I'm glad to hear that you don't have osteoarthritis. Are you able to walk at all without crutches?
Applying for jobs and interviewing every time a contract ends is getting old, so I decided to take a permanent position. My last contract was a telecommuting position, but not all contracts are like that. Most companies require their employees/contractors to work from the office. I don't like office politics, but just because I worked as a contractor doesn't mean I never had to deal with office politics. Some managers don't treat their contractors the same as regular employees. They don't let their contractors have company holidays off, don't let them go to corporate events, etc. That kind of attitude can create a negative environment and the "oh, you're just a contractor" mentality. Being a contractor, I've been the part of many teams, and in my opinion, managers greatly influence the dynamics of a team. Teams that have a lot of office politics seem to have managers that don't foster professionalism, fairness, team work, handling problems at the lowest level, respect for other teammates, etc. The team I work with now seems to be really good. The manager has really good attitudes and the attitudes of my teammates reflect that. It's a really good environment. I don't think office politics will be an issue.
My allergies aren't bothering me so much anymore. Oak is out of the air...until next year. My asthma still bothers me a little when I run, not like earlier in the spring. Once grass is out of the air, I should be good.View Thread
I'm glad your surgery went well. Have you noticed a reduction in pain and/or an increase in functionality, or will it be a while before you notice those things?
Sometimes people just listen to react, and don't actually listen to what you're saying. I've come across people like that, and they're frustrating to deal with. Is she doing a good job otherwise, or do you feel like you need find a different PCP?
I joined a new company about a month ago, but my first day of work was two weeks ago. It's not a contract; it's a permanent position. So far, I really like it. I work just down the street from my husband, so we carpool to work. We're in the process of looking for a house that's closer to our jobs because our commute time is a bear. He's been with the same company for 7 years. I don't know how he's dealt with the commute for so long.
It looks like oak season may be over, but now it's grass season. The pollen counts haven't been as high lately. They've been around 6.5 - 7.0, and I don't really start having problems until they're greater than 7.5-ish.View Thread
Did your increase in symptoms start suddenly or slowly over time? Can you look back and identify anything that may have precipitated the onset of your worsening symptoms? For example, a new job, a new house/apartment/condo, change of seasons, etc.
I had a sudden increase of symptoms when I moved across the country from way up north to way down south. It turned out that my worsening asthma was due to allergies. I got allergy tested and started allergy shots. Things are much better now.View Thread
Acid reflux can really throw your asthma for a loop, as can allergies and sinus infections. If you Google "uncommon symptoms of acid reflux," you'll find that it can include things like a runny nose, sore throat, cough and asthma. When I start getting a bout of acid reflux, I get a runny nose and cough after every time I eat, especially if the food is acidic, fried or spicy. Spicy food doesn't even have to be "hot" spicy, just a lot of seasoning with powdered spices.
When I moved across the country, from way up north to way down south, my asthma got way out of control due to allergies. The allergens are different down here than they are up north, and there seems to be a lot more of them down here. I knew I was having problems with allergies, I just didn't know what specifically was bothering me, so I had allergy testing done. My allergist asked me what I think I'm allergic to, and I told her, "my cat, maybe dust and some spring and summer pollens." I was spot on. I think if you have allergies, you probably already know it, you just may not know exactly what it is that you're allergic to. If you do have allergies, accept the allergy shots..they can do wonders, especially if your allergies impact your asthma. I think the allergy shots worked better for my indoor allergies than pollens. I had allergy shots for 4 years and had my last shot 8 months ago. I'm having more problems this spring than I did last spring, and I'm guessing I'll have more problems this summer than last summer. My indoor allergies don't seem to be bothering me at all. Unfortunately, allergy shots don't last forever I'm getting re-tested (for allergies) at the end of the year, my 5-year mark.
I'm glad you found something that helps your asthma!
Acid reflux can aggravate asthma because stomach acid can be refluxed into the lungs, which can cause irritation. I took tetracycline a long time ago and developed acid reflux which caused an ulcer in my esophagus. Since then, I have periodic, seemingly random bouts of acid reflux. Even before I get burning in my esophagus, I can tell the acid reflux is beginning because I start having problems with my asthma at night. At that point, I start taking Nexium for a while, and it subsides and my acid reflux doesn't get to the point where I have constant burning in my esophagus.View Thread
It makes sense that you'd go to a PCP, who has an overview of your health history, to determine whether you should take the aspirin. I agree with you that she's wrong in this case. What kind of medicine guards against GI bleeds?
At least some of your pain was alleviated with the shots. Too bad the second shot only lasted for 3-4 hours. Is that how long the analgesic lasts or something? When are you having the arthroscopic surgery? If they sew together the torn cartilage, will it mend itself? Will the osteoarthritis cause further damage to your cartilage or is there a way they can halt the progression?
Hip pain is a bear. It's hard to minimize your activity level to things that don't involve your hip because your hip is involved in everything. Shoulders are the same way. I hurt my shoulder once and I couldn't believe how many activities caused pain in my shoulder.
