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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-12-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,302
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: ACDF 5/6 recovering

Hi,

I was told to avoid anti-inflammatory meds for at least 6 months, preferably a year. I had practically lived on ibuprofen for my arthritis, so it was quite difficult staying off it but I did...
Board: Chronic Pain 10-12-2011, 12:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 50,264
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Hydrocodone vs. Tramadol??

To the best of my knowledge - Utram (Tramadol) does NOT have acetaminophen in it - but Ultracet does.

I have been using Ultram (Tramadol) for years in combination with Darvocet (now off the...
Board: Endometriosis 10-11-2011, 11:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,960
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: 44 with endo, done having children, what is the next step

Hi Kim, :wave:

I trid Lupron injection first. It was very nice. I knew there are possible side-effects but also learned a lot of the bad rap from endo came from women who hadn't tried it. I did...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-11-2011, 10:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,887
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Cervical Spondylosis - need help understandind an MRI

Hi trmort,:wave:

To me, it sounds like arthritis changes in your neck, with bone spurs narrowing things enough to cause the nerve to be pinched.

Don't go by me though, hope your doc can go...
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 10-11-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,099
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: How long can I put surgery off?

I put my first surgery off for years and no harm came from it, but I tell ya - it was sooo nice NOT having the symptoms that afterward, I really wondered WHY I put it off for so long.

I was found...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-21-2011, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,284
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Alternative to Coumadin--- Pradaxa

Anyone out there have any first-hand experience with this medicine & what is your opinion of it?

Thanks
Board: Rare Disorders 07-08-2010, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,477
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Tarlov's Cysts Anyone?

I have been suffering chronic sacral pain and pain down one leg into my foot with these things for almost a decade. I am so tired of living with this pain, but also terrified of the surgery and the...
Board: Eye & Vision 06-03-2010, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,594
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Black dots while looking at white

Dunno. I've had them for several years. (Unless I just keep getting them?) After I was evaluated by my eye doc and reassured mine were not anything dangerous, I didn't notice them as much.

Our...
Board: Eye & Vision 06-02-2010, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,885
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: wavey lines in eyes

Sounds like migraine aura. Talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing.
Board: Eye & Vision 06-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,594
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Black dots while looking at white

Floaters are common and usually normal but it's always best to check with your eye doctor when you experience anything new. I was told a sudden shower of them or floaters in a veil are an emergency,...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-02-2010, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,011
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: porcine v.s. mechanical valve

What does your cardiologist recommend and what does your endocrinologist recommend? My teenage son will be facing the valve-type dilemma in the near future and he is very anti-coumadin, so does not...
Board: Urology 01-09-2009, 10:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,900
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: my son's urologist found scar tissue in his penile fascia

henjenny,

My neighbor's teenage son recently had an emergent surgery due to scar tissue preventing him from being able to urinate. They didn't get the 3rd degree like you are. She said the...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 01-09-2009, 10:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,121
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: do you have to have a hysterectomy with a prolapsed bladder

A uro-gynecologist would be the best type of doc for your situation.
Board: Urology 01-09-2009, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 21,897
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Microscopic Blood in Urine

I've had microscopic hematuria for 20+ years. It was initially pretty worrisome, so I know how unsettling it can be going through the work-ups and looking for a reason, or ruling things out. You are...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-22-2008, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,837
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: stef814: Tarlov Cyst

Hi Katie - sorry you are having symptoms from your Tarlov cysts too. :(
Mine are really causing me troubles this month. I use Darvocet for the pain (after I'm home from work) & it helps, but lately...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 03-15-2008, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,352
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: how long does it take for lung clots to dissolve with Coumadin

Coumadin doesn't actually 'break up' a clot. It helps prevent current clots from getting worse and new ones from forming.
Board: Bone Disorders 03-15-2008, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,856
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: osteopenia?

Sounds like you probably have something else going on. Maybe switching doctors (if you haven't aready) will get some fresh eyes on your situation and figure out what is causing your pain.

