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    Old 05-30-2010, 09:15 PM   #46
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    What sort of problems does the IBS cause, is it cramping or diahorrea? I have had problems with both. What do you mean by abnormal heating sensations? To you overheat easily, light hot flushes? By lessened skin sensation to do mean lessened pain sensation like I have or is the numb feeling I have also or different. My face feels like I have been to the dentist and the needle has half worn off. Do you have the tingling like that I have? At the moment my arms are feeling weirder then ever, this happens often, like numbness but not quite. I have learned to live with that disassociated feeling. It has been getting worse and worse these last weeks since I came off the antibiotics. As I said for a moment I felt normal.
    The IBS is mostly a constipation, cramping, bloating kind of thing. I've always had constipation, but never this bad. More specifically there is a feeling of pressure in my gut, sometimes pulsing and spasming. I wasn't sure if these last three symptoms constitute IBS, but checking elsewhere on the Net, people seem to think they fit IBS.

    Lessened skin sensation: it's just my skin seems to lack the sensitivity it used to have. Sometimes numbness on arms or chest or face, but usually the numbness pops up for a little while, then it's just back to "low sensitivity." I do get tingling sometimes but it's not a problem as it's also a "here and there" symptom, never permanent or longterm. I wouldn't be able to tell you about pain sensation, I think I still feel pain adequately, but I can't tell for sure.

    Maybe you could try taking another round of antibiotics? Is it just a mastoid infection you're trying to get rid of?

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    I have not had migraine medication. I have avoided everything except natural supplements and the antibiotics.

    Bill, I know sometimes you put yourself down but I think you write paricularly well. I feel I cannot keep up to your standard, even though I am a teacher in my well life.

    Tomorrow I hope to be in touch with the university doctor. Fingers crossed.
    I'm sure together we will work it out,
    Gjoy
    Have you tried Feverfew for migraine? I've read that it helps some people, but as with all things, make sure you research it first before using. I also don't think it would hurt to try some OTC drugs for migraine, for example Excedrin, but I guess you don't like taking those.

    About my writing well, yes I have gotten that compliment before, but it's not something I can put to much use, seeing as I have significant deficits in several other important areas.

     
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    Old 05-31-2010, 03:07 AM   #47
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    Hi Bill,

    I was given the antibiotics for a mastoid infection. I kept complaining about the pain that was in my head on the right side behind my ear. On the MRI it showed fluid in the mastoid. Eventually they decided I should start on antibiotics to see if it helped, then my ear started oozing and smelling. The GP would look at my ear and say it is very red you had better have another course of antibiotics. I had four courses before they got the result of the ear swab which showed the best antibiotic to use, then 4 courses on that. The doctor said my ear looked better and stopped the antibiotics. The ENT specialists have said I would be deaf if I had a mastoid problem, but I have the opposite problem. So who knows what infection they treated but it worked.

    I saw the GP today for the name of a infectious disease specialist. I asked how long should I wait to see them? He said it wasn't urgent as I had already been sick 8 or 9 months. I said it may not be urgent to you but it is to me. He just doesn't get it I think. When I rang for the appointment they asked was it urgent and I said it is to me. They gave me an appointment later this week. I can't believe my luck. Hope he is someone with an open mind and a lot of knowledge.

    Maybe IBS is being misdiagnosed all over the place if you get your info from others experience. I have trouble with the muscles more when going to the toilet, both urinating and defecating, and have to go back several times sometimes before I have finished. This problem improved on the antibiotics also. Have you had antibiotics for anything since you have had the head pressure?

    How about you test the pain sensation by sitting on your legs for a while and you should get pins and needles which normally are quite prickly and uncomfortable? It was suggested to me to try putting my hand in a bucket of ice. I may try that if I have the opportunity.I reckon it would be a good competition to have with my sons.

    I am so uncomfortable in bed. I get this pain in my lower back and hip. I know it comes from my head throbbing. It happens in the day as well but more so at night, if there is a lot of noise like my husband snoring. Strange isn't it.Do you have that lower back pain?

