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Board: Asthma 02-05-2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By ladybud
Re: Singulair with upper respiratory infection

Singulair helps both asthma and sinus congestion, so I would keep taking it. A URI can make the asthma worse temporarily, so the Singulair will help offset that effect from the infection.
Board: Sleep Disorders 02-04-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By ladybud
Re: Using CPAP with stuffy nose -- help!

Here are some ideas to try. Since you live in a humid state (TX I assume?), you may not need the extra humidification. Try a couple of nights without that, and see if it helps. If you have any...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 02-04-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By ladybud
Re: Scared and in need of advice please

You should see a gastroenterologist and possibly liver specialist as well. The liver lesion needs identified as to type, and your symptoms may or may not be related to the liver lesion. There are...
Board: Urology 02-04-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By ladybud
Re: Mid stream urine before period

Blood tests are needed for hormone levels to test for menopause. The MSU will only test for infection.
Board: Arthritis 02-03-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1
Rheumatoid Arthritis Radiofrequency (rhizotomy) in neck
Views: 134
Posted By ladybud
Radiofrequency (rhizotomy) in neck

I would love to hear from anyone who has had RF treatment in their neck for pain from facet arthritis. I just had one yesterday and my pain is just about gone! What a blessing! Just wondering from...
Board: Allergies 02-03-2016, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By ladybud
Re: Hives Help

Chronic hives can also be related to a couple of medical conditions other than ordinary allergies. They are common in Hashimoto's (autoimmune ) thyroiditis, other autoimmune conditions such as lupus,...
Board: Urology 02-03-2016, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By ladybud
Re: Mid stream urine before period

Yes it is, as infection will show bacteria and white blood cells. If you are actually bleeding, be sure to clean off very well before collecting the specimen. There may be a small amount of red blood...
Board: Relationship Health 01-27-2016, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By ladybud
Re: I don't want to have any friends anymore.

Or start a club yourself and take a leadership role for others with similar interests, personalities!
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 01-27-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By ladybud
Re: advice needed

Given you had an ultrasound that was normal in Dec., PC is unlikely, but you could have a form of pancreatitis (inflammation). I would be sure you have had pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase)...
Board: Digestive Disorders 01-27-2016, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By ladybud
Re: Pediatric Constipation.

First, make sure she doesn't have a condition such as Hirschsprung's (megacolon) that causes chronic severe constipation. That condition is where a segment of bowel congenitally has no nerve fibers,...
Board: Relationship Health 01-27-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By ladybud
Re: I don't want to have any friends anymore.

I suspect from your post that you are more mature and intellectual than many people your age. That is why you prefer older friends (more mature) and those with varied interests outside of shopping,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-24-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 265
Posted By ladybud
Re: Diet/Supplemental help? General questions from a newbie!

Welcome to the boards! You might want to check your labs and see where your TSH and T4 are If TSH is over 3.0 or your T4 is in the bottom 1/2 of the range, you could benefit from a dose increase....
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-24-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By ladybud
Re: Passing kidney stones

I agree a nephrologist is a good idea, as that will ensure you will get a proper workup for why you are creating stones. A parathyroid hormone level is essential, even if serum calcium levels are...
Board: Trying to Conceive (TTC) 01-22-2016, 10:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By ladybud
Re: Is it implantation? ??

It does sound like possible implantation and is the right timing (6-10days after ovulation). Some women get a little light spotting when the embryo implants, so I would wait a few days and repeat the...
Board: Cancer 01-22-2016, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By ladybud
Re: Lymph nodes everywhere and stomach pains?

Stephanie, having enlarged lymph nodes is worrisome to anyone. There are reasons for enlargement other than lymphoma however. If you have been checked for mono, I would suggest asking your Dr. to...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 01-19-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By ladybud
Re: Do any autoimmune diseases affect your level of attractiveness

I know I look different day to day, depending on how I slept, how much pain I am in, whether I have the energy to "fix up", or even dress decently to go out. My lupus and RA have changed my...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 01-19-2016, 05:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,548
Posted By ladybud
Re: 8 yr female??? What should I expect?

