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Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-13-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 485
Posted By atothek
Too much acid or not enough acid?

Hello all-thanks for reading:

Started having some pretty bad pain a couple of weeks...that ultimately put me in the ER. Endoscopy showed esophageal inflammation and H. Pylori.
So of course, the...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 10-06-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,519
Posted By atothek
Oil-free body lotion?

Can someone recommend a good oil-free body moisturizer?

Ideally one for men but happy to look at anything for women and/or unisex too.

Thanks!
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 12-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 902
Posted By atothek
Re: Hair loss in my beard; anything I can do?

Shinninglikeme:

I find it hard to believe that this a new complaint in this forum.
Facial hair less is incredibly common.

SIlky:

Its not a very serious issue at all. Please think a little...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 12-06-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 902
Posted By atothek
Re: Hair loss in my beard; anything I can do?

Shinninglikeme:

I find it hard to believe that this a new complaint in this forum.
Facial hair less is incredibly common.

SIlky:

Its not a very serious issue at all. Please think a little...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 03-16-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 902
Posted By atothek
Hair loss in my beard; anything I can do?

I have this big hole right on my chin-seems to have come out of nowhere.
I understand it is caused by elevated cortisol levels due to stress (I am definitely stressed!)

Is there anything I can do...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 01-13-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By atothek
Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice

Sorry to hear that brother.
Stay strong...I imagine whatever you are feeling is to be expected...and it should get easier as time passes.
Board: Addiction & Recovery 01-11-2013, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By atothek
Re: Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice

Paulos-thank you for checking in.
I feel kind of bad taking up peoples time here as I really do not have a "bad" addiction.
I am finding it quite easy to wean off (which my doctor recommended)-and...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 01-06-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By atothek
Board: Addiction & Recovery 01-05-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By atothek
Abt to stop an 8 year run of Vicodin; need some advice

I almost feel bad posting this as others have "real" addiction issues:
I have been taking Vicodin, ONLY at nights, for the past 8 years. I generally split a 10mg pill in half and take one half at...
Board: Skin Problems 02-26-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 940
Posted By atothek
Re: Suggestions for dealing with blemishes?

I will definitely look into their products although the set looks quite expensive.
Board: Skin Problems 02-24-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 940
Posted By atothek
Suggestions for dealing with blemishes?

Hi-

36 year old male; been noticing that some of my pimples have been leaving these blotchy red/dark brown spots behind that I think are blemishes.

Is there anything I can do for them as a spot...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 02-17-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,615
Posted By atothek
Re: PTSD and feeling "bad" or "evil"

Will do and, thank you
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 02-17-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,615
Posted By atothek
Re: PTSD and feeling "bad" or "evil"

I have not tried EMDR.

Has that worked for you?

Truthfully, id like to speak to someone that mixes Talk with CBT so that I can get the best of both worlds. I am actually looking for someone new...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 02-14-2012, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,615
Posted By atothek
Re: PTSD and feeling "bad" or "evil"

Thanks Phoenix; I was in therapy for 15 years and its something we discussed at length. That said, I am not convinced that talk therapy would be as affective as CBT with this sor of thing. I need to...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 02-07-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,769
Posted By atothek
Has anyone here had a Sialendoscopy?

I am about to schedule one for chronic parotid swelling here in New York City and wanted to know what people's experiences were, both positive and negative and most importantly, if it helped their...
Board: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 02-03-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,615
Posted By atothek
PTSD and feeling "bad" or "evil"

Im a 34 year old male who was physically abused as a child and I just recently learned that many PTSD sufferers feel a similar way;many label themselves as "bad" or the unrealistic cause of...
Board: Hair Loss / Alopecia 01-26-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 17,825
Posted By atothek
Is there ANYTHING that can be done for a receding hairline?

Either regenerative or at a minimum, preventative?
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 08-15-2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,702
Posted By atothek
Does anyone know how to properly take Betaine HCL?

I hear you are supossed to keep adding a pill at every meal until you feel a "warm" feeling in your stomach and then drop off from there.
Ive read at numerous sites on line that this could go up to...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 07-18-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,613
Posted By atothek
Has anyone seen a decrease in masseter muscle size from botox?

I have huge masseter/jaw muscles AND, I seem to have these large masses below my ears, that periodically go up and down.
NO ONE can figure out why they go up and down.

