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Board: Panic Disorders 10-14-2016, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 886
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: do you tap your hand when you're having panic/intense anxiety?

Hi Pboy! I'm so glad that I saw your post. Noticed that nobody has responded but I would like to. I've been experiencing symptoms of panic attacks with feelings of heart palpitations, shaking,...
Board: Depression 03-19-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 826
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Help - so sad and lost

Hi Saffron, It's been so long since I've been on the boards and even longer since I've replied to anyone. But you sound so much like me and I wanted to reach out to you and give you a gentle hug and...
Board: Back Problems 04-28-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

Thank you so much to Teteri66, Chuck and Shoreline for your responses. I've decided to try and get another opinion and see what happens. I've developed some "electrical"-type shocks on my right,...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

Thanks Chuck! I liked your reasoning and opinion on why the doc would want to just leave things alone. It makes sense to me. The issues that go into making a decision about having revision surgery...
Board: Back Problems 04-25-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

Yes, I am fused completely, including my SI joints. Sorry I didn't make that clear before. The multiple fusions were done at different times. As each bone would break additional operations were...
Board: Back Problems 04-24-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

Thank you for your reply! I have the same questions that you've expressed. How can a fusion be declared "complete" one year and then declared "failed" a few years later? I do have complete trust...
Board: Back Problems 04-23-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By BrittleBones
Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

I would like to hear from anyone who has experienced what I'm going through. I have severe osteoporosis which has resulted in many, many vertebral fractures throughout my spine. A procedure I had...
Board: Pain Management 03-29-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Update on MRI results after hip revision

Hi Tom, what you say is so true! I came to a realization last year that I had let myself (my identity) turn into a professional pain patient. I had lost all sense of the other things that I am and...
Board: Pain Management 03-29-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Update on MRI results after hip revision

Hi Lady - I actually was lucky enough to find a counselor who deals specifically with chronic pain in both children & adults. She is a chronic pain patient herself and her husband is handicapped and...
Board: Pain Management 03-27-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Update on MRI results after hip revision

Thanks Ladie! Hubby and I just returned from an appointment with my PM doc. I've been with his practice for about 9 years now and he knows me well. I went to ask him to help me tweak my pain...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-26-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Severe Pain 16 weeks post op hip revision

BB07 - thanks again for your response. I left out the fact that I am on pain meds because I've had chronic pain for almost 15 years now. I have a great PM guy who really works with me! For chronic...
Board: Pain Management 03-26-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By BrittleBones
Update on MRI results after hip revision

I had posted a few days ago about my hip revision complications. I was waiting for my surgeon to return from vacation to interpret the MRI results for me. He already knew that I had a small crack...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-26-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Severe Pain 16 weeks post op hip revision

BB07 - I didn't know that insurance companies had case managers. I have Medicare as my primary and Tricare through the Air Force for insurance companies. After speaking with the surgeon last night...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-24-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Severe Pain 16 weeks post op hip revision

Thanks LadyBass...I've been on the boards for about 7 years (I think?) and I've come to realize that this isn't a place for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice...but thanks for...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-23-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Severe Pain 16 weeks post op hip revision

Thanks! I've tried getting an appointment for second opinions and it seems that nobody wants to even look at me until I'm at least a year out from this recent surgery. I've tried the Hospital for...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-22-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By BrittleBones
Severe Pain 16 weeks post op hip revision

I posted this on the hip board as well. However, here is a shortened version. I am experiencing severe pain after having hip surgery on November 19, 2013. Initial course of healing seemed normal...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-22-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,278
Posted By BrittleBones
Problems after Hip Revision

I had a total hip revision on November 19, 2013. My original hip replacement finally broke down and failed. I had about 8 weeks of post operative healing but still had some pain. 12 weeks after...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 11-01-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,865
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Thigh pain after hip replacement surgery

I have severe osteoporosis. When I fell and broke my hip I had it replaced. But I was only home for about 2 weeks before my thigh (and hip) started hurting very badly. I tried to ignore it...
Board: Anemia 02-06-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 857
Posted By BrittleBones
Anemic - Just Getting Diagnosed

This Healthboard has been so helpful to me. I've not visited the Anemia board in years and I'm glad to see that there is so much good information. I've had problems with "anemia" for many years. ...
Board: Chronic Pain 11-26-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,198
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: has anyone found a reason to live on through incredible pain?

