Discussions that mention potassium

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Hi Daubie & Karen :wave:

Thank you for the posting, it's nice to be able to speak to people who can relate.

I'm so sorry that you had to go through the whole ordeal with the Lyme disease and the long hospital stay, but I'm so glad that they were able to get you back into shape [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img] I hope that you never have to repeat that again !

I did have the tilt table testing done on the same day as the original EEG. They weren't able to make me actually faint, but I did feel all of the related symptoms through out the entire test, starting at about 5-10 minutes from the beginning of the test. They didn't do the injection to speed up my heart, I asked the cardiologist why, but I can't remember what he said. He did say the drop in B/P is what starts the episodes of fainting though. They weren't able to get my B/P to 80/60 as it was at the E.R. either.
I have had a few almost passing out episodes since that day, just as I have been having for years, so hopefully the sleep deprived EEG will shed some light as to why this keeps happening.

I think stress has a big part of all of this, even though my doctor thinks there is still more to this. I do need to take a break from all of this insurance shi*, every minute of the day I'm working on so many things that my head is spinning [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif[/img] I'm quite organized, but having to report things to so many people is getting quite difficult for me, and it's never ending !!

Are you seeing any improvement today with the pain and numbness since your surgery ?
I'm way behind on postings, so hopefully you have seen a big improvement :angel: I sure hope so.

I'm not sure if you saw the question I asked you on another posting, so if you don't mind, I'll ask again. If you don't know the answer no problem, as I will run it across the claims consultant that I'm using (she is out of town at a convention right now)
Do you know if I have the right to demand to be seen by one of Cigna's IME doctors as part of my next appeal ?
I live in NY, but on the last appeal they consulted with an Ortho from PA and I'm still pissed that they have never even had me examined. I'd be willing to see any IME in my area. I'm also using the social security IME report from back in April to add to the LTD appeal, they were very good to me, and told the truth.

I forgot to mention that when they did my bloodwork at the E.R. my electrolytes and potassium were extremely low, I think that part was from the heat.

Thank you so much for the info, it really is nice to speak to others who understand.


I'll have to try and remember to ask my doctor about the butt cheek squeeze when I speak to her next, I bet if somebody is watching us do it, they will think we are trying to avoid doing something else :D
I'm glad that it worked for you, and I hope those near fainting episodes are over for you, I know how scary they are.

Thank you both for the information, you are the best [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img]

Have a super evening.

Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
I regret the day that I agreed to have this surgery.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.

[This message has been edited by BAXTER (edited 07-24-2003).]