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Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-01-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,014
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Starting Splint Therapy

I just got used to the fact there were some foods that it wasn't worth trying to eat while I was in splint therapy. Things like lettuce/spinach, pickles, peppers, steak, etc. are tough since the...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-25-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 491
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Should I have Shoulder surgery???

It really does depend on your underlying issues and your ability to function during daily activities. Have you researched Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

I have had arthroscopic subacromial...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-17-2017, 10:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Severe Sinus Inflammation for 9 months

Hi,
There is a sticky at the top of the TMJD board that has a list of the types of symptoms that can present with TMJD. It is worth pursuing.

Another thing to consider for the sinus pain is...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 04-07-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 335
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulnar Shortening Oestophy

I was able to figure it out on my own. My surgery was on my dominate wrist. I like buying wet wipes to help some. Using your non-dominate hand just take it slow and easy. If showering is a...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 04-07-2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,121
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Am I ready for Phase 2 ???

I had frequent adjustments to my splint in the beginning, sometimes more than once a week. Those minor changes in how things hit when the jaw starts coming forward (or side to side as the case may...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 04-06-2017, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,121
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Am I ready for Phase 2 ???

I wore my splint 24/7 for about 1.5 years. I had oral PT to work on loosening the muscles in my jaw, in addition to manual work on my shoulders and neck throughout the treatment. I also worked on...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-30-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Last ditch effort before Fundoplication surgery referral - advice pls

Were you able to get a Manometry done? I had mine done before my 24 hr pH tests, but I had the traditional instead of Bravo. Have they measured the motility of your esophagus and the function of...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-27-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 424
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Safe dose for Nexium?

Typicallly the twice a day dosage is most effective for LPR reflux like yours. I think the greatest concern is with long-term side effects. Hopefully you can gain some control and not need to stay...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 02-18-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,076
Posted By MountainReader
Re: do mouth guards really work for TMJ?

There are many different types of splints. There are also many different levels of expertise in dentist training with regards to TMJD treatment.

I have had several guards/splints over the years. ...
Board: Sinus Problems 02-16-2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 873
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Looking for advice on Chronic Sinusitis congestion

OK. I am going to through out some out of the box things you could possibly research.

I suffered from chronic sinus problems for over a decade. Turns out I had multiple things contributing to my...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-12-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Hitial Hernia and acid reflux

Have you been to see a Gastroenterologist yet?
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 02-05-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,121
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Am I ready for Phase 2 ???

There are multiple factors to consider.

It is important to consider both the physical bite issues and the muscular issues in the TMJD treatment.

Everyone is different. The muscular part took...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 01-29-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Do I have IBS?

IBS is mostly a diagnosis of elimination. When I was diagnosed, they first went through a series of tests and treatments to rule out other things before making the IBS diagnosis. I do know that...
Board: Asthma 01-28-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,598
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Advice for persistent asthma not responding to meds

I had pretty severe adult onset asthma. I have bad allergies and environmental triggers that I always attributed the asthma problems to. However, as one point, I couldn't get the asthma under...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-28-2017, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Vomiting after Nissens

I had my NF in 2008. For the most part, I don't vomit. I just get queasy until things pass through the stomach. About a year after surgery, I got a nasty gastro bug and the vomit had a way of...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 01-09-2017, 08:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 459
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Cyst on the ulna side of left wrist

What did your ortho doc say?

Sounds like it could be a ganglion cyst. There are various things that can trigger the cyst developing. It is hard to know. While they are benign, I had to have...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-08-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 980
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Having Ligament Reconstruction (Brostrom) Done

Do you have a Polar Cube with ankle wrap or something similar that runs continuous ice water through the wrap? Between that and the On-Q, it can significantly reduce the pain.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 12-22-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Mild stomach pain

I have seen a GI doc for years and he is the one who does my scopes. I think seeing one is a good idea. If it is after the scope, they can help you interpret the results.

It is possible to have...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 12-05-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 318
Posted By MountainReader
Re: 24 Hour pH testing done incorrectly?

I have had this test done 5 times. It really depends on what the doctor was testing for. The single probe is done most frequently. It measures the acid coming up into the esophagus. The dual probe...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-31-2016, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Barrettes esophagus

Good luck with your EGD. I've had one every year or two for the past 10 years due to unusually severe GERD/LPR. 2.5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Barrett's both visually and via pictures from the...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 10-31-2016, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Crying & TMJ

You are not alone. My TMJD presented with ear stuffiness, tinnitus and pain. It felt like an extremely bad infection 24/7 and took many months to even identify the problem. I would lay there many...
Board: Asthma 10-21-2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Headache, burning chest, coughing feel chilled on inside

I agree with Titchou.

A few years back, I got very sick a few days after a flu shot. My neurologist who did a thorough health history told me about some Japanese research that said as some...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-17-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,280
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Peroneal tendon issues and hypermobility

As an adult, I've come to realize I have Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Just made the connection in my late 30's.

I injured my right ankle by just a 'tweak' as I went to sit on a swivel...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 10-17-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Has anyone gotten braces after their TMJ splint and seen improvement?

It took me a long time to figure out the ear/TMJ connection. I have an incredible ENT who I had been with for years who I went to twice and he couldn't find anything wrong with my ears. He offered...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 10-16-2016, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Has anyone gotten braces after their TMJ splint and seen improvement?

I forgot to mention something else. My dentist promoted good nutrition to help the body heal itself.

I told him that with the acrylic splints and teeth that didn't always touch, there was no...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 10-16-2016, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Has anyone gotten braces after their TMJ splint and seen improvement?

My TMJD manifested itself as intense ear pain/stuffiness. While some strategies are similar for each TMJD patient, I think that in the end, you need to make decisions based upon your underlying...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-02-2016, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Heartburn Days After Fundoplication Surgery

I think it is normal for some as part of the healing process. Sometimes, the feeling is just from stuff sitting in the esophagus for a while before making it past the wrap. My GI doc told me it...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-02-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 656
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Aircast is Painful

I'm a female with a size 8.5-9 shoe and I was in a small Aircast. I agree with the suggestion from others about adjusting the air in the Aircast. It can help and you are able to adjust until you...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 09-27-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,313
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Continuing Achy Pain

Hi. My issues aren't the same, but I do deal with daily nagging shoulder pain that I'm dealing with. I've had surgery on both shoulders. Mine was for shoulder impingement and I was able to catch...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 09-10-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By MountainReader
Re: not AGAIN?! opposite shoulder PAIN

I had surgery on my right shoulder for shoulder impingement. It was so bad, I lost complete range of motion and was in considerable pain. While rehab was tough on this shoulder, I know it was...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 08-23-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
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: 8
Views: 1,261
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: 542
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: 932
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: 642
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: 6
Views: 821
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: 720
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: 559
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: 337
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: 595
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: 595
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: 381
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: 834
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: 834
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: 22
Views: 3,141
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: 451
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: 451
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: 1,071
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: 492
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: 825
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...
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