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Board: Neuropathy 10-15-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,115
Posted By Mel52
Re: Is this Neuropathy????

Have you asked your neurologist to do a punch biopsy for small fiber neuropathy? Therapath is the lab that analyzes the results. Large fiber EMG tests are usually normal.
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 04-13-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,354
Posted By Mel52
Re: Symptoms of Longterm Elevated Vitamin B6 Levels?

Hi I recently was diagnosed with very high B6 levels. Shocking as I was only taking a multi-vitamin and I had always read B vitamins are water-soluable. I had no idea it gets into the small nerve...
Board: Hysterectomy 10-26-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mel52
Re: total hysterectomy 3 days ago

Walking really helps to get the body working again. Everytime I have surgery, which is too often, I get up and walk as soon as I can. It really helps
Board: Osteoporosis 09-06-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,590
Posted By Mel52
Re: Spontaneous bone fractures after 84 mos iv AREDIA & ZOMETA (Reclast)

holy smoke. You have been through the mill. I had problems with actonal. Did one shot of forteo and felt like I had the worse case of the flu and didn't continue it. I saw Dr Susan Davis at UCLA...
Board: Back Problems 08-21-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,976
Posted By Mel52
Re: XLIF info needed

I was going to have the xlif. The surgeon was going to go through my side and then reopen the old scar on my back and put in the hardware. He said I would be in the hospital for 4 days. I...
Board: Neurology 08-16-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 673
Posted By Mel52
Re: Muscle weakness/cramping , headaches ,docs unable to diagnosis

I can sure relate. THe muscle cramping is horrific. I see a neurologist and a rheumotologist. I do have fibromyalgia but that really hasn't been a problem. I also have night sweats.
I am still...
Board: Osteoporosis 08-12-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,476
Posted By Mel52
Re: starting forteo, any helpful hints

I am pretty much in the same situation as you. My L3 and L4 is -4.3 THe rest of my spine is -3.2 I did actonal for 4 months before ending up in the ER with severe side effects. Did the calcitonin...
Board: Osteoporosis 08-12-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,272
Posted By Mel52
Re: How my husband has been feeling after starting forteo

I honestly don't know how people deal with it. I did one forteo shot and 4 hours later, I had a horrible headache, body aches, chills, weakness etc. It put me down for almost 2 days. I didn't do...
Board: Osteoporosis 08-08-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By Mel52
Re: New Here

WHen you have any labs or scans done it is always a good idea to get copies to have at home. You need to know how severe it is. Usually the doctor will send you to an endocrinologist to make sure...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 08-06-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,763
Posted By Mel52
Re: Considering Implants

well said ladybug and so much the truth. I was a contact person on the west coast for women back in the early 90's to help them find good surgeons, and to connect with other women so they wouldn't...
Board: Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 08-06-2012, 01:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,383
Posted By Mel52
Re: What to expect! Advice please.

good news. Just getting rid of the abscess will make him feel better once he gets over the surgery hump. Thanks for the update.
Board: General Health 08-06-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,098
Posted By Mel52
Re: Horrible heat intolerance, night sweats, Raynaud's... help... please...

You might want to go to target and get their brand of pedialyte(cheaper) and drink it. Gatoraid will work too and the G2 series comes in low cal. see if you feel better. I have been dehydrated and...
Board: Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 08-04-2012, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,383
Posted By Mel52
Re: What to expect! Advice please.

How did the surgery go? So frustrating that this disease is diagnosed so late. I understand if the cancer is just in the tail it can be removed but if it spreads to the liver, not good.
My best...
Board: General Health 08-04-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,098
Posted By Mel52
Re: Horrible heat intolerance, night sweats, Raynaud's... help... please...

