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Board: Back Problems 04-28-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,633
Posted By gmak
Re: 14 months Post PILF L5 S1

Hi Ang, Oh my goodness I hope I didn't overwhelm you. I know it's so hard to do what you're doing seeing dr's and not feeling good enough to do it. The main thing sweetheart is to find out about...
Board: Back Problems 04-28-2016, 02:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,633
Posted By gmak
Re: 14 months Post PILF L5 S1

Hi Ang, In my experience it was super important that I see a few neurosurgeons in order to find one who could and would diagnose me. The spinal cord is in two parts. The lower part from L1 usually...
Board: Back Problems 04-20-2016, 03:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,633
Posted By gmak
Re: 14 months Post PILF L5 S1

Hi Anj, I have seen some references to Ehler- danlos a genetic connective tissue disorder that can possibly predispose some to making more scar tissue, Chiari malformations and possible link to auto...
Board: Back Problems 04-20-2016, 06:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,633
Posted By gmak
Re: 14 months Post PILF L5 S1

Hi Anj, I'm gmak and I have adhesive Arachnoiditis. I didn't know I had it but i went to a new NS also because I had such severe debilitating pain. He ordered an MRI with and without contrast and...
Board: Pain Management 04-15-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 454
Posted By gmak
Re: Mylan Askina Derm covers

Hi, I'm sorry I am just now seeing your question. I have lost the form before as well and I just called the phone number on the mylan patch box and left a message at the prompt to request Askina...
Board: Pain Management 03-27-2016, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 757
Posted By gmak
Re: List my Meds When Seeing New Doctors?

Hi Eva, I am so sorry that this has happened to you and I understand that you just want relief and help. Personally I haven't had good luck with PM/ Anes dr's bc they all want to do invasive spine...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-03-2016, 03:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 271
Posted By gmak
Zegerid and bladder pain

Hi all, Hope everyone is doing well. I have been taking some form of prescription antacid since 1988 when I first had peptic ulcers from taking NSAIDS for after back surgery. Over the years I have...
Board: Chronic Pain 11-16-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 812
Posted By gmak
Re: Will it be unsafe for me since I haven't been eating enough for awhile though.

Hi gal, Im so sorry that you are in unrelieved pain and unable to eat because of it. Im sorry but I didnt catch the source of your chronic pain like if it is gastrointestinal, autoimmune,...
Board: Sinus Problems 11-14-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,247
Posted By gmak
Re: Super bad sinus congestion and pain

Thanks so much and I'm glad the Zpack helped. I ended up taking from ENT a medrol dose pack so maxillary sinus could drain bc it was swollen shut and 2 more antibiotics. She said one to kill aerobic...
Board: Arachnoiditis 11-01-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,954
Posted By gmak
Re: Opana ER and severe side effects

Hi DWM, I'm so sorry you have been through so very much. My heart goes out to you. I have had insurance company to refuse to pay for avinza but I was able to get a generic form of Morphine extended...
Board: Sinus Problems 11-01-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,247
Posted By gmak
Re: Super bad sinus congestion and pain

Hi Richard, I'm sorry and yes I have pain in maxilla bone above front teeth where the gum is. So painful!! However, for me when I awaken after lying flat all night the facial pain and pressure is...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-31-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,247
Posted By gmak
Re: Super bad sinus congestion and pain

Thank you for replying! I went to ENT on Tuesday bc I have the sickest grossest smell and taste and drainage. She gave me moxifloxacin 400mg and then I saw my gastro to get nausea and reflux and...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-23-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,247
Posted By gmak
Super bad sinus congestion and pain

Two nights ago I threw up more than ever before, appx 10 liters and for no known reason and through my nose. While harrowing the worst came the next morning when sinus pain and pressure exploding my...
Board: Women's Health 10-08-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 434
Posted By gmak
Re: itchy raw vagina

Hi Kitty, I'm so sorry you're in pain. It can be just miserable. Did you have your ovaries removed? Vaginal itching and rawness can be from an infection, fungal or bacterial, or can be caused by...
Board: Arachnoiditis 10-08-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By gmak
Re: New To Arachnoiditis -- May Have Leak

Hi Jets, You are correct the lumbar MRI with contrast is the one that is always ordered for me so it's actually with and without contrast. After I saw the NS that finally told me my diagnosis he...
Board: Women's Health 09-24-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By gmak
Re: Could use some advice. I'm so frustrated.

