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PAlady
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
I wanted to wish you the best with your epidural tomorrow - and don't you dare build any more porches (ahem!) after you get this one! Seriously, I do hope you get relief from it.

And CShelp I hope your MRi gives you the information that will most help you.

To anyone I've missed I'm wishing you all the best with any treatments or procedures or appointments. And I welcome any new members! So sorry to be out of it these days, although there seems to be a lot of heavy stuff on the forum this week!

Blessings to us all, right fatherjohn?!

Hugs,

PaLady

bluejet2
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Whitebeard:

I know your epidural is not until Thursday, but I wanted to wish you well and I sincerely hope that you get a decent amount of long-lasting relief from this epidural.

Take Care,

Lorie

White Beard
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Tomorrow June 10th at 9 AM I see the neurologist for the results of my Cervical MRI which I already know most of from my Pain Doctor! At 1030 tomorrow, in the same clinic building and even on the same floor ( just a different section) I go to the Pain Clinic and my Pain Doctor will give the second Epidural injection in my fusion area, and then he is suppose to send me to the surgeon! When ever that will be?

Today ( Tues) I drove into town 40 mile away for my counseling appointment this morning, and my divorce support group meeting this evening ( actually yesterday now) Wed or now today I drive that same 40 miles (one way) to see the neurologist and the pain specialist for the epidural injection( yes I have a driver to bring me home) Thursday or tomorrow, I have to drive 55 mile one way to the VA, I was there last week for my semi annual blood work and my annual visit to the Doctor, so I can get some of my med refills, anyway my doctor said that I am to heavy and wants me to see a nutritionist, and enter their weight loss program! She said I am over 40 pounds to heavy so I am considered obese, and I must lose the weight! if it isn't one thing it is definitely another!
So Thursday morning I have to see the VA Nutritionist and I guess learn what to eat!
 
PALady and Lorie I Thank You so much for your caring and compassion, and for all your support! And for just being there for me! You really have touched my Heart! And that also applies to all my family here on this Forum!
Thank You all so much!
White Beard

P.S. all that driving sure sucks up the Gasoline, and it is $2.79 a gallon today where I live!


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 6/10/2009 12:01:07 AM (GMT-6)


fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/9/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard, I remember very well the first time I received a medical report after I was injured and it read "moderately . obese. I was 6 ft and weighed 195. I was so mad. I was just weighed and I came in  at 191. I could still loose some gut life will go on. Not that we should not be healthy, but is an ideal weight for someone with an ideal life? If so, I don't count because I don't consider my life ideal. Hope all goes well tomorrow and you find that much needed relief. I have all but stopped going to the VA. They won't handle anthing connected to my pain as it is work comp. How do you separate that which is not related. I have hearing aids from the VA and they maintain those but I don;t do much else there. The CP even effects my service connected issues at times. You have a busy day so I will ask an extra blessing on you tomorrow.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Prayers for a quick recovery / answers.

*huggs*
dani
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


White Beard
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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Today has been an interesting day Good and Bad, I had seen my neurologist first thing at 9AM for the follow up on the MRI. He said, he looked over the report and told a that although I had some significant narrowing of the spinal canal he seen nothing out standing that presented a life threatening situation, and that was about it! I then asked him about the EMG and he said it the nerve conduction was normal but the EMG was abnormal with Denervation, and said it was consistent with the damage from the fusion.  He said he did not understand why I was getting the Epidurals, or why I would want to see a Surgeon. I then told him I did not want to see a surgeon, and my pain Doc prescribed the Epidurals, and I was getting another one in less than an hour. He again said he didn't see how they would help, and He would talk to my Pain Doc. I asked him if that was it? and he said yes!  Then he said that he thought that I concentrated to much on the negative and not enough on the positive aspectives of the report. I said no, that is not true!, I am thrilled that you think I do not need surgery, but you haven't given me any answers and I feel you are just blowing me off like the time before last when I was here! Whoa!! he really did not like hearing that! He proceded to tell me that if he wanted to "blow me off" how he would treat me, and how good of care he had given me, and running test, which when he listed them, I reminded him most of them were ordered by my Pain Doctor not him! And the only thing he had done was redo other test I have had and not looked into other possibilities. Anyway he was not happy with me when I left and he was on the phone with my Pain Doc.
 
