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Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-12-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,111
Posted By SKZ
Problems figuring out when to take Armour

I am 58, and just started taking 15 mg. of Armour. The doc said to take it first thing in the morning and then don't eat or drink for an hour . And also take it the same time everyday. So I started...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-08-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,527
Posted By SKZ
Re: Hip Bursitis: How can I sleep on vacation??

Well I bought a memory foam topper to take on vacation in a separate suitcase. And next week I am getting a steroid shot in the bursa. They have never worked before, but maybe it will take the edge...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-01-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,527
Posted By SKZ
Re: Hip Bursitis: How can I sleep on vacation??

That's funny. I actually have some of that. I must have a terrible case, because that doesnt help either. Thanks for trying!
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,527
Posted By SKZ
Re: Hip Bursitis: How can I sleep on vacation??

Actually I do use the Lidoderm patches. They only help a little. Not too much. I think what I might have to do it buy a single bed memory foam topper and put it in a suitcase. What a pain.
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-01-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,527
Posted By SKZ
Hip Bursitis: How can I sleep on vacation??

I have had hip bursitis for about 12 yrs. I got it in my 40s. The older I get (now 56), the worse it gets! I sleep on a Tempur-pedic which is a tremendous help. But whenever I go on vacations, the...
Board: Back Problems 01-19-2010, 12:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

I have had this procedure 2 times and am getting it next Monday myself (4 levels on both sides). The first time I got it, it helped amazingly. During the procedure I had some sedation, but remember...
Board: Back Problems 01-19-2010, 11:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

I'm going in for the same procedure tomorrow. What I would like to know is how are you feeling now?? Did it decreease your pain???
Board: Sinus Problems 04-13-2009, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,765
Posted By SKZ
Re: Who here has nasal polyps with terrible sinus issues?

I see the ENT in my allergy Dr's off office on May 5th. I am almost positive he is going to recommend getting the polyps out. I had 2 sinus surgeries in the 90s, so I dread having another one, but...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-10-2009, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,561
Posted By SKZ
Re: Chronic sinusitis since 1993 and nasal polyps now *sigh*

No, but thanks for the info and I will research Lymes for sure.
Board: Sinus Problems 04-10-2009, 08:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,561
Posted By SKZ
Re: Chronic sinusitis since 1993 and nasal polyps now *sigh*

I apologize. I didnt make myself clear. I have been on Rhinocort for many many years. My dose has just been upped a lot since the polyps. Oh yea, I am on all the good stuff. I am taking Aciphex for...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-09-2009, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,561
Posted By SKZ
Re: Chronic sinusitis since 1993 and nasal polyps now *sigh*

Thanks for interesting response. I have been on Rhinocort for many years and my Dr. has me doing it for the next 20 days....2 quirts in each nostrils 2 x a day. I was put on both Allegra and...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-09-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,561
Posted By SKZ
Re: Chronic sinusitis since 1993 and nasal polyps now *sigh*

I get a lot of endoscopes and they see infections in there everytime. The usual drill is not to take Prednisone, but do an antibiotic, and only the rare Medrol dosepak. But with the polyps now, its...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-09-2009, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,561
Posted By SKZ
Chronic sinusitis since 1993 and nasal polyps now *sigh*

Hi everyone,
I am new to this particular board. I have had chronic allergies and sinusitus since about 1993. It hasnt been real fun. It has really put a crimp in my life. I am 53 and all of a sudden...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-09-2009, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,765
Posted By SKZ
Who here has nasal polyps with terrible sinus issues?

Hi everyone,
I am new to this particular board. I have had chronic allergies and sinusitus since about 1993. It hasnt been real fun. It has really put a crimp in my life. I am 53 and all of a sudden...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By SKZ
Re: denervation on my neck

Yes, that is the same thing.
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 02-05-2009, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,038
Posted By SKZ
Do I need to have IRON in my supplement at age 53?

