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Board: Kidney Disorders 07-12-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By MSNik
Re: Recent left kidney imaging findings. Docs not too concerned. Should I be?

From personal experience I can tell you that duodenitis can be the cause of your back pain. This lower part of the colon can actually cause extreme back pain..

I have had three or four CT scans as...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 07-12-2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,226
Posted By MSNik
Re: Incredibly discouraged for the first time since diagnosis

Firemom, 75% of the world tests positive for the JC virus... it is alive and well in many of our bodies; it means nothing. I had the JC Virus and still took Tysabri, they simply monitor you more...
Board: General Health 07-09-2019, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By MSNik
Re: Varicose veins causing calve swelling?

Swelling is usually not hard...its more squishy. Swelling is also usually caused by an accident or injury. Did you bump it?

Varicose veins can cause swelling, but they are very obvious. There are...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 07-09-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By MSNik
Re: How to tell when your calf’s swollen

Swelling is usually not hard to the touch, in fact, its usually the opposite. It feels gushy- like you can push on it and it sinks in and out...

Hard is usually muscle- muscle cramps or...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-09-2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 300
Posted By MSNik
Re: Calcium Oxalate Crystals

Crystals are what make up stones.. so if you have crystals, they will probably form into stones unless you can find a way to flush them out. Lots and lots of water is the only way I know how..

As...
Board: Eye & Vision 07-09-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By MSNik
Re: Intermittent pixellated/fractured patch in one eye

I had the same symptoms and had a retina detachment. Did you see an ophthalmologist? You might want to make another appointment as this can be quite serious.
Board: Personality Disorder 07-07-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By MSNik
Re: Am I dating a narcissist?

Hi there.
Whether she is a narcissist or not does not really seem to be the issue here. If she is, she is...if she isn't - whatever. It still doesn't explain her behavior. This is what you want in...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-06-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By MSNik
Re: Follow-up biopsy after clear MRI

Hi. You got some really good advice here..but I am going to tell you what COULD happen if you ignore your doctor . My brother was in the same boat as you. He was 53 when it all started and at age 54...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-06-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By MSNik
Re: New to the disease with a parent

I actually told my father that we were taking a trip. The memory care facility he was in was so new and pretty- it looked like an upscale hotel. He loved it while we were walking around.
He thought...
Board: Eye & Vision 07-06-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 624
Posted By MSNik
Re: Wet Eye/Dry Eye???

Ive had dry eye all my life...Ive never seen puddles as you describe them. I use systane drops and other OTC drops which help. but the best thing that I did was get plugs. See an ophthalmologist......
Board: Relationship Health 07-06-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 136
Posted By MSNik
Re: Should it happen naturally or should I be looking?

Hi. I think its great that you know what you want.... you cant force it to happen, but putting yourself "out there" and being in places where people are- that's the first step! It will never happen...
Board: High Cholesterol 07-06-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By MSNik
Re: Why statins highly recommended?

Your numbers aren't rediculously high, but statins would get them lower. If you are concerned- go back and ask him what else you can do or why he is suggesting medication right off the bat.
You can...
Board: Nail Problems 07-06-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By MSNik
Re: My nail grows upwards and doesn’t look like a normal nail.

Go see a podiastrist- they can tell you if something is wrong or if it is normal. They can also file down the nail to help it grow straight across if it is bugging you.

You may have damaged the...
Board: High Cholesterol 07-06-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By MSNik
Re: Triglycerides keep rising

My triglycerides spike regularly from the medication I am on. I now take Plant Sterols- found at any health food store...they keep my triglyercides where they should be. Everytime I run out or go off...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-06-2019, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By MSNik
Re: New to the disease with a parent

Hi. I feel for you and have been where you are. You are lucky you at least got her to agree to moving close by! Across the country would have been a nightmare.
I am sorry to tell you this, but she...
Board: Back Problems 07-05-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,935
Posted By MSNik
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

My husband has suffered with similar symptoms and its being written off as "sciatica" for the most part. PT has helped him tremendously. He can go for weeks now without pain.

When he does not do...
Board: Back Problems 07-05-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By MSNik
Re: Hypermobile Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction?