Allergy season is in full force here and has been aggravating my asthma, especially when I run. I had to add Singulair and allergy medicine a couple months ago. At first it was just oak, which is bad enough, but now it's oak and grass...not a winning combination for me. It'll be a couple months before things are back to normal. At least I'm not sick 365/24/7 anymore. It's just when I go outside for a longer period of time, like to work in the yard or exercise, and the pollen counts are high medium or higher. I take a shower when I get back inside to get the pollen off me, otherwise it just lingers...sneezing, runny nose, coughing, etc. I know the effects of allergy shots don't last forever, and my allergies will come back in full force at some point, but I didn't think they'd start coming back so soon. I had shots for 4 years and it's been 8 months since my last shot. My allergist told me they're going to allergy test me at the 5-year mark, which will be this September.View Thread
I had allergy testing done and had allergy shots for 4 years. They helped me tremendously, especially with my cat allergy. I noticed a difference within a few months of starting the shots, and I kept improving for a good year or so. My asthma is now pretty well controlled, and I take a lot less medicine than I did before I started the shots. The only problem is that the shots only help with things that are on the allergy panel. Apparently something that wasn't on the allergy panel floats around where I live because I have problems with allergies and asthma every spring. I used to have problems year-round. Now it's just in the spring, and it's not all that bad compared to the problems I used to have.
I have really bad allergic asthma. If my allergies are controlled, my asthma is controlled. If my allergies are out of control, so is my asthma. They go hand in hand for me. Allergy shots have done wonders in helping control my asthma.
It's nice for your friend to offer you a place to stay for a while. My (younger) brother-in-law lived with us for a year a few years back. He had moved out of his parent's house and didn't have anywhere to stay, so he stayed with us so he could get on his feet. He got married about six months ago
Hopefully vocational rehab can help you find a job. When I had to take a break from software development, I worked in a group home for people who had schizophrenia. Given that I was going completely outside my field, I found a lady who helps people switch careers. She helped me conduct a job search (in my new field) and prepare my resume (for jobs in my new field). She also helped me prepare for interviews, which were much different than software engineering interviews. It was a pretty good experience. I learned a lot about finding jobs in the non-profit sector.
Dengenerative osteoarthrits? Is that something that can be managed? Is that why some of your cartilage is gone? Does degenerative osteoarthritis cause pain itself, or is the pain due to the bursitis/gluteus medius tendinopathy?
I also swam while I was recovering, but I didn't think of using a pull buoy. Swimming freestyle didn't bother me too much because I swim like a runner (I don't have a very good kick). I avoided the breaststroke because I have a really forceful kick. I don't swim butterfly or backstroke very often, so I don't know whether those strokes would have bothered me. I usually swim freestyle, with some breaststroke thrown in because that's my favorite stroke, and some drills to help with my technique. Sometimes I'll do a 200m IM or something, to get in all the strokes, but that's not very often. I don't know how to pace myself when I do the butterfly. It's an all-out sprint or nothing, so I'm dead after 50m. It's a very demanding stroke, imho.
I was also prescribed the leg-lifts you describe, along with other exercises and stretches. The leg-lifts and one of the stretches caused some pain in the beginning, so I did the leg-lifts without weight. When the pain subsided, I added weight.
Was the shot corticosteroids? I can handle allergy and flu shots, but a shot straight into a joint, oooh that sounds painful. It's a bummer you have to have surgery, but it sounds like it'll help, and everyone seems to be in agreement that it's the appropriate next step to take. Keep me updated.View Thread
I get eczema from products with propylene glycol. You might want to take an inventory of the products you use on the areas where you have the rash. One of them might be causing it. Did you start using a new soap, cream, etc on your face in January?
Before I learned that I'm allergic to propylene glycol, my allergist gave me triamcinolone acetonide to get rid of the rash, but as soon as I stopped using it, the rash would come back. It took a while to figure out that propylene glycol was causing the problem. I still get mild outbreaks of eczema on my face (near my chin) and behind my ears, but I don't know what causes it. It's very mild compared to the rashes I get from propylene glycol, so it doesn't bother me much.
I hope you find out what's causing the problem.View Thread
Sorry I've been out of the loop for so long. I've been looking for a new contract and my husband was on vacation for two weeks. It was really nice having him around the house. He just started back to work yesterday.
I have no idea where the community rules are. Maybe they're covered in the Community FAQs. But yeah, I'm guessing writing a doc's real name is against policy.
I had more problems at night, as well, so that's when I took the naproxen. I only took it during the day for the first week or so. Is the Tylenol helping? I find that Tylenol doesn't do much for me in terms of pain relief. Has the Tramadol been helping?
So you think the tear came first, and the other problems surfaced as a result of overcompensation? How do you think you tore your labrum to begin with? What type of PT regimen are you doing? My doctor told me hips are slow to heal. Did they indicate how much recovery time it would take? When I had my initial PT consult for my hip, they asked me a ton of questions and entered my responses into a computer program, along with my diagnosis. The computer program analyzed everything and came up with a plan of action. My PT adjusted the action plan (added, deleted and changed some stuff) based on his experience. It was kind of interesting.
Hopefully you can stay in your current career field. When I think about it, there are many things I'd be happy doing. In an ideal world, I'd be a park ranger who writes programs for open source projects on the side...lol. I know that sounds crazy, but I'd love to do that. When I left the military I went to a career service (or whatever you call it). I paid money for someone to tell me which careers would best suit me based on my personality, strengths/weaknesses and interests. Computer programmer was first, park ranger was second, scientist was third, engineer was fourth and doctor was fifth. I don't remember the others, except that she told me to never work in a factory because I'd be hating life and that management probably isn't my thing...lol. The service was really thorough. The first session (during which she collected information about my personality, strengths/weaknesses and interests) was 4-5 hours and the second session (during which we discussed my results) was 2-3 hours. In the end, she told me that I'd be extremely happy studying computer science/math and working as a software engineer. It's funny because one project manager told me I was the happiest employee he's ever had. I told him there's no reason for me not to be happy. I spend all day doing something I love to do, and I get paid a lot for doing it. You can't lose with that one...lol. If you do decide to switch careers, going to a career service might not be a bad idea. If you're in the position to pick any career you want, you might as well make sure it suits you. At minimum, it'll confirm what you already know.View Thread