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Board: General Health 06-20-2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 45,942
Posted By jennybyc
Re: What does High ESR mean?

An ESR of 29 is abnormally elevated but could be from anything such as a cold. Even stress can make it go up to 20. It means you have inflammation from something somewhere in your body. It doesn't...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-20-2012, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,887
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Cervical foraminal stenosis?

I have left sided pain in the shoulder blade area and get spasms that pull my shoulder back when I reach forward. And I know it's my neck. It will eventually hit the right side as well if the MRI's...
Board: Back Problems 06-19-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,461
Posted By jennybyc
Re: newbie surgery in a week help!!

Don't sweat it, Olsoneagle. I'm 60 and had a decompressive laminectomies at L4 and 5 and forminotomies at L4,5 and S1, 12 weeks ago. I would have gone home the same day after surgery except we got...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-19-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,411
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Left Arm Weaker After Surgery - Help

Hey Kiddo....not happy, huh. I understand.

I had almost no use of my left arm until 9 months after my second neck surgery...my fusion. It took that long for the nerves to re-grow and re-connect...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 06-19-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,941
Posted By jennybyc
Re: dental visits with TKR

I've taken Clindamycin for over 13 years before dental work and even with surgery. It is the antibiotic of choice to prevent infections in replaced joints. Why your doc ordered amoxicillin, I don't...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-16-2012, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,563
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Recent MRI's,disturbing symptoms possible chiari?

A grade 1 Chiari should have been picked up during your MRI for your ACDF. They don't just look at the neck from C3 down but do check the skull base and C1 and 2 as well. And your surgery was no...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-15-2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,370
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Mri analysis

Basically, there are 2 major problems we can get in the neck. One is compression of the spinal cord itself and the other is compression of the spinal nerves that come off of the cord and go out to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-15-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,502
Posted By jennybyc
Re: New lumbar MRI. So why am I still in pain?

Minimal posterior spurring means you have some small bone spurs on the back of the vertebrae at T11-12.

Pain can originate from anywhere in the spine and go downward from there. But when it's in...
Board: Arthritis 06-14-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,895
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Prednisone/Gout... Please Help!

Pred is only used to stop an acute episode of gout. He should be on colchicine to stop more attacks. And he needs to get his uric acid levels down. Gout is not inflammatory...it is a crystal...
Board: Back Problems 06-08-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,193
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Cervical disc herniations (3)

Hi Photogirl...I'm Jenny and I'm fused from C3 to T1. Most of the people with cervical problems post on the Spinal Cord Disorders board and the lumbar people post here on the Back Problems board....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-07-2012, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,490
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Titanium Mesh Disc Implant??

If you have a disk that has ruptured and is casing problems and needs to be removed, the docs have to replace it with something else to maintain the height of the neck and keep the vertebrae working...
Board: Arthritis 06-06-2012, 09:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,702
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Anyone have osteoarthritis in one foot (bad)

I also have very flat feet and what has been my godsend is New Balance sneakers. They can have you stand on a machine that matches your foot pressure with their shoes and they can find a shoe that...
Board: Back Problems 06-05-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,820
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Another MRI translation...

Hi George.....he does have a brand new doc that he trained and hired who would be more available. His name is Dr. Nicholas Marcotte.....did his neurosurgical training at the Neurological Institute in...
Board: Arthritis 06-05-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,702
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Anyone have osteoarthritis in one foot (bad)

Try seeing a Podiatrist instead of a rheumy or even an ortho. They specialize in the foot and know more about how to deal with them than anyone else. Orthotics may help or a different type of shoe...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-05-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,420
Posted By jennybyc
Re: 6 weeks post-op extreme neck pain

I know how scary it can be.......my post-op sheet said to call if my temp went up to 101*....and I was 101.+* for 4 days once I got home....and I didn't call either. I know I got fevers that high...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-05-2012, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,420
Posted By jennybyc
Re: 6 weeks post-op extreme neck pain

If your neck pain is worse now than after surgery, you should call the doc's office and at the least, report it. Pain can come back badly as the nerve endings heal but my rule of thumb is that if...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-30-2012, 06:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,826
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Help with reading MRI results of C-Spine PLEASE

Hi Missy....I'll add to what Pebblebeach said.

