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Board: Asthma 07-27-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Myths? Typical presentation?

I have asthma and GERD/LPR ('silent' reflux). There are many times that even the doctors can't tell if my symptoms are reflux or asthma. Other times one will trigger the other. If one flares for...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-27-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nobody feels sorry for you when you have symptoms with no cause

A lot of the autoimmune stuff kind of overlaps.

Have you tried researching P.O.T.S.? In addition to the migraines and dizziness, the lower back pain is common there too.

Another condition that...
Board: Anemia 07-26-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Iron pill side effects.

I was a bit opposite you with the iron side effects. I have IBS on the "D" side. As soon as I started the iron supplements, it completely stopped me up. I was on Miralax 4 doses a day and still...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-24-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By MountainReader
Re: PPIs and dosages

It sounds like you really do need to follow-up with a doctor. If at all possible, a Gastroenterologist.

The typical dose for GERD is 40 mg per day. I've had my doctors tell me taking higher dose...
Board: Asthma 07-21-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Southern California fires

Hi Ann,

Titchou has given you some good advice. I strongly believe in making sure you have an asthma action plan. The sticky at the top of the page is a good guide for you next time you have a...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-19-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 201
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Sinus headache caused by GERD?

I can't answer your question directly, but I would say your answer could be YES!

I have unusually severe acid refluxing (GERD/LPR) and used to have chronic sinus problems. Because I also had...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-18-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Amitriptyline for symptoms related to gerd,gastritis and ibs?

As far as I know, Amitriptyline doesn't actually treat GERD itself.

You don't say what your GERD symptoms are. Do you have a chronic dry cough?

I've been dealing with a chronic cough for...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 07-13-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By MountainReader
Re: When did you decide it was time for surgery?

Right shoulder 2008 (age 37), I tried months of PT, NSAIDS, Icing, etc... Ended up losing almost all of my ROM and was in constant pain. Saw the specialist and had to do 'trial' cortisone shot and...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 07-12-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Should i get my plates removed?

Have you seen an ortho to get checked out since your fall? They really could help guide you in your decision. You need to make sure you didn't don't have any other injury you aren't aware of.

In...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-09-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Dexilant 3x/day

Thanks Snorkela. I've actually been on the Dexilant twice a day with Zantac at bedtime and Gaviscon as needed for months now. It still didn't get me back on track.

I do agree with you. I've...
Board: Asthma 07-07-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By MountainReader
High summer Ozone levels

We've had elevated ozone levels for well over a month now. I'm one of those people who is in that category of "unhealthy for sensitive people" when the air quality starts declining. I've been stuck...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-07-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Mucinex Fast-Max DM Max For Acid Reflux Cough?

If your acid is coming up and irritating the nasal passages and sinuses, it could result in PND contributing to your cough. The Mucinex could certainly help in that case.

Glad you found something...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 07-06-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By MountainReader
Re: TFCC Sprain From Typing?

Hi wristbrace,

From what I read, it can take several months wearing a wrist widget to 'heal'. It is specifically designed for TFCC problems. I watched an internet video that showed how to...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-04-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By MountainReader
Dexilant 3x/day

Has anyone else tried Dexilant 3x per day? I know twice a day for this medication is off-label and I've taken that for years. I'm on a trial of taking it 3 times a day for a few weeks.

I'm...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 07-02-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Recommendations for ice therapy machine?

The hospital sent me home with a Polar Cube after my last surgery. It became my new best friend. :) That was 4 months ago. I'm still loving it. Wish I'd had one for the 5 other joint surgeries...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-30-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Could Dexilant Be My Ticket To No More GERD??

I just looked back at some of your other past posts. As you are trying the Dexilant or other treatments, it is probably good to keep a log of symptoms. In reviewing my history of visits, symptoms,...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-30-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Could Dexilant Be My Ticket To No More GERD??

When I tried a new PPI, my GI doc always wanted me to stay on it for 4-6 weeks to see how I did. They say it takes about that long to help things heal.

Honestly, I usually knew within a couple...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-29-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Difference between heartburn and indigestion vs nausea

Acid reflux can present in various ways. Heartburn is just one of those.

You might try researching Laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR. Where GERD usually presents with gastro and lower esophageal...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-26-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Could Dexilant Be My Ticket To No More GERD??

I've been on all of the PPI's, and Dexilant twice a day is the best of the bunch for me. Twice a day use of Dexilant is actually considered 'off label' which is why it is so hard to get approval. I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-21-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By MountainReader
Re: I hate my air cast boot

It is a simple thing, but it is important to adjust the air in your boot to find a most comfortable spot for your needs.
Board: Asthma 06-19-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 173
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Asthma and air quality.

I'm in UT and the particles are worst for me. Ozone is a close second.

We've had moderate ozone air quality for a couple weeks and I've had problems. Needed to step up my action plan. Actually...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-17-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Stitches out today & into the beloved boot. :)

That is a great step. I love being able to wash the skin. It makes me feel so much better. Even if it is just being able to use a baby wipe or something instead of soaking.

Speaking of...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-16-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,071
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

I had a follow-up with my foot doc and he wanted to release me from his treatment and PT. I told him they just started working on my proprioception last week and I wanted a few more weeks of PT for...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 06-11-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By MountainReader
Re: TFCC Sprain From Typing?

It probably happens more than people realize. It may not be from typing alone, but from a combination of small movements that cause 'microtears' to develop which get worse over time. Once inflamed,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-11-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By MountainReader
Re: any tips for walking boot comfort or what to put on the scars?

I wore an ACE bandage the entire time in the boot. Padded things. Also wore a sock over the bandage at times. Mostly because I didn't want a stinky boot. My surgeon said the bandage wouldn't make...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-07-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 629
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nexium side effects

Nexium caused me to have chronic diarrhea. I was going up to 20 times a day. That was in 2008. I now have a diagnosis of IBS because it never fully resolved. I had absolutely no problems prior to...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-07-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 629
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nexium side effects

If you need to be on PPI's, you should know that while all PPI's work similarly, they are not all the same. I've been on high doses of all PPI's and only had side effects with Nexium. The side...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-04-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,071
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post-op nerve pain top of foot

I'm now about 3 months post-op for my ligament repair. Still working on that final ROM, but PT is progressing well and I've been able to move on to some more difficult exercises. I'm still having...
Board: Asthma 06-04-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Advair250/25

Did you have your voice problems before starting the Advair 250?

There are a lot of different things that can cause vocal problems and you haven't given much information for us to help you.
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 06-03-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Need more sleep after surgery

While it starts feeling better much sooner, it takes at least 6 weeks for bone to heal. Kind of like a broken bone, only the bone is healing over vs. healing together. Just a reminder not to push...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 06-03-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Need more sleep after surgery

I had my first impingement surgery at age 38. I'd lost almost all of my ROM and was in extreme pain prior to surgery. Rehab from that one was much harder. I'd been in PT for a couple months prior...
Board: Asthma 06-03-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Advair250/25

Has your breathing improved?

Did they show you how to use the inhaler properly?

Are you having problems with thrush?

How is your voice connected to your asthma?

If you are having...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 06-03-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Need more sleep after surgery

I've had subacromial decompression surgery on both shoulders for shoulder impingement. While it does take time to heal, I understand it is much less painful than the repair surgeries.

Are you...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-24-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
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: 13
Views: 466
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: 17
Views: 1,097
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: 372
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: 364
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: 307
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: 364
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: 345
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: 478
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: 478
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: 444
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: 376
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: 396
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: 204
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: 409
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: 592
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: 16
Views: 1,071
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...
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