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Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 08-12-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,092
Posted By paradiddle
Angry New insurance won't pay for Aciphex or Nexium

I went from paying $35 for 30 day supply of Aciphex with my old Cigna plan for my wife to $359 for 90 day supply. That was after many phone calls to her doc and Aetna/Caremark to get them to accept....
Board: Pain Management 03-01-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 14,034
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Ultram ER vs Ultram (Tramadol)

That's interesting. I did check for my other drugs and did not find any on the interaction list. I take 600 mg lyrica but have been tapering that off. It's effective for some of the pain but the...
Board: Pain Management 02-28-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 14,034
Posted By paradiddle
Unhappy Tramadol Flu

I went back to 100ER and took at bedtime so that the time release would coordinate with wake up. The effective time is hour 6-18. That worked real nice for about 3 weeks. I read some posts from...
Board: Pain Management 01-20-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 14,034
Posted By paradiddle
Cool Ultram ER vs Ultram (Tramadol)

I have used Ultram ER 100mg off and on for past 2 years. I have neck pain - post op from MVA. I had a 3 level ACDF. My primary doc got me on Ultram ER 200mg at first after my complaints of pain....
Board: Stroke 01-07-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,679
Posted By paradiddle
Cool Can all TIA's be confirmed?

I was wondering if all TIA - mini-strokes - can be confirmed or can they happen and not be traced after if no damage occurred.

My story:
I had an episode at work this week where I felt like I...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-25-2008, 09:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

We appealed with Aetna but no good. Aetna states that they consider RF ablation "experimental". They will only pay for 3 different invasive procedures or less invasive Photodynamic Therapy.

My...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-24-2008, 07:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-07-2008, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

My wife has had no issues at all except a few days after she had suffered some pain and nausea but that has been pretty much it. She can eat and drink with no problems. The physician that performed...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-07-2008, 12:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

Our doc did not do RF so we were referred to another that did. Our doc was extremely concerned with what he saw and the family history and thought we needed to get ahead of this rather than do a wait...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-07-2008, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

She went to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I think she had more than you. Doc mentioned that he had to do 2 burns to get the whole length. She will be going back for follow up next week. The Doc did...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-07-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

No Stricture - she is fine. At first after operation, eating was a problem but not now.

Did your insurance pay for the whole operation ?
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-05-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,406
Posted By paradiddle
Re: barrett's esophagus

My wife had the RF ablation done in July and is doing better. It hurt a bit and lost some weight after procedure she said. Going back for re-exam in a couple of weeks.

Our insurance would not pay...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-05-2008, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,038
Posted By paradiddle
Question Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

My wife had Radiofrequency Ablation to treat her Barrett's Esophagus. She is 39 years old and her father died of esophogeal cancer in his 40's. That is one reason why the doctors chose to go with...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,249
Posted By paradiddle
Re: question about pain relievers for ACDF

Lortab is hydrocodone or the same as vicodin. I think you are right that Darvocet is weaker.

If that is the case I would say that Lortab through weeks 4-6 would not be unusual based on my history....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-17-2008, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,249
Posted By paradiddle
Re: question about pain relievers for ACDF

I just tracked my co-pays at CVS - I was on Vicodin (hydrocodone) after week 4. No more percocet (oxycodone) after 4 wks.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-16-2008, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,249
Posted By paradiddle
Re: question about pain relievers for ACDF

I'm in "recovery" and I made it ok. I had 3 level ACDF done in 7/07.
At first post op I was in La-la land. Then I went home with percocet. Took as prescribed. It made me real dopey but it killed the...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 12-26-2007, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 38,063
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Pros and cons of meniscus tear repair vs removal

I had meniscus tear repair done after a partial acl tear in 1990 playing b-ball. Did not repair ACL but did a lot of PT. My insurance wouldn't cover the ACL work. I tore cartilage again in 93 and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-18-2007, 10:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Thumbs up Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - post op week 10

week 10 or 11 - lost count.. Saw the NS last week and did 1st x-rays. He says fusion has begun on all levels. Come back in 3 months to check again.
I can see why they wait 8-10 weeks on x-rays. I...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-17-2007, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,363
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Tinnitus - ear ringing - Post Op ACDF

I'm having the ear-ringing as we speak - more like a high pitched buzz...

The only medication that I see that could cause it was ibuprofen which I am not taking at all because of the fusion...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-12-2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

I think you are correct about who attends the boards. I heard someone else quote on here that most of the successful people drop off the board.

Week #6 - things going along ok. I just have a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-06-2007, 09:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

I was/am so worried about fusion. I asked about BMP and NS said it wasn't approved. Last visit I asked about stimulator and he said not to worry until we look at first x-rays. He would only approve...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-06-2007, 05:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - post op day 22

week 5 - I forgot to tell anyone about update. Lifting limit of 15 lbs until next NS date at the 9 wk mark. NO PT. Collar is off and I can drive. I wear and old soft collar for protection while...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-22-2007, 07:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,363
Posted By paradiddle
Tinnitus - ear ringing - Post Op ACDF

I am about 24 days post op from 3 level acdf. About 1 week after op I started to get a constant ear-ringing. It's not excruciating but I was wondering if anyone else had this condition. I have told...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-20-2007, 11:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
July 30 - 3 level ACDF - post op day 22

Day 22 - 1st Post op with the NS - I'm off the Aspen collar and can move my head as much as I can easily do. I'm wearing a soft collar that I had lying around. I can also drive. I feel very, very...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-16-2007, 06:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

I was going to look into (stimulator) at my next appointment. I'm in the same catagory as you but I want everything in my favor that I can get. I also asked about BMP right before we went in to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-15-2007, 03:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

Day 15 post op - Everything peachy. Minimal pain meds. I'm on Vicodin or 500mg tylenol as needed. No more double vision Oxy.... Hard to watch TV when you see two of them. Wear my Aspen collar all the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-15-2007, 03:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,483
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Calling all ACDF patients, which side of throat was your incision?

