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Board: Heart Disorders 10-19-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 847
Posted By RTgirl2011
Tachycardia and bradycardia

I had a gastric bypass in June of this year. Ever since my surgery I have had heart rates that vary between 30 to 165 beats per minutes. I have lightheadedness, dizziness, palpitations, and...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-14-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 909
Posted By RTgirl2011
Heart concerns

I am a 34, female. I had a gastric bypass in June and have since lost 75 pounds. I do exercise about 6 days a week, but its not any major athletic training. Just some brisk walking on the treadmill...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 08-10-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,831
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Initial application "under medical review" Should I send updated medical informat

Not trying to get anyone excited, but when they told me I was in medical review, I was approved. I got my SSDI in 7 months. File in July 2012 and was approved in December 2012, received back pay in...
Board: Back Problems 08-10-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,872
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Very painful spinal cord stimulator battery

My infection has already been addressed. I have been given an antibiotic shot and two different antibiotic pills to take. I paged the nurse on call and she told me come in on Monday. After she...
Board: Weight Loss / Surgical 08-09-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,203
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Gastric bypass Hell

A gastric bypass is reversible. I belong to another bypass board where several people have had reversals.
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,872
Posted By RTgirl2011
Very painful spinal cord stimulator battery

I had my permanent SCS put in back in February. It hurt for about week then it quit. Over the last week it has began to hurt just like they just put it in. Burning, stinging, general pain, etc.... I...
Board: Back Problems 02-10-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 687
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: What do you do when your Doctor...

No, they don't have to give it you. In fact most insurances will not pay for an MRI unless you have tried other treatments like physical therapy. If your doctor is treating you badly find a new one...
Board: Back Problems 01-30-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 573
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: spinal fusion with hip pain

I have had a spinal fusion and have hip pain. My hip pain stems from my sacroiliac joints being inflamed. The SI joint is a joint in the pelvis wear the sacrum connects to the ilium. How far down was...
Board: Back Problems 01-27-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Spinal Cord Stimulator or Spinal Fusion Surgery?

I agree. A scs is tool of last resort and if you have nerve pain that bad, i would have the fusion to fix the nerve compression. Another point is a spinal cord stimulator trial is very expensive,...
Board: Back Problems 12-11-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By RTgirl2011
SI joint dysfunction

Has anyone been to PT for SI joint dysfunction?
Board: Back Problems 12-09-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Clicking after fusion

Yes, you can have an MRI after a fusion. I have had several.
Board: Back Problems 11-14-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By RTgirl2011
SCS trial

I am scheduled to have a spinal cord stimulator trial in December. I am unsure if I should go ahead with it. My legs do not hurt anymore but my lower back still does. I am afraid if I cancel my...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 11-12-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: interested in ss disability for mental illness and back pain

I have bipolar disorder and have had five lumbar surgeries. If you have medical records and your doctors fill out the paperwork correctly you shouldn't have any problems. I was approved with six...
Board: Back Problems 11-07-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Need some advice from someone experienced in neck issues

I tried to go thru my neurosurgeons office but the nurse told me that since he has not seen me for a cervical issue yet, he cannot order a MRI of that area. I am pretty sure my PCP will order a MRI....
Board: Back Problems 11-07-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By RTgirl2011
Need some advice from someone experienced in neck issues

I woke up about a week and half ago with severe nerve pain in my right arm. It went all the way into my fingers and I could barely grasp anything with that hand. This is the first time my hand and...
Board: Back Problems 11-03-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 706
Posted By RTgirl2011
Question Which doctor do I call?

I have been experiencing pain radiating down my right arm in to my ring and pinky finger for the last fours days. It is very painful almost like sciatica pain in my leg. I have had five lumbar...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-24-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 655
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Narrow Angle Glaucoma

I got in with a different doctor the second week of November. I explained to them what was going on and the doctor wants to see me. They also told me if I have another episode of redness and pain to...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-24-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 655
Posted By RTgirl2011
Narrow Angle Glaucoma

Does anyone have experience with narrow or closed angle glaucoma? I believe I have been having attacks for several years now. My right eye will become real red and I will be in excruciating pain in...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-14-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: thinning retina leading to detachment

I made an appointment with a retina specialist today. I go next Tuesday, I could of went this week but I have to wait till I get paid. I told them that my optometrist told me to wait till it detaches...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-11-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By RTgirl2011
thinning retina leading to detachment

I am just wondering if anyone out there has had similar issue as mine. Two days ago I was diagnosed with a thinning retina. The doctor told me that it could detach any day now. If anyone else has had...
Board: Back Problems 09-21-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Mom is having back surgery real soon...

My back surgeries were because I kept herniating the same disc over and over. Finally they did what is called a fusion. That is where they take the disc out and replace it with a small cage full of...
Board: Back Problems 09-21-2013, 06:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Mom is having back surgery real soon...

Its normal to feel that way. She is your mom and you love her. As for the blood sugar and high blood pressure, all that stuff is monitored during surgery. I don't have any blood pressure issues but I...
Board: Back Problems 09-18-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By RTgirl2011
Having another MRI of lumbar spine.

