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Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 06-24-2009, 10:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 27,506
Posted By mel1977
Re: I have dark spots on my face that have just started showing up within the last 6

sun damage???? For me, just showed up one day..... :(
Board: Dental Health 06-10-2009, 02:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,748
Posted By mel1977
Re: TMJ/Bruxism

I feel lucky that I can finally get the specialized guard from the dentist. My entire upper back, neck, head and face hurt. My ears hurt too and if I put my pinkies in the external opening and close...
Board: Pain Management 08-27-2008, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,948
Posted By mel1977
Re: odd zanaflex side effect?

shay- that is EXACTLY it! I got to thinking what others said about high BP, but when you stand up suddenly your BP should drop-I don't suffer from high BP-on the other hand, maybe it is a rebound...
Board: Pain Management 08-25-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,948
Posted By mel1977
odd zanaflex side effect?

I have normal ones-dry mouth and dizziness eventually leading to a pretty good night's sleep. But, I noticed that after I take it and I can tell it is working, if I get up say to get a drink, my ears...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 08-23-2008, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,273
Posted By mel1977
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 08-22-2008, 07:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,273
Posted By mel1977
Dye rubbing off hair to towels, still

I got my hair darkened on Wed night-still today when I towel dry it, color comes off on my white towels. Is this normal? I worry that the color will rub unevenly. Please let me know!
Board: Herpes 07-22-2008, 09:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,664
Posted By mel1977
Re: just a few questions

I am grateful for the feedback-The sore is def bigger than ever this round. The itching and soreness went away, now it is on the healing stage. This sucks. The abreva may be a good idea since it is...
Board: Herpes 07-19-2008, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,664
Posted By mel1977
Re: just a few questions

I usually fill my valtrex when I feel it coming on and it shortens the lifespan of the sores-I just know how expensive it is for the three-
This time the sore is BIG too-usually no bigger than dime...
Board: Herpes 07-18-2008, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,664
Posted By mel1977
just a few questions

Should I consider myself "lucky" that my outbreaks are NOT on or around my genitals? They only occur on my sacrum before the crease of the buttocks.

Do you think that topicals for oral herpes...
Board: Healthcare Professionals 06-19-2008, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,926
Posted By mel1977
Re: how old is too old to become a nurse?

I got my LPN at 28 and now working for my RN at 30-will be 32 when I graduate. I went to LPN with a girl who was 55 or so. Do what makes you happy and if it is nursing, then go for it! there are...
Board: Healthcare Professionals 06-19-2008, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,963
Posted By mel1977
Re: Any way to Transform My BS in business to a BSN or something?

Usually you just have to get those sciences done, and math then the nursing sequence. An ADN would be quicker and maybe better unless you want to go into management. I know many BSN and ADN alike,...
Board: Sleep Disorders 05-06-2008, 11:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,568
Posted By mel1977
ambien and irritability

anyone else feel disconnected and or more irritable after starting Ambien? I was given a script for 10mg, knocked that down to 5mg and now 2.5mg. I am about to go back to my muscle relaxer because...
Board: Pain Management 05-04-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,459
Posted By mel1977
Re: Pain Meds And Horrible, Painful Bloating!

here are a couple suggestions when the gastric system is on the fritz-the stomach empties to the right, so if you are nauseated, turn onto your right side in a fetal position if you can. You may...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 05-03-2008, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,099
Posted By mel1977
Re: brown spots

thank you and I sure will!
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 05-01-2008, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,099
Posted By mel1977
Re: brown spots

well, started before I hit 30 and I turn 31 this year. I use depo though, don't know if that counts for bc. can you tell me the name of the cream? I may see if my physician might do the same-or...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 05-01-2008, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,099
Posted By mel1977
brown spots

I have brown spots on my forehead, nose, chin and upper lip. Of course, due to sun damage. You can't really see the nose and chin, but the upper lip makes me look like I have a mustache (or may...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 04-27-2008, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,828
Posted By mel1977
Re: Eye Cream that does NOT sting eyes

I have used the new aveeno eye serum and the clinique intensive eye cream. Haven't had problems. I can't really use the all about eyes bc the caffeine bothers me!
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-20-2008, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,231
Posted By mel1977
Re: my ankle hurts :(

well, it feels a little better. I did have an xray today, and the GP doc said it looked fine, and she'd let me know if the radiologist found any thing else. She wants me to keep an eye on it though,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-17-2008, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,231
Posted By mel1977
Re: my ankle hurts :(

