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Board: Women's Health 08-26-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By gingertea
Re: Cervical polyp - need both ultrasound and hysteroscopy?

When I had my yearly pap two years ago my doctor said she felt fibroids. She sent me in for an ultrasound that confirmed the fibroids and a uterine polyp. Because they found a uterine polyp they...
Board: Cancer: Skin 08-20-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By gingertea
Re: Scared of Biopsy results

I have had 2 lesions of skin cancer removed and neither of them was a mole. The one on my arm was there for several years because my primary care physician said it was fine. The dermatologist...
Board: Digestive Disorders 08-11-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By gingertea
Re: Endoscopy complications!

I've had about 6 endoscopies over the past 10 years and I have never felt any pain. Even after an endoscopic ultrasound I was fine. I wonder if you have developed an infection or something like...
Board: Dental Health 07-20-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 260
Posted By gingertea
Root Canal to Apico Surgery Need Info

About 15 months ago during a regular check-up at the dentist's office the dentist noticed a small blister on my gum above tooth 14. I went to an endodontist for a root canal. I didn't have any pain...
Board: Anemia 06-22-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 403
Posted By gingertea
B-12 Deficiency

Just wondering if anxiety is a common symptom of a B-12 defiency? A few years ago I came down with a stomach infection that zapped my B-12. I went through the series of daily, weekly and monthly...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-20-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 761
Posted By gingertea
Re: endoscopy and numbing spray

I have had several endoscopies with twilight sedation. I've never had my throat sprayed. The numbing agent I have is liquid in a cup, you swish it around your mouth and gargle, then swallow. You...
Board: Skin Problems 06-18-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By gingertea
Re: Itchy skin mark

Have you seen a dermatologist? I had the same problem with itching. The dermatologist took a biopsy and it turned out to be chronic hives. She prescribed some medicated lotion and an oral...
Board: Dental Health 06-18-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,308
Posted By gingertea
Re: Ongoing molar pain

I complained of tooth and gum pain along with headaches for two years, had several x-rays that looked fine and was told my sinuses were probably the cause. A little tiny sore showed up on my gum and...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-19-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By gingertea
Re: CMC Arthroplasty

I've never heard of cold therapy. How does that work? I never had access to the surgery sight until all the casts came off. I just used the ice packs with the gel in them. For my second surgery,...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-19-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By gingertea
Re: CMC Arthroplasty

Hi,

I had the CMC Arthroplasty w/tendon transfer and carpal tunnel surgery done together in February 2012 on my left hand and the same surgery in June 2012on my right hand. Now that I am 2 years...
Board: Cancer: Breast 05-08-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By gingertea
MRI & Mammogram?

My mom was diligent with her mammograms and clinical breast exams. Even so, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. She lived past the 5 year mark and was considered cured. ...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-06-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By gingertea
Re: Colonoscopy & Biopsies?!

Polyps are very common but doctors remove them and send them for biopsy to be sure they are not a sign of something else. I've had polyps removed from my esophagus and uterus, and my husband had one...
Board: Cancer: Breast 05-06-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 789
Posted By gingertea
Re: benign biopsy and lumpectomy???

My sister is going in next week for a lumpectomy after a biopsy showed cancer cells. It is contained within the milk duct and considered DCIS Stage 0. Even though it is in an early stage she will...
Board: Dental Health 04-15-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

After 2 years of clear x-rays two dentists couldn't find anything wrong. When I went to get my teeth cleaned about 3 weeks ago the hygienist saw a small sore on the outside of my gum she said was...
Board: Dental Health 04-14-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

How did your appointment with the other dentist go? My tooth/gums ached off and on for two years. The dentist x-rayed it twice because I said it hurt, but he could never find anything wrong. Maybe...
Board: Dental Health 04-10-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

I'm glad you are feeling better! Is your dentist still talking about pulling teeth? Did they actually see an infection in the bone? I'd want to regroup before doing anything and figure out...
Board: Anxiety 04-03-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By gingertea
Re: Anxiety/hypochondria about being/becoming alcoholic

OCD was in charge of my life until I finally started seeing a therapist. With therapy and medication I was able to claim my life back. It didn't happen overnight, I had a lot of issues to solve. ...
Board: Dental Health 04-02-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

