Board: Back Problems 01-13-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By gmak
Re: New Diagnosis - long story short

Hi Davies, I agree with teteri about trigger point injections. They are given into a joint or about an inch below the skin and can't invade the spinal canal if given properly and the steroid...
Board: Back Problems 01-13-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By gmak
Re: New Diagnosis - long story short

Hi Davies, I agree with teteri that trigger point injections are given into a joint or about an inch below the skin and can't invade the spinal canal if given properly and from all I have read,...
Board: Back Problems 01-12-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By gmak
Re: New Diagnosis - long story short

Hi Davies, I have lumbosacral adhesive Arachnoiditis and I'm so sorry to hear that you have it too. Arachnoiditis is considered a rare disease or disorder but more and more... It seems like more...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-02-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By gmak
Re: Dosing off of Clonidine.

Hi Lynette, Good to see you! I may be misunderstanding your post but are you saying that the lisinopril and norvasc are controlling your Bp but you are changing over to clonidine and it's making...
Board: Chronic Pain 12-30-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,047
Posted By gmak
Re: Doctors ignoring me - what to do?

Hi bb, The healthboard members above have given you a lot of good information and very helpful suggestions. But a few ideas crossed my mind and thought maybe it may help you as well. First, get a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-29-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By gmak
Re: Back problems - Anyone Help?

Hi purple Ronnie, I seem to remember I had to start off very slow and gentle and only do 3 repetitions at first or maybe it was one of each. I wouldn't do them if it hurt or made me hurt more....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-28-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By gmak
Re: Back problems - Anyone Help?

Hi purpleronnie! I was given back exercises in Physical Therapy many many years ago and they have helped numerous people over the years including my husband. The therapist said that they would help...
Board: Pain Management 12-27-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By gmak
Re: Joint pain a couple of months after starting oxycontin and oxycodone

Hi Kat, I grab my medicine bag first thing almost every morning to take my long acting timed released medicine for pain because i wake up in so much pain. Mine is back pain, arachnoiditis, post 4...
Board: Pain Management 12-27-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By gmak
Re: Wellbutrin SL helped my pain

Hi Bocci, Wow! Terrific news! Thank you for sharing about Wellbutrin. Many of us here take adjunct meds to help relieve pain, I take Lyrica which is an anti seizure medicine & I it really makes...
Board: Chronic Pain 12-23-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By gmak
Re: Need Help Living With Chronic Pain?

Yes I live in chronic pain too as all of us do here and I'm so sorry that you have had so much suffering and loss of income and misdiagnosis. I also lost my career of 33 years and your story really...
Board: Pain Management 12-23-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By gmak
Re: Medtronic Pain Pump / Back Problem

Hi! What did the dr say about the pump malfunctioning possibly? Will the MRI help show if there is a problem with the pump? I am so hoping with you that you don't require another surgery!! I may need...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-07-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Posted By gmak
Re: How long to wait?

Hi dmo, I am extremely sorry for all of your suffering! Nerve compression can cause permanent nerve damage but a neurosurgeon who limits their practice to spines only or a fellowship trained...
Board: Pain Management 12-04-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,788
Posted By gmak
Re: Withdrawal from med switch, doctor refusing to raise dose

Hi Kate, I hope the migraine subsides as the Suboxone works itself out of your system. I wish I had a very fabulous suggestion to help rid you of the migraine but I use midrin and I know that...
Board: Pain Management 12-03-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,788
Posted By gmak
Re: Withdrawal from med switch, doctor refusing to raise dose

Hi kate, Thank God this miserable month is almost over for you and im really hoping the methadone helps your headache like always and with the lower dosage and with having a lower tolerance too it...
Board: Pain Management 11-26-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,788
Posted By gmak
Re: Withdrawal from med switch, doctor refusing to raise dose

Hi Kate! I'm so sorry that you are having to go through this and I so hope it starts working for the pain especially after all you have been through! How bad is the pain? I want it to work for your...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-21-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By gmak
Re: Spine injection went terrible

Hi moonstar, Im so su had such a painful experience! This was not the ablation yet right? The term nerve blocks can be used differently depending on the dr doing the injection. For instance i had...
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