Yep, I had mine removed, too, and ended up with a 'central hernia', one just below the belly button, LOL. It doesn't cause me pain, though, and it's a small one, coming through one of the incisions that was made during the procedure. It was done Laprascopically and I'm guessing yours was, too. I do hold my finger on it whenever I have to beardown for anything (don't think I have to say more on that one, lol) but since it's so small, I'm not having surgery to repair it at this time. Doctor doesn't think it's necessary yet, either. Anyhow, definately mention it to the doctor and get checked out. Shouldn't be experiencing pain......Hope this helps a little bit. Take care..View Thread
Here's a pretty good link. Not sure if you've already checked it out, though. Hope it helps some.....Take care....Oh, have you tried the splint and cortisone injections already? If not, I would definately do that first before surgery.
Hi An_248288.....I'm glad some of the info I gave you might help. Excessive sweating, known as "Hyperhidrosis", can be a sign of thyroid problems, diabetes or even an infection. Here is a link that will give you more answers: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/is-your-excessive-sweating-caused-by-a-medical-problem There are three pages with excellent information for you. I would ask your doctor to check these things out and also check hormone levels. I know you've gone through menopause, etc., but that doesn't necessarily mean your hormone levels are on track. Hope this link helps. Take care. TerryView Thread
Oh my goodness, I, myself, sure don't mind that you add what works for you! I think it's WONDERFUL that the chiro and acupuncturist, etc., work for you. I would use eastern medicine with western medicine if the insurance companies would cover it. (I used both for a short time and loved each one but couldn't afford to continue with either one.) Unfortunately, most HMO's do not cover any type of eastern medicine. I have medicare as my primary insurance (due to the number of employees my husbands company has) and my husbands work insurance as my secondary insurance. Anyhow, Medicare will cover the 'adjustment' if I choose to see a chiropractor but that's it. As we know, the chiropractors use US, stimulation and heat pads prior to doing an adjustment, to help loosen one up, and that alone costs $60.00 a visit, approximately. And that $60.00 is what has to come out of pocket since it isn't covered. Then the chiropractors want to start seeing you about 3 times a week, some only 2 times a week. But even if it's only once a week, most of us today don't have $60.00 to spend on that and we're left with no choice but to use the HMO's and be put on medication that we don't really want to be on but have no choice. Am I tired of HMO's, doctors, etc., wanting to just mask the pain with pain medications? Absolutely. I wish medicare would cover a little more and HMO's would cover more. ESPECIALLY HMO's.....You would think that us paying $248.00 a WEEK to have health insurance coverage would be enough. But no.....they get you one way or another.....LOL. Please, please keep sharing what works for you. It might not help me too much, LOL, but I know it WILL help someone else and that is what matters....One person trying to help another.....Take care.View Thread
Hi Caspertab, Yes, a package of frozen peas, LOL, is a GREAT idea. I use the frozen peas plastic packaging style, instead of box, because it's so pliable. Like you said, the feet and the neck area are perfect spots, along with wrists and, if one can tolerate it, the armpits. (Isn't that 'inner-heat' feeling awful? My insides will feel sooooo hot but yet my 'outside' will feel cool. Doesn't happen all the time, though. Fortunately.) I also take gabapentin (generic name for Neurontin) for nerve pain. For those that don't know much about Neurontin, it's an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anti-convulsant. It's not only used to help prevent seizures but also used for some types of pain, particularly nerve pain, either alone or in combination with other medications. Thanks for the ice pack info. I'm sure it will help many that haven't tried it yet. Take care!......View Thread
Hi there, (PLEASE READ) I've also been dealing with severe, chronic pain since a 1992 car accident, as well (I take OxyContin and Oxy IR, both of which are strong narcotics that can and do cause sweating, depending on my dose. I have a very, very high tolerance to any narcotic and sometimes have to increase my dose with the ok of my doctor). Anyhow, two of your medications jumped out at me but I'd be willing to bet that it's the METHADONE. I did a little research in regards to Methadone and thought you might like to read the following: (Please keep in mind that you should always go by your doctors orders and not anybody elses' here online. This is just something I thought you might like to read and follow up on with the doctors.) Does Methadone Cause Sweating?Yes. All opioids can cause flushing and hot sweats, but methadone is probably worse than the others. This is because when it's used to treat opioid addiction, we want the patient to go up to a dose that blocks the opioid receptors, and the hot sweats from methadone seems to be at least partially dose-related. Why does this happen? We don't exactly know, but it has to do with the effects of opioids on the thermo-regulatory centers in the brain. Excess sweating can also be caused by opioid withdrawal, so if there are other withdrawal signs or symptoms (body aches, runny nose, nausea, stomach cramps), the sweating may improve with a dose increase. About half of all patients on methadone report unpleasant sweating, but some patients report dramatic, soaking sweats. The sweating for these patients is more than an inconvenience. These are bad enough to interfere with life. Medications For Sweating Caused By Methadone There are a few prescription medications which can help this severe sweating.