I don't know where you have to go to see your pain med guy - but you mentioned something about MMI which I go to....but in Maryland. If you can get yourself to Johns Hopkins Hospital they will take...
Board: Chronic Pain 07-26-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,496
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Hi, new here, couple questions

Hi Freshstart! I just wanted to let you know that I can relate to your situation! I developed endometriosis when I was about 16 years old and my quality of life started going downhill very quickly....
Board: Back Problems 05-14-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,629
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: C4-T4 Fusion: From Bad to Worse-Now What?

Thanks Teteri! All very good points and I will take them to heart. Yes, you are right - I need to look forward and spend my energies recovering, not rewinding the tape in my head. Yes...the...
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,629
Posted By BrittleBones
C4-T4 Fusion: From Bad to Worse-Now What?

Some brief background. I have undergone about 12 spinal surgeries over past decade involving fusions and repair of broken vertebra, etc. I have severe osteoporosis which causes frequent fractures. ...
Board: Back Problems 04-09-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,529
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: little embarassed... but here it goes

Hi Riley! Glad you are through with your surgery and on the road to recovery. I've got my 12th spinal surgery coming up this Thursday and will have an extension of an existing fusion from C4-T4. ...
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2012, 06:11 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,054
Posted By BrittleBones
What to expect post surgical C4-T4 fusion

Hello everybody! I am hoping that people who have had spinal fusions from the C4-T4 level will respond to my questions. I am scheduled to undergo this operation as well as an osteotomy at the T-10...
Board: Back Problems 03-02-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,167
Posted By BrittleBones
Expansion of fusion & osteotomy of T10 - What to expect?

Just a quick history: I have osteoporosis and have experienced fractures at many different levels of my spine. Currently I am fused from about T3-S1 with fusion also of my SI joints. I've been having...
Board: Back Problems 02-24-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,803
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: What is a Pelvic MRI 3T Neurogram?

OK Mr. Dog - enough blaming yourself for your current predicament! As you quite aptly said, YOU are not the doctor - YOU can only do so much research on your own as a lay person but you put your...
Board: Back Problems 02-24-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,803
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: What is a Pelvic MRI 3T Neurogram?

Hmmmm....left the disc in, huh? That doesn't sound prudent to me (of course - who am I anyway?) What condition was the disc in when the surgeon got in there? Was it being pushed out by the...
Board: Back Problems 02-23-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,803
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: What is a Pelvic MRI 3T Neurogram?

Hi Freedog! Sorry to hear about your ongoing pain/back issues. Surgery doesn't always solve the problem and it sounds like you've given it MORE than enough time to come to a verdict: Failed Back...
Board: Back Problems 01-18-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,792
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Back or hip problem ?

Hi! I had very similar pain many years ago after having my spine fused from C6-S1. Both my SI joints were moving and causing me lots of pain. Fusing my joints worked perfectly and I didn't suffer...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 12-27-2011, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 977
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Clean opiate addict/naltrexone,bronken calcaneus

Hi Steamfitter! I thought I was the only one on the planet who ever experienced a broken calcanous (spelling?). I broke mine when I fell out of a second story widow and landed on one leg.....thus...
Board: Back Problems 09-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 836
Posted By BrittleBones
Another Question about Fusion

I've already posted a few weeks back about the fact that I've broken another vertebra - T-1 and with that fracture it brought down an existing fusion of T2-4. We aren't sure what to do and my doc...
Board: Back Problems 09-10-2011, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,289
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Results of MRI to help make decision about surgery

Thanks TwoHands! I already had a CT scan of my spine. But my surgeon couldn't tell by the scan if the screw he was seeing was a shadow or if it had started to enter the spinal canal. That's when he...
Board: Back Problems 09-09-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,289
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Results of MRI to help make decision about surgery

No, I didn't have any contrast because I am allergic to the contrast, iodine, betadine solution, etc. I don't know if there is a new contrast out there, but both the CT scan and the MRI were done...
Board: Back Problems 09-09-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,289
Posted By BrittleBones
Results of MRI to help make decision about surgery

I've posted under a different subject line about my back problems and trying to figure out if a spinal fusion is the right step to take to relieve my pain. I had a CT scan that showed a fracture at...
Board: Back Problems 09-09-2011, 06:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: To Fuse or Not To Fuse...That is the Question!

