I'm sorry the allergy shots haven't provided you with as much relief as you hoped for. Has your doctor mentioned starting Xolair? It's used to treat people who have bad allergic asthma. It's a shot you get every so often. Honestly, I never tried it because I got a ton of relief from allergy shots, but I've heard it can be really helpful. Google it and see what you think (Xolair).View Thread
I had to look up a few of the terms you used (Q angle, diathermy and VMO). Thank goodness for Google...lol.
I'm glad your doctor appointment went well. How did you like her? Does she seem knowledgeable?
Besides knitting, what kind of crafts do you do? I don't do many crafts. My husband and I go to this place where you paint and drink wine. There's an art instructor who walks you through a painting, and you drink wine whenever the bell dings. The more drunk the bell dinger gets, the more often the bell dings...lol. It's a blast! The first time we went, the art instructor told me my painting was "very van Gogh." I had to look up van Gogh because I didn't understand her reference, but she was right, it was very van Gogh. That's just my style...all my paintings are like that. Most of my hobbies are physical in nature...running, biking, swimming, hiking, etc. My husband and I made a nice garden area recently. We planted one of our four (4'x 8') raised beds yesterday and put a hoop house over it. We planted lots of goodies: musclin mix, spinach, oregano, basil, tomatoes, yellow squash and pole beans. We're going to plant the rest of the beds and put hoop houses over them next weekend. We got a late start on Sun, so we didn't get done as much as we planned. We have a small bath products company. We make homemade, organic soaps, shampoos, scrubs, etc and sell them on Ebay, Etsy and our website. We don't make much money at it, but we have fun doing it. I do all the accounting (general and tax), shipping, development of the recipes and cut and package all the products. My husband makes all the products. It might seem like I'm dong a lot, but it comes out pretty even.
I have a tight IT band on my right side, which has caused me to have knee pain (a few years back) and hip pain (mid-Nov). I use a foam roller and stretch after each run. I also do some hip strengthening exercises 2-3 times per week. My right hip was pretty weak compared to my left one, but now they're about the same.
I had patella femoral syndrome when I was in junior high/high school. I did a bunch of VMO strengthening exercises for it, which helped a lot. It only took a month of doing the exercises for the pain to go away, but I was instructed to do them a lot longer than that. Since then, I haven't had problems with it.
This might be a stupid question, but when you go through security at the airport, how do you address the metal you have in your body? Do you have a letter or something, or do you just tell them? Again, sorry if that's a stupid or offensive question.
What kind of brace would you use to keep your sacroiliac joint in place?
Yeah, I gained a lot of weight over a short period of time. It took me one-and-a-half years to lose it all. Some months I'd lose more than others, but it I lost an average of 6 pounds per month. I've been around 130 for a while now, which is pretty normal for me. I'm not as lean as I was because I lost some muscle, along with the fat. To get as lean as I was, I think I'd need to drop another 5-10 pounds. I usually don't do longer events until the summer/fall, but I have three longer events scheduled for this spring. I think transitioning to a higher volume of training this early in the year will cause that 5-10 pounds to slide right off.
It took a good 3-4 weeks of rest (no running or fast walking) for the pain in my hip to subside. It was another 2 weeks before I was able to start incorporating some running into my training schedule. I still have discomfort/tightness sometimes when I run longer distances, but my doctor told me it could be 4-6 months before I run without any discomfort. He was sure to explain to me how much discomfort is acceptable before I cause more injury. According to my doctor, hips are slow to heal. I think your friend's estimate of 2-7 weeks is low. I think it'll take longer than that, especially if you're not letting it rest. I know it's hard to rest when you're a person who likes to move about. I'm the same way. My doctor really emphasized the need for rest for the first month or so. He told me if I try to do stuff, it'll just take longer for it to heal, and I'll have pain and won't be able to be run for an even longer period of time.
Hopefully over the next couple weeks, the pain will decrease so you can have a worthwhile assessment done.
Residents don't know everything. Heck, doctors don't even know everything (even though some of them think they do). My allergist also told me that the tendon ruptures from Levaquin tend to be the Achilles tendon. It makes sense that the first thing they'd look for is trauma, but they should be open to other possibilities. I'm sure an MRI will give your doctor a good clue as to what's going on.
I know all too well how medicines can affect weight. Weight gain is a huge problem with some of the second generation antipsychotics, especially Zyprexa and Seroquel. I naturally tend to have a lean build, and have never had weight issues....that is, until I took Zyprexa. I know this may sound unbelievable, but I gained 105 pounds within the first 6 months of taking the medicine. I was like a baby growing out of their clothes every month. It was crazy! I've since lost all the weight I had gained, and I don't take Zyprexa anymore, but I do take a small dose of Seroquel.
I tend to forget things and ramble when I'm at my appointments, too. I do the same thing as you, and write down what I want to communicate to my doctor. I don't always bring it with me, but thinking about it the night before, and writing it down, helps me a lot.View Thread
Yeah, naproxen is the same thing as naproxen sodium. I don't know what the recommended dose is for OTC naproxen, but prescription strength is 500mg, so you might need to take two of the 220mg tablets to get relief.
I'm sure there's a lot of lack of education going on at different medical facilities due to all the health insurance plans that were introduced into the market with the ACA. Hopefully they get it together soon. It's a drag that their lack of education is causing you a lot of hardship.