The 2 problems most of us have in our necks are nerve compression and spinal cord compression. As PB explained, the nerves peel off the cord at each...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-27-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,813
Posted By jennybyc
Re: daughter has hemangioma on lower back

We've had a number of people here with hemangiomas on/in the vertebral bone and even one who had inside her spinal cord itself. As you know, they can grow almost anywhere and are a mass of blood...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-26-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,722
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Being a pain in the neck :(

In order to see either doc, you need a referral from your own doc. It should be a letter requesting an evaluation and include the report on the most recent MRI or even the CD of it. If they think you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-15-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,356
Posted By jennybyc
Re: complex and confusing

Hi Verity...finally I have time and hands that work. New cat did a number on my arms on Saturday. Very aggressive 2 year old male that my son had but he was attacking the 4 year old and the 10 month...
Board: Osteoporosis 05-07-2012, 10:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,282
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Rapid onset of Osteoarthritis

Sorry Jacq....I should have listed my response as being to the original poster....Jonestownmom....she has the rapid onset OA.

I'm sorry you are having so much pain and so many problems. Once you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-03-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,883
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Intubated after surgery?

I was told the same thing but was able to be woken up sooner than a full 24 hours(I was told it could be 48 hours). And the problem was post-op swelling in the neck and in my case, due to an...
Board: Arthritis 05-02-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Rheumatoid Arthritis New with questions
Views: 9,030
Posted By jennybyc
Re: New with questions

The problem with having both Ra and lupus is trying to figure out which is which when flaring. We have someone else here with both and she is having a terrible time trying to find a med that works....
Board: Arthritis 05-02-2012, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Rheumatoid Arthritis New with questions
Views: 9,030
Posted By jennybyc
Re: New with questions

Lupus flares are different from Ra flares so why don't you ask the members of the lupus board.

Basically a flare is a sudden surge in symptoms not brought on by anything in particular. Even if you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-30-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,743
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Ready to say "screw it" to ALL dr's!

Kenzi....some more answers......

That tingling and asleep sensation is not a good sign and there is very little you can take to make it go away. And you really don't want to treat it as it could...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-29-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,743
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Ready to say "screw it" to ALL dr's!

So Kenzi....I finally caught up on your last post of the changes in the MRI and your current frustrations with no pain meds. NJlady explained why the problem with the pain meds...the feds are...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-25-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,961
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Concerned due to Not a good candidate for surgery

I'm late to the party but would like to join in. I have cervical spondylosis...and all that is, is a fancy word for osteoarthritis of the spine. And osteoarthritis is degenerative no matter where it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-20-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,270
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Removal of Cervical Instrumentation

They used to routinely remove cervical instrumentation to make the fusions stronger but that is not longer needed as the plates and screws are so much smaller being from titanium.

But to be very...
Board: Arthritis 04-14-2012, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 97,045
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Middle finger joint pain (around the knuckle)

Could be. The plantar fascia is nothing more than a thick back of connective tissue covering the bottom of the foot...just like the connective tissue tissue that covers tendons.....looks the same and...
Board: Arthritis 04-10-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,505
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Somewhat sudden onset. Appt one month out and hubby thinks i'm crazy!

Hi MJD. Let me start by apologizing for not getting back to you sooner but I just had major back surgery on March 26th and I really couldn't sit at the computer until I got the 34 staples out of my...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-24-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,441
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Reappearing symptoms after ACDF surgery-not sure what to do

I take it you're not talking about total numbness like "I can't find my leg" numbness but more like the tingling and a sensation that you have "lost some feeling in the limb" numbness???????

If...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-18-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,467
Posted By jennybyc
Re: new to board... neck is a mess

He's good. I was also told that I might be kept under for a day or so until all neck swelling went down but it wasn't necessary. But they do caution you. And with your sleep apnea, it would help to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-18-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,467
Posted By jennybyc
Re: new to board...neck is a mess

Looks like your neck has some major problems. When they see severe canal stenosis, that means your cord has most likely been compressed way down to about half normal thickness...similar to what I had...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,979
Posted By jennybyc
Re: New here... please help me understand MRI

First, let's talk about the difference between nerve compression and cord compression. When you have a compressed nerve, it causes pain and the other symptoms you have down the arm. But cord...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,979
Posted By jennybyc
Re: New here...please help me understand MRI

Hi Kym...glad we've made you feel a little better about your situation.

