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Joined: 05/04/2012
My Story:
I'm 56, I have 2 children and 2 grand children. I live in WI.

Health issues: Raynaud's phenomenon, Kidney dysfunction (stone maker), type 2 diabetes (in remission), PFO (hole in my heart), PE (pulmonary emboli), TIA's (mini strokes), PH (Pulmonary Hypertension), Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, I have spinal and cervical stenosis, 2 total right knee replacements, esophageal dysmotility, LVDD, POTS autonomic dysfunction, sleep disorder w/ brain arousal's and periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), and Fibromyalgia. I have recently been diagnosed with chronic iron deficiency anemia.

I also have RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Disorder). Due to my Autonomic dysfunction I have had to have 4ft of my colon removed May 2010. I am a 17 yr breast cancer survivor. 2011 had a 7 vertebrae neck fusion done - 2 rods and 12 screws held my neck together, my neck is completely fused so on 09/13/12 all the hardware were removed.

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Reply: pain continues
Yes. It also says on my take home care sheet - that the injections can start working as...More
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Reply: Pinched/Trapped nerve in neck for past 3 years.
Hi Matt I agree with Joy you need to be seeing a Neurosurgeon. I had almost the same...More
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Reply: InFUSE cervical
I read this and I am feeling bad for you. I had cervical fusion done at the front part of...More
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Reply: Question/issues 2-1/2 years post 2nd ACDF
Stacia, I am sorry to hear of all the problems you are having with your surgeries. I...More
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Reply: Prolotherapy? Just suggested to me
Welcome back I am sorry to hear about all that you have been through and are still going...More
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Reply: Any Thoughts? Need some help~~
Hi Joy I am sorry hear you have to start back at square 1. I wish I could take the pain...More
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Reply: Sick!
Hi Tim sorry to hear you are sick while you are suppose to be at home "resting" for a few...More
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Reply: Any Thoughts? Need some help~~
Hi Joy, How are you doing with the snow and your pain? Did you get back to the...More
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Reply: My Health
Hi Tim, I had my "trigger point injections" on Friday last week. The Dr only did my RUQ...More
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Reply: Ten's unit use after cerivcal fusion
Hi Bobj Yes the tens unit is for pain control, not allowed to use in front of neck...More
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