Fast forward 45 minutes, I was all prepped and draped  with a sterile field and awaiting the Pain Doc to to the injection, as he came in and started doing  the lidocaine shots to prepare for the epidural, I asked him in my neuro had called him and he said yes and said it sounds like there is a problem, and I told him I did not think my neuro was very happy about me telling him that I thought he blew me off. My Pian Doc  then told me if that, is how I feel then it was good that I told him that!  He then said that if I ever felt like that way about him that I should tell him or kick in the ( behind) ( he used a different word) we talked as he did the epidural,  after it was over he put his hand on my shoulder and asked if there was any thing else I had on my mind, I looked at him and said it is just so frustrating! He told me to go get dressed and he would come and talk with me. He came in and spent close to  half hour, going over stuff and and listening, he said I was a very complex and complicated case, and then he asked if I had ever been exposed to agent orange or any chemicals while in the military, I explained  every thing thing I had been exposed to in Photography as in chemicals in Color printing and processing and such things as Carbon tetrachloride, ( which is now banned) but we use to clean photographic negatives with it and even use it to wash our hands to get grease off! ( he found that interesting)  skull   anyway I asked him about why so many Doctors even in the military had mentioned MS but no one ever followed up on it, and how so many of my problems and symptoms would come and go, but always  seemed to leave a deficit, Was it just all the bad disc? or something else going on?, Why all the muscle spasms? not to mention the pain? or was it all just in my head? I told him that the  Neurologist comes off like thatis what he thinks it is, it is all in my head! He told me that it is definitely was not the case! As the the test showed physical  proof  that there is something neurologically wrong! and it looks to be autoimmune. And he asked why MS was never thoroughly checked out as it is a viable possibility!  I said yes why hasn't it? If I have been getting such great treatment and test from Neurology why haven't they checked on these other thing? He smiled and shrugged his shoulders and  told me he was going to do some checking!, You know, he actually thanked me for talking with him and being so honest! We shook hands and I told him I had never had a Doctor quite like him,  that cared so much for his patients.  He Thanked me again, and said he just likes to get to know his patients and believes in treating the whole patient, not just their pain! and he tries to do what ever it takes to do that! He then told me to hang in there and not give up!  and he would see me next week for my  prescription refill appointment and maybe he would have some news!! It has been an emotionally draining day, I am glad I seen my Pain Doc Last and had the Epidural, as at least I feel better about the situation, as I hate being blown off, like the Neuro did to me! But I have made a resolution I am not going to let  Doctors do that any more without being called to task on it! If I feel I am being blown off then they are going to know, how they make me feel! Let them deal with it! Sorry for rambling,  Skeye and everyone else that gets blown off or the run around I empathize with YOU!
 
White Beard
 
P.S. I told him ( my Pain Doc) about my neuro not seeing any use in giving the Epidural Steroid injection. He said that is not surprising , most neuros don't know anything about treating or dealing with  pain!
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   

White Beard, it sounds like you had a full day but as you progressed through it, things have gotten better. You doctor sounds like he has a heart. I am glad that he is listening to you and willing to look at options. It is not that we want these doctors to cure us (that would be ok) we just want someone to listen, show they care and try and make life a little more enjoyable. Why is that too much to ask? Why can't these well trained men and women slow down and be real with us? I know the whole insurance battle and the malpractice issues come in to the mix but we are still human beings and we deserve to be treated that way. Maybe I will take my stethoscope with me to my appointment with the PMS Monday and ask him if I can check and see if he has a heart. I can see that I am not doing well right now as I have been trying to send a few posts to get my mind off me but the struggle is there. You be blessed and I will continue to pray for you. You have been through a lot. How is the house thing going? I hope you are not involved with any building projects.    


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW> W.B. I'm so proud of you!!! That really took a set of O^O's to get in that neuro's face the way you did!!!! Did I ever tell you your my HERO? You're every thing I'd like to beeeeee!!!! I hope I can do exactly what you did the next time I see my wonderboy neurosurgeon when he tells me my neck is healing "just fine" and "there is no reason you should be having pain"
What a day!!! I'll bet you feel really good about yourself right now and especially good about the relationship you have w/ your pain doc now!! That is great news! I really hope he backs up those words and helps you get to the cause of all your missery!! I wish I had a doc like that!!
You are moving in the right dirrection and I'm so happy for you! If anyone deserves it it's my old friend Whitebeard!!! You hang tough old boy and stay on him about what he told you! Just like having a Big Fish on the line> Don't give him any slack!!
Your Buddy,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed for Hawai and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
Wow, what a day, but like others have said I'm so glad it ended on a positive note with your PM doctor. And I think it's great you told that neuro the truth. What's the saying - speak truth to power? Maybe we all need those round things Pete describes! LOL