Your blood work may not give you the answers. Sometimes your ANA can be negative even if you have the lupus or sjogren's.
Remember though to replace the fluid you are losing through sweating. I am...
Board: General Health 08-01-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,098
Posted By Mel52
Board: Sinus Problems 07-29-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,479
Posted By Mel52
Re: Maxillary sinus POLYP that noone can find!

yes the pain went away. It did not show up on a ct scan. Dr said it was just a chronic sinus infection. The surgeon was shocked to find a rock in my sinus. The mold and fungus had been there so...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 07-29-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,763
Posted By Mel52
Re: Considering Implants

I wish I had listened to my husband when he told me he liked me the way I was, but oh no, I was too insecure and wanted to buy a bathing suit right off the rack. I just wanted to be a "B". three...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-23-2012, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,479
Posted By Mel52
Re: Maxillary sinus POLYP that noone can find!

I had pain in the side of my nose also. It was sharp and would extend just above my eye. Sometimes I would have the sensitivity of touching my cheek. I would be on antibiotics now and then, but...
Board: Eye & Vision 07-18-2012, 03:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By Mel52
Re: muscle eye surgery

is it caused by strabismis? My son had double vision because of it and sometimes his eye turned in. He had surgery when he was 10. He is now 33 and still thanks us.
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 07-18-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,844
Posted By Mel52
Re: Questions about pancreatic cancer

Is the pain in your upper right shoulder? Gall bladder problems can sure create symptoms like that. Ultrasounds don't always show up the problem but a hidascan would tell you how your gallbladder...
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 07-17-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,844
Posted By Mel52
Re: Questions about oancreatic cancer

I think that is what it is.
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 07-17-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,844
Posted By Mel52
Re: Questions about oancreatic cancer

Lipase blood test is one test.
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 07-16-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 157
Posted By Mel52
post op for sinus surgery

I am 4 weeks post op for sinus surgery. I also had cartlidge from my nose placed into the nasal area to widen the nostrils. When I was breathing in my nostrils would narrow. I also had post-nasal...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 07-14-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,089
Posted By Mel52
Re: Pain after THR

My hubby had his first set of hip for 17 years and had them redone. He kept complaining to the surgeon a year after the replacement. Xrays were normal. He kept returning to the surgeon with his...
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 07-14-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,844
Posted By Mel52
Re: Forgot to mention

Hi, have you been tested for an autoimmune disease? ANA?
I don't know what to suggest? It sounds like the docs are covering their bases. MRI instead of an ultrasound?
I didn't want you to...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-09-2012, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,473
Posted By Mel52
Re: Just got back from the ER...

I didn't either. I was taken to the hospital in the belief I was having a heart attack. I had crushing chest pain, jaw pain, sweating and nausea. My dad died of a heart attack and I thought this...
Board: Osteoporosis 07-04-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,493
Posted By Mel52
Re: Reclast Infusion Cost Increase

No I just had another scan yesterday. I think I want to see a kidney dr first too.
Board: Osteoporosis 07-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By Mel52
Re: results of UCLA visit

thanks. I am scared of the drugs. I would rather use the forteo shots instead of the reclast. At least the forteo doesn't stay in your system
Board: Osteoporosis 07-04-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,493
Posted By Mel52
Re: Reclast Infusion Cost Increase

I had no idea it was that expensive! Dr just told me she wanted me to take it. Did you have side effects?
Board: Osteoporosis 07-04-2012, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By Mel52
results of UCLA visit

I had a DEXA scan done yesterday as the previous 3 were done at different places. The endocrinologist wanted consistancy to see what the t scores are really doing. I am hoping for a miracle and...
Board: Osteoporosis 07-04-2012, 06:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 874
Posted By Mel52
Re: Calcium Advisory

It is frustrating. I didn't know about the study until I saw an endocrinologist at UCLA. SHe told me to get it from food too not only because it reduces the chance of a heart attack but also because...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-04-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,683
Posted By Mel52
Re: Teeth pain after sinus surgery

I mentioned the teeth pain to my surgeon a few days ago. I get it when I use the neti pot. Her opinion was it was good as the sinuses were cleaned out.
Board: Sinus Problems 07-01-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 23,532
Posted By Mel52
Re: Insane headaches after sinus surgery