I will see a doc on Thurs to determine if I need to get an xray. I don't FEEL anything but just doesn't make sense for it to just start hurting, with know known reason, ya know? So, we'll see!
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-15-2008, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,231
Posted By mel1977
my ankle hurts :(

I posted on another thread, but you may not read it. Short version: 1999 when I was 21 I broke my tib/fib. I had some soft tissue damage and since supportive tissues were injured, I had to have...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-15-2008, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,824
Posted By mel1977
Re: Tibia Fracture

here is my story, don't know if it will help:
in 1999 I was stepped into by my boyfriend at the time, and I twisted my ankle. I went to the er, had a tib/fib fracture. I was placed into a up to...
Board: General Health 03-15-2008, 10:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,410
Posted By mel1977
Re: arthritis after surgery

Thanks-
yeah, my back tells me too! (two surgeries, one a fusion). I am thinking the ankle thing may be more than just weather though, even maybe more than arthritis. I sprained my foot last...
Board: General Health 03-14-2008, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,410
Posted By mel1977
arthritis after surgery

Anyone ever have issues after a tib/fib fracture repair, later down the road? I had my surgery, with pins and screws, in 1999. About the beginning of last week, my inner ankle started to hurt, on...
Board: Herpes 03-11-2008, 12:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 15,170
Posted By mel1977
Re: Sacral Herpes

oddly, and embarrassing enough, I have my outbreak in that exact spot. Just at the top of the buttock crack, at the sacrum. Mine started out by feeling like acne that itched, but when I had it...
Board: Back Problems 03-11-2008, 12:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,327
Posted By mel1977
Re: Best (or worst) treadmill for back?

treadmills are not good for backs or joints in general. If you are looking for the best type of machinery for exercising, your best bet is a recumbant bike. Elipticals are ok as long as you don't...
Board: Fibromyalgia 11-29-2007, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,450
Posted By mel1977
Re: Please tell me what your fibro feels like

so, then could I just have chronic pain with chronic fatigue and not have fibro?? I just don't seem to have the same muscle problems along with the hearing and bowel stuff (I have been somewhat...
Board: Fibromyalgia 11-28-2007, 10:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,450
Posted By mel1977
Re: Please tell me what your fibro feels like

I think I will have to see someone, even if to just help a little. I don't get worse days later over doing it one day-usually if I lie down for a little bit and take my pain meds, then I am good...
Board: Fibromyalgia 11-27-2007, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,450
Posted By mel1977
Re: Please tell me what your fibro feels like

do you think I can have the achy flu like symptoms without the muscle tenderness????
Board: Fibromyalgia 11-26-2007, 07:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,450
Posted By mel1977
Re: Please tell me what your fibro feels like

thank you :) I have bad muscle knots all over my upper and mid-back. It seems fibro makes muscles sore to touch, yet I need deep massage to feel better. I think maybe those are from stress-I...
Board: Fibromyalgia 11-25-2007, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,450
Posted By mel1977
Please tell me what your fibro feels like

I am constantly trying to figure out if I do have fibro. I know I have chronic pain, I know I have chronic fatigue, but I don't know if I have real fibro. If I don't take my ultram, I feel like I...
Board: Back Problems 11-11-2007, 12:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,743
Posted By mel1977
Re: First time Neurontin user, what can I expect?

I am thinking about using this med for my upper back muscle pain and tingling. I have small bulges in the c-spine, and pain meds don't really help that. I am worried about the drowsiness bc I HAVE...
Board: Back Problems 10-15-2007, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,468
Posted By mel1977
Re: Can bulging discs in the cervical spine cause pain in the thorasic spine?

I have small bulges at C5-7 and have horrible muscle pain from my bra line up to my head. I had a fusion of L4-S1 so I am a horrid mess of knots in my back, but my doc did say that my shoulder blade...
Board: Back Problems 07-20-2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,945
Posted By mel1977
Re: L4/L5/S1 two level fusion, pain, and pregnancy?

yeah, I know about the interaction yet I still do take both. What happens exactly? My only other option is to go back to narcotics, and i guess I just can't, especially with what I do for a living....
Board: Back Problems 07-18-2007, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,945
Posted By mel1977
Re: L4/L5/S1 two level fusion, pain, and pregnancy?