Right side - 3 level ACDF - Day 15 post op - No problems
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-31-2007, 08:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

Your absolutely right.... After my energy burst I was very tired and sore. I have tried 1 OXY every 2 hours now along with cepacol lozenge. Had a lot of calls tonight from friends which was real...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-31-2007, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

your autograft (bone graft) is the gold standard for fusing. I have more risk of non-fusion than you.

I also asked about the new BMP treatment but at this point it is not approved for cervical...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-31-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
Re: July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

Back home!!! One day stay..... Still a little loopy on the Oxycodone. I doze off at the computer at times.

I've been running around the house trying to get caught up on money stuff while my wife...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-14-2007, 08:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,681
Posted By paradiddle
July 30 - 3 level ACDF - Countdown is on!

Well, I'm ready as I will ever be. I have been doing a lot of work around the house, cars etc. I am a do-it-yourself guy so I want to make sure that tasks are done. Thought I would start my own...
Board: Phobias 07-14-2007, 08:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,940
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Claustrophobia and MRIs

I like that idea of a washcloth though..... I'll bring my own.
Board: Phobias 07-14-2007, 08:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,940
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Claustrophobia and MRIs

I had a knee MRI - no problem
I had a shoulder MRI - no problem
I had a Neck MRI - I was freaking out and had them pull me out - wicked anxiety - I then went through with it - like it has been...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-08-2007, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By paradiddle
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-08-2007, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By paradiddle
Re: 3 Level ACDF scheduled-July 30 - How to prep?

Unfortunately, I'm not working and didn't plan on looking until I was done with all this. I just sold my small company that wasn't doing well and got out from under that problem. Fortunately, I am on...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-06-2007, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By paradiddle
Re: 3 Level ACDF scheduled-July 30 - How to prep?

I ordered a wedge pillow for bed and I have a recliner. I will go shopping for the pill crusher and bendy straws. I have been searching through the archives and found a lot of good stuff and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-05-2007, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By paradiddle
Re: 3 Level ACDF scheduled-July 30 - How to prep?

sorry, I really should have said C4/5, C5/6, C6/7. It's definitely 3 level.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-05-2007, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,131
Posted By paradiddle
3 Level ACDF scheduled-July 30 - How to prep?

Scheduled for 3 level ACDF C5,6,7. My neurosurgeon will use allograft (donor bone), plating (titanium hardware) and hard collar. They say I will probably be in hospital 2-3 days. I have stenosis...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-29-2007, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 48,125
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Is anyone here addicted to cracking their neck????

I crack my neck all the time. I probably average once an hour. I can tell if I need it because I start getting a spasm. I do a normal neck stretch with a little rotation (ear to shoulder) and I get a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-29-2007, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,349
Posted By paradiddle
Re: ACDF for neck pain?

I have the same kind of general muscular pain and kyphosis ( reverse curve ). The pain has been around since 1998. I had seen 2 Chiro's and 4 PT's and 2 physiatrists. Even got trigger point...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-03-2007, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,676
Posted By paradiddle
Re: botox and neck spasms

good luck on your surgery
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-02-2007, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,676
Posted By paradiddle
Re: botox and neck spasms

Thanks for info. My long-winded story.

I have had neck spasm problems dating back to 1998 and motorcycle accident. Computer work and stressful situations add to problems. I have been to 3...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-01-2007, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,676
Posted By paradiddle
botox and neck spasms

I have been hearing something about neck spasm relief using botox??
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-19-2006, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

I am going to hand surgeon soon to talk about carpal tunnel. Still in PT for neck and will be getting cervical traction device for home use. I will be getting a 3rd NS opinion as 2nd op was so far...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-12-2006, 05:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

Got EMG from Neurologist today. Confirms carpal tunnel for numbness in hands. He said definitly not from neck. He said I am moderate carpal tunnel surgey candidate.

Then I went on to PT (this is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-06-2006, 04:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

I have never had traction suggested by anyone before, and this is going back to 1998. I think I will do a third opinion. I don't want to end up looking for an opinion that I like the best but being...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-05-2006, 05:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

Got 2nd opinion. 2nd Doctor wasn't impressed with MRI and did not feel that I needed surgery. Did not believe that I was in any danger.

He is sending me for tests to rule out carpal tunnel for...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-04-2006, 05:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

I'm going in for 2nd op tommorrow. I have my MRI with me. I also talked to neighbor across the street who had 3 level ACDF done about 9 months ago. He was happy with results and told me what to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-02-2006, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

Thanks for all the responses...keep em coming!!!

Sometimes the more people I talk to the less I know, but it is good to talk to people who have been there. If I listened to my boss, I would think...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-02-2006, 05:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,495
Posted By paradiddle
Re: Do I need ACDF???

Thanks... I would get a bit grumpy too. I would sometimes get very agitated with people that did not understand. I told them to imagine someone with a pair of pliers squeezing on my right side of...
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