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Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 08-23-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By MountainReader
Re: NTI appliance

I've had tons of experience with various splints and other TMJD treatments. I'm doing well now after years of trying to figure things out.

Personally, I absolutely hate the NTI's. I tried them 3...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 08-21-2016, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By MountainReader
Re: 5 months of wearing TMJ orthotic appliance

I wore a TMJ orthotic for about 17 months I had relief in about 3 months and was close to 'normal' in 6 months. I had quite a few adjustments to the orthotic in the early months.

My symptoms...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 07-26-2016, 07:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By MountainReader
Re: bursitus shoulder pain

There are a lot of different things that can contribute to shoulder pain. If you aren't ready to see a shoulder specialist, I do recommend getting a referral to see a physical therapist. They can...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-23-2016, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By MountainReader
Re: I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. anybody out there with answers?

I do like Jamie Koufman's info too. My favorite it The Chronic Cough Enigma. Even if you don't have a cough, she goes in-depth into LPR (silent reflux), which would by your lump in the throat...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-22-2016, 11:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nissan Fundoplication 3 weeks post-op. stomach issues

When I had my NF, I was on a liquid diet only for 2 weeks (not even allowed strawberry seeds in a smoothie), then soft food for a week or two. I didn't add solid meat and bread back until about 3...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 07-18-2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Help with acid reflux cough

You have received some good advice.

If you are waiting to see how the PPI's do, my Gastroenterologist recommended I try each for 4-6 weeks before deciding if it was helping. With LPR reflux,...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-18-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Congestion, headaches etc, negative test, exhaust smell

Do you know if you have acid reflux?

I had bad allergies, PND and chronic sinus problems for years. I always attributed it to the allergies, until I had surgery for acid reflux. I went from...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 07-17-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Craziest Thing

I cut my hair shorter so I could finger style it. My hairdresser actually styled and dried my hair with his left hand only just to make sure I could duplicate what he was doing. He even showed me...
Board: Allergies 07-16-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 192
Posted By MountainReader
EpiPen refills

If you are looking to refill your Epi-pen soon, please take a look at my posting on the Health News board regarding price changes.
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 07-14-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Recovery time from Ulnar shortening?

My surgery was done by my second opinion too. When I complained about the pain afterwards, he kept telling me that he had fixed me and offered more cortisone shots if I wanted them. I declined...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 07-13-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Recovery time from Ulnar shortening?

Did you have PT after your cast came off? If not, it might be a good idea to consider. If your healing doesn't feel 'normal' you may want to go back to talk to your surgeon.

I had some of the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 07-10-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By MountainReader
Re: wrist surgery

What type of wrist surgery are you wanting to know about. I've had 3 surgeries and they were all different in their recoveries.
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 06-29-2016, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By MountainReader
Re: If I possibly have crepitus in the joint does that mean I'd need surgery to fix i

Have you done anything to work on the muscle spasms/tightness in your ears/face/jaw? Some oral massage, trigger point work, or PT may really help. If something is off in your bite/tmj, the muscles...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 06-28-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By MountainReader
Re: If I possibly have crepitus in the joint does that mean I'd need surgery to fix i

Crepitus in and of itself is usually benign. I have some joint hypermobility and experience it quite frequently in multiple joints, including my jaw. If you have bite issues, pain, or muscle...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 06-19-2016, 01:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Shortening This friday

How are you doing?
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 06-14-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Tfcc

Actually, a thorough physical assessment of the area identified the loose plate. When the second opinion doctor noticed it, he showed me where to feel and I could tell he was right.

How are you...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 06-13-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Tfcc

I had the same TFCC pain after surgery that I had before. I also had a significant loss of ROM and was far from being to supinate. Once I had my plate removed and some additional debridement, the...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-05-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 737
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Getting Nissan Fundoplication surgery for nonacidic reflux, nervous

I had my NF in 2008. It made a huge difference in my life. Not sure what questions you have, but I have tons of postings from my experience over the years here.

Good luck.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-05-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Swelling is finally going down

Glad you are feeling a bit better with your unna boot.

It isn't the same, but with doctor's permission, I flew alone after another type of major surgery to recoup with family out of state. The...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-02-2016, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By MountainReader
Re: I am home from surgery

I don't know how much it does, but my doctor has told me to ice whenever it hurts. I know it won't do as much as immediately post-surgery, but it does feel good at times. Maybe it just provides the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 06-01-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Shortening This friday

I was casted for 6 weeks. I had the bones placed together and they were showing as healed on the x-ray. Why the gap left in your bone? I thought the purpose was to remove bone to shorten it. Is...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-31-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Cast versus boot

If you go with a cast, try a Cast Cooler. It wraps around the cast and has a PVC that sticks out and holds the vacuum hose. It pulls air through the cast and helps sweaty skin dry, cools you down,...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 05-30-2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Curious

I had shoulder impingement surgery with debridement and bone shaving. I still get the catching sometimes. Turns out I've developed multidirectional instability and the catching is actually a...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-29-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Posted By MountainReader
Re: What can I expect in the coming weeks?

It is a bit late for you Thefer74, but might be of interest to you mse. I was sent home from my last ankle surgery with a Polar Cube that has an ankle wrap. It allowed ice cold water to flow around...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-15-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Help. AFL repair surgery in less than 2 weeks

In addition to the nerve block, my surgeon inserted an On-Q Pain Pump that I kept in for about 4 days. I wasn't expecting it, but I LOVED it. It is a postoperative, non-narcotic pain relief system...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-15-2016, 06:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Pros and Cons of Ulnar Osteotomy

Ultimately, the question is if having been through the surgery, would we choose to do it again. In my case, absolutely!