Now you take care and rest. Put some ice on that injection site, and take the rest of the week OFF!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn, Pete, PALady, I do want to thank you all for your support! I do feel good about today, that neurologist  was sitting there lying through his teeth to me, about how good of care he was giving me, and the tests he done, I looked him right in the eyes and told him that I wasn't going to argue with him, but I felt he was wrong and he wasn't addressing my problems but just redoing everything else that had been done! He was fuming I could see it, but it felt good for a change! I just wasn't going to sit and be passive and let him blow me off, like he and others have done in the past! Because then  I end up, being  frustrated and upset  because of it, and I also get  mad at myself because I didn't speak-up! Well those days are gone!!!, I am going to start practicing what I preach! By God I have done it with my wife and not not going to let these darn Doctors get away with this crap any longer either!!!. I have never ever met a neurologist that I have ever, ever liked and trusted! and even most neurosurgeons are like fighter pilots, they are just full of them selves! I also hate that!  But that is OK because you don't have to deal with them very long, and you do want a very confident and competent surgeon!
 I really do feel I am very very fortunate to have the Pain Doctor that I have!!! He is a one in a million! I have always trusted him, and he has always done right by me! I have been going to him  for quite a few years now, right after he came here and set up shop! You know you guys are right! It was Extremely Gratifying to end my visit there with seeing him like I did.  It did end on such a very positive note! Heck I even got to tell him ,what test I thought should be done, if for no other reason than to possibly rule some things out. Such as an MRI of my brain and a spinal tap with test run on my spinal fluid, and a few other things! He actually agreed and said he thought those would be very appropriate test along with some others!  Now of course the question is will he follow through, well I do see him next Thursday the 18th for my prescription refill! and he is well aware of that! So we shall see!
 
You know with this divorce, and not knowing where I want to live. I Honestly think he would be the only reason for me to stay in this area! Would I ever, ever be able to find another Doctor like him? Especially a Pain Doctor? I just don't know! I sure don't think so! And the thought of even having to look and try to  find another, ....... well.....it just scares the Bee Gee Zeees out of me!!!! If you know what I mean!
 
PALady I give YOU a very special THANK-YOU! wink
 
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
You're most welcome, although there's no need to thank me. You have supported me and many others here, and you deserve nothing less!

It's just my opinion, but after reading and being so impressed with your description of your pain doctor, it might be good to hang around there long enough to put as many puzzle pieces together as possible, since he seems willing to work with you and care about finding some answers. After that, you'd have had some time to think about what you want to do. I would be a little scared to leave such a good doctor if I had one, but I don't think I'd want that to be the only reason I stayed somewhere. How sad that we're put in that position! But once your PM has done some tests, ruled things in or out, if you're deciding to move somewhere maybe he could help you find a good PM. And if you move to or near a major city, you should have some choices. But I do understand your reluctance to leave him right now.

I hope you're resting and getting some relief from that injection!

PaLady :-)

skeye
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   Posted 6/11/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi White Beard,

I'm so glad to hear that you have such a wonderful PM (that neurologist, well, I think I can find other words to describe him!)! I wish my PM had been that great. I really did like the guy in the beginning. And then things just kept going downhill - it was like he didn't care about me at all, once he ran out of procedures to do. I really ended up resenting him & so I switched to my pcp, who had been offering for about a year to take over my pain management (I don't think he cared for my PM from the beginning). I hadn't seen my pcp more than a few times before he took over my case (I'd just switched to him a few years before), but as soon as he found out about my injury he wanted to jump right in & help. I am SO glad that I switched. I love him to death & I honestly believe that he would go to the end of the Earth for me. He is one of the most caring, compassionate people I know, & truly an advocate for my health. It's just so wonderful when we find docs like this! Unfortunately, they are somewhat more of a rarity than one would expect, and it takes searching through many of the bad to find the few good. But when you've found that one... You don't deserve anything or anyone but the best, so I am proud of you for standing up to your docs & standing up for yourself! Way to go!!