After reading your response I went ahead and took a look at *** website. I was very impressed. So much so that I've requested an appointment through their online appointment request service. I...
Board: Back Problems 09-09-2011, 03:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: To Fuse or Not To Fuse...That is the Question!

Thank you Tetonteri - I appreciate your comments and the thought behind them. I am beginning to see that my best bet is to stick with my current surgeon at Hopkins and take his advice. I am very...
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: To Fuse or Not To Fuse...That is the Question!

Hi Lauren - thanks for your quick response to my post. My surgeon has performed 10 fusions on my spine over the past 10 years. I should clarify a bit by saying that some of the fusions were...
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2011, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By BrittleBones
To Fuse or Not To Fuse...That is the Question!

I'd like to get some feedback from folks about a decision I'm facing concerning surgery to fuse a broken vertebra. Short background: I have a 10 year history of severe osteoporosis which has caused...
Board: Back Problems 09-07-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 67,116
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Right shoulder blade pain/ache

Hi Kier - your pain sounds very much like the pain I've had in the past. I always described it as pain around my "wingbone" - which in grow up terms is the area of my scapula. I've had the pain on...
Board: Back Problems 08-31-2011, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,046
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: upper back pain

It sounds like bursitis to me. I've had this problem before...many times and although the pain is extreme (it sometimes feels like you've perhaps broken a bone) it does go away eventually. You may...
Board: Back Problems 08-31-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,091
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Sacroilitis, or SI joint pain

My experience with SI joint pain was long and frustrating. In my particular case my SI joints were too loose and this is what was causing the pain. Because I am fused from C4 thru S1 my spine...
Board: Back Problems 08-30-2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,192
Posted By BrittleBones
Options for treating Collapse of L1 Vertebral Body

My history briefly: 10+ years of osteoporosis with non-traumatic vertebral fractures from C2 to S1, with fusion throughout spine. Starting 6 weeks ago I had increased pain in my upper Thoracic...
Board: Weight Loss 08-22-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,434
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: Food Addicts Anonymous

Hi Shucky Ducky! Well...I've been about 6 weeks now without any sugar or flour and I can honestly say that I feel so much healthier - exactly as you've explained it! I got on the scale for the...
Board: Weight Loss 08-17-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,434
Posted By BrittleBones
Food Addicts Anonymous

I'm wondering if anybody out there has ever joined or is currently a member of Food Addicts Anonymous. If so, how has the program helped you to lose weight? I'm currently giving it a try and it...
Board: Weight Loss 08-17-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,462
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: lap band surgery

Hi Birdie! I would be very interested in hearing about your surgery. Specifically when you had the operation, how much did you way before the surgery and how much weight have you lost since the...
Board: Weight Loss 08-08-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,793
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: HCG Diet

I bought two bottles of the stuff but only used it 3 times. I too am convinced that it is nothing but a fad diet. I hate the taste of it anyway. Instead of spending all my money on the latest,...
Board: Heart Disorders 07-03-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 590
Posted By BrittleBones
PET Scan of Heart

Has anybody had a PET scan of their heart? If so, what were your findings?
Board: Heart Disorders 06-23-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,090
Posted By BrittleBones
Endothelial Dysfunction

After undergoing a PET scan of my heart a few weeks ago, I received a diagnosis of endothelial dysfunction - a condition of the small blood vessels in the heart. My physician sent me an...
Board: Health Insurance - SSDI Issues 05-13-2011, 04:52 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 36,928
Posted By BrittleBones
Re: If you meet SSDI Listing

OK, I give up! What is a listing???? Thanks! BB
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