I had 4 mm removed with my osteotomy. I had splint for 2 weeks, then casts...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-05-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Has anyone tried IwalkFree crutch?

I was researching this just a couple days ago. I have ankle surgery coming up in a month or so and I may need shoulder surgery too. I really don't want crutches because of that, but I live on a...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 05-04-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 612
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Undiagnosed ...

This is probably a long-shot, but you can try researching Craniocervical Instability, Chiari Malformation, or TMJ disorders. There is a good sticky at the top if the TMJ board with a long list of...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-04-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Peroneus Brevis Tendon Repair Question

Thanks for your responses. I had the follow-up with my doctor to discuss my results. He said the tear I have of my Peroneus Brevis tendon is pretty rare to present the way it did. Evidently it is...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-27-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By MountainReader
Peroneus Brevis Tendon Repair Question

Hi.

I injured my ankle 6 months ago. Bracing, ice, anti-inflammatories and PT haven't helped it heal. I finally had an MRI and found out today that I have a very long Peroneus Brevis tendon...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-27-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Major Set Back Ligament Reconstruction

Hi. I don't have any advice to offer, but want you to know you aren't alone. It is very frustrating. I had ligament repair last March. In October, I re-injured it. Just today, I convinced the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-24-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Shortening This friday

Glad to hear you haven't had pain issues yet. :)

Your youth is probably in your favor. Being aware and pro-active of your pain is good if/when it hits. Also, if you are icing a lot it helps. ...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-22-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Shortening This friday

Hi. Hope everything went well today.

Elevation, ice, and staying on top of the initial pain will be your best friends in the next couple days.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-20-2016, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Sprain that's not getting better

I don't have a good answer, but can relate. Ankle sprains can be frustrating.

What did they recommend you do? Are you in a brace? Have you rested it? Are you icing? Taking...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-20-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Shortening This friday

How will ulnar shortening address your laxity? I'm a bit confused about that.

If you have chronic inflammation from your excessive movement and the longer ulnar bone, it should help with the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-09-2016, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulnar Shortening Plate Removal

I had my Ulnar Osteotomy in March and had the plate removed in November about 3 years ago. Pretty close to where you are in terms of length of time. I had pain in the TFCC area, trouble supinating,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-07-2016, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Healthy foods after surgery

My orthodontist asked me the same question frequently in my TMJD treatment. He kept pushing smoothies with spinach and other veggies and fruit when I presented him with some of my eating challenges....
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 02-19-2016, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 605
Posted By MountainReader
Re: DeQuervain's?

Back in a brace again. Yes, the DeQuervains is back. Technically 'wrist tendonosis'. Gotta get the inflammation under control again.:confused:
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 02-19-2016, 07:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,362
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Begging for input!

You might try researching POTS. Are your symptoms worse when you stand up from a lying position or prolonged sitting? Postural tachycardia syndrome is an abnormality of the functioning of the...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 02-15-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 605
Posted By MountainReader
DeQuervain's?

Hi,

I had deQuervain's release in my left wrist 3 years ago. Over the last few weeks, I've had pain on the back side of my hand from the thumb to wrist area. It seems like a similar pain. I...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-02-2016, 09:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Barrett's Esophagus Patient

I have upper endoscopies every year or two for monitoring. Barrett's came up 2 years ago. I had a Nissen Fundoplication for extremely severe, life-threatening (breathing) acid refluxing in 2008. ...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-01-2016, 11:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By MountainReader
Re: What is your alcohol drink of choice if you have gerd

A couple things:

The Dexilant is intended as a daily medication to help suppress the acid and help heal damage to the esophagus. It does not work like your Tums, Gaviscon, or Zantac which you may...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-27-2016, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Shoulder subluxation treatment

Surgery to 'fix' hypermobility is tough and not always successful like we want.

I had subacromial decompression. They shaved down a hook and additional bone on the underside of my acromion. They...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-26-2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Shoulder subluxation treatment

You might try reading up on Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.

I have multidirectional instability and sublux in all directions when I move my shoulder. With Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, my tendons...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-24-2016, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 997
Posted By MountainReader
Re: How long to try out a gerd medication to know if its working?

My GI also said to give it at least a month to see if it is working. If you look at what PPI's are really supposed to do, in terms of healing time once acid is reduced, it usually takes 6-8 weeks so...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 01-22-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 880
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post Ulnar shortening pain

I had that TFCC pain post-op. Very frustrating. Once I had my plate removed and some debridement, the TFCC area healed well and my pain resolved.

My surgeon kept telling me he had fixed me and...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 01-19-2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Have Really Bad Headaches - Could it be TMJ?

TMJD can absolutely be a source of headaches.

There is a good sticky at the top of this TMJD board that has a list of symptoms common in TMJD that you might find helpful.

Another good...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-13-2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Nissen PreOp

I had my NF in 2008. It was literally a lifesaver. I had a chronic cough due to the acid irritating my throat and lungs. The lung irritation caused me severe breathing problems too. The surgery...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 01-11-2016, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 880
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Post Ulnar shortening pain

I had 4 mm removed too. I was in a short-arm cast for 6 weeks.

I never had any elbow pain. Could they have irritated a nerve?

I had huge problems with supination. Months of PT and my...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-06-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 879
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Still having reflux symptoms after a Nissen fundoplication

I forgot to mention...I avoided solid meats and breads for several months. Those foods don't break down well when you chew them. This can make it easier for foods to get 'stuck' above the wrap. It...
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