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Willow753
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   Posted 1/24/2007 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new to this site. I see everyone is very willing to help each other and provide answers or a point in the right direction. The world needs a site like this actually. Anyways I was diagnosed on April 17th, 2001 shortly after 3pm. I call it "D" day. I retired 2 years ago due to an attack. I was  Pit Boss for 12 1/2 years at a local casino. I have so far been pretty fortunate I think because from what I have heard many people get 3 to 4 attacks a year. I have had 4 in 5 years. Granted there was a bad one last summer-I lost feeling in the entire left side of my body. It all came back except for my 4th and 5th fingers in my left hand they still are tingly-but if that is all I lost who cares-I can deal with that. I am 50 years old soon to be 51; I take Copaxone almost daily. I skip a few shots here and there. But I have something which appeared during my last MS attack and has not gone away. I have what feels like a softball inside the left lower side of my rib cage. Has anyone ever had that? It doesn't hurt fortunatley; but it is there and is uncomfortable. I am having a cat scan done on Friday to see what it is but I got to thinking (which can be dangerous) that maybe it was an MS thing since it appeared during an attack but it has not gone away. So I don't know maybe perhaps someone has had something similar???
Thank you in advance for your answers and willingness to help!
  confused

uppitycats
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   Posted 1/24/2007 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I've not experienced that. I hope the cat scan shows what it is, and it's taken care of.

We all have to be careful to not assume that EVERYTHING that ails us is MS-related. Unfortunately having MS doesn't mean that you aren't subject to all sorts of other diseases, too. Good luck with your appointment; let us know what is discovered.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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   Posted 1/24/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Willow!!

Welcome to the board! I'm glad u found us and hope u'll feel comfortable asking questions or posting from u'r own experience as well. We all have much to learn and those who've gone before us are invaluable! I'm sorry u've had to retire, but maybe it'll be a good chance to do some things u've wanted to do.

The place inside u'r rib cage does sound alarming! I've not heard of anything like that with ms before, but as u prob already know, with ms anything is possible. I think it's a good move to have it scanned and take a good look at it. It could be anything or nothing, but better to look! Please let us know what u find and how u'r doing. We're all here to help and will be here with u as much as u need us. I'll add that we have live chat each week on Monday's at 6:00pm (cst) and we'd love to see u there! It's a great way to get to know everyone better and get some real time answers to u'r questions. If u look at the top of the page and locate the thin blue line u'll see several options and on the right side u'll see 'chat'. Just click that and log into the ms room with the same log on u used to sign in here. Hope to see u there!
rhonda
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Motown John
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   Posted 1/24/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday evening
 
Hello Willow:
 
Sorry. at the moment, I cannot help you or comment on any of your health/MS issues...
 
But I want to hear about you casino/Pit Boss experience.  Cool.
 
Where was the casino? Did you enjoy working there?  Was pay and benifits good? Was it a  large casino?  I live poutside of Detroit MI, and there are 3 casinos in downtown Detroit.
 
John

Willow753
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   Posted 1/25/2007 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi John:
The casino was in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. It is a Native American casino. I really liked all of the people I met. It was a fun job. boring sometimes but talking to the guest and dealers and floor people was fun. The pay for up here was excellent. It was around 17.00 to 19.00 an hour. Insurance was excellent. Most insurance companies won't pay for the lasik surgery and ours did. Prescriptions were 10.00 each and no questions asked; you got what you wanted and did not have to take the generic meds. Boy I sure miss that. Most casinos are actually boring jobs but you get paid very well to be bored. Standing around watching blackjack, roulette or craps  sounds like fun but day after day; year after year; it does get boring. But it was worth it I am retired now and my Social Security is better than some of my relatives who worked for a lot longer than I did. Casinos take very good care of their employees. So if you are able to work still it is a good place to make good money and have good benefits and be able to move up the ladder fairly quickly-if you keep your nose clean. We had over 800 employees at our casino; we had slot machines, blackjack, craps, poker, paigow, 4 card poker, let it ride, roulette, etc.... 

uppitycats
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   Posted 1/25/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Willow -- I see you're in Wisconsin. I'm a Wisconsin resident, too; I live in the Wautoma area. Turtle Lake is a wonderful area of our state. I've driven past "your" casino, but don't gamble, and never have been inside.. :)
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Willow753
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   Posted 1/25/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Uppitycats:

You are one of the smart ones. Vegas was not built on winners. I'm actually from St. Paul, Minnesota but moved up here in 1992 and will only go back to visit the cities. I love it up here, peaceful, quiet, beautiful counrty, in fact I think they call it God's country and I can see why. 

 


BGD2Me
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   Posted 1/25/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Willow,

Welcome to HW. I hope you enjoy it here. There are a lot of knowledgeable and kind people on this site.

I previously was a casino dealer. I broke in at a Native American casino in Kansas. I have also dealt in Laughlin, Nevada and Kansas City. I deal everything but roulette is my favorite! My favorite casino was in Laughlin. Everyone there was on vacation, had money to spend, and was there for fun. Working in casino's is definitely an interesting experience.

