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
I'm sorry to hear that you're having a rough time. I hope it passes soon.
I can't relate to eating chocolate to help my asthma, but I can relate to coughing up clear, frothy fluid. I didn't know it had a name...Sir Coughalots...lol. When my coughing gets out of hand that happens. I've gotten to the point where I can usually tell when my coughing is going to be really bad and I try to use my rescue inhaler before it gets out of hand. But sometimes my it gets out of hand before I'm able to use my rescue inhaler. For example, my husband is a bleach fanatic and uses it to clean everything. I can usually avoid it, but he dumps it into the toilet (and doesn't tell me), so when I go into the bathroom, I get a big whiff of it. As soon as I get a whiff of it, I start coughing uncontrollably and it's really hard to use my rescue inhaler. I don't know why he can't switch to something safer, like Pinesol.
Yeah, avoiding triggers can be easier said than done, especially if there are a lot of them or they're really common things. I can usually avoid my triggers, but avoiding allergens can be hard. I don't know everything I'm allergic to and allergy shots only cover so much (common indoor allergens and pollens common to a specific region). Often I find that when I travel to different regions I'm allergic to stuff and it triggers my asthma. I've learned to take Singulair every day when I travel to help my allergic asthma from getting out of hand. It helps.
Thanks for your explanation of FEV1/FVC. I don't know the meaning of a flow loop, but when I'm having problems, it peaks, then it's concave or flattish. If I'm not having problems, it peaks, then it's round. That's all I have to say about that...lol. (Forrest Gump). I love that movie! Anyway, I can see why you're seeking more answers. I really do hope you find them.
I'm glad you found breathinstephen.com helpful (and you shared it with someone else)! I read his blog because I find him to be an amazing person who's able to persevere through anything. Having asthma, and knowing what it's like to not be able to breathe, helps me appreciate more of what he's going through, though I can't totally relate because my asthma is super mild compared to his. I find him to be an inspiration, and I'm glad he shares his story with the world. I'm sure he's helped more people than he realizes.
What natural remedies have you tried for asthma? I've never really tried any natural remedies for asthma, however, I've tried acupuncture for adhd. The effects lasted for about 4 hours after each treatment. I gave it a two-week trial period, and had three treatments per week. The amount I paid in co-insurance for those six treatments was over twice what I pay in co-insurance for a one month's supply of medication. I do find that things like regular exercise, sufficient sleep and reducing the amount of refined sugar in my diet helps. I'm training for a half ironman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), so I kind of go on the deep end when it comes to exercise, but I find it really helps my focus and attention, and it curbs my hyperactivity.View Thread
I know it can be a long road to getting a service connected disability claim approved by the VA. I met my husband while I was in the Army. He has problems with his feet...they're flat as a pancake and he has hammer toes on both feet. He has pain in his legs (feet, calves and hamstrings) related to his super flat feet feet. He goes to a podiatrist and wears orthotics, but the punks at the VA are making things hard. I wish you the best of luck in getting your claim resolved.
I hope you're out of the hospital now and are feeling better.View Thread