    When I see this doc I am going to stress the head pressure and see what the response is. Will keep you posted,

    Gjoy

     
    Old 05-31-2010, 04:43 AM   #48
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    Hi Bill,

    I was just thinking do you have floaties in your vision? When it is sunny they are very obvious for me. I think I have had them 25 years at least. They seem to have got more numerous lately.The doctors say they are nothing. Just wondering.

    Gjoy

     
    Old 05-31-2010, 08:42 PM   #49
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    I took antibiotics for a whole week once, for a sore throat/cold, it helped make the illness go away but I don't think it did anything else. Yes I definitely had head pressure when I took those. I reckon they were probably a relatively weak type of antibiotic, though, as the doc gave me free samples. Don't remember the name of them.

    I definitely would not pass the "hand in bucket of ice" test. I have had cold intolerance for a few years now. Heat doesn't bother me too much, though.

    I also have some kind of "link" between the head pressure and lower back. It seems the pressure runs from my head through my spine and into my lower back. It does cause extra trouble sleeping. If I just had the head pressure, but not the spasms/fullness in my lower back and abdomen, I would probably sleep easier. But now I have a lot more discomfort than I did, say, 3-4 years ago when mostly just the head pressure bothered me. This thing is progressive, for me.

    Also, lots of floaters, but i've had them for many years anyway.

     
    Old 06-01-2010, 12:14 AM   #50
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    Hi Bill,

    I can't believe all we have in common. When they solve me I think they will solve you too, or at least give direction to your investigations.

    I was several weeks into the antibiotics before I noticed a difference and of course they have to be the right sort. On lot I seemed to go backwards on. I do feel the cold more than I used to. But I think I could do the ice bucket test. I often have trouble with cold hands and feet.

    Scout has not been on line for a while. I am hoping she is all right.

    Gjoy

     
    Old 06-04-2010, 03:48 PM   #51
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    Hi Bill,

    No progress at the infections specialist. Says can't see any sign of infection. He idi spend a fair bit of time going through my history. He checked my blood pressure. That's pretty rare. Got all the specialist letters faxed from my clinic and read them. Thought that was enough. If you see specialists you need to see good ones because it comes back to haunt you. he did think I should get another opinion on my ear so back to another ENT next week.

    Once upon a time people use listen to me and respect what I said. I was often asked for advice. Now they think I don't know what is happening to my body. Weird.

    Gjoy

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    Old 06-04-2010, 08:31 PM   #52
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    Thanks for the update.

    Lemme know what your ENT thinks...

     
    Old 06-08-2010, 11:50 PM   #53
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    Hi Bill

    I had no luck at the ENT either. Told him about the head pressure but had no ideas, then started talking about my nerves. I could not disguise the photophobia or hyperacusis as I was having a bad day. Had my wide brimmed hat on inside in the middle of winter and my ear plugs. Said there was nothing wrong with my ears and I don't need to use the ear drops that I was told I should use 3 times a day for 3 months and even then the bacteria would be hard to shift. So much for a specilst opinion. Which one do I believe?

    I really am feeling lousy at the moment and have run out of ideas. Perhaps I should email the doctor at the university. See Bill I have access to whatever doctor I like but are still going around in circles. Perhaps I should have done more research before I made a move. try to learn from my situation. Today it rained and the noise really does me in. Using the computer is giving me an almighty head ache, Any ideas welcome,

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    Old 06-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #54
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    Dear gjoy,

    My insurance from Blue Cross/Blue Shield has just been approved, for $100 per month, and it's pretty solid in terms of how much it covers. I was expecting an increased rate (more like $150 per month) or disapproval, so this comes as a surprise.

    What would you suggest I do first? What kind of specialist do you think could offer some ideas on head pressure? The insurance also covers chiropractic visits, I could try that too. However I have also heard that some people have gotten "messed up" from botched manipulations.

    Lemme know,
    Benit

     
    Old 06-12-2010, 02:15 AM   #55
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    Hi Bill,

    Congratulations on securing the health insurance. That is good news. Is there a waiting period?