Yes, the sore on my gum was right where the tooth was. They pulled off my crown and could really see the infection then. They cleaned out the infection, and I think they put some kind of antibiotic...
Board: Dental Health 04-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

For two years my tooth hurt whenever my sinuses acted up, and two different dentists took x-rays and said they didn't see anything. When the sore formed on my gum they took another x-ray and then...
Board: Dental Health 04-01-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

Did your dentist cover up your cold sore before he started working on your teeth? I hope so...not good if he was touching it and putting his hands elsewhere in your mouth. I used to get cold sores...
Board: General Health 03-31-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By gingertea
Re: Does anyone take lexapro, effexor and xanax?

Who prescribed that combination for you? Was it a psychiatrist, or someone familiar with these medications? Primary care doctors don't always realize that some antidepressants work hand in hand,...
Board: Dental Health 03-31-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,213
Posted By gingertea
Re: Sinus or tooth problem.

Your sinus cavity lies right on top of your teeth. It's not uncommon for your teeth and gums to hurt during a sinus infection. Since you took an antibiotic and your teeth still hurt, you should...
Board: Women's Health 03-31-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By gingertea
Re: Plan B and Too Many Periods

Have you seen an ob/gyn for a check-up? Uterine fibroids can cause excess bleeding...but I don't know if they would cause a sensitive cervix or darkened nipples. Those are most likely side effects...
Board: Allergies 03-30-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By gingertea
Re: A Few Questions About Hives

I had hives for so long (nearly a year) I finally went to a dermatologist and had them biopsied. The diagnoses was chronic hives. I have a prescription cream, and antihistamine. I keep some on...
Board: Cancer: Skin 03-27-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,874
Posted By gingertea
Re: Cannot stop anxiety over my moles.

I see a dermatologist every year for a full body screening. They check everything from my scalp to between my toes. I have had 2 skin cancer surgeries and I can tell you neither one started out as...
Board: Digestive Disorders 03-19-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By gingertea
Re: upper GI Endoscopy

I've had several endoscopies and I've never had a problem with the meds or the procedure. I'm a little drowsy afterward but I get over that with a few sips of caffeine. I've never even seen the...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 03-17-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 648
Posted By gingertea
Re: I'm terrified I ran over a cat because of my OCD

Twenty five years ago I could have written a message identical to yours.....except I worried I hit people, not animals. I would drive in circles for hours making sure I didn't run anybody over in my...
Board: Skin Problems 02-21-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 387
Posted By gingertea
Re: Bump on back

If I were you I would make an appointment with a dermatologist. I've had 2 basal cell carcinomas removed and they started the way you describe. It could be nothing, but when you leave it alone and...
Board: Menopause 02-21-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Posted By gingertea
Re: Opinions needed regarding uterine biopsy please

Bethany, Last year my doctor sent me in for a pelvic ultrasound because she felt fibroids during a pelvic exam. I had not had a period in 4 years, no bleeding or spotting. Occasionally I had...
Board: Skin Problems 02-17-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By gingertea
Re: Popped a boil.

It sounds like you are keeping the area clean and using antibiotic cream on it. I would wrap it with gauze for extra protection, and watch for any changes. If you notice any swelling or blistering...
Board: Arthritis 09-14-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,566
Posted By gingertea
Re: Basal thumb arthritis--surgery???

I had combination basal joint and carpal tunnel surgery on both hands last year. Started with my non-dominant hand in February and had my dominant hand done in June. After the first surgery I...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 08-23-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By gingertea
Re: Super scared. EGD coming and new med to take

Propofol is the same drug my gastro doctor uses. I have never had a problem with it.
I didn't start acid meds until after the EGD. I was just using Tums. They decided I needed the acid meds after...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 08-22-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 530
Posted By gingertea
Re: Super scared. EGD coming and new med to take

I'm sorry you didn't get any response to your question. Have you had the EGD yet?
I have had several EGD's. I too have panic disorder and I can honestly say no big deal. It's not at all like...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 07-09-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By gingertea
Re: B12 deficiency and b12 supplements

Lack of energy, shortness of breath, anxiety and mood swings. I was also deficient in iron and that causes the same symptoms. Even now, if I miss an injection it's only a matter of days before the...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 07-08-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By gingertea
Re: B12 deficiency and b12 supplements