Clonidine, a blood pressure medication, blocks sweats to some degree in many patients.
Anticholenergic medicines, so named because these drugs block the effect of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the involuntary nervous system, block sweating. Anticholinergics tend to dry all secretions, causing such common side effects as dry mouth and dry eyes. These medications can cause more serious side effects, so they must be prescribed by a doctor familiar with the patient's medical history. All of these medications have been used for excessive sweating with various degrees of success, in some patients. Some examples of anticholinergics include:
oxybutynin (also used for urinary leakage)
bipereden (used in some Parkinson patients)
scopolamine (also used for sea sickness)
dicyclomine (used for irritable bowel syndrome)
For unusually bad situations, Botox can be injected under the skin of the most affected areas, like armpits, palms and soles. Obviously, this is somewhat of a last-resort measure.
Other Ways To Treat Methadone Induced Sweat
Many of the common sense things do help somewhat, like wearing loose clothing, keeping your house cool, and losing weight. Regular exercise helps some people. Talcum powder, sprinkled on the areas that sweat, can help absorb some of the moisture. Antiperspirants can be used in the underarm area, but also in any area that routinely becomes sweaty. The antiperspirant can be applied at bedtime so sweating won't interrupt sleep. There are prescription antiperspirants, like Drysol or Xerac, but these sometimes can be irritating to the skin. Avoid spicy foods, which can also cause sweating. Make sure the sweating isn't coming from any other source, like an overactive thyroid, and check your body temperature a few times, to make sure you don't have a fever, indicating the sweating could be from a smoldering infection. A trip to the doctor should include some basic blood tests to rule out medical causes other than the dose of methadone. I hope this helps you some. Please make sure to follow up with your pain mgmt team. Personally, I would not waste the money of a nat. alt. team. Doesn't help much for chronic pain. Take care. Keep up posted. Hope this helped.View Thread
HI there. Sorry to hear about all the pain you've had to go through. Without boring you too much and trying to keep this short (as I have a habit of replying in 'book style', LOL), I have been dealing with chronic pain, of similarity, since a car accident back in 1992. I am currently on OxyContin and Oxy IR, for the chronic pain, AND Neurontin (aka: gabapentin, for nerve pain) and Restoril (aka: temazepam, for sleep). I have almost the exact pain as you are describing but did NOT have polio as a child. Here's some suggestions, things I've gone through over the past 15 years or so, to try to get rid of, or alleviate, at least SOME of the pain: 1. Since this is nerve pain (and everything you described sounds EXACTLY like nerve problems), ask the doctor if he/she could ADD either Gabapentin or Lyrica to your meds. They are both excellent medications for nerve pain but the Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an older medication and a LOT cheaper than Lyrica (Pregabalin). 2. Since your nerve pain is from the waist down or so, it sounds like you might have something going on from the L1 on down. Mine is the L5-S1-3 (the sacrum in people is actually fused so most refer to it as just the S1) that causes the pain and radiculopathy. Ask for an MRI, if you haven't had one, to get a better idea of exactly what's going on. I realize you had polio as a child but don't let the doctors just ASSUME that that is the only problem. I'm the type that speaks up and will actually ask the doctors to please do this or that. I do it in a very nice way and I can usually get my doctor to order what I've requested. (She's pretty cool about that but she also knows I have some medical background, lol) 3. If the Dilaudid isn't helping anymore, and it sounds like it isn't, you have probably built up a tolerance to it, as I have to the OxyContin, and the dose might have to be increased. I have gone from a low dose to a very high dose since I've been on it almost since it came out back in 1995. If your doctor is willing to increase it slightly AND add either Neurontin or Lyrica to it, you just might get back to having low to no pain again, at least for a little while. 