Hi Elizabeth and all. Reading has alway been my ticket to the world! I don't have the money to go in person but I can go vicariously, through the characters and, often, through the experiences of the writers. Explaining it that way was how I got my sons to read more in school, thus improving their overall learning level.
My favorites? Dean Koontz (he absolutely loves animals and dogs especially), and that doctor that started writing medical thrillers. Jeff Long has written some really imaginative stuff, and, oh well, the list is pretty long.
The only problem I have now is eye problems-I'm starting to need large print and something to hold the book open, as my hand starts spazzing after just a few minutes.
Hi Hackwriter! I am currently not taking any DMD, but I too developed gallbladder disease and stones, on top of all the other symptoms. Finally I had to do something-the pain in my side became unbearable.
The surgery went well and I have been healing. However, I learned something after-the-fact: when the gallbladder is removed, there is nothing to slow down the bile coming from the liver. So sometimes, diahhrea results.
I do not regret having the surgery-just was surprised at this developement. Anyway, good luck with your surgery and I will be praying for you!
Hi all and hope everyone is doing well tonite. I have a question about diagnostic testing. I had to have surgery on my lower back and have steel plates and screws in my back. I assume this means I cannot have an MRI done. Is there another test that can be used to detect the lesions?
Hi Elizabeth, and all! It's absolutely gorgeous here-70's in the day and down into the mid-40's at night. Not much wind right now-that's nice!
We're supposed to get 3 days of rain starting Wednesday so I'm enjoying this as much as I possibly can. My dauchshunds are even forgoing their kibble in favor of laying in the sunlight on the deck, just soaking it up! (and believe you me, they LOVE their kibble!)
I wish you could all be here-it's not even very humid.
Dear NeedStrength, I think the others are correct-you need to see your doctor and tell him what's happening. Drop-foot can be caused by several things.
Also, everyone's perception of pain and disability is individual-many of us struggle every day just to continue working outside the home. I'm terrified to call in sick-if I start missing work and lose this job, it will likely be the last one I ever have, my health issues and chronic pain are that bad, no-one would hire me.
I no longer think about getting on the treadmill-I'm doing good to get from my office to my car twice a day. So if some of us sound a little unsympathetic, please try to understand. For many of us, just the basics of everyday life are difficult.
So, call your doctor and see what he/she says. Good luck and God speed!
Holy cow, you guys! That mercury comparison is great-I couldn't have described it better! My doctor also suggested writing stuff down. Sometimes I actually get it written down and then run off and forget the note. My boss has learned to just shake her head and walk away when I show up to work in different socks or in my houseshoes or something silly like that.
Thank you all for posting these issues-I don't feel so alone when I'm in the community. In fact, thanks for everything! Hang in there, Tammy! We're all with ya!View Thread
teelyn31, I hear ya! Really, this whole thing can feel incredibly frustrating and overwhelming. Sometimes if I try to think about all this at once I feel terrified-what is the rest of my life going to be like? I'm trying to learn not to think about this all the time or try to figure it out on my own. No, I haven't been diagnosed with MS but the symptoms are nearly textbook for me, so my doctor is now running tests trying to figure this out.
Have you checked to see if there are any free clinics in your area? Maybe your local ministerial alliance could recommend a clinic that could help you. Also, I recently began seeing a therapist. Evidently I'm not doing such a hot job of handling this on my own (although I'm getting the impression he's not experienced handling chronic pain and disability patients) it does help just having someone to talk to who's eyes don't glaze over when you discuss health issues.
When you get to feeling overwhelmed, check in with the WebMD communities-talk to others who share your experiences. They know exactly what you're experiencing and feeling and they will listen. Take a deep breath!
Hi all! What about carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel-both can cause pain in the hand. I think it's possible to be experiencing something that's not related to the MS at the same time-I know I tend to get "tunnel vision" sometimes when it comes to the health problems! LOL!
Dr. Rumbaugh, what do you do if you have a patient with metal plates and screws and can't have an MRI? Is there another imaging solution? Also, what is it that they are looking for when they do the spinal tap?
TML1016, I'll pray for you also. Let us know how things go!