Let's start with a little spine anatomy. Your spinal cord comes off the base of the brain and goes down into the vertebrae....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 32,213
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Reverse Cervical Lordosis

For those who don't know what reverse of cervical lordosis means, it means the neck has gone straight and then started to curve towards the back, instead of the front. Also called cervical kyphosis....
Board: General Health 03-11-2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,701
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Extremely scary swelling sensation behind my left eye

The problem when we have those weird thoughts and sensations is that there is no way to prove them. But that doesn't mean it isn't significant. But what you do have is a very real symptom that could...
Board: Arthritis 03-09-2012, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,904
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Social Security Disability for DISH

I am not in Indiana nor do I have DISH but I do have SSDI. What state you live in makes no difference as this is a federal program. And the next question I'll ask you....do you qualify for SSDI based...
Board: Arthritis 03-08-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,193
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Arthritis in hip

The drugs they give for arthritis can do a number on your stomach. Did you tell him about your stomach problems?

Always take them with a full meal...you can take an antacid too. If it's arthritis...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-08-2012, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,927
Posted By jennybyc
Re: cervical osteophytes

I would actually go about this a slightly different way. He ordered the MRI so he knows what condition your neck is in. But here's the thing with neurosurgeons...they really don't care about pain. In...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-02-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,741
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Euflexxa was injected into soft tissue instead of joint.

I doubt your doc missed the joint. You may however, have confused what was going into your knee and when. When they do these shots, the often start with a shot of a local anesthetic to numb up the...
Board: Anxiety 03-01-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,014
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Anxiety and not your heart.

I heard a statistic the other day that can show you just how common anxiety and heart issues are.

"97% of all those who come to the ER with chest pain are NOT having a heart attack". The vast...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-28-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,433
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Cervical Epidural injection?

Cortisone shots in general can go one of two directions...you either have immediate relief or it causes a lot of pain for a day or 2 before the relief kicks in. It's the same whether it's the spine,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-28-2012, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,483
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Laminectomy Surgical & Postop, MRI,CT Report Help Requestd

Okay...I'll add my 2 cents...I'm a 5 level laminoplasty with a 6 level fusion...both from the back.

Collections of gas and fluid in the tissues are normal after surgery. What they say about the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-26-2012, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,483
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Laminectomy Surgical & Postop, MRI,CT Report Help Requestd

Chitown....you are not even 3 weeks post-op with a surgery who's recovery time is measured in years, not weeks. Your neck must adjust to the surgery, the rods and screws being but in, the swelling...
Board: Arthritis 02-23-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,707
Posted By jennybyc
Re: HELP, please! Do I have RA, or something else?

There are approx. 100 different types of arthritis. You really should see a rheumatologist to get a thorough testing for what it could be. Red joints screams that something is wrong but what is the...
Board: Abuse Support 02-21-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,877
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Possible repressed memories, seeking opinions

I am a survivor of severe child abuse, including sexual abuse by some 15 molesters. I had no idea of any of this until age 35 when I began to remember. However, I did it with the help of a therapist....
Board: Orthopedic 02-20-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,942
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Both Shoulders in pain

Could also be pain from a neck problem...like a herniated disk pressing on the nerves to both shoulders.
Board: Cancer 02-20-2012, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,606
Posted By jennybyc
Re: Cancer, carcinomatosis of peritoneal cavity..

My mother died of a retro-peritoneal sarcoma...the worst of the peritoneal cancers and died in just 3 months. But that was almost 40 years ago. I understand(since I'm worried I'll get it) that even...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 02-16-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,899
Posted By jennybyc
Re: munchausen by proxy help

My mother would float back and forth between Munchausen and the "proxy" form when she had a child of the appropriate age. If no available child, then she'd do it to herself. So yes, they can have...
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