Hello and thank you for replying to me. I feel like I have had DDD and arthritis about 2 years longer than I was diagnosed. I say this because I had a catscan/MRI done where I used to live and when the neurosurgeon showed me the film of my back and diagnosed me, there was a dark spot in the same exact area as 2 years prior. I will try and put my heating pad on my back tonight, and take a pain pill if I need to. I try not to take too many pain pills (advil, aleave, ibuprofin, etc) due to the fact I don't like taking medicine of any kind as well as because I try and donate blood as well as platelets as often as possible, and you cannot take anything like that 24-48 hours before hand. As you can probably see, I try to just push past it. In your opinion, how long (time frame wise) should I use my heating pad and take ibuprofin for before doing anything else ?
I appreciate the input. However, I have a standing job (retail) and am not able to sit down. I have noticed as well, sometimes when I am laying down watching a movie that is when my fingers/hand seems to do the numbing routine. my feet/toes occur throughout the day, and it is drving me crazy .
Thank you so much for your help. IF for any reason , any of my issues are still at hand / active after a week, what would you suggest I do, and would there be any other at home remedies I could do in addition to the heat/ice and advil ? Also - Even when I click accept to accept your answer, will there be a way I can still contact you and let you know the latest on my issue after a week ?
Ok - I will try that for sure. I greatly appreciate your input and advice. I will start putting a heating pad on my back tonight and try to take 1 or 2 ibuprofin a day for a week, and will come back and let you know what is going on . THANK YOU SO MUCH .
Hello and Good Evening. I just wanted to give you an update . As of our last conversation, I used the heating pad Thursday and Friday night. Last night was a pretty bad night for me. I was hurting so bad, that on the way back to my fiance's house, all I could do was bite down and do everything I could to keep from yelling out. I was hurting from my neck down to my tailbone, not to mention the fact the numbness was coming and going as usual. As soon as we got back to his house, I took a Lortab and got in bed and put a heating pad on my back. Even while laying down my toes and feet were bothering me. I am still having a problem, but am going to try both my heating pad as well as ibuprofin until the end of next week to see what happens, but I did want to let you know the latest. I GREATLY APPRECIATE YOU
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I will try to, but with the type of job I have it's hrd to stay off my feet. I will let you know next weekend how things are going. I appreciate all you do
Hello and Good Evening. I just thought I would give you a quick update with my situation that you gave your advice on. I used a heating pad AND took ibuprofin for a week, as well as taking 2 lortabs in between. Friday night I cried myself to sleep because I was so aggrivated with it. I do not know if it is because of the number of ibuprofin I have taken or what, but since Thursday afternoon have not felt good . I am still having pain in my lower back, as well as my neck. I am also having the numbness/tingling in my toes/feet and calves. I have it every once in a while in my hands. Last night I was in alot of pain and ended up taking a lortab (which only made me feel worse but I think that was due to the fact that I had not eaten much at all the last 2 days). I would like to know what you think it might be in your opinion and what do you recommend me doing now ? Should I continue to monitor it for a bit longer or what ? I am SO misserable and it has been almost 3 weeks.
Hi there. Yes, I remember talking to you about this about a week ago.
I think after 3 weeks that you may need to mosey on to your Dr. When the conservative treatment does not work, we usually proceed to other measure such as epidural steroid injection, physical therapy and possibly some stronger pain medication to control the pain level. Surgery is not always an option (and not always a good one), so that is usually saved as a last resort. A repeat MRI of the lumbar spine might be a good idea to reassess the area and help your dr what step would be best next.
Thank you for your advice. I had 2 blocks done on my back last spring and seemed to only provide temporary relief. As soon as I can try and get a chance to do so, I will try and make a dr. appointment. i really thought my Lortab would work since it is a generic form of hydrocodone. I will keep you posted. Thank you SO much Nurse Milli - you are the BEST
Hello and Good Evening. I just wanted to give you an update on me and my situation. it has come to my attention that I need to quit playing around and go get checked out (you as well as other people close to me) . I have noticed that the last few days, it seems like my entire left side (back down to my feet) has been affected more than my right side. I also tried to soak in a very warm bubble bath the last 2 nights and noticed that , while it felt really good to me , that whenever I would go to lift my legs, my legs would feel 10 times heavier than they already feel. Does this have any significant meaning or not ? Please let me know.
I greatly value your input. I don't know what it is, but it is aggrivating. I know I went to another website and typed in my symptoms, and it pointed to spinal stenosis. However, I do not know what it is, but I am hoping I will find out on Tuesday. My fiance said that he hopes the doctor I see tuesday will give me some answers as to what it could be and treatment for it. IF (hypothetically speaking of course) it did turn out to be either my DDD getting worse, or it does turn out to be spinal stenosis (which I doubt, but then again I am not a medical professional) , what in your opinion do you think my treatment would consist of ? Also - do you think if they did an x-ray that it would pick up on what might be wrong with me?