4 There are so many options today. Here's a few that you might talk to your doctor about (preferably a pain management doctor as primary doctors aren't all that familiar with these): Steroid injections into the nerves that are causing the pain; Spinal cord stimulators that can be implanted (you go through a trial version first); Pain pumps that can also be implanted (again, trial version is used first); Bi-Lateral RF Lesioning. Bi-Lateral means BOTH sides. This is definitely something that just might work for you as it cuts and cauterizes the nerves that are causing the pain. It usually will last anywhere from a few months to a few years in some people. The nerves eventually start growing back and the procedure would have to be done again.....at some point. But if you get even one year out of it, it's worth it. One more thing: As you may know, narcotic medication causes constipation. The one thing I've found that works wonderfully is Miralax. I use the generic and I buy it at Sams Club as you just can't find it cheaper anywhere else. I have to take 3 times what the directions say, a day, but have cleared that with my doctor. I sure hope these suggestions help you out. Keep me posted, ok? Take care.......View Thread
I'm chuckling a little, hope you don't mind.....I'm 48 and although I've had a hysterectomy (just a 'true' hysterectomy....I still have my ovaries), I'm starting to go through some of the perimenopausal fun stuff, too. Dryness, absolute NO interest in sex, and some hot flashes, ugh......Sounds like everything you're going through is completely normal but I would still suggest you see your OBGyn and get a complete workup. Try not to worry, though. I know that's easier said than done.......Good luck!!View Thread
YES, make an appointment and also, since you don't remember to brush and floss even once a day, I suggest setting your alarm on your clock or cell phone each day, twice a day, and start flossing and brushing. Sounds like you are further along than the dentist thought in the periodontal disease......possibly. If you are in the early stages, you CAN catch it and help reverse it by brushing and flossing.....but it has to be done twice a day, I would say. I don't know what the 'bruise' thing might be....I'm guessing the beginnings of an infection...?? Please, get back in and see the dentist. I'm only 48 and already have partials. They're not cheap and I had to close out my savings account in order to get them. I'd hate to see you have to start going through the process of losing teeth as it is so costly. I should have treated my teeth like I do my car: PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE.......lol. Good luck......View Thread
I had something very similar to what you described but it was on my neck, something everybody would stare at when talking to me. It was about an inch and a half below my right ear lobe, about 2 cm. in size. Because it was causing nerve type pain when I would wash and run my hand over it (and if anybody has had nerve pain, they know how bad it feels, like electricity for me shooting up into my head, LOL.) I finally broke down and asked my doctor to refer me to a general surgeon. It was removed and biopsied and turned out to be a benign lipoma (NOT lymphoma. Big difference as those of us that have some medical knowledge know.). The reason it was causing pain is because it was growing up against a nerve, but not in the nerve. Lipomas, themselves, are usually painless unless they're pressing on a nerve like mine was. Don't ever be too embarrassed to ask your doctor a question or have her/him take a look at something you have a question about, please... I can laugh WITH you when you said, "My doctor thinks I've let nursing school go to my head, basically "thinking zebras when I hear hoof beats instead of horses" .....I have had the same doctor for over 12 years now. She is the type that you can joke around with, ask how she is doing, ask how her family is, what they did on their vacation, etc., etc.. She can also be very firm with you when needed, if needed. She has a fantastic 'bedside manner', the type of doctor I really like having. But she knows I have medical background, as well, so when I go in and start opening my mouth, LOL, she will roll her eyes in that joking way and smile or laugh and then agree with me a lot of the time. (Those of us with some type of medical background/knowledge can be the biggest 'pain in the butt' sometimes, depending on the doctor we have, but do not let that keep you from asking questions or anything at all.) I hope all works out well for you. Good luck on Monday and if you can/want, give us an update when you can. Take care......View Thread