I'm so sorry that you are having all of these symptoms and hope it is all clear now but sometimes the office slides or office quick tests they use don't show bacteria like when a culture and...
Board: Pain Management 09-24-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By gmak
Re: Leg & foot pain nerve issues

Hi ole man n pain, I'm so sorry that you're hurting and hurting. I can relate. I went to see the Neurosurgeon for an evaluation and the first thing he ordered for me was a lumbar MRI with contrast...
Board: Pain Management 09-24-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,026
Posted By gmak
Re: My PM is changing how he practices pain management

Hi momzworkin, I hope that all of these changes that you have already experienced there will be enough and you don't have to change Drs and hope your treatment plan can continue to help relief your...
Board: Arachnoiditis 09-22-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By gmak
Re: New To Arachnoiditis -- May Have Leak

Hi I'm sorry I'm so late jets 54. I have adhesive Arachnoiditis and I was told by Dr Burton's office he no longer treats arach patients but there are others like Aldrete and Tennant who know AA and...
Board: Eye & Vision 08-20-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 419
Posted By gmak
Re: Irritation in only one eye when wearing contacts - itchy, drooping.Ongoing for mo

Hi drdavidge, Ive been wearing contacts since age 11 and im 50+ and have had all different types of lenses over the decades and have had corneal abrasions, eyes patched shut, dry eyes, corneal...
Board: Arachnoiditis 07-14-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,463
Posted By gmak
Re: Wow opiod dependency on my chart

I Appreciate the information so much bc especially with this diagnosis we need to share with each other. I can't see a pm/ Anes and i do better with my pain with the physiatrist who is also a pm...
Board: Back Problems 07-14-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By gmak
Re: New issue following XLIF

Hi bekcat, I praricularly noticed your comment about feeling pressure like a knee on your spine and I have a condition known as adhesive Arachnoiditis that includes this feeling in greater And...
Board: Pain Management 06-07-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,061
Posted By gmak
Re: Questions about new insurance & refill policies

Hi, my pharmacy manager told me that they do not go by the filled Rx date but by the actual day the medicine was picked up and only fill 30 days from the day it was picked up last month. By the...
Board: Arachnoiditis 05-29-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,463
Posted By gmak
Re: Wow opiod dependency on my chart

Hi blue, I understand your frustration bc I have had adhesive arach for 27 years. Seen the same dr for 15 years and I've taken same dosages of same pai meds for 12 years. I had 3 NS's diagnose me...
Board: Arachnoiditis 05-19-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By gmak
Re: MRI Reading for Arachnoiditis

Hi blue line, I have adhesive arachnoiditis. On your MRI report what does it say about spinal nerve clumping? Was the MRI done of lumbar with contrast? On my axial view is where I can see the spinal...
Board: Pain Management 04-22-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,363
Posted By gmak
Re: Dr. mistake with pain med script, can't get a call back

Hi island, so sorry you have this mix up. My dr does make mistakes occasionally over fifteen years and the pharmacist told me to take it back to the office which I did. It required two trips to drop...
Board: Pain Management 04-21-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By gmak
Re: It feels like Dr. is giving up on me!

I'm so sorry that you aren't being listened to about the pain and I was extremely allergic to gabapentin but I can take Lyrica. The pharmacist said that yes the are similar but many who can't take...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-10-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By gmak
Re: First post, need advice.

Hi, I'm sorry that this is happening to you! Im curious if you have ever had spine surgery and what did all the specialists say so that you aren't returning to them? Sometimes on this board I see...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-28-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

I so hope the dr visit went well And the dr is one that can help you! Restoration of your hands working is a huge thing! Sometimes when I read about all the very intricate, miraculous technologically...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-28-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By gmak
Re: 1st post pain pump complications

Hi darrien, I have adhesive arachnoiditis. What else did they tell you besides diagnosing arach? How did they come to that conclusion and did they indicate if the arach is old or has the process just...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-23-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Hi Cspine, I have those days! Too many to count so it makes a good day stick out like a true red letter day! Im so sorry hearing about your hands and all of the pain and difficulty! Has the...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-22-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Thank you Cspine! Yes I had that diagnosis, failed back surgery syndrome for 17 years and it certainly was a good reason to cry! I always wondered how that diagnosis fit me because my surgeries...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-19-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By gmak
Re: So tired of it!