I have a mouthguard now...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 06-01-2011, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,492
Posted By atothek
Re: Jaw/Muscle deformity from TMJ?

You might not want to accept this at first, but the one thing ive learned after dealing with pain for nearly 15+ years, is that its 90% psycho-somatic. Its real pain, but its caused by...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 06-01-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,492
Posted By atothek
Re: Jaw/Muscle deformity from TMJ?

Ive been through it all.
Had the nerve blocks and every other quick fix for my neck and back probs.
The knowts under the ear next to the jaw are your masseter muscles.

Do you grind at night...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-13-2011, 04:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 202,503
Posted By atothek
Re: Dentist says lump on jaw is just swollen muscle....Anyone else with similar?

Thank you for the referral.
My problem appears to be masseter hypertrophy (masseter muscles are huge/oversized). My jaw is quite deformed.
Is this guy a TMJ specialist and, does he do Botox?

Do...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-11-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 202,503
Posted By atothek
Re: Dentist says lump on jaw is just swollen muscle....Anyone else with similar?

Amazing you say that. I had all four wisdoms pulled about 10 years ago with only local anasthetic and it was a hellish experience to say the least.
The mouthpiece; is it worn only at night? Does it...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-11-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 202,503
Posted By atothek
Re: Dentist says lump on jaw is just swollen muscle....Anyone else with similar?

Kdogg-Ive looked like a chipmunk for SIX years! the doctors thought it was a parotid gland issue but its apparently my muscles.
Does your swelling go up and down or is it always the same size?
Why...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-11-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,492
Posted By atothek
Jaw/Muscle deformity from TMJ?

So what I thought was swollen parotid glands, appears to be huge knots of muscle on my TMJ joints and even extends behind my jaw underneath my ear and, under the jaw itself.

Can anyone share their...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-09-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,253
Posted By atothek
Can teeth grinding/TMJ cause swollen parotid glands?

I have been searching for a "cure" for my swollen parotids for SIX YEARS.
I have done everything under the sun to rule out all AutoImmunes, Cancer and other diseases.

I went to see a TMJ...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 03-22-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 702
Posted By atothek
Has anyone tried Plaquenil? (or know anything about it)

I have had swollen parotid glands now for over 6 years that appears to be from Sarcoidosis (although we have yet to prove definitively that I have Sarc).

My rhuem wants me to try Plaquenil which...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 02-16-2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,948
Posted By atothek
Possible to get tailbone pain from Constipation?

I had a bout of bad IBS a couple of days ago and unfortunately had to strain very hard to go to the bathroom.

The following day I had some pain on and around my tailbone, as if it was bruised...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 09-18-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 705
Posted By atothek
Swollen Parotids for 6 years; all tests negative?

I have swollen parotid glands for 6 years running now. They go up and down but never fully go away.
I have had every exam under the sun: MRI, CT, Xrays, Gallium Scan, Biopsies, Bloods for...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 08-27-2010, 06:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,416
Posted By atothek
Can elevated Mercury levels cause fatigue?

I have been suffering from sever fatigue on and off for the past 3 years (i also have burning and pins and needles in my ankles, feet and hands). been tested for all auto's, STDS and virtually...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 08-20-2010, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By atothek
What do you find helps you the most when fatigued?

Interested in hearing what everyone does when they get a flare.

Do you exercise? Do you juice or change your diet? Take specific vitamins/minerals?

Please share what works best for you.
Board: Addiction & Recovery 08-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 878
Posted By atothek
Been on Percs for 7 years, want to get off now-

Hi-

I dont even know what ive been doing is considered addiction: have been taking anywhere from half to one pill of Percocet (10/325) for the past 7 years. Reason is, chronic neck/back pain.
...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 07-18-2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,687
Posted By atothek
Clogged Ear for 5 months; Meniere's Disease?

I know thats a bit of a jump, but I had a number of tests at my ENT a couple of days ago and everything came back negative. I have this nagging clogged feeling in my left ear and its been driving me...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 05-12-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,335
Posted By atothek
Probiotics before or after food?

Majority of sources state that you should take your pro-b's on an empty stomach.

I just boughta pro-b from Udo's Choice and, along with a couple of other reputable brands (including Natren), the...
Board: Sexual Health - Men 01-09-2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,388
Posted By atothek
Re: Please help me figure out why I cannot get erect?