I got tendonitis in my left shoulder a number of years ago because I was using improper freestyle technique. I was sent to PT and they did ultrasound treatments, but I wasn't quite sure what they did because I didn't feel much. Whatever they did helped because it wasn't long before I was able to swim again.
One thing I really like about my sports medicine doctor is that he's sports-minded and seems comfortable working with patients who have a similar mind-set. His goal was to get me back running as soon as possible, without causing further injury. He even took the time to discuss my training schedule and goals. Based on his advice, I've made some changes so I have more balance between my activities.View Thread
I'm glad your asthma doesn't affect your running. It really only affects my running if I'm having problems in general, like allergies or a cold, or I don't use my inhaler before I run. For some reason, running seems to trigger my asthma more easily than swimming and biking. I know it doesn't have anything to do with me being out of shape because I train all year and have been doing so for a long time.
I have to admit, the activity does help my asthma on the whole. I've been active my entire life, except for a short time when I moved cross-country to be with my husband, and my asthma got totally out of control due to allergies. I started allergy shots and within 4-6 months, I was able to start training again. While I was having problems with my asthma, I still exercised, only it was more moderate activities, like walking.
People will tell me, "You have asthma and you do triathlons and marathons? I don't even have asthma and I don't do all that." But really, I think people who have (mild to moderate) asthma can do pretty much whatever they want, as long as they're trained. And I think the activity helps with asthma control.
I'm not familiar with iontophoresis. Is that something you can do at home, or do you need special equipment? Over the years, I've had a couple of injuries (shoulder, knee and hip) related to my sport activities. Most of my injuries are overuse injuries and are due to muscle imbalances, so I'm usually set up on a stretching and strengthening program to balance things out. My most recent injury was 6 months ago to my IT band in my right hip. I couldn't run at all for 4-6 weeks, and it was pretty darn painful. Once I started running again, it took a month to get back to my normal training load.
I keep my naproxen prescriptions around because I find it works much better for pain due to inflammation of muscles and tendons than ibuprofen. My sports medicine doctor gives me pain medication (naproxen) to take the edge off the pain and help the inflammation the injury caused. He told me that if the pain is completely relieved, I'll get a false representation of where I am in the healing process and I could cause more injury. He did mention giving me a steroid shot in my right hip if the pain wasn't resolved in 4-6 weeks. Like your friend, my physical therapist advised me to avoid that because it can become a bad cycle. Fortunately, the really bad pain resolved in about 3-4 weeks, so it wasn't even a consideration.
Out of curiosity, how did you tear your tendon in your hip? Was it an injury, or was it due to the Levaquin? I hope the pain goes away soon.View Thread
Have you tried naproxen for your hip? When I hurt my IT band, my doctor gave me a prescription for naproxen, and I found that it worked a lot better for the pain and inflammation than the ibuprofen I had been taking. I think you can get naproxen OTC, under the brand name Alleve.
I look at doctor ratings, too. The doctor I see for my schizophrenia has a bunch of 5s and a few 1s, nothing in between. The patients who gave my doctor 1s were people being seen for routine things, like depression and anxiety. All the 5s were from people who have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I was referred to my doctor by my insurance company due to good outcomes for patients who have schizophrenia. The clinic is about an hour away, but it's worth it.
I hope it goes well at UNM
I've been to NM a few times because I have a friend who lives there. While I was stationed in AZ, I made a couple trips to NM to see my friend. I found out the hard way that they patrol the highways with radars in helicopters View Thread
That sucks that you got the round-around when trying to make your appointments. Having all your care in one place isn't a bad idea anyway. I'm thinking that a PCP at UNM will have more experience in treating complicated cases. Perhaps you'll finally get some answers. Are you going to have an asthma workup done at UNM? I don't know what their reputation is like in that department, but you'd think they'd have seen some complex, off-the-wall stuff. I'm really hoping you can finally get some answers.
Yeah, they had me on Levaquin for 4 weeks, but switched it to Biaxin because I was having joint pain. So I took the Biaxin for 4 weeks. I was getting repeated sinus infections, and it was making my asthma hard to control. They would give me shorter courses of antibiotics, like 10-14 days, but it wouldn't always clear up the infections, so they tried a longer course. That cleared everything up, finally, and I've not really had problems with sinus infections since. That was a couple years ago.
I don't like going to doctors, either. I have to be pretty sick before I go. The only time I'm proactive is when I go for my annual physical and when pain prevents me from doing my sports activities (swimming, running and cycling). I rarely go to the doctor when I get a cold, but sometimes I get high fevers (104-105) that I can't control with the usual remedies, so I end up in the ER.View Thread
The last time I was prescribed Levaquin, I had joint pain, as well. It wasn't so bad at first...felt like I had aches from a fever, but it got progressively worse. I called my doctor and they switched me to Biaxin. My prescription was for 4 weeks (chronic sinus infections), and I don't think I would have been able to handle the joint pain for that long. It took a few days for my joint pain to resolve after I stopped taking the Levaquin.
I'm sorry you have to take time off work. Maybe that's a good thing, I don't know. Good luck at your ortho appointment. I hope there's nothing terribly wrong with your hip.
I thought your PCP was male. Have you switched doctors? If so, how's it working out?View Thread