Hi,
I bought some ALIVE vitamins and by mistake got the ones without iron. Does anyone know if I even need iron in my vitamin supplement at my age, anyway?
Thanks!
Board: Back Problems 12-25-2008, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,902
Posted By SKZ
Re: New here osteoarthritis of the spine

Hi Daniel,
Merry Christmas!
I have osteoarthritis in my neck and also my lumbar spine. I had degenerative disk disease in my neck , also....so I ended up with a 2 level fusion there 2 yrs. ago....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-05-2008, 04:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,329
Posted By SKZ
Re: July needs another consult

I had 2 sinus surgeries in the 90s. I just found out today that I have huge polyps. So i am going to start a large dose of steroids for 3 weeks and then get another CT to torque my neck out again....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-04-2008, 02:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,329
Posted By SKZ
Re: July needs another consult

Hey July!!!!
Oh my God, you have sinus stuff, too! oyyyyyyyyyyy. I cannot decided which of my chronic stuff I hate more......the neck stuff, the sinus infections up the wazoo for the last 16 years...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-02-2008, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,329
Posted By SKZ
Re: July needs another consult

Hi July,
I havent been here for awhile, but I just saw this thread. I am so sorry you are still struggling with this garbage. And you are right, this economy CERTAINLY does not help any of our...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-10-2008, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 757
Posted By SKZ
Re: New here and not diagnosed yet (and would like feedback please)

Thanks so much for the speedy response. I am so paranoid that I am going to get jerked around like that Mystery Diagnosis lady. (which i saw a few months ago, btw). I have been misdiagnosed SO many...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-10-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 757
Posted By SKZ
New here and not diagnosed yet (and would like feedback please)

Hi everyone, this is my first post here. Just wondering about a few things. I am 52, exhausted all the time and am not happy unless I get 10 hours of sleep a night. (which I got on Sat. but probably...
Board: Back Problems 10-28-2008, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By SKZ
Re: Looking for suggestions

They burned the nerves that enervate the facet joints in my lumbar area. Do some research on the procedure. **REMOVED***
Board: Back Problems 10-27-2008, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By SKZ
Re: Who here has bad arthritis in their lumbar spine?

I had both of mine done at an outpatient surgery center. I got sedated but I was awake. You have to be awake to give them feedback during the procedure. I was really scared ahead of time when I found...
Board: Back Problems 10-27-2008, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By SKZ
Re: Who here has bad arthritis in their lumbar spine?

I Just had 2 procedures called a RADIOFREQUENCY RHIZOTOMY. Its also called RF NEUROTOMY and RF ABLATION. Its burns the nerve endings (its not bad) and takes away much of the pain. Its not permanent....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By SKZ
Re: denervation on my neck

I had that procedure a couple of yrs. ago my neck and just had both sides of my back done. I do have to say that for me, its easier having the back done than the neck. My neck burned for several...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-28-2008, 08:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,082
Posted By SKZ
Re: What is your activity level after ACDF? I am 1.5 years post-ACDF

I had ACDF C5-C7 in Jan. of '07. I am a lot better, but I still get a lot of REALLY tight muscles in my neck, traps, and upper back. If I do too much I have to spend an hour or 2 on a heating pad. :-(
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2008, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 21,135
Posted By SKZ
Re: Biofreeze for sciatica?

My experience with those kinds of pain relieving gels is that it really doesnt help referred pain. I have bad hip pain that is referred from my back. It helps my back pain but not the hip. So I...
Board: Back Problems 09-27-2008, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 21,135
Posted By SKZ
Re: Biofreeze for sciatica?