Hi C spine, Glad to hear from you and I understand. Unlike most of the country I haven't endured the frozen tundra but evenso I can say that winters are my worst times and so happy spring is so soon...
Board: Pain Management 03-19-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,214
Posted By gmak
Re: My nightmare

Hi ouch potato, I am really sorry that you are having such pain and disability. I hope that you get SSDI soon. I have a lot of similarities in my story, same surgeries, same meds and also lost...
Board: Arachnoiditis 03-12-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,619
Posted By gmak
Re: need some advice

Hi ceb, Adhesive Arachnoiditis is a condition that causes the cauda equina/ spinal nerves to clump together and adhere with scar tissue together and to the inside of the dura and peripheral...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-10-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By gmak
Re: Confused about MRI/Doctor visit

Hi holly, I am really sorry that you are having pain and neuropathy symptoms! Usually if the MRI shows moderate to severe nerve compression the Dr refers to a neurosurgeon to be evaluated...
Board: Pain Management 03-09-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,175
Posted By gmak
Re: Not sure if this is the right place to ask

Hi tears! Sorry I'm late again on replying to you. Good advice above! I wanted to add that thyroid problems alone contributed to the hot flashes I was having and since I started taking thyroid med I...
Board: Back Problems 02-22-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By gmak
Re: Back Pain Years after Surgery

Hi olsenblane, I was married also very soon after having two laming tomes and dural grafting at age 26 & stayed under the care of my neurosurgeon for 20+ years because I always had pain. I can...
Board: Hysterectomy 02-22-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,604
Posted By gmak
Re: Hysterectomy for precancerous condition?

Hi Wendya, There are different ways to treat pre cancerous cells on cervix depending on the type of cells. Were the abnormal cells from uterine lining or from cervix? I had a hysterectomy and...
Board: Breastfeeding 02-22-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,429
Posted By gmak
Re: bumps around nipple

Hi Athena, No, those bumps are called Montgomery glands and help to prevent cracking on nipples because they secrete oil. Most moms make more than enough milk for the baby. Welcome to healthboards!
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By gmak
Re: lower back and cocyx pain after fall

Sure anytime. Hope it heals fast!ps ive had 4 back surgeries and the hot baths help the most.
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By gmak
Re: Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

The Hi Stphilly, I can relate because I am a chronic back pain patient. I'm sorry but I don't understand the term pelvic loin. However on your back on each side there's a slight dimple between...
Board: Back Problems 02-15-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By gmak
Re: lower back and cocyx pain after fall

Hi refj, I empathize and sympathize and am so sorry that you are hurting and that this happened! Just today I was praying for multiple friends up north to be safe especially on ice because it's so...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By gmak
Re: New confused and not sure what to do...

That's such wonderful news! I hope with you that when the post op healing has all taken place you will be pain free. I'm also glad you got your medicine! I am not sure of how long it's been since...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,711
Posted By gmak
Re: Broke my pain contract need help

I am really sorry that you lost your Dr that you loved and respected. We all make mistakes. Especially when upset, sad, mad, and in pain. However to me making a mistake in pain management is worse...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By gmak
Re: Question about refill day? URGENT

John I think I get what you are asking! You are asking if urine testing is usually done at appointments or is it done at refill time, correct? If so, my dr has done it at appointment time once...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By gmak
Re: Question about refill day? URGENT

Hi John, I get nervous and have a very hard time giving urine even though I follow dr directions on Rx explicitly! I have to drink a ton beforehand to be able to give sample. Also, I get worried...
Board: Pain Management 02-13-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By gmak
Re: New confused and not sure what to do...

Hi tears and fears, did the NS give you your medicine yet? I hope so andvi recall all that you went through the past 3 years and I am so happy that they found something fixable and really hope this...
Board: Pain Management 02-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By gmak
Re: Pain meds

Hi Roberts, I'm sorry. The dentist or oral surgeon will know what to give you if you tell them in advance. Something like promethazine or zofran. When I run out sometimes before I get back to the...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-01-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 655
Posted By gmak
Re: Life after chronic pain

Hi Palmtrees, First it's just miraculous to hear that the pain is gone! Wow I'm so happy for you! I am very sorry that you are struggling emotionally from the pain though and i think that at age...
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