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Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-12-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,949
Posted By Titchou
Re: Chlorthalidone Questions

Delay taking the BP meds till after you eat. Also with a diuretic, you will need to increase your water intake. Yes, you'll urinate more but you won't get dehydrated -which I suspect is going on...
Board: Allergies 12-31-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,057
Posted By Titchou
Re: prednisone pill

As I said above, I do not use it prophylactically but rather once I encounter an issue. However, I have been instructed by my immunologist that I can use before. The scrip is twice daily or as...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 12-12-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,151
Posted By Titchou
Re: Plastic Surgeon

We aren't allowed to give specific doctor references on this board. I'd ask around to friends and probably your PCP.
Board: Cancer: Uterine 12-01-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,839
Posted By Titchou
Re: uterus cancer

Ah so....better info. Yes, with a risk history like this and a lesion of some sort, a biopsy would be the next step. SOunds like she is doing due diligence on this. And be sure to ask questions...
Board: Menopause 11-29-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By Titchou
Re: Light spotting

Correct. You are menopausal once you go 12 months without a period. So a little bleed isn't unusual at this point. Happened to me about 4 years into it...very faint when wiping and then that was...
Board: Nail Problems 11-02-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By Titchou
Re: How to 'Soften' Nails; Regrowth After Big Toe Nail Removal

I would see a podiatrist too just to make sure nothing untoward is going on again.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-31-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,573
Posted By Titchou
Re: Throat closing up and chest pain

Perhaps you could ask???? That may be a more permanent fix.
Board: Back Problems 10-30-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 611
Posted By Titchou
Re: Pulled back muscle

Take an anti inflammatory and use a heating pad.
Board: Diabetes 08-11-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,398
Posted By Titchou
Re: WHAT CAN I EAT besides water

Ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist to help design a plan customized for you since you are confused as to what you should be eating.
Board: Menopause 07-19-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By Titchou
Re: Heavy bleeding and provera

Provera is not an HRT. It's given strictly for the excess bleeding. So you could stop it now or whenever they told you to. After the D&C,you might want to ask about a traditional dual HRT such as...
Board: Menopause 07-19-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,185
Posted By Titchou
Re: Bleeding after menopause

Brown blood is old blood that wasn't expelled in a previous period. Your body is simply cleansing itself. Also, as long as you have your ovaries, you could possibly bleed. That would be red blood....
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-20-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
Posted By Titchou
Re: How can I taper off Dicyclomine?

Eveerything I'm reading says per doctor's instructions. So give her a call tomorrow and ask.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 06-13-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,631
Posted By Titchou
Re: Parenting and activity after big toe fusion

I had my right one done..Other than feeling like I had been run over, the foot was a non issue after about 4days. I had an air cast for about 3 months. Was allowed to drive after 2 weeks if I...
Board: General Health 04-27-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,070
Posted By Titchou
Re: Desperate for help! Damaged by an unsafe medication

Mold poisoning is indeed a real illness. And it is treated with antibiotics. Sounds like what you need is a course of steroids to shut down your immune response. Oral steroids plus a nasal inhaler...
Board: General Health 04-24-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By Titchou
Re: Is it ethical to money in my will to my doctor

You can leave whatever you want to whomever you want. And you don't have to tell them they are in your will. So, if you are trying to curry favor with him by doing this, I assure you he will tell...
Board: Back Problems 03-31-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,998
Posted By Titchou
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

they do an eval when you get there and then set exercises for you to do at home. They will do many of the same ones there and others. They can also use local ultrasound on you that helps relieve...
Board: Women's Health 03-11-2019, 04:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By Titchou
Re: Worried sick cervical cancer symptoms or just something innocent

Sorry you are so stressed over this. Dark brown discharge is simply old blood that wasn't expelled in a previous period. That's it. No other reason. So it is perfectly normal, esp when going off...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 03-07-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By Titchou
Re: Diagnostic slippery slope?