    It seems funny you asking me which doctor to see with my lack of success with doctors. I am pleased you value my opinion. I suppose you would be best to go to a neurologist because they deal with the brain and would be the one to order tests like the MRI. You might be solved before me at my rate, and be helping me out. I think you would be best to take someone with you to the appointment if you can, someone who knows what you want to ask in case you forget anything. They do tend to rush you and it is hard to remember everything you want to ask. Also I have found it hard sometimes to remember everything that is said. I was advised to take a tape recorder or what ever they call them now. Maybe we will talk when you have an appointment.

    I have also heard a few things about chiropractors however there are often stuff ups in the medical world and people still go to doctors. Osteopaths are meant to be more gentle or maybe you could try the physio. They do manipulation too but give exercises and use heat and other methods.

    I heard from Scout and she said that she is at the lowest point she has been with her health. She has been to a cardiologist who is testing to make sure there is not a problem with the electronics of her heart. She is to wear a holter monitor for 30 days. She had a message for you. "Please tell Benit I still care,but at this point I'm really not able to offer any encouraging words."

    I wish we could do something for her. I hope they give her the help she needs soon.

    Good luck with your appointments. Hope you don't have to wait too long to get one,

    Gjoy

     
    Old 06-12-2010, 08:18 PM   #56
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    gjoy,

    Thanks a lot for the ideas. I'll have to really solidify what I want to ask before the appointment.

    I'm sorry to hear Scout is having such a tough time. Here's hoping she gets better soon, so we can have her back offering her positivity to everyone, again. I miss Scout, she's been helping me out for quite some time.

     
    Old 06-16-2010, 04:13 AM   #57
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    Hi Benit

    Did I ever ask have you ever had ear infections? I have had them through out my life and wonder if there is a connection.

    Scout said she was very happy to hear about the health insurance and agrees the neurologist is probably the best person for you to see. She is still not so well and had some more tests.

    I think I will go back to the neurologist I saw and try again. He seemed to be caring enough. I think I will send the video of the trouble I have walking to him then say I have an appointment to further discuss my problems. I will also be able to tell him about the antibiotics causing improvement.

    I am tired of thinking about the next step but my doctors don't seem to have any imagination at all.

    Gjoy

     
    Old 06-23-2010, 10:39 AM   #58
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    hello Gjoy and Benit!!!!

    Today I'm on here just for a bit.I miss you both and hope you are feeling better(at least a bit better!).
    So happy you have some good health coverage now Bill!That is wonderful my friend!

    Bill I was thinking about your sx and also Gjoys and mine.What I'm thinking is it really could be sinus related and also migraine related.When my sx were at there worst my brain MRI showed"a thickening of the sinuses"...I've been having migraine attacks lately and I also had gottn a couple of "migraine aura's"which ae very frightening to me.Also I had light/sound sensitivity which is a real pain for sure.

    Remember Bill you told me that you had visual disturbances?Well it could be migaine aura's...that is a real possibility.So I think a neurologist would be the first dr. to see.You could have an EEG(easy as pie test to have)and that could dx that you have migraines and also check for other things.

    Gjoy thanks so much for your helpful advice...I am so grateful to have your opinions..it helps me so much.Also Bill you are a great help to me also.I miss you both ad I'll try to check in on the boards a little bit more.I'm still wearing the heart monitor and I hope my dr. will be able to see now what I'm going through.I continue to try the best I can to be optimistic about all this health chaos.

    Scout

     
    Old 06-23-2010, 09:06 PM   #59
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    Glad to see you back here Scout! Hope that your symptoms are finally getting the attention they require.

    There's a lot of things my new IBC insurance could help me with, I don't know quite where to start, also with my father recovering from recent surgery, a lot's going on here and I think I'll have to put some things off.

    I guess the next time I see the doctor I'll just have to tell him "I've been suffering from 24/7 head pressure for six years straight." I wonder if he'll say "why didn't you bring this up the last 3-4 appointments?" I'm pondering how I would answer that one.

    thanks,
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    Old 06-23-2010, 11:34 PM   #60
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    Glad to see you back on board Scout. It brought a smile to my face to see your up to thinking again.

    Benit I was thinking you could say you didn't know how to explain the head pressure. I have called it the unwell feeling until I figured out what it really was. Hope that is helpful.

    Gjoy

     
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