Thank you for the advice.
Its crazy how strong the mind is!

How does Horney Goat Weed work exactly and how far in advance of a sexual encounter can I take it?
Board: Sexual Health - Men 01-08-2010, 02:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,388
Posted By atothek
Please help me figure out why I cannot get erect?

I am a 30 year old male and have been having this problme for years now.
Almost every sinlge time I have sex with someone for the first time, I have a problem getting an erection. Its like I cant...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 12-14-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,210
Posted By atothek
Acid and Bloating; Cant eat-PLS Help

So ive been experiencing this terrible burning in the top part of my stomach now for about 6 wks. It burns when I breathe in deeply and, it goes up my back and feels like there is battery acid under...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 11-28-2009, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,165
Posted By atothek
Re: Probiotics: how many "billions" of microorganisms do i need?

Thanks John.
Have been taking them for about a week now, but no change. Ive been thinking about trying the "IBS PILL" by Digestive Advantage which apparently has gotten some very good reviews.
Will...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 11-24-2009, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,165
Posted By atothek
Probiotics: how many "billions" of microorganisms do i need?

Im dealing with an ulcer and some associated IBS right now and, following having taken two rounds of anti-b's and two rounds of steroids.

My stomach is destroyed.

I found NOW brand, which has...
Board: Sexually Transmitted Diseases 10-25-2009, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 981
Posted By atothek
Im terrified; please tell me what you think about this scenario-

I have been seeing this girl for about 3 weeks now but have done nothing more than kissing. Recenty she admitted to me that she has oral herpes.
She had a breakout about a month before we met but...
Board: Anxiety 10-24-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By atothek
Re: Anxiety at night; anything longer acting than Klonapin?

Understood; thanks. I will talk to my Doc-thanks!
Board: Anxiety 10-24-2009, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 924
Posted By atothek
Re: Somebody help me.. i don't know what to do :(

Unigirl-first think to know is that you are NOT alone; there are many people here who share very similar problems to you (including myself, years ago).

I am no Dr. but I will tell you that it...
Board: Anxiety 10-24-2009, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By atothek
Re: Anxiety at night; anything longer acting than Klonapin?

Thank you for the response.
I have no desire whatsoever to take Klonapin other than at night. How then would it be more addictive than Trazadone?
Board: Anxiety 10-23-2009, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By atothek
Re: Anxiety at night; anything longer acting than Klonapin?

Is trazadone just a sleep aid or an anti anxiety as well?

Does it make any sense that I ONLY have anxiety at night?
I have these crazy racing thoughts and I am "scared" to fall asleep. I never...
Board: Anxiety 10-23-2009, 07:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By atothek
Re: Anxiety at night; anything longer acting than Klonapin?

Thanks for the reply.
I really like Klonapin as I only use it at night and dont feel any after affect during the following day. However, I would like to slowly ween off of it.

Can I do the same...
Board: Anxiety 10-23-2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,399
Posted By atothek
Anxiety at night; anything longer acting than Klonapin?

I have had terrible insomnia for about 6 months now and the only thing that lets me sleep is Klonapin. I take about .25 every night and I sleep like a rock for about 5 hours.
However, once I wake up...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-06-2009, 07:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,344
Posted By atothek
Re: Would Nexium/Pravcid/Prilosec help with bloating?

Well, I have been taking Prilosec for weeks now and it has done WONDERS for my gas and bloating.

Thanks to everyone for all your input/responses!
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 09-22-2009, 04:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,949
Posted By atothek
Recovery time for Tonsil "Shaving" vs. complete removal?

I have come to the end of my road with these horrible tonsil stones and my ENT has finally offered a tonsil "shave" as a possible answer.

I am a 34 year old male and although I think I have a high...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 09-22-2009, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,262
Posted By atothek
Re: My adult tonsillectomy story.

Hey there-glad to hear things are getting better for you.

I have a terrible tonsil stone problem and I am contemplating having mine out as well (I am a 34 year old male).

Can I as why you didnt...
Board: Anxiety 08-21-2009, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,832
Posted By atothek
Anxiety ONLY right as i'm about to fall asleep? Please help

I guess this could technically go in the insomnia forum as well, but I am really trying to get to the root of this anxiety.

Whenever I try to sleep, just as about to fall into it, my body...
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