Elevated CH50 is more common in rheumatoid arthritis than lupus. Did she EVER get RA testing done (Rheumatoid factor or anti CCP)? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is different than adult RA in that the...
Board: Urology 01-19-2016, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By ladybud
Re: identify my problem

First, take care of yourself. Do not worry about the Dr.-he or she has seen/heard everything. As for your parents, if you are underage and can get health care somewhere without parent consent, do...
Board: General Health 01-19-2016, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By ladybud
Re: Which tests to discover reasons for unexplained weight loss

You have listed some helpful tests, some of which are more important than others. Cancer should definitely be ruled out, as well as diabetes (causes weight loss and frequent urination) and thyroid...
Board: Urology 01-19-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By ladybud
Re: identify my problem

You can have an infection and not see evidence of it on scan. You need a pelvic exam by Dr, an internal exam, to check for infection. A lower abdomen/pelvic ultrasound may be helpful as well, so...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 01-18-2016, 10:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By ladybud
Re: Doctor says I'm fine, but I'm not?

Inner ear disease like Meniere's or similar autoimmune problems can cause many of your symptoms, so the previous suggestion is a good one. Perhaps a visit to an ENT would yield some answers,...
Board: Miscarriage & Still Birth 01-17-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By ladybud
Re: Miscarriage at 18 weeks and baby was moving.

I am so sorry for your terrible and traumatic loss. It is heart-wrenching and painful to watch your baby die just after birth. Just know you are not alone. Many Moms and Dads have experienced this,...
Board: Urology 01-17-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By ladybud
Re: identify my problem

You may have PID, an infection in the uterus and/or fallopian tubes. I would see a gynecologist to get a pelvic exam and cultures of the discharge. A bad smell is sign of infection and may be related...
Board: Adrenal Disorders 01-15-2016, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Posted By ladybud
Re: Addison's Disease? Addrenals? Please help ...

Some of your symptoms do sound like adrenal insufficiency: low blood sugar, low BP, salt craving, weight loss, nausea, vomiting. You need an serum cortisol level measured in the blood at 8 AM and 4...
Board: Immune Disorders 01-15-2016, 07:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By ladybud
Re: Please help with this blood work!!

Here are my thoughts on your daughter: It is possible to have an autoimmune disorder, PLUS immunodeficiency. The combination is unusual but does happen. It seems contradictory, that the immune system...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 01-15-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,548
Posted By ladybud
Re: 8 yr female??? What should I expect?

Aha, a low C3 and C4 with elevated CH50 is confirming an autoimmune disorder. Personally I think they need to take a stand and treat her so she can get on with her life. My #1 bet is that this is...
Board: Immune Disorders 01-14-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By ladybud
Re: immunology

It would help to post the normal ranges for the labs you posted, to see where she is compared to normal. These should be on her lab sheet as a reference range. Also, is EDS Ehlers Danlos syndrome?...
Board: Lymphomas 01-14-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By ladybud
Re: Notice, some pain around nodes, assuming that's a good sign.

I would ask them to check me for mono, as it can cause enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, liver inflammation and cough. Also a chest xray to check lymph nodes in chest. Mono is common and can last 8-12...
Board: Sleep Disorders 01-14-2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By ladybud
Re: What is this?

This sounds very suspicious for sleep apnea, as it causes daytime fatigue and is often caused by enlarged tonsils. I would pursue testing for it, especially since you have even noticed the gasping...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 01-14-2016, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By ladybud
Re: What Type of MD for Osteochondroma

An orthopedic surgeon is the correct choice. Many osteochondromas only need monitoring depending on size and symptoms. They are monitored with xrays to see if they are changing/growing. If the pain...
Board: Anemia 01-14-2016, 08:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By ladybud
Re: When does it get better?

It seems to me you need to see a hematologist, get on B12 injections, a high dose Vit D supplement, and possibly iron infusions. I would not accept this "brush-off". You must find out why you are so...
Board: Women's Health 01-13-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By ladybud
Re: Vaginal brown discharge/foul odor and increasing discomfort

Please go to your Dr. and get a vaginal/cervical exam. You may have a retained tampon in the vagina, which gets putrid smelling, or a cervical infection. This is not a figure-it-out-yourself kind of...
Board: Cancer 01-13-2016, 09:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 314
Posted By ladybud
Re: What to eat to keep up energy/strength?

I would try to eat carbs and fats are ok. Too much protein can be harmful IF your liver is failing. I would talk to a registered dietician who is familiar with your liver situation at this point,...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-13-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By ladybud
Re: What kinds of drinks are ok for the gerd condition?

