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Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-05-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 989
Posted By MountainReader
Re: TMJ question

My TMJD presented as ear problems: stuffiness, then pain like a constant ear infection, then the intermittent tinnitus.

It took me about a year to figure out it was my jaw. In layman's terms,...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-05-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,501
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Recently started splint therapy ...

I understand your concerns. I have had a variety of splints over the years. It is hard to find a dentist who truly does understand TMJD. I wore 2 splints for over a year. The daytime one helped...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 05-05-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,208
Posted By MountainReader
Re: ulnar shortening

I had ulnar shortening a few years ago. It heals like other broken bones. PT was tough for me. My surgeon didn't scope my TFCC at the same time though. I ended up having to go to a second surgeon...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 01-06-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,194
Posted By MountainReader
Re: 4th/5th CMC Arthrodesis/Fusion

Haven't had the procedure, but one of my hand therapists said it is the only surgery she actually recommends to her clients because of the relief it provides and because it still allows for function....
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 01-06-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 737
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulnar shortening recovery time?

The ulnar osteotomy healing really is similar to a healing broken bone. At 6 weeks, the bone should be healed. I am not sure about the TFCC healing though.

I was actually in a fiberglass cast at...
Board: Asthma 11-22-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,523
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Asthma and reflux

How are your PFT's?
Board: Asthma 11-18-2017, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,523
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Asthma and reflux

What testing have you had? Do you know the extent your reflux is triggering your asthma?

24 hr pH?
Manometry?
Esophagram?
Barium Swallow?

Underlying issues are important to understand to...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-13-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 642
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Would you get an MRI for mild pain?

Honestly, a few years ago, I had annoying pain in my ankle from a minor tweak. I had some low level mild pain, but it persisted. Months of PT did help me with ankle strength, but did nothing for my...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 11-05-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,826
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Dealing with GERD symptoms after Nissen Fundoplication

Have they looked into doing an Esophagram or Barium Swallow for you? It is my understanding from my specialists that the wrap can appear intact during an EGD, but the EGD won't necessarily show if...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 11-05-2017, 06:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,020
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Unable To Relax Jaw

In order to get TMJD symptoms under control, you need to treat the muscular issues as well as the bite issues.

I found a meditation/relaxation CD made specifically to help relax the TMJ to be...
Board: Cancer: Skin 11-05-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,955
Posted By MountainReader
Basal Cell Carcinoma vs. Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Hi.

I am in my 40's and have developed sebaceous hyperplasia with increasing frequency on my face. I understand this is fairly normal at this age and I have accepted this up until now. A few...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 10-20-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,118
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Osteotomy

The healing took a bit extra time in my case, but I have been pain free for several years after well over a year in pain prior to surgery.
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 10-20-2017, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 912
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Some assurances please

There are usually 2 components to TMJD. One is the physical bite problems. The other is the muscular component. The muscles end up in a state of constant spasm to compensate for the physical bite...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 10-14-2017, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,118
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Ulna Osteotomy

I have learned that second opinions can be helpful if you don't feel confident in what a doctor is recommending. it took me 4 hand specialists to figure out my ulnar side issues.

I had an Ulnar...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-14-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,826
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Dealing with GERD symptoms after Nissen Fundoplication

What type of reflux symptoms are you actually having?
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-14-2017, 09:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 551
Posted By MountainReader
Nissen Fundoplication and Protein drinks

Hi. I had a very successful laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication in 2008. Since I healed, I haven't had many issues at all. Prior to surgery, I had life threatening breathing problems from the acid...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 08-16-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 858
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Stuffy ears and ringing for 6 months

There are multiple things that can cause your symptoms. I had a stuffy ear for over a year. Ringing in my ears at times. Turns out I had TMJD. The discs in my jaw had slipped and my jaw was...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 08-11-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 739
Posted By MountainReader
Re: 10 days post nissen fundoplication

I am almost 9 years post NF. It does get better.

The gas issue is tough. With the wrap in place, and swelling from the surgery, the gas can't make it up the normal way. They use the gas to help...
Board: Allergies 08-05-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,333
Posted By MountainReader
Re: Dust mites immunotherapy/shots - how long?

It took me a year on shots before noticing any difference. My first go-round with allergy shots was for 5 years. My second started in my mid 30's and I was on them for 9.5 years. I was dealing...
Board: TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 05-01-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,685
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: 1,006
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: 1,938
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: 873
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: 2,650
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: 2,650
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: 3
Views: 988
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: 879
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: 2,610
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: 1,780
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: 1,549
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: 2,650
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: 1,833
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: 23
Views: 4,663
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: 812
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: 814
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: 1,537
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: 778
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: 607
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: 14
Views: 3,847
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: 3,683
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: 782
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: 2,997
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: 2,267
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: 2,267
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: 2,267
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: 694
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: 1,564
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: 16
Views: 2,381
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: 2,581
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: 906
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...
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