Well, it won't lead to a high dose one if you say no....it is all up to you. Since you never had a previous xray, I might go on and do the scan...just for information's sake.
Board: Menopause 01-26-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,418
Posted By Titchou
Re: Heart skipping beats??

It's called palpatations and it isn't skipping a beat. It's actually beating real close to the previous beat and then the next beat is where it belongs. In other words, beats 1 and 3 are where they...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 11-24-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By Titchou
Re: OCD and house guests

It is YOUR home and YOU have the right to determine who comes to visit. Just very politely explain that your home is not set up for children and to do so would be impossible at this time. They are...
Board: Gallbladder 10-19-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,194
Posted By Titchou
Re: Freaked out about gallbladder and liver

You might also ask for a HIDA Scan. It will test for gb function. A contracted gb can be a sign of low function. A score of below 35% or above 75% is generally grounds for removal.
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 10-12-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,972
Posted By Titchou
Re: 4 yr old grandson issues

That absolutely can! These days they don't yank them out like in my generation. Friends tell me most docs wait till the child has had 4-6 strep episodes in a year before they take them out.
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 10-11-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,972
Posted By Titchou
Re: 4 yr old grandson issues

I'm surprised his teachers/school didn't do a concussion protocol on him. We are required to at the school where I work with any head injury.
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 10-06-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,972
Posted By Titchou
Re: 4 yr old grandson issues

He should be going to a concussion clinic. Sounds more like concussion than seizure from your description. I'm sure your local childrens' hospital will have one.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 08-26-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,846
Posted By Titchou
Re: Purpose of a walking boot if you're NWB?

It's far more comfortable than a cast. You can remove it to bathe the leg. You can sleep better-which you probably need by now. You can do more exervises than with a cast.

Seems all like good...
Board: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 07-29-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,133
Posted By Titchou
Re: Anal Warts and Monogamous

The virus can lay dormant for decades. You could have contracted it long before you met your wife. It can also be transmitted during vaginal child delivery if the mother is positive for HPV. Get...
Board: Menopause 07-26-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,229
Posted By Titchou
Re: Question

Have you considered birth control or maybe even skipping that and going to HRT? When I started skipping bleeds on bcp at 57, we went to HRT and haven't had anoother period.
Board: Arthritis 05-22-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,351
Posted By Titchou
Re: Arthritis due to injury?

Lack of cartilege is arthritis. Are you taking Aleve or some other anti-inflammatory? That can help as can the injections. There is no way to generate more cartilage so this will worsen over time...
Board: Gallbladder 05-07-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,161
Posted By Titchou
Re: 2 weeks post op severe pain

TOo bad you can't fire that surgeon! NO fat for 2-3 weeks. Then SLOWLY -like 1 pat of butter a meal...your bile duct is taking over for the gb and that takes time. Plain chicken or turkey breast,...
Board: Gallbladder 05-07-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,161
Posted By Titchou
Re: 2 weeks post op severe pain

Butter on anything? Chicken Marsala????Oh dear. Honey, you are supposed to be on a no fat,non spicy diet for 2-3 weeks and then add it back in slowly. You are doing a number on your system.
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 05-05-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,385
Posted By Titchou
Re: ear problem

I can make mine crackle easily...always have been. Assumed everyone can!!!! Hearing tests are simple so go get one so you'll know if you've done any damage...or and ENT could look and see if there...
Board: Menopause 04-25-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,128
Posted By Titchou
Re: Endometrial biopsy for irregular bleeding?