I've been getting B-12 injections every month for about 8 years. I have never had a reaction to the injections. Never tried the sublinguals. When I was first diagnosed sublinguals weren't...
Board: Skin Problems 07-08-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 786
Posted By gingertea
Re: Itchy legs sores that wont heal

Did your dermatolgist biopsy any of the spots/sores? I'm always breaking out with some kind of rash. They start in one little area and eventually start spreading. Turns out I had Chronic Hives. ...
Board: Menopause 05-24-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,682
Posted By gingertea
Re: polyp removal

My doctor sent me for an ultrasound because she felt a mass in my uterus. The results showed a polyp, fluid and 3 fibroids. I had a hysteroscopy, polypectomy and d & c. They removed the polyp,...
Board: Women's Health 05-15-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By gingertea
Re: pain and itching with sex after bladder sling

My doctor wanted to put a Monarc Bladder Sling for stress incontinence at the same time I was having a hysteroscopy, polypectomy and D & C. All she did was hand me the pamphlet and tell me to read...
Board: Phobias 04-29-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,419
Posted By gingertea
Re: Any emetophobics had an endoscopy done?

I would call the doctor TODAY and find out if they plan on using the medication that puts you asleep, or at least unaware of what's going on. There are some eating and drinking restrictions you need...
Board: Phobias 04-29-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,419
Posted By gingertea
Re: Any emetophobics had an endoscopy done?

I don't have a fear of vomiting, but my gag reflex is in overdrive. It doesn't take much to set me off. I've had at least 5 endoscopies, and one endoscopic ultrasound and I can honestly say it...
Board: Women's Health 04-25-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,576
Posted By gingertea
Re: Nervous about Hysteroscopy for uterine polyp or fibriod

I found this post at an opportune time! At my last physical, the doctor felt a uterine mass. I'm 4 years POST menopause, and never had anything like this. I went for a transabdominal and a...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 04-18-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By gingertea
Re: Colposcopy anxiety... HELP!

I agree, it's quick and really not too painful, because you forget about it. I have to agree it's archaic, and looking it up on the internet only makes the apprehension worse. I really liked my...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 04-15-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By gingertea
Re: Colposcopy anxiety....HELP!

I made myself crazy with anxiety when I looked up colposcopy/biopsy on the internet and health boards! I was a wreck when I got to the doctor.
Actually, the colposcopy is not much more than a...
Board: Women's Health 04-15-2013, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 675
Posted By gingertea
Re: polyps

By the way, I was told the recovery time is about 2 days.
Board: Women's Health 04-15-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 675
Posted By gingertea
Re: polyps

I am 4 years past menopause and at my last physical was diagnosed with a uterine mass. I went for an abdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound. The results showed I had a polyp and 3 fibroids in my...
Board: Hysterectomy 04-03-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By gingertea
Re: Biopsies, Scopes & Needles..Oh,My!

Thank you for your answer! I see my regular doctor tomorrow to go over the results, and the gynecologist she referred me to can get me in next week. I won't have to wait very long for answers.
...
Board: Hysterectomy 04-02-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By gingertea
Biopsies, Scopes & Needles..Oh,My!

During my last physical my doctor felt my uterus was enlarged, irregular and firm and sent me for an abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound.

The results? Polyp and fluid in endometrial cavity, and...
Board: Cancer: Uterine 03-30-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,438
Posted By gingertea
Re: Uterine thickening at 60

I got my ultrasound results and my doctor is referring me to a gynecologist. I have 3 different types of fibroids, (small), a polyp, and fluid in the uterus they think is blood. It's not clear...
Board: Menopause 03-30-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,021
Posted By gingertea
Re: Post Menopause Fibroids & Polyp

Thanks for your reply. Right before I stopped my periods for good I had a problem with ovarian cysts and follicles. I had at least 4 endovaginal ultrasounds that should have shown the fibroids if...
Board: Menopause 03-29-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,021
Posted By gingertea
Post Menopause Fibroids & Polyp

I am post-menopause. I have not bled even 1 drop since my last period 4 years ago. Doctor found a mass in my uterus and I was sent for vag/us. Results were 3 fibroids and 1 polyp. Never had...
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