Hello and God Evening. Just wanted to give you an update. I went to the Dr. today to get checked out. They did an x-ray of my lower back, and said everything looked fine. They gave me 4 medicines to try for two weeks and then if I am not feeling any better to call them back. The dr. said it sounds like a "flare up" so to speak. He thinks I have some muscles that are pushing up against the nerves near my spine , which in turn is causing all the pain.
Hello and Good Evening. Just wanted to give you a quick update - I feel like the medications that I was given seem to be working, although the last few days I have experienced the same sensations in my lower legs/feet that I was having before I went to the Dr. , but I am not jumping to conclusions. Also - I had another question / concern to get your input on please. On Monday night, I was in my kitchen when all of a sudden I had the sharpest pain in my lower right side (front). It had me doubled over, and almost brought me down on my knees . Luckily I was able to make it to my bed and I put a heating pad on for the rest of the night. I have had continuous pain (some worse than others ) since then, and have continued to put the heating pad on it at night. However, today around lunch time, I had an extremely sharp pain hit me, and the pain stretched all the way across my abdomen area (from the right all the way to the left), as well as my other pain I have had since Monday night. The very sharp pain left me after about 10 minutes, but I was miserable. I am hoping that you might can shed some light on this, as far as what it might be, and what I can do to stop it from happening again . Thank you for reading my letter, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Hi there and thanks for writing back in. I hadn't heard from you in a while and was wondering how you were making out.
Let me ask you a few questions regarding your abdominal pain.
This abdominal pain - did you have any other symptoms along with this pain? (any nausea or bowel symptoms?) Have you had any fever or chills? Are you ovulating?
No fever or chills that I am aware of, I am not ovulating, and no bowel symptoms. However, I have noticed that sometimes when I use the restroom (either one) , it sems to hurt a little bit more than it does in that area (my lower right side) . The pain in my lower right side is a constant dull/medium pain . With sometimes more pain than other times
Backing up, I'm glad your back is feeling better. And hopefully the feelings you are having in your lower legs and feet goes on away.
Your stomach symptoms could signify several things that might be going on. Most always when you have these types of symptoms in this area, it is usually bowel related or reproductive related (if female). That's the reason I asked about your ovulation. However, if you feel that it is not related to the ovaries, then other issues to consider would include irritable bowel disorder, even gas pains, or other bowel related disorders such as possible diverticulitis. Whenever you start feeling this type of pain, you may want to try something like Simethicone (anti gas), as well as some probiotics. Watch your intake of gassy foods like raw vegetables, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, artificial sweetners, and high fiber foods. Also, don't totally ignore symptoms if they continue. Let your Dr know so that you can have pain. Your Dr may wish to do some testing to make sure everything is ok. Even simple issues can bring about big pain when dealing with the colon, even gas pain. But it sounds more like something like possible irritable bowel more than anything.
Hello. I know that I had very similar symptoms (almost exact same) about 2 months or so ago , I had gone to the ER about it, and they told me that I had a cyst on my ovary, and that I needed to get it seen about. About 2 or 3 weeks later, I went to the Dr., and they told me that it was nothing. The ER dr told me that the cyst was about the size of an egg . This is the 2nd time I have had this pain in the last 2 or 2.5 months ago . I hate feeling like this . What solutions do you have to this matter I am dealing with ?
I would, but the thing is, when I went to the ob-gyn Dr. to get seen about , they did a vaginal ultrasound and didn't find anything (it was a 20 day difference between my ER visit and ob-gyn Dr visit) . I didn't understand how I could be told I had an egg size cyst and t o get it seen about and not to wait to do so , and when I go to the ob-gyn Dr. , I am told they didn't see anything. With this being said, what else could you suggest ? Should I just keep an eye on things for right now ?
yes maam - I was still hurting some . The severity of it would come and go (sometimes very painful, sometimes not too painful
Ok. Thank you, Nurse Milli . Do you think the Dr. would try or suggest anything else besides pills ? Just curious
Hello and Good Evening. Just wanted to let you know overall, I am feeling alot better. However, I have a question that requires your opinion . After being off of it for a LONG time (for the 2nd time) , I was encouraged to get back on my blood pressure medicine (metoprolol) . However, since I have gotten back on it (twice a day) , I have not felt good and have felt "funny" , and tonight I had a few quick sharp pains in my chest but then they went away. I am just wondering if this is normal or what ? Mostly though, I have not felt good and felt "funny" as well as short of breath and tired . PLEASE let me know what you think.
