I take Gabapentin, which is the generic for Neurontin. They are required by law to be exactly the same. I don't remember if I ever did have the name brand or not, but it works pretty good for me. Mine is also for my diabetic neuropathy which can be extremely painful. It is doing well for my seizures, not 100%, but up there pretty good. It is not doing so well for the neuropathy.
However, I do not really want to go back to my neuro right now and get back on the merry go round of trying out new meds. I have so many allergies, and almost died from one back in June when I got bitten by a copperhead. I was in the ER and they gave me something for the pain, and it instantly dropped my heart rate like a rock down into the 20s which is almost dead. I was in the ER 6 hrs until they stabilized me; then I was in ICU for over 28 hrs before they put me on the regular floor. I had to have surgery on my hand a few days after I got out of the hospital. The LAST thing I need is another new allergy. So, I really do NOT want to play around with my medicines. It was several weeks after my snake bite before my heart rate and BP were back to normal.
If you do not yet have a medical ID bracelet, I strongly urge you to get one. Trying to remember a very long list of alllergies and medications in the ER was difficult at best. I told them to just call the number on my bracelet, and they would get them ALL of my information. Mine is a Medic Alert, and you can go to their website to find out about them. ( www.medicalert.org ) They immediately faxed the hospital about all of my medical/health issues, my ALLERGIES and my MEDICATIONS, so I got the exact care I needed. You certainly cannot tell them in the event that you are unconscious, but even just being under the stress of being injured or sick is hard enough. The doctors and nurses were very glad to have that info in such a timely manner too.
I have a number of allergies with anaphylatic reactions, so no thanks of playing around with them.
Anyhoo, I am fine now.
And you definitely have the generic of your medicine. It should work exactly the same, and save you $$$$$ on your medication bill.
Glad to meet you. I have not been here in quite awhile too. Sorry your favorite doctor died. I hate changing doctors, and especially the ones who refuse to listen, or the ones who think they are God. I ditch them in a hurry.
I may be back here more often, with what is going on with my DGS....
This has been a very hot topic on another board I go to. Mostly people are angry at the lame response/s by our fearless leader and the government.
Travel restrictions would have been very helpful, despite what the CDC chief claims. Whoever said it was okay for Nurse #2 who got ebola, and had a slight fever BEFORE her flights to and from Ohio to board a flight, was very irresponsible. But then so was she for not thinking more carefully about her plans. [some of the passengers on the return flight live close to a family members too.> And the lab tech should not have gone on that cruise until later.
Common sense would tell you, that if you have been exposed to any highly infectious disease to STAY HOME until you are certain that you do not have it.
When a person sneezes or coughs, or otherwise breathes OUT, water vapor from your body is a BODILY FLUID. So the precautions that they are/were using are totally inadequate to protect care givers. Then the CDC was almost daily changing protocols for protecting the care givers. Of course, the actual care givers are at the bottom of the totem pole as far as getting critical information goes. [I have worked in health care, so that is a fact in the places I have worked>
Supposedly, a friend who is a nurse says that they were told the ebola virus is short lived when exposed to air. That is what the higher ups who did a conference at her hospital in NYC told everyone. Maybe, but I would not bet on it.
I know at my last job, we were told that many viruses/bacteria/microbes can live over 6 months on most surfaces.
At least the governments of some countries are taking this seriously, and not just as a huge joke, and they ARE refusing travelers who may have been exposed.
I just think the responses by the feds have been too little, too late, and not enough to make a difference.
From what I have been told by colleges and nurses themselves, microbiology is NOT taught for LPNS, 2 year RNS and many other health care professions. It is not taught in TX or MO, not sure about other states. It ought to be MANDATORY FOR ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS.
I would even be in favor of requiring microbiology in high school, because everyone really needs to know how diseases are spread, and what to do to mimize the risk of spreading disease.
I see people every day, who are afraid of germs who do foolish things to spread them.
I don't know the details yet, but my DGS had a seizure today at school, and he was taken to the ER. So far, the DX is epilepsy. Since I have it, and DS has/had it as a kid, that is likely. I have not yet gotten to talk to them, so don't know if it was a grand mal or other kind. I am going to send my son the link for here so he can start checking things out.
Sorry, it has been a very busy summer here, and I have not gotten here at all I think?
How are you? Some days I just do not get as far as this board. I fall asleep here at my computer a lot... Oh well. I am fine otherwise. It is sleeting and snowing here, and cold. It is to be down around 0' tonight. If it is cold where you are, I hope you can keep warm.
Is that you with the bandage on your head in the picture? Have you got the bandage off yet? I think it has been awhile. I was going to change my picture thing, but cannot find where to do it on here any more. That option seems to be gone? I hope you are well, and recovered from your surgery long already.
I am sorry you had to give up your bike and piano. Ouch. I gave up bikes on my own many years ago because of an old spinal injury and arthritis in my hips. It just made riding unbearable. That I really do not miss.
However, I could not give up my piano playing. I play at church. I am self taught, but no Mozart or Beethoven. I just enjoy it so much. Even if you cannot play both hands together any more, playing for your own enjoyment is good for you. Even if it aint so good for other people's ears... Exercising your mind and piano playing might have helped you to regain some ability there again? At least it went to a good cause. Maybe they will let you come and take music therapy on the piano ? I hope you can find a way to keep playing piano.
It may be that she needs more education re your epilepsy and the meds you must take. Epilepsy also makes us sleepier.
It also sounds like she is in some kind of denial about your medical issues, and just thinks that she can 'make you better' if she tries hard enough. Mothers do not like their kids to be sick, or have medical problems. Some do not cope with it very well, apparently she is one who does not.
Is there an epilepsy support group in her area? Maybe that would also help her.
I generally fall asleep at my computer a lot. I like to be on here. However, even if I was not on here, I fall asleep a lot--or else work all I can to get stuff done.
I got the current issue in the mail yesterday, and saw this article. I had seen the headline on their website, but had not read it until last night. I always just figured nothing could be done about blows to one's head and the possible injuries, especially if you had not even seen the doctor for them. I did "see" my doctor about the broken nose because we attended the same church. I told him what happened, and he saw my shiners, and said, "Yep. You broke your nose." I just figured there was nothing more could be done about it since it was one of the bones behind the bridge and not the bridge part that was broken. Besides, if you mess around back in there, that can kill you. He was an old time country doctor, and a very good one.
I will be checking them out today I hope. We have an ice storm in progress, so I don't think I will be doing very much outdoors today.
Candi, I had wanted to post something awhile back, but I cant remember what it was other than something to do with B.O.care... and how it is not as good as he led people to believe. Things got kind of busy here, and my memory is sometimes faulty.
I have had a lot of falls over the years, and some of them involved severe blows to my head. In one, I had fainted and hit my head on the cement step to our bathroom and was out for maybe 10 or 15 minutes. My husband did not keep track and we were young and did not know to get medical care. I came to back in my own bed, so we thought I was "okay". Then there was the broken nose. The blanket chest lid fell onto the bridge of my nose.. Anyhow, I have had a lot of blows to my head.
I thought these websites might be useful for someone here, or even many here?
ps, for some reason I am up early and cant sleep. ?View Thread
I have not been on WebMD much for some time, so the rules may have changed and I probably forgot them anyway. I was just wondering what kinds of topics are allowed ? Can we discuss the new healthcare disadvantages, or can we post related links ?
If there is a link on these pages, I have not found it. Sometimes links are in very obscure places and in very pale print, so I miss them. I guess they do not want people to find them.View Thread