I would listen to your doctor IF he or she is a spine specialist or specializes in this type of thing. What type of doctor is recommending this?
Board: Arthritis 07-05-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Rheumatoid Arthritis Need help getting taken seriously
Views: 447
Posted By MSNik
Re: Need help getting taken seriously

You could have RA but you could have a host of other AI diseases as well. Please go see a good Rheumy, Infectious Disease doctor OR Neurologist and get the right testing done.

You didn't mention a...
Board: Dizziness / Vertigo 07-05-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By MSNik
Re: Heat induce BPPV

Do you have any type of auto-immune disorder?

I have MS and I am completely heat intolerant... as soon as my body overheats from activity or from the weather- I have the same symptoms.

Try...
Board: Colds & Flu 07-05-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 776
Posted By MSNik
Re: How long can a cold last

Normally a cold lasts 7-10 days and antibiotics will not help- BUT if your cold caused a secondary infection, antibiotics might help that.

This could just as easily be allergies. If after a few...
Board: Multiple Sclerosis 06-30-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,226
Posted By MSNik
Re: Incredibly discouraged for the first time since diagnosis

Firemom, I feel your pain. I have been dx for 15 years now...and for the most part have been incredibly stable. Over the past year and a half, I have dealt with insane stress due to my father...
Board: Menopause 06-28-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By MSNik
Re: mucous like discharge for 4 days

I would go see your GYN as soon as you can..it could be a simple case of BV but you want to treat this and get rid of it.

Having gone through Meno myself, this is not a symptom I experienced.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-23-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By MSNik
Re: 21 year old looking for help and surgery results for hernia

Hi Sven, its your body and if you are done taking PPIs and are ready to force the issue with surgery- go for it!

The surgery itself is not that complicated- the recovery is not that long- you...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-23-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By MSNik
Re: In need of some encouragement

Give it some more time. Your doctor knows best and if he wants you to start exercising it and making it weight bearing- you are simply not used to doing it yet.
Each day should get better and...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-23-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By MSNik
Re: Ankles suddenly burn when walking, very strange burn.

PepsiBoy, you may have some neuropathy going on which is a disease of the nerves- it presents as a tingling, burning sensation. I have it in my hands and occasionally in my ankles /feet as well....
Board: Depression 06-23-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By MSNik
Re: Why is depression so misunderstood?

No two people exhibit the same symptoms of depression. For some, a night out with friends might be helpful.. for others, it may be a mental illness of which they have no control over.

Like...
Board: Gallbladder 06-22-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By MSNik
Re: Having it removed

Just wondering how your surgery and recovery went. I hope you are on the mend and feeling back to normal!
Board: Back Problems 06-22-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,573
Posted By MSNik
Re: Terrible Sciatic Pain - looking for advice please...

My husband has similar pain and almost the exact same MRI results. Have you considered going for PT before you do something as drastic as surgery? Spinal surgeries never end with just one..

My...
Board: Women's Health 06-22-2019, 04:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By MSNik
Re: Did she check for PID?

There is no reason to assume PID unless you continue to have pain, which is actually pretty severe pain... weeks after your infection clears up.

Take the meds, do not pass this back and forth to...
Board: Gallbladder 06-22-2019, 03:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By MSNik
Re: Just found out I need to remove my gallbladder..

Hannah, Gallbladder removal or Cholecystectomy is an easy procedure. The biggest thing to deal with is your diet.

The day of your procedure you will be instructed (afterwards) to walk as much as...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 06-21-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By MSNik
Re: High Blood Pressure in Eyes but General Blood Pressure is Fine - What is wrong?

What you are describing is called Ocular hypertension..it can be caused by trauma in the eyes... you do need to see an eye specialist.

I know you are waiting for the hospital, but do you have...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 06-21-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By MSNik
Re: Reflux or what?

Bile duct inflammation can happen at any time....keep taking the new drugs and give it a chance to start working... hopefully you will be back to yourself very soon!
Board: Eye & Vision 06-21-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By MSNik
Re: Scleral Buckle Surgery Lump in Eye

Hi. I had the same type of surgery about 25 years ago.. I do not have the issues you are mentioning. Have you seen an ophthalmologist lately? Maybe it is time to get a really good eye exam and make...
Board: General Health 06-21-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By MSNik
Re: Is this anxiety? Or what?

eleanors, it is definitely anxiety...but it may be brought on by your hormones. Before and after birth, your hormones are in overdrive..