Hoep...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-01-2008, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,809
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: flecainide for atrial fib, anyone?

I'm not on it, but my father and brother both are. I have been concerned about my father being on this strong drug - but it has helped him. They put him on it right after doing a cardioversion and...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-20-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,809
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
flecainide for atrial fib, anyone?

Just trying to find others who take flecainide for atrial fib and wonder what you think of it and it's risks.

Thanks.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-20-2008, 11:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,816
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Afraid of surgery.

Hi Braveneck,

I understand where you are coming from. I've had multiple surgeries in my life, but my ACDF worried me much more than the others. Life is unscripted, and being the gym rat that you...
Board: General Health 01-19-2008, 09:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,562
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Bone density question..

Bone density testing screens for osteoporosis or osteopenia. I had my 1st DEXA scan in my mid-40's b/c of surgical menopause, but other conditions affecting bone health warrant screening and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-19-2008, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 22,574
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Straightening of the cervical spine

X-rays after a roll-over accident showed straightening of the cervical spine. My doc said loss of the normal curvature is classic sign of a whiplash injury/ muscle spasms, etc. Muscle relaxants and...
Board: Cancer: Lung 01-06-2008, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,253
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: I lost my dad so quickly to nsclc...

I'm so sorry. Gentle hugs to you for your loss. :angel:
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2008, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,947
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: broken screw in lower back.

My dad had a screw break right after surgery. (I assume it was titanium.) He thinks it happened newly post-op though, as they were transfering him from the gurney back to his bed. When it broke part...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-04-2008, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,863
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Tarlov Cyst

Hi Steph,

I don't know that my MRI report mentioned the specific sizes of mine. (I'll have to dig it out and look.) My family doctor is an osteopath and he feels at least some of my symptoms are...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 01-03-2008, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 23,703
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Always need to pop my ears......help!

I had "Myringotomy Tubes" - placed in my eardrums (tympanic membrane) < the common procedure you where referring to. Sometimes you'll see them referred to as P.E. tubes, for "pressure equalizing" and...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 01-02-2008, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 23,703
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Always need to pop my ears......help!

Are your eardrums retracted? Bless your heart. I had this problem several years back and it was absolutely maddening. :dizzy:I had "chronic Eustacian tube dysfunction." ENT offered to put tubes in...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-30-2007, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,282
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Lots of heart issues.. Have some questions..

Goodness, what a surprise you had when you got those tests done, eh? I'm sorry you are dealing with all this and hope it isn't long before you can sit down with your cardiologist and get some answers...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-30-2007, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 978
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Aura migraine and heart

Hi Norma,

I really don't have any info for you, but wanted to share that my teenage son had his first migraine aura in recovery after his aortic valvoplasty. He rarely gets any headache with...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-30-2007, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,863
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Tarlov Cyst

I have been dealing with 3 large Tarlov's Cysts for 5+ years now. My neurologist felt they should be removed, but the NS I saw back then scared the bejeebers out of me. Said surgery on them is like...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 46,742
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: PSA Levels Went Down On Second Test. Should I Still Get A Biopsy?

My husband was declined for life insurance at age 49 due to a 4.4 PSA and 18% freePSA. His prostate was small. Urologist thought it might be a silent infection and gave a long course of antibiotics....
Board: Children's Health 10-20-2007, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,302
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Circumcision Concern

It's been about a week since your post. Just wondering how your little one is now, Amanda? Is your pediatrician the one who did his circ? Is it possible he just didn't remove enough foreskin? Are...
Board: Acne 10-20-2007, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 25,091
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Accutane and joint pain

I couldn't finish my course of accutane because my joint pain was so severe. I was 40 at the time but felt like I was 90 years old. (at least I hope I'm 90 before I feel that bad again) My brother...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-20-2007, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,142
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Beware of Sinus CT Scan after ACDF!

I had a sinus CT before my ACDF & remember how terrible that position felt with the head bent back like that - never thought about what it would be like afterward with hardware in there. Thanks for...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 10-09-2007, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,036
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: having tubes put in?