Welcome again,
Lysha
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.


Motown John
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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thursday evening
 
...you know...the whole Indian casino thing kinda baffles me...everyone I have been in, people look like they are betting NEXT weeks paycheck.....
 
But those Casino benefits sound awfully sweet....pay for Lasik surgery...nice.
 
John
 
You know, I saw this statistic on CNN a few years ago......how 25 years ago, if you wanted to go tom a casino, you had to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City....
 
Now, there are casinos in 45 states.
 
God Bless America.  John

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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Willow,
 
    Just wanted to wish you luck with your testing tomorrow.  I'm not aware of anything like that with MS, but please let us know what you find out.   Sounds like you are doing well otherwise and we would love to hear more about you.  Welcome to the forum, and please feel free to share :)
 
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Willow753
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   Posted 1/26/2007 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you all for your support! It is much appreciated. The test is at 8:00am but I am not sure how long it takes to get the results; its a cat scan. but I will post them as soon as I know.

Thanks again,

Debbie


Willow753
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   Posted 1/26/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah   yeah yeah
Hi All:
Cat scan is done and I received a call this afternoon from my docctor. Whoo Hoo there is nothing there. it is MS. He thinks it is a muscle spasm of some sort. Told me to up my Baclofen (which I did). But then I couldn't wake up and when I finally did my legs felt like spaghetti noodles. So which is worse spaghetti noodles or cement legs?? That was a joke-hee hee.  he also is sending me to physical therapy. maybe that will help-I have never been to that so who knows. So all is well that ends well-its the dang MonSter again!
Thanks again for all of your help and support!
Debbie
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...'Wow! What a ride!'"


rhondab
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   Posted 1/26/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Debbie!!

GOOD NEWS!!!! YIPPEEEEE!!!! :)) No fun knowing it's the ms again, but MUCH better than 'other' stuff! I had no idea ms spasms could do that! Glad i'm here...i'm learning sooo much. I know what u mean about the speg legs... i lovingly refer to them as jello legs...just as long as they don't become jigglers! Hang in there...the phsy therapy should help a lot. Of course, i've never been either, but many here have and proclaim it's value. Let us know how that goes...i hope great!
rhonda
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photogirl1358
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   Posted 1/27/2007 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Debbie, welcome to the forum :-)

Your post got me thinking... I have a discomfort under my left ribs too since a flare up.  I wouldn't describe it as a "softball" but just a tightness that comes and goes.  I had an ultrasound which showed nothing.. maybe it's similar to what you have.... glad you ruled other things out.  If it's not MS I'm thinking chest wall pain..

Shar


Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron


Kimber
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   Posted 1/27/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,
 
   That is great news!  I'm glad nothing was found and hopefully it is just a spasticity issue and the increased baclophen will help.  Most people that have gone through physical therapy say its tremendously helpful!  Keep us updated and continue with your positive attitude :-)
 
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uppitycats
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   Posted 1/27/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Willow753 said...
yeah   yeah yeah
Hi All:
Cat scan is done and I received a call this afternoon from my docctor. Whoo Hoo there is nothing there. it is MS. He thinks it is a muscle spasm of some sort. Told me to up my Baclofen (which I did). But then I couldn't wake up and when I finally did my legs felt like spaghetti noodles. So which is worse spaghetti noodles or cement legs?? That was a joke-hee hee.  he also is sending me to physical therapy. maybe that will help-I have never been to that so who knows. So all is well that ends well-its the dang MonSter again!
Thanks again for all of your help and support!
Debbie

I'm so glad it is nothing more serious!
 
Do be careful with the baclofen! As you've found out, there's a delicate balance between "too little" and "too much".  Spaghetti legs can be dangerous; I fell, broke my leg in 3 places, one of the breaks didn't heal properly so the leg had to be re-broken....ultimately led to my being in a wheelchair full time.
 
The physical therapy is a really good idea. You can learn all sorts of exercises there that may help.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Willow753
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   Posted 1/27/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch Uppitycats-when you do something at least you do it good! One way to look at it. In three places OMG ouch that had to have hurt. And then to have to get it rebroke-your close to sainthood - I don't think I could of done that. Ouch Ouch Ouch is all I can say.
I went back to my regualr level of baclofen-I tried to up it to by 10 measly milligrams and got those spaghetti legs and tired;tired;tired. Not worth it-I will wait maybe physical therapy will help-I know that baclfen didn't even phase it but I did figure out cement legs are better than spaghetti legs-hee hee. So something good came out of it all.
Debbie
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...'Wow! What a ride!'"


Savvy63
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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE your positive attitude Willow. :)
God Bless!!!!!~Savvy~ 
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Willow753
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   Posted 1/28/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ~Savvy~   I think we have to be positive for if we are not then the MonSter wins. Plus we are on this side of dirt so all is not lost. :)
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...'Wow! What a ride!'"

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