Depends on how irregular you are...what are you expereiencing?
Board: Dental Health 04-24-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 957
Posted By Titchou
re: Father in rough place-- Need advice for implant(s)

Is there a dental school nearby? They do excellent work much cheaper than regular dentists.
Board: Hysterectomy 04-09-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,539
Posted By Titchou
Re: Large cyst = hysterectomy

Why a hysterectomy? Just have the cyst removed!!! If it's that large they should be able to get it all. And never to a vertical cut-need a bikini one if you have to do it. You need your lady...
Board: Gallbladder 04-02-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,862
Posted By Titchou
Re: 2 HIDA scans very different results

either way it's not functioning properly. The standard range is 35-75% and neither test falls in it. Have it out.
Board: Menopause 03-24-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,967
Posted By Titchou
Re: Menopausal nightmare

Take the HRT. I've been on it 15 years....improved everything - mood, sleep, sex, bone density. My sister had a hysterectomy at 36,went on HRT then and she's now 71. Same things for her. Don't...
Board: Gallbladder 03-21-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,603
Posted By Titchou
Re: Terrified of Gallbladder Surgery

WEll, when I had mine removed, I was placed on the operating table at 6:55 AM and was awake enough to read the clock in recovery at7:35 AM....so less than 40 minutes. Surgeon said the procedure only...
Board: Diabetes 03-21-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,957
Posted By Titchou
Re: Friend passing out - what happened?

Only 200?????? 100 is the cutoff for normal. That was hugely dangerous level. She needs to get her act together.
Board: Gallbladder 03-13-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,880
Posted By Titchou
Re: Biliary Dyskenisia anyone? CONFUSED.

Your gallbladder is damaged since it isn't working properly. If you are looking for a guarantee, you aren't going to get one. But you obviously have an issue that is going to get worse. You do not...
Board: Cancer 01-03-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,059
Posted By Titchou
Re: Painful lump, very fast growing (3 days), now at 2 ish cm, PLEASE HELP I'm scared

I had something similar sounding and it was a simple infection which cleared on its own(can't take antibiotics so was glad when doc said it would clear). Very painful and came up overnight.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-27-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 763
Posted By Titchou
Re: Fractured 5th Metatarsal

They usually say 6-8 weeks for broken bones in the foot. I'd go back to the boot for a while longer.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-26-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 548
Posted By Titchou
Re: Bilateral Leg/Ankle/Foot Pain. Any Ideas?

Have you considered a chiropractor or acupuncture?
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-10-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,252
Posted By Titchou
Re: feet feel like their breaking every time I walk on them. I am scared.:(

Plantar faciitis maybe? Have you tried anything? Like rolling a frozen water bottle on the floor with the foot? Calf/achilles stretches?
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-05-2017, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 960
Posted By Titchou
Re: Toe Fusion w/Bone Graft after Joint Removal

I didn't have the implant but have had it fused. Really not fun but doable. Some things to think about though are whether you want to wear any heels (check your closet for shoes you may have to get...
Board: Menopause 12-02-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,385
Posted By Titchou
Re: Can't eat. Is it pre-menopause?

If your gallbladder is non functioning it needs to be removed before it ruptures. That can be fatal. Please talk with your doctor about having it removed ASAP. Sounds like you are on the verge of...
Board: Women's Health 11-25-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 570
Posted By Titchou
Re: Thick black period?

The first time this happened to me,my doctor told me they often called it "passing a cast" because it can be so painful and clearing out the lining takes so much to do. I would say it's normal esp...
Board: Allergies 11-14-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,204
Posted By Titchou
Re: Lip swelling overnight

Has anyone mentioned Oral Allergy Syndrome? Check it out and see if it fits.
Board: Menopause 11-07-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,899
Posted By Titchou
Re: Perimenopause? Pls, help!

Sounds just like peri. Have your FSH level checked. A score of 34 is considered menopausal.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-30-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By Titchou
Re: Lapidus procedure

Large bandaid or something similar to what she put on it. I just changed as needed when it got messed up from socks or whatever. Once it totally healed and I could bathe it, I stopped. If it's...
Board: General Health 09-25-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By Titchou
Re: Not sure what's wrong but at my wits end always sick.

I would definitely start by getting the tonsils out. I finally had mine out at 25 after achildhood full of hospitalizations, strep, tonsillitis, sinus infections, etc. I am 71 now and NEVER had...
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