I am having some low back pain combined with right and left leg pain. My left leg just hurts down to my knee. I do have a bulged L5-S1 disc. The last MRI I had showed no pinched nerves just the...
Board: Back Problems 09-01-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: thoracic and lumbar severe pain with shortness of breath

Good news! My heart and lungs are fine. Thank God. Doctor thinks I may have an issue with my thoracic discs, I have to consult my neurosurgeon.
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 09-01-2013, 02:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,119
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: I feel It's over for me, Totally Devasted

Younger people having a hard time getting approved is not true. I am 33, filed myself and got it on the first try. I did hire an attorney after I filed just in case. I have had 5 lumbar surgeries...
Board: Back Problems 09-01-2013, 02:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By RTgirl2011
thoracic and lumbar severe pain with shortness of breath

I have had five lumbar surgeries, one of them was a staph infection washout. I have had the gradual onset of low back and thoracic pain. Now it has become so severe that I can hardly breath....
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 08-12-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,031
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Insurance Co denied claim..after surgery

Check to see if your hospital has charity program. The business or billing office would know what I am talking about, cause it may be called something different at your hospital. You fill out your...
Board: Back Problems 07-26-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 990
Posted By RTgirl2011
SCS trial

My doctor's office finally submitted my paperwork for SCS trial. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Is there anything I should or shouldn't do after my procedure. How are the...
Board: Back Problems 07-24-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: What to do about the nurse that lies?

Well, I called the insurance company and they told that a provider called and checked my eligibilty this morning.The only thing that is needed is the paperwork faxed in. I am hoping that they fax it...
Board: Back Problems 07-23-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By RTgirl2011
What to do about the nurse that lies?

I am getting a SCS trial. The nurse at the pain clinic told last week that all my paperwork had been submitted to the insurance company. I called the insurance company and they explained that nothing...
Board: Back Problems 07-05-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 539
Posted By RTgirl2011
My spine is shot!!

I have posted many times about my fusions and my bulged L5-S1. Well it seems I have developed a new spine issue. I think I have something wrong with my thoracic spine. I go to bed at night and the...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 07-05-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Bipolar

I was approved for the same thing. I had my back pay a month after I was approved. Then my monthly check started the following month. It all started before my official letter came.
Board: Back Problems 06-14-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 937
Posted By RTgirl2011
the process of getting a spinal cord stimulator

My neurosurgeon has recommended a SCS trial. What is the process for getting one? Is there a pscyh evaluation? Is the trial put in at the hospital or in the office under the flouroscope?
Board: Pain Management 06-05-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 446
Posted By RTgirl2011
Question Discussing a SCS with my neurosurgeon.

I am new to the PM boards. I have had 5 back surgeries, 2 discectomies/laminectomies, 2 lumbar fusions, and a staph infection washout. The two fusions and the staph infection washout were done early...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 06-05-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 483
Posted By RTgirl2011
going to college while on SSDI

Will going to college thru a vocational rehabilitation agency affect my benefits?
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 06-05-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: still waiting

Age has nothing to do with it. I was 32 when I was approved for back issues and bipolar disorder. I was also approved on the first time. My claim went to quality review on December 4 2012 and I had...
Board: Back Problems 06-05-2013, 06:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Talking to the neurosurgeon about SCS

I have a bulged L5-S1. I am still having symptoms that include, lower back pain and nerve pain down both legs. Before my fusions I only had symptoms in my left leg. It was so severe that I could not...
Board: Back Problems 06-04-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By RTgirl2011
Talking to the neurosurgeon about SCS

I have an appt with my NS next week and I would like to ask about a SCS trial. I have many other conservative treatments without success. I am now back on pain meds and I am currently using a tens...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 05-29-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: My first post

Congrats!!! I filed in July of last year was approved in December.
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 05-28-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Going to college

I don't want my benefits taken away, but now I am curious to know why a person can go thru local vocational rehabilitation office to have their school paid for if they are on disabilty. I am so...
Board: Back Problems 05-23-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: TENS machine, can I use it?

I use my tens unit after my fusion without any problems. I find it very relieving and I am going to ask for a spinal cord stimulator trial at my next appointment.

As for sleeping on your tummy, I...
Board: Back Problems 05-23-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: TENS machine, can I use it?

I use my tens unit after my fusion without any problems. I find it very relieving and I am going to ask for a spinal cord stimulator trial at my next appointment.

As for sleeping on your tummy, I...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 05-23-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By RTgirl2011
Going to college

Will going to college affect my SSDI payments? Can they take it away from me?
Board: Back Problems 05-04-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,300
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: MRI scan and claustrophobia

I usually take a valium before I have an MRI. I also ask if I can be put into the machine feet first so my head is sticking out. That usually helps.
Board: Back Problems 03-06-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Getting a second opinion, what should I ask?

Well, I called and left a message with the nurse at my current NS's office. She almost immediately called me back. She told me she is going to talk to the doctor about getting me another MRI. I...
Board: Back Problems 03-05-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Getting a second opinion, what should I ask?

I had my first fusion L4-5 on Feb 9, 2012 and the other L3-4 on June 28, 2012. I have been diagnosed with adjacent disc disease. I honestly don't really want to switch surgeons but I let the nurse...
Board: Back Problems 03-05-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By RTgirl2011
Question Getting a second opinion, what should I ask?

I am veteran to having back surgery. I have had 5. I have had two open discectomies, 2 PLIFs, and a staph infection washout. However, I am not good at asking questions. I get in the office and forget...
Board: Back Problems 02-18-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Should I get another opinion?

I guess wait it out. My infectious disease doctor prescribed me some gabapentin, but it has quit working. My infectious disease doctor thought it was strange that he didn't want to anything about it.
Board: Back Problems 02-18-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Should I get another opinion?

L3-4 and L4-5 were removed during my fusion. L5-S1 is the one that is bulged. L4-5 is completely fused and the other is partially fused.
Board: Back Problems 02-18-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By RTgirl2011
Re: Should I get another opinion?

I had a PLIF. Yes, i do have hardware.
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