I'm glad that the test results didn't show anything horrible (although a lot of times I feel like it would be better just to have an answer, no matter what), but it sounds like there are still a bunch of unanswered questions. I'm glad that your PM is stepping forward to help you find some answers. I sure hope that this epidural provides you with some solid, lasting relief! Just don't do anything crazy this time, okay?!
I found this very interesting: I saw a D.O. this week for some craniosacral week (he declared that I am going to be a very difficult case, but that he "likes a challenge") & I mentioned how I thought that I was a "slow healer" because it had taken me a year & a half, at least, to recover from each shoulder surgery. He went on & on & on about how long it REALLY takes the body to heal from major surgeries & how surgeon's only base "recovery time" on the amount of time that it takes for the person to be "out of the woods" in terms of anatomical healing, but that it usually takes between a year & two years, minimum, to heal from that sort of thing, because there are so many more elements to healing & functioning than they consider in making their estimates. I just found it interesting. DO's have a very interesting philosophy (which I knew nothing about until this week, when he "lectured me" while treating me). In a way, they seem to take much more things into account than MD's. I found it very intriguing.

Skeye

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   Posted 6/11/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   

White Beard,

I am so proud of you for speaking up and wow what a wonderful PM Dr. you have!  Most of the Neurologists I have seen sound just like yours, they are either non commital or ready to give you a life sentence even though they don't truly know WHY you have certain symptoms.   I've been to the best of the best the last ones words were "I don't know and can't really pinpoint why you have this severe of Nerve Damage but would you like me to tell you what your outcome will be.....I said WHAT are you kidding me?  NO THANK YOU, I will face whatever it is when it happens, tell me now and I'm sure to be there faster!!! I asked him how he can tell me my outcome when he can't pinpoint the reason, he looked at me dumbfounded, like I was the loony...geez.   When I returned to my PMD I said PLEASE NO MORE Neurologists or NS unless things either worsen or I need surgery.  They offer me nothing but a large balance to pay!  If you are thinking of relocating maybe stay in short driving distance to your PMD, he is a keeper.

Skeye, you are so right, DO's have a way different philosophy about the body, kind of like Naturopaths, Homeopaths and other Natural Practitioners.  I would definitely be on lots of added drugs if I did not do alot of the Alternative treatments and Nutritional supplements.

White Beard, I hope you get some relief from your injections and the testing you have reveals an answer for you!

XXOO
Patti


skeye
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   Posted 6/12/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti,

I once saw this great naturopath for my shoulders. He actually didn't end up being able to help me, but the guy was just fascinating & really knowledgeable; I really, really liked him. I was thinking about going to see him for my eye, but unfortunately he just passed away a couple months ago from a brain tumor! It was really sad. He was only 38, too!

Skeye

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   Posted 6/13/2009 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi White Beard,

Wow did you ever have a horrible time with the neuro but I am so glad you dressed him down, boy he needed it. I cannot tolerate people lying and I do not care if its a dr or who ever. You were absolutely within your rights to correct him on what he did or did not do in your care. Those guys have a God syndrome and egos that surpass it all. You understand that in all of his practicing years you can bet only a handfull of people have ever taken him to the mat as you did but he deserved it. For him to have the gall to tell you that you are concentrating on the negative versus the positive tells me alot about that jerk. I must admit, as bad as I feel for you having to endure his presence however long it was, I did have a good chuckle because now that I have seen your pic, I can see you dressing him down and making him squirm lol.

I have to agree with you on the PM dr thing and moving and trying to find a new one as good as what you have. If I were in your shoes I certainly would have to think long and hard on that situation. Its like looking for a needle in the haystack fiding a really good dr of any kind. Just from reading on this forum we see how people are treated every day even by their PM drs and some are getting no care to speak of.

I think I have found a PM dr very much like your own. I had my pump refilled Monday, and my dr always see's me once the nurse is finished with me. She just comes in the room and sits down in a chair and we visit. We go over how I am doing and then we just have chit chat time which is refreshing. She does not require me to make a regular checkup appt, she said no reason to since I am there every 6 weeks for a pump refill. My dr is a big game hunter, she is leaving for Africa to go on a hunt. She told my nurse that while she is on vacation that if I get into trouble I can be given a increase in my pump. She said I know you are alot more active now and pain will get bad again, but I do not want you being in pain with me on vacation. I have never had a dr ever worry about whether I will be in pain while they were on vacation lol.