It will be 2 weeks for me tomorrow since my sinus surgery and nasal widening via grafting was done. I saw the surgeon Friday. She flushed out the sinus again. She said everything was coming along...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-29-2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 23,532
Posted By Mel52
Re: Insane headaches after sinus surgery

I had surgery on the 18th. I had discomfort and a few nights a severe migraine, eye pain the whole thing.I have been using the Nettie pot as directed twice a day. I was amazed at the junk that...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 06-29-2012, 10:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By Mel52
Re: Tonsil stones HELP

I just asked my ENT dr today about them. She said gargle with a club soda
Board: Sinus Problems 06-24-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Mel52
Re: sinus surgery

Coming up on a week since the surgery. I am using the nettie pot twice a day per the surgeon's orders. I go back to see her next Friday. My sinuses feel very clogged up at times but I did read it...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 06-24-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 878
Posted By Mel52
Re: BHR Hip Resurface & return to police work

My husband returned to the field after he had his hips replaced. However, he quickly realized he was putting his partner and himself in jeopardy and ended up spending the rest of his career working...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 06-24-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,012
Posted By Mel52
Re: Constant tiredness, breathing changes, and brain fog for months - Ideas?

I have been that way for years. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I improved alot after I had my ruptured breast implants removed, but the last few years I have been going downhill...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-24-2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,243
Posted By Mel52
Re: Silent Acid Reflux

I was told for years I was having an asthma attack as the only symptom I had was my throat would suddenly lock up and I would wake up gasping. I finally had an endoscopy that indicated a hiatal...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-22-2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Mel52
Re: sinus surgery

Hi I just got home from the surgeon's office. Having the plastic frame and stitches removed was not fun but yes, I can now breathe through my nose.
I had not only fungus but mold. It had been...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-21-2012, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Mel52
Re: sinus surgery

thank you for your responses. I must have been dealing with this for years. I still feel yucky like I have a sinus infection and still have a little fever. Usually I bounce back after surgery but...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Mel52
sinus surgery

I had sinus surgery two days ago and also reconstruction of collapsed nostrils. The surgeon said I had pus and fungus and was sending it out to be biopsied. I had not heard of sinus fungas and am...
Board: Osteoporosis 06-13-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,823
Posted By Mel52
Re: Strontium

I just went to UCLA and saw an endocrinologist there. I told her I was using stronium for the last few months. She too said the problem is it makes the DEXA scan useless for the reasons stated below...
Board: Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 06-13-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,774
Posted By Mel52
Re: Dad has pancreatic cancer and spread to his spleen and lung

Have you contacted PanCan? They can give you so much information. Sometimes it hurts to eat. Can you get him to drink something like Ensure? mashed potatoes? watermelon?
The outcome is usually...
Board: Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 06-09-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 946
Posted By Mel52
Re: New here/New to Cancer

No it isn't fair. I am sorry you are going through this. Spend the time with your mom and leave nothing unsaid. The hearing is the last to go, so if she seems unconscious, she still hears you.
My...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 05-31-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 716
Posted By Mel52
hip dislocation?

My hubby had his first set of hips for 17 years before they needed replacing. A year after, my husband started complaining and was told everything looked good on the xray. The surgeon said there was...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 05-28-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By Mel52
Re: Newbie!

good luck tomorrow. When my husband had his first surgery, he asked me, why did he wait so long? He felt so much better. I bought him a lot of those lounge elastic band pants.
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 05-28-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 979
Posted By Mel52
Re: DIEP FLAP for breast augmentation

I have never heard of that for augmentation. I have a friend who had fat injected to rebuild her breasts after a masectomy. She did have to have it done twice as the fat was absorbed but it has...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 05-28-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,437
Posted By Mel52
Re: 11 years after breast augmentation

Please do more than just ask your plastic surgeon. Read everything you can and ask for the insert to read about complications of implants. I had them in 1986. I loved them and they looked great but 3...
Board: Osteoporosis 05-27-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,023
Posted By Mel52
Re: Anyone on Calcitonin?

I took it for two years. It didn't work.
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