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Finally an answer and a fix!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's been a long time since I've been here and a lot has happened. After seeing dozens of doctors and having more tests that told us absolutely nothing I finally have an answer. It took "the last doctor before a possible trip to the Mayo Clinic" it figure it out. I will be having the first
of two hip replacement surgeries next month. Yes, I'm more than just a little frustrated with my
regular doctor and all the others and all the tests (and expenses) that they ran me through. But,
at least I finally have an answer and it's something fixable. The only good thing to come from
all of this is that I am back down to my lowest weight since having band surgery and that is a
good thing!!! I know it's going to help with healing and rehab and it will help my new hips last
longer!!! Sorry to have been away so long. The past two years have been very frustrating and
I just was not in a good place for a while. I have to admit that I'm not looking forward to surgery and the new bills, but I know that I'll be feeling so much better and will be able to get back to doing so many things that I haven't been able to do for a very long time!!!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/21/2013 10:14PM

    so glad you now know what the problem is!!!
wishing you well for your up and coming surgery....
blessings and hugs..........lita

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First injection done

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Well, I had my first steroid injection done this morning. Not the most pleasant experience, but I'm sure it could have been worse. They say it will take about 3 days till I really know how well it's going to work. Injection site is pretty tender right now and bending over to tie my shoes does not feel very good right now. Glad I took the day off and if I need to go into work tomorrow in sweats, they're going to look the other way for now. Don't think slacks or uniform pants with a stiff waist band would feel very good. We'll see what tomorrow brings and hope that this lasts for several months before I have to do it again.

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L*I*T*A* 2/29/2012 4:23PM

    hoping and praying this will be an effective treatment for you.....
hope you get relief soon...
blessings and hugs......lita

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MRI done... Next up, steroid injections

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Well, I had an MRI done on my back Feb 17th. That showed "age related" shrinking of the disk between the L5 and S1 vertebrae. The disk is pushed out to the left and that, they say is whats causing the pain in my left side (hip, thigh, knee, etc.) I am scheduled for my first epidural steroid injection in my back this coming Wednesday. I'm not real excited about the thought of someone injecting steroids into my body, but if this is what needs to be done and it works, well I guess I can handle it. Not being able to sleep at night and not being able to walk very far or exercise at all is getting really old. Hopefully this will be the answer and I can get back on track with everything else in my life and start losing some weight again.

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L*I*T*A* 2/26/2012 11:33AM

    wishing you all the best with this treatment...
hoping and praying you will feel much better..
blessings and hugs...........lita

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Doctor visit

Friday, January 06, 2012

Well, the doctor appointment went pretty well. Blood pressure was 116 over 71. Weight the same as it was 3 months ago... at least I didn't gain anything over the holidays. We finally took some x-rays of my lower back and hips. It appears I have some "arthritic changes" in my lower back. Without an MRI, he can't tell for sure how much nerve inflammation/irritation is being caused by that but it's the likely culprit. We are going to start with an anti-inflammatory drug for a month or so and see how much that helps. For now, no more physical therapy, just do some exercises at home and some walking on the treadmill when I get it. Also did blood work to see how my cholestoral levels are. Happy for now. He didn't tell me I had bone cancer or needed a hip replacement. Arthritis isn't good, but I'll take it over other options.

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BBAMMOM 1/8/2012 12:16AM

    Sounds like great news to me!!

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L*I*T*A* 1/6/2012 9:57PM

    what great news!

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Lessons learned

Saturday, November 05, 2011

As mom's/parents, a lot of us seem to think that it's the right thing to do by ignoring our own needs and our own health to take care of our family. For some of us, that might work for a while. After raising my son by myself for the past 15 years and after some firm but gentle coaxing by my sister I made some appointments and set out to catch up on some very important health issues. With a history of all kinds of cancer in my family, I suppose I knew I was really gambling by not taking care of certain tests like mammograms and colonoscopy's. I got lucky.... really lucky. Only one polyp found and removed. Next screening in 3 years due to family history. The mammogram, the test I was least worried about turned out to be the scary one. After 2 additional mammograms and surgical removal of breast calcification's and other tissue and several sleepless nights, I got lucky and everything came back benign. After talking to the surgeon and realizing that the mass that was removed was roughly the size of an Oreo cookie, I got lucky......... really lucky.
Lesson learned.......... make sure you do your self exams and get your mammograms yearly. Get your colonoscopy done as suggested. The prep for that is not fun at all, but much better than getting cancer. Fortunately, my insurance will cover most of this. Regardless on the insurance, that's life and there will always be bills to pay and I am worth it. It's almost noon on November 5th in Omaha Nebraska and I'm just happy to be here.

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BBAMMOM 11/6/2011 10:06AM

    I'm glad everything ended well! Continue to spread the word on getting tests! No, they're not fun but, like you said, they are far better than battling cancer!! I have my first colonoscopy on Dec 1. I dread the prep but there's no way I'm avoiding it! Thanks for the reminder!

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THISISPRIVATE 11/5/2011 1:07PM

    I definitely need to book a mammogram. It has been two years since I have had one. It is stupid of me not to have had one last year. emoticon

Breast cancer runs in my family. My mother and all four of her sisters have had breast cancer as well as numerous cousins.

Thank you for this!

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BONDMANUS2002 11/5/2011 12:50PM

  yes yes yes

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