Prior to coming in to see me she saw a lady in her mid 70's with a pump that was not doing well at all. She said the lady was in horrible pain because she was extremely under-medicated in her pump due to a dr that had no clue about pumps and medications. I saw this little lady leave the office and she truly had to have assistance to walk, pain was all over her face, so sad for someone to have to live that way. I said well, now that she is your patient, did you tell her that you would get a fair amount of that pain turned around and get her to feeling like a human again? She grinned real big. She said, its criminal what happens to these people and these drs who have no clue. She said so many of these drs think they cure people and when they can't they do not know what to do. Its like hitting a brick wall head on.

I have a feeling when you see your PM dr again, he starts getting the ball rolling towards investigating what is going on with you. That's worth alot in a nutshell. Susie 



PAlady
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   Posted 6/14/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard,
Are you ok? You haven't posted much this weekend, and I wondered if you were having more problems after the epidural?

Cshelp - how are things going for you?

Fatherjohn has posted, but anyone else who I've missed who's had a procedure or treatment or appointment this week that hasn't let us know, please feel free to add it here!

Hugs to all!

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/14/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on the same thought as PAlady. It has been some time since we have had an update from White Beard and Cshelp. I hope they are feeling very good and have been out enjoying life.

cshelp
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   Posted 6/14/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I just got home from a hard pm shift. I am sitting here thinking. Actually, I have cut my dose of Neurontin like the PM doctor said I could and I am not as tired and my mood has lifted a little. I hope I am not over analyzing the situation. I guess I feel better knowing what is going on in my back(doesn't help the pain) I worked a lot this weekend and one of the nurses I work with told me I should request a bone density test. Anyone get one and what does it show? I have become angry at the other doctors because they never examined me like this last PM doctor did. The flexiril is helping at noc and I am sleeping. I am glad everyone is doing well and I am addicted to this site because I look at it every night. It allows me to feel safe and not alone. I am depressed but I dont know if the counselor is helping. The last visit was me just talking about all the problems and some dont have solutions right now. I will call the PM in the AM to talk about the MRI or I hope he calls me first. I will update everyone when I talk to him. Take care
cshelp

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   Posted 6/14/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Cshelp, It was good to hear from you. It sounds like you had a full weekend with work. It also sounds like you are doing a little better. You can't expect everything to change at once and I can hear your acceptance of that more. I am hoping that you have a good conversation with your PM tomorrow. For now I hope you can find some good rest and unwind as you get caught up with all the posts from the weekend. Will be looking forward to an update. Blessings!

PAlady
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   Posted 6/14/2009 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Cshelp,
I've had two bone density tests. They're very minor - not painful or anything. Just quick mini X-rays usually of a wrist and hip with a special machine. My report pumped out some numbers (all of which I didn't understand0 and a bell curve to show me I was in the "low normal" range. However, I've heard there are different machines which are calibrated differently.

Did the suggestion you get a bone density have anything to do with the neurontiin or other meds? I ask because I'm on neurontin. Although it's also something recommended periodically for females as we get to be menopausal. It's good to have a baseline done at least right after menopause, so you can see if you're losing bone density. One nurse doing the test told me that women lose more bone density in the first 2 years after menopause, and then it levels off. But I'm not sure about this. It used to be closer to the top of my priority list; now it's barely on it!

PaLady

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   Posted 6/15/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
WhiteBeard, I just finished reading this thread. I feel bad to just now respond. I am sorry... I was reall proud of you for telling the neuro. the things you did. You stood up for what you believe in and for yourself!!! Way to go. I really am proud of you for that. And I am glad you have the relationship w/ your PM that you do. He sounds like he is great.I liked the part about him treating the whole person not just the pain. I am also glad that he will be looking for answers for you too. It sounds like he does really care and he wants to help you find out what exactly is going on with you. That should be the way all doctors are. But we know all to well it usually isn't like that. I can understand you wanting to stay in the area. Really good doctors are hard to find. Although the neuro may not have been happy with the things you said, I do hope that he took the time to find out why you felt the way you did. Maybe it forced him to do some inventory of himself and how he treats his patients...Hearing the way your PM was, it was almost like having warm fuzzies all over. I really was touched by his compassion... I do hope you are doing okay. Please let us know how you are doing, when you feel up to it.

cshelp, It was good to hear from you too. I do hope that you have gotten some rest. I know you are ready to get the results from the MRI. Let us know when you get a chance. You know that you are not alone. And that we all care alot about you. Are you planning on asking about the bone density test? It sure couldn't hurt and may reveal some valuable information. I do hope you are able to get some good sleep.
Anice
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