YOu guys.....Biofreeze is really great and so is SOMBRA. It cools and heats. Man, I ought to buy stock in that company..I buy so much of it. (on second thought maybe not. LOL)
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-18-2008, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

The type of Dr. that does this is a pain management Dr/ Anesthesiologist. Yea, get the MRI for sure.
Board: Back Problems 09-17-2008, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By SKZ
Re: complicated back pain questions

My MRI said I had 2 kinds of stenosis at 3 levels, 3 bulging disks at those same levels, and facet arthropathy at the same levels. I went thru hell finding out what the MAIN source of the pain was....
Board: Back Problems 09-17-2008, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By SKZ
Re: complicated back pain questions

I just wanted to share with you my situation. My back hurt a lot and I developed a nightmare pain in my hip which has made me limp since May of 2007. My PT thought it was the SI Joint, even though my...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-15-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

I forgot to mention that I had it in my neck 9 months before I ended up with my 2 level fusion. I may end up having it in my neck again at C4-5, since the arthritis is starting to really act up again.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-15-2008, 07:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

The nerve burning thing has several names: Radiofrequency Rhizotomy/Ablation/or Neurotomy.
In a nutshell...Radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy or neurotomy is a therapeutic procedure designed to decrease...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-14-2008, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

I am not working now because I am having bad lower back problems to the point that I cannot stand long enough. I am an elem. school substitute teacher and I am on my feet longer than I can manage...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-14-2008, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

I had my surgery Jan 2007, and my last MRI was about a year ago (after the surgery) when I went to NYC and my neck hurt so much afterwards. I am sure the taxi rides and luggage pulling did not help....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-13-2008, 07:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Re: Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

Hey July!!!!!!!

I have been dealing with nightmare lower back stuff, too. Its total deja vu of he neck stuff. I just got the nerves burned in my left side lumbar, due to facet joint pain. I went...
Board: Arachnoiditis 09-13-2008, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,890
Posted By SKZ
Re: Epidural shot today...questions...

I have been thru that IV nightmare too. God, it hurts, doesnt it??????????? One time I was getting an epidural in my neck so I was having the sedation. That sadist nurse tried like 4 times because I...
Board: Back Problems 09-13-2008, 09:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Hi Lynn,
I had mine on Monday. I was felt much better immediately and rested from Monday to Thurs. On Fri. I went out and did a ton of errands. Now today I am much more sore in my lower back. (oy)....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,111
Posted By SKZ
Symptoms of C4-C5 bone spurs

Anybody know the symptoms of stenosis and bone spurs at C4-5?
I had a fusion at C5-7 in Jan of 2007. The level above was a problem, but not enought to fuse. Now my neck is hurting alot again. oyyy.
Board: Arachnoiditis 09-09-2008, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,890
Posted By SKZ
Re: Epidural shot today...questions...

I had 2 epidurals, 3 weeks apart. I was going to have a third one, but since I only got 5 days of relief from those 2, the Dr. decided it didnt make sense to do the 3rd. My pain seems to be more from...
Board: Back Problems 09-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

I really hear you on the pain factor, especially by the end of the day. I get where I have to tke Vicodin. I went grocery shopping in Sunday. I didnt take Celebrex because it was the day before the...
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Thanks, you all for the responses!
I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but ,my nightmare hip pain that makes my life a living hell is gone all day today. Isnt that weird?
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2008, 02:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Its weird how Drs. are all so different. My dr. wants to see me 10 days after the procedure. And he said it takes 3 weeks to see if it will make a difference. Go figure. I had 4 levels done on my...
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2008, 01:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

How often did you ice and for how long?
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Well, I just go home from the RF procedure. I had a little bit of sedation and totally remember everything. The dr. asked me questions the whole time and it was painful, but not as bad as I thought...
Board: Back Problems 09-07-2008, 03:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

God, I coulod use some right now. bad day
Board: Back Problems 09-05-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Well, I guess it can't be much different than I already feel, which is in bad pain all the time.
Board: Back Problems 09-05-2008, 03:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

I think I can get sedated, just have to be awake. I will DEFINITELY take some sedation. I have never been sedated before where i didnt feel like I was totally out.
What is a reasonable time frame...
Board: Back Problems 09-05-2008, 02:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,207
Posted By SKZ
Re: RF Ablation

Well ladies, wish me luck because MINE is Monday morning!
I got fed up with waiting for my physiatrist's office to send the rhizotomy guy his notes. (he is referring me to the rhiztomy Dr.). So I...
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