Like Titchou said, even adults can safely have tubes placed. I had them at age 35 - done during an office visit. :eek: (Hurt like heck - but just for a moment. - so understand why they put kiddos out...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-22-2007, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,552
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: What next? spinal cyst.....

I'm sorry you weren't given all the information. As mentioned by another member, maybe getting your records will help. I have 3 large spinal cord cysts. Mine are in the sacral area and are presumed...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-22-2007, 07:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 18,386
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Getting close to the time

A very kind surgeon said, "Try not to worry. Come surgery day, all the patient has to do is show up... I'll take it from there, and remember.... I don't work alone; the Big Guy Upstairs always comes...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-14-2007, 04:56 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 18,386
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Getting close to the time

Best wishes to you as you prepare for, undergo, and recover from your surgery. My husband tried to stay busy as his day approached, to keep his mind off things. He didn't have much post op pain....
Board: Burns & Injuries 01-14-2007, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 58,108
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Cut near 'bottom' not healing

Two things come to my mind as a possibility, one Audrey mentioned - Herpes. Herpes can present like a paper cut type ulcer. The other thing at comes to mind is an anal fissure. An anal fissure is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-14-2007, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,812
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Aspen Collar? Other Collar?

I wore the philadelphia collar when up and about - or while in car, etc., but could use the soft at night watching tv or while sleeping. The hospital provided one of each. (actually, two philli...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-09-2007, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,911
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Artificial discs - not wise choice according to my doc

When I was researching which neurosurgeon to go to, I was told to stay clear of a certain doc - so of course I did. (His picture gave me the heebie-jeebies anyway)...

Last month I saw a local...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-09-2007, 06:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,601
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: ACDF scared with much trepidation!

I hope the Augmentin knocks it back in time for you to proceed with your surgery. I have chronic sinusitis and Augmentin is what helps me the most when it flares up. We're pulling for ya. Good with...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-07-2007, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,814
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Can you help re: slightly low eGFR?

We sure seem to have some things in common. I am on 2000 of B12 daily, but will l drop down to 1000/day next week. Neuro said my low B12 could be contributing to nerve pain. So far, adding the large...
Board: ADD / ADHD 01-06-2007, 10:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,109
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Sexual Side effects of Aderol

My teenage son takes Adderal... of course I don't know if he has sexual side effects from it, but wanted to suggest you talk to your doc about yours. The Adderal XR is a once a day dose, but the...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-06-2007, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,814
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Can you help re: slightly low eGFR?

I don't have a major medical illness, but several minor ones.

Early use of NSAIDs was for GYN pain from stage IV endometriosis, adenomyosis and fibroids. Ongoing use has been for significant...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2007, 08:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,601
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: ACDF scared with much trepidation!

I'm thankful too, Shephardlady. I've always listed myself as an organ donor, but hadn't thought of tissue donation until my surgery. If someone can use my bones when I'm gone I'd glady extend the...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-06-2007, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,814
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Can you help re: slightly low eGFR?

Hello Isis & thank you for your help...

-My creatinine was 1.1, I'm 45 & caucasian. (I'll have to dig to see if I can find any labs previous to that to see if it has risen.)

-I have cut back...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-06-2007, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,814
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: Can you help re: slightly low eGFR?

Thanks Coravh.

I thought maybe with a normal BUN & Creatinine that maybe the GFR was a fluke. Shouldn't those be abnormal too if I had kidney troubles? Or do other people also have those normal...
Board: Kidney Disorders 01-05-2007, 11:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,814
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Can you help re: slightly low eGFR?

Hi :wave:

Wondering if any of you have any input here: Some recent lab work of mine showed a slightly low eGFR of 57. The normal parameter from that lab says should be = or > 60, so it's not off...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-05-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,601
Posted By Lilacs&Lillies
Re: ACDF scared with much trepidation!

I really wanted to use my own bone too, but the neuro said "Believe me, you don't want to do that." - Apparently the recovery from the neck is nothing compared to recovering from the pain of donating...
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