You might want to talk to your OB about this...see if she...
Board: General Health 06-21-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By MSNik
Re: Looking for a smart medication consuming advice

Before my dad died, he too was on a ton of medication and my mom was getting confused giving them to him

We bought a medication dispenser online- you fill it once a week and it is divided up by...
Board: Digestive Disorders 06-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By MSNik
Re: Unrelated to last post, crippling lower stomach pain

Has anyone looked at your gallbladder? This could be GB related...do you see a GI doctor? You need to if you aren't already and if you do, ask them about a HIDA scan. Its a simple test but it tells...
Board: General Health 06-20-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,139
Posted By MSNik
Re: CIPRO question

Joint Inflammation is a very normal side effect of Cipro. Call your doctor before you take any more of it... its happens to me too and I refuse to take that drug because of it.

Your doctor will...
Board: Cancer: Breast 06-20-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By MSNik
Re: Afraid and waiting

Hi. I am sorry you are going through this...its every woman's scariest thing to deal with.

The good news is they will not let you leave tomorrow until a doctor reads your films and you will know...
Board: Death & Dying 06-20-2019, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 499
Posted By MSNik
Re: Mother lets father make all decisions even when he's confused

Liz, the rules for being accepted on hospice are very rigid and the same in all states....your father could not be on hospice if the prognosis was that he was at least 6 months from the end...I just...
Board: Lyme Disease 06-18-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By MSNik
Re: tick bite

Hi Rose... you do not have to worry about the tick growing back...thats not going to happen.

But, you can pull off the body without getting the entire tick ... being that you didnt see any legs on...
Board: Skin Problems 06-18-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By MSNik
Re: Black spot located on toe

Liz, sometimes if we are in the sun, things show up which weren't obvious before...also as we age, we get "age spots" which can show up in our 20s and get progressively worse. If your mom or dad has...
Board: Lyme Disease 06-18-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,695
Posted By MSNik
Re: Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease - Any recommendations please to ease symptoms.

Is your girlfriend seeing a Rheumatologist for the Fibro? What do they suggest?

Fibro is a recognized disease; however it is also a "catch all" for sporadic muscle pain...because Lyme also attacks...
Board: Lyme Disease 06-18-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By MSNik
Re: long time lyme

I sometimes see shimmering kaleidoscope like images in parts of my visual field.

This is your eyes. Please get them checked. I have a neurological disorder. I have multiple...
Board: Lyme Disease 06-18-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By MSNik
Re: long time lyme

Anytime you have changes in your vision, you should get your eyes checked out. So many things could be causing this- from a retina issue to glaucoma.

Don't assume this is Lyme because there is no...
Board: Digestive Disorders 06-18-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,438
Posted By MSNik
Re: Health/Digestive Concerns these past few weeks.

Hi. first of all, be aware that digestive disorders can come from stress and anxiety... the more the body is stressed, the more the bowel moves- and in many cases becomes diarrhea. You know you ...
Board: Skin Problems 06-18-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By MSNik
Re: Black spot located on toe

Is it possible it has always been there and you just never noticed? If you are concerned about it being some sort of skin cancer- keep an eye on it. As long as it does not change, its probably...
Board: Arthritis 06-15-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 958
Posted By MSNik
Re: Question about rheumatoid factor

What specifically is your doctor testing for? My mom has Polymyalgia and this is an autoimmune disease which presents exactly like arthritis...she also has rheumatoid arthritis, which is not the same...
Board: Dental Health 06-15-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By MSNik
Re: Questions about my dentures

My husband has full partials after having his teeth removed....he also complained for the first week. Now, he says they feel great...and to be honest, they look 100x better than he ever looked with...
Board: Women's Health 06-14-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By MSNik
Re: Premarin

I had a procedure done instead...it is called monalisa touch and it was done in the office by my gynecologist. It helped tremendously. I was really against using premarin or any hormones

Maybe...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 06-13-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 749
Posted By MSNik
Re: Had blood test but no full blood count done?

If this is within 5 days of having the blood drawn, there is a chance that the lab still has your blood and your doctor can order these additional tests without you needing another blood draw. If it...
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