Hello and Good Morning. I was originally put on this medication close to 3 years ago. I know at that time I was having some stress, and I had gone to the er at least once with chest pains, and I ended up getting placed on this medication. When I went to the dr. a while back, she asked me why I took myself off of this medication, and I told her because my numbers were better and I thought I was good to go . Needless to say, she put me back on it, with 2 doses a day (this was back in April or May). I took it for a few days then quit taking it until about 5 days ago . Anyway, I was not feeling good for the rest of last night, but did take my medicine, and will take it again this morning. I madeone of my BFFs and my fiance a promise that I would take it like I am supposed to, although I am not feeling good/feeling right from it . Thanks for your help. I wish I could be more help to you about it.
yes maam . Since I have been back on my meds (about 5 days) my numbers are sometimes high, but not like they were, and I just don't feel right - Feel nauseous, a slight amount of pressure, and sometimes I feel like I have a little difficulty breathing. However, regardless of this, I am still trying to do all of my everyday activities. Thanks for all your help
I have not called yet but wanted to try and keep an eye on it for a little while longer. I also sometimes feel week. Do yo u think this is all due to me trying to get the medicine back into my system or something different ?
Ok. Thank you SO very much Nurse Milli for all of your input and opinions. I know I do not have asthma (as far as my cause of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) . Thanks again and have a wonderful day
Hello and Good Evening. I just wanted to give you an update on me . As you know, I have been having issues with my BP/HR and not feeling well. On Thursday and Friday of this past week, I didn't feel "right", and didn't feel well. However, I still continued to do my everyday routine. Long story short, I was laying down in bed next to my fiance on Friday night when I had what I call an "episode" . What I experienced was my chest feeling "funky" , and feeling nauseous, as well as a weird feeling in my chest that went through my whole body, which in turn caused me to be unable to move, breathe, and see nothing but blackness and ringing in my ears. I ended up going to the ER, and the DR said everything was pretty normal, except for my mouth looking real dry, and my glucose being slightly elevated (but only by a couple of numbers), as well as a slight fever. I ended up going home a while later, but I have been worn out and exhausted ever since. I just wanted to give you an update. Have a good evening
Hello and Good Evening. I had a question that I really need some help with. Yesterday morning (December 27) , I woke up out of a good sleep and started vomiting very bad, and it went on for almost 5 hours (from about 2:15am until amost 7am) , and in between all of the vomiting I had ALOT of bad dry-heaving. I didn't eat anything at all yeaterday, and ate a small amount today. However, I have noticed today that anytime I cough at all, It really hurts in my chest area (almost in the same area as I felt my dry heaving), and sometimes it will radiate to my neck. What does this sound like to you ? Please help - I am SO miserable
Thank you Nurse Milli . My throat (esophagus) is not burning or anything - it is mainly my chest area . I will try to keep an eye on it and s see waht happens. I figured it may be the result of all my dry heaving Thursday morning .
It still hurts today. I just woke up not too long ago, but when I have coughed, it still hurts, and will still go up to my neck sometimes. I know I have not had much of an appetite since I vomited and had all the dry heaves on Thursday. I didn't have anything except diet sprite on Thursday, and as for yesterday, I just had diet sprite, and a small amount of mashed potatoes and a couple of slices of garlic bread and then late last night for dinner I had a small baked potato. Still don't have much of an appetite. I noticed last night that even if I laid flat on my back, it would still hurt (even if i didn't cough)
Nurse MIlli - I don't know if this would mean anything either or not, but I noticed that after I ate my potatoes and bread yesterday morning (and the small baked potato last night), I felt worse after I ate. I didn't know if this meant anything or not, but wanted to let you know.
Thank you Nurse Milli. I called out from work on Thursday and stayed home Thursday and Friday, and go back to work today. However, I had not eaten anything different than normal, and I didn't have any diahrea at all - just vomiting and horrible dry heaves. So in your opinion, is it safe to say that you think I might have esophagitis ?
Thank you SO very much, Nurse Milli . I will try to keep an eye on it for a few more days and go from there I guess. Thanks again and I hope you ahve a wonderful New Year
Thank you, and I will keep you updated in a few days to let you know how things are going. I DID notice that on Thursday (the day I was sick) that all day long my right side was hurting and I couldn't get comfortable - even with heat on it. I am guessing it was due in part to my excessive dry heaving as well ? The pain is now gone, but it was hurting bad the other day
Hello and Good Evening. Just a quick question/update . I DID go back to work yesterday (Saturday) , but often felt like I shouldn't have gone back. I started feeling bad again, but eventually pushed past it. I still don't have a total appetite yet, but I am TRYING to eat a little more each day. It seems like I tend to feel better when I DON'T eat, adn sometimes feel worse after I eat anything. I have also noticed the last 4 days (ever since the morning of the vomiting) , anytime I use the bathroom and produce a stool, I have noticed that my stool is yellowish in color. Combined with everything I have stated, is there anything to be worried about ? I am just curious to know . Please let me know. Thank you