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Debs_Bears

Joined: 07/20/2013
My Story:
Lupus anticoagulant w/antiphospholipid syndrome. Raynaud's phenomenon. Kidney dysfunction (stone maker). Type 2 diabetes (in remission controlled by diet alone). PFO (hole in my heart). PE (pulmonary emboli) Had 6 TIA's (mini strokes). Exercise induced PH (Pulmonary Hypertension). Bronchiectasis (lung disease). Had my entire thyroid removed but Hashimoto's Thyroiditis still remains, I have spinal and cervical stenosis, 2 total right knee replacements (17 yrs. apart). Esophageal dysmotility, LVDD, POTS (autonomic dysfunction). Sleep disorder w/ brain arousal's and periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), Fibromyalgia. due to my autonomic dysfunction I have a neurogenic bladder, PFD and venous insufficiency in both lower legs.

I have recently been diagnosed with chronic iron deficiency anemia.

I also have RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Disorder). I am a 19 year breast cancer survivor. June 2011 had a 7 vertebrae neck fusion - 2 rods and 10 screws held my neck together. 4 surgeries later Sept. 2012 all hardware has been removed and my neck is completely fused together my neck does not move in any direction. I also have Ankylosing Spondylosis and Cervical spondylosis and recent was diagnosed with scoliosis of the entire spine. As of 4/25/14 I now have osteoporosis and have a compression fracture on L-4 with a height loss of 25%. I will start Forteo for the osteoporosis.

According to hospital records in my 58 years of life I have had over 64 surgeries to put me back together.

I had to have an ileostomy put in just so I could go to the bathroom properly. An ileostomy is the same as a colostomy they just use our small intestines to make the stoma (ostomy). I have now been diagnosed with Generalized Intestinal Dysmotility - caused by my vagus nerve being damaged.

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Reply: A Conundrum ...to Joy, Deb and to all who care.
Hi Joy, Tim and Dave, I haven't been feeling well so I haven't been on here much - I...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: A question for WebMD
It is strange that you could do it actually as it is written - I tried doing that and it...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: A question for WebMD
that isn't what I typed. I typed all the things in side wards v's with /'s
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: A question for WebMD
what about <br /><br /> what is going on?
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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A question for WebMD
What is going on in our posts with all the .<br /><br /><br />?...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: I just learned today
Hey Joy I do hope the doctor is straight with you and gives you the answers you deserve....More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: I just learned today
So you are going back to the old surgeon to get answers - the one who never read your...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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I just learned today
That my compression fracture was caused by Osteoporosis, per my Neurosurgeon and that I...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Reply: Joy how did your appt. go?
Wow that was a lot to take in on your first visit. And to think the other yahoo didn't...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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Joy how did your appt. go?
Hey Joy how did your new doctor appt. go on Wed. the 23rd? I had been praying the...More
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
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