Here's a list of what I would AVOID: alcohol, caffeine, citrus (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit), tomato juice, and anything with lots of fat in it, like banana smoothies, avocado in smoothies. Milky...
Board: Arthritis 01-10-2016, 08:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
Posted By ladybud
Re: Is this arthritis? 33 and miserable!!

From your history and symptoms, I think you need to see a rheumatologist to investigate all the autoimmune, inflammatory arthritis conditions. There are many tests that can be done on the blood to...
Board: Brain Tumors 01-09-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 253
Posted By ladybud
Re: Brain cystic lesion/tumor

Wow, you have a lot going on and I would imagine are scared and upset that this brain lesion hasn't gotten more priority. I wonder why the ENT sent you to a neurologist (medically oriented) rather...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-09-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By ladybud
Re: High hypothyroglobulin and TSH

I agree you would benefit from some thyroid replacement, and then your fatigue level could be reassessed after 6 weeks. It is common for people to have more than one autoimmune disease, so...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-08-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By ladybud
Re: What Else to Try?

You have not maxed out medication therapy. Zantac can be taken at 300mg at bedtime, and Reglan could be added. Reglan tightens up the lower esophageal sphincter and aids in stomach emptying to reduce...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 01-07-2016, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By ladybud
Re: Symptoms since 2007 and still undiagnosed!!

I agree that the anti-CCP test is important, as it turns positive earlier in RA than RA factor (RF) and can be diagnostic earlier, which permits earlier treatment to save your joints. Good luck, and...
Board: Chronic Pain 01-06-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By ladybud
Re: How to not think about the pain I have?

There are so many possible reasons and treatments for pain, I would try hard to find out what is causing it and what can be done to relieve it. If you have already been through all that, be sure any...
Board: Women's Health 01-06-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By ladybud
Re: Why do I keep on having period cramps but my period doesn't come though.

Two common things that cause menstrual type cramps without blood flow are pregnancy and fibroids. These are obviously far different and age related. If you know you are not pregnant, you might want...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-06-2016, 09:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By ladybud
Re: New with questions

I think seeing the nephrologist is a good idea. One condition that would put all this in perspective it possible hyperparathyroidism. The parathyroid glands in the neck control calcium in the blood....
Board: Costochondritis 01-06-2016, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By ladybud
Re: Long Term Sufferer of Costochondritis :(

Costochondritis this persistent and chronic may be part of an underlying rheumatological condition. I would see a rheumatologist and ask for a workup for connective tissue disorders. If present,...
Board: Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) 01-06-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,017
Posted By ladybud
Re: Possible Mono Misdiagnosis?

My thoughts on the skin indentations are the same as before- possible lupus panniculitis. The ultrasound would have likely have just shown thinning of the fat layer under the skin, something they...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 01-04-2016, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By ladybud
Re: Symptoms since 2007 and still undiagnosed!!

It amazes me that you went to two different Drs. for over a year with all these complaints and never got tested for anything. Now that you are older and have had symptoms a decade or so, blood tests...
Board: Eye & Vision 01-04-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By ladybud
Re: Eye pain from allergies? Or eye pain from underlying cause?

If you are having eye pain with eye movement, you could have a sphenoid sinus infection. Those sinuses sit right behind the eyeball, and can cause eye pain and light sensitivity, headaches and...
Board: Back Problems 01-03-2016, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By ladybud
Re: Spondylolysthesis ... what do I do???

You will not do any damage with normal activity or going up and down stairs. The spondylolisthesis is a slippage of one vertebrae over the one below caused by lax ligaments of the spine. Bending,...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 01-02-2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By ladybud
Re: Doctor says I'm fine, but I'm not?

It seems you need some specific tests. Where exactly is your pain? You mention it, but not where or what type, if anything relieves it, etc. That info would be helpful. Was your thyroid checked? Do...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-02-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By ladybud
Re: Added Cytomel to NatureThroid to increase Free T's ...

It isn't necessary to split doses of thyroid. Once a day for both, in AM, is just fine and they can be taken together. Thyroid is best absorbed in an empty stomach, so before breakfast is best. The...
Board: Shingles 01-02-2016, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By ladybud
Re: Question about the blisters/lesions

It is unlikely it will spread to your eye, but redness, pain, itching and irritation in the eye would be symptoms to watch for. Then anti-viral and anti-inflammatory eye drops would be needed. Be...
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