SO IT DID TAKE! OH WELL< NOW YOU HAVE TWO OF THE SAME STUFF


I just spent five mins writing you back and it didn't take!
So, now for short version.
MY HX:
PT and ESI for bulging/herniated disc...
Board: Back Problems 07-18-2007, 08:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,945
Posted By mel1977
Re: L4/L5/S1 two level fusion, pain, and pregnancy?

jennifer, I know exactly how you feel!!! I will be 30 this year. I had my first back surgery when I was 22, discectomy of L5-S1, then in Dec. 2004 an anterior/posterior fusion of L4-S1. I am doing...
Board: Back Problems 07-17-2007, 11:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,855
Posted By mel1977
Re: L4 l5 fusion succses rates

I am nearing three years out (dec 2004) and I consider myself a success, but with my good stuff comes other stuff. would I do it again, heck yeah. Muscle pain is way better than nerve pain. When a...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 05-29-2007, 01:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,510
Posted By mel1977
Re: weight gain and meds

hmph-one of the docs I work with told me that the odds of me gaining any weight after an epideral inj are slim to none-mostly bc it is a local inj not systemic, meaning that I didn't ingest it and it...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 05-27-2007, 12:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,510
Posted By mel1977
Re: weight gain and meds

well, maybe you were right afterall. I posted a similar question on my back boards and it seems the injections have caused many folks to gain up to even 60 pounds! I couldn't believe it! I really...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 05-26-2007, 11:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,510
Posted By mel1977
Re: weight gain and meds

thank you for your reply. I talked to some co-workers and we came to the conclusion that the injection more than likely did not cause it and here is why-it was injected into the epideral space of my...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 05-25-2007, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,510
Posted By mel1977
weight gain and meds

I have gained nearly 15-20 pounds since April. I am so upset! At first I didn't know what the heck was going on. I didn't think I was overeating, especially not so much to gain that significant...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 05-20-2007, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,634
Posted By mel1977
Re: can I color 2X?

I listened! I didn't retry and went to a salon instead and got awesome highlights. So, I will return the color I had bought-very happy and glad I didn't risk it.
thank you!
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 05-14-2007, 10:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,634
Posted By mel1977
can I color 2X?

I colored my hair about a week ago. I was very dissapointed with my results. I was going lighter and got a little darker. I did my own by the way. I want to know if I can retry or if I HAVE to...
Board: Back Problems 03-20-2007, 11:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,737
Posted By mel1977
Re: upper back pain update

I get a little nervous when I can't find my tennis ball!!! I love the darn thing. I do lie on it, but only when lying in bed. I put it on a spot and just press on it and roll my muscle. I will move...
Board: Back Problems 03-16-2007, 11:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,737
Posted By mel1977
upper back pain update

some of you may know me and for those I am writing to let ya know what is goin' on :) If not, I had a fusion of L4-5/L5-S1 Dec 2004 and consider it a success. I have had issues with my cervical...
Board: Herpes 03-15-2007, 11:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,101
Posted By mel1977
Re: Herpes or Shaving irritation?

sounds like ingrown hairs-are you gonna see your doc?
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 01-30-2007, 10:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,235
Posted By mel1977
Re: shadow colors for me-help!

I got a sage eyeliner-will give that a try tomorrow with a taupe eyeshadow. I am going to get some other stuff from clinique later on. Thanks again!
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2007, 11:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,944
Posted By mel1977
Re: Discogram and fusions

it is kinda the last step before determining if fusion is right for you. I had two bad out of three. So, for me it was necessary and it worked :) It is the one way to be sure the discs are to...
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2007, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 21,182
Posted By mel1977
Re: Medrol Pack - Has Anyone Taken This with Success?

:)
I hate them in general. I am willing always to take them. I don't know if they ever really worked, but hey, if it makes my doc happy then so be it. Atleast I tried, right? I haven't had one in a...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 01-29-2007, 11:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,235
Posted By mel1977
Re: shadow colors for me-help!

WOW-you all have given me some great ideas. I was drawn to a nice purply color at Clinique that I may just go ahead and get. Pinks do look nice on me as well as the taupe. So, I am on the right...
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 01-11-2007, 01:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,235
Posted By mel1977
Re: shadow colors for me-help!

THANK YOU :) I do love makeup and I love the fact I have a digital camera bc I can take a pic and instantly see exactly what the makeup (and hair) look like!
I did a bronze color and it actually...
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