Balance, high blood pressure medications, and …
I am seeing a neurologist about my worsening balance trouble. I am also dealing with high blood pressure, and currently take 50 mg of Losartan in the morning and, for the past two months, 5 mg of Amlodipine Bensylate at bedtime. Two nights ago, because of the hot temps, I added a 10 mg Melatonin. Might I be making my balance trouble worse with this mix of meds and Melatonin?
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Hi, Jennifer (@jenniferhunter). I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am to learn about the role of vocal cords in cervical surgery! I'm an actor, stage and voice-over, so I earn my living with my voice. This doesn't mean I would refuse surgery if it's presented to me as my best option and if I've convinced myself that surgery is the best way to go. At least now I'll have learned of a critical component of the procedure. What you've told me further deepens my resolve to find a good surgeon––if surgery is in my future. I've so much to learn. I've been waiting for almost two days now to receive a call from the surgeon who's been suggested (my neurologist told me: give his office a week to call, but then if you have to, call the office); I'm glad for this little in-between time so that I have got a chance to educate myself. I'm also using this time to do some of the cervical stenosis exercises I've found online (basically, isometrics to help the neck muscles to relax). In the meantime, my 3-ring binder is slowly filling with information! ––Ray
@ray666 If you want to consider Mayo and if your insurance is in network, you will find the best of the best there. They have done awake brain surgery on musicians and had a patient play the violin during surgery. The violinist had spasticity in his arms and they were finding the spot for electrical stimulation to stop the shaking so he could play his instrument. That was in the Ken Burns documentary on Mayo Clinic. It was excellent and very educational. The good thing about Mayo is they don't waste your time because they are very efficient in getting all tests and imaging done. I wish I had gone there first. If you saw my surgeon there and asked him who was the best to make sure to save your voice, he would give you an honest answer. Why not go to the #1 neurosurgery hospital?
If you would like get a second opinion from Mayo Clinic, you can find the contact information for the Minnesota, Arizona and Florida campuses here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63
You can request to send records and imaging to a specific surgeon. I did, and I chose Dr. Fogelson because his interests matched my needs and because when I read a paper he had co-authored, it led me to medical literature with cases like mine, so I knew he would know what all the other non-Mayo surgeons had missed.
Good evening Ray. What a welcome and meaningful post. Congratulations on understanding that there are no miracle "fixes". I think @jenniferhunter's story pretty much covers the waterfront so I will just say that I had several years of painful and troubling cervical stenosis.
Finally, when I could no longer get much-needed rest at night I turned to my shoulder surgeon for help. He immediately took me to meet the surgeon who saved him from similar pain and tragedy. I had cervical surgery complete with titanium fusions that essentially turned my life around.
Good luck to you and it would be very helpful if you could keep us updated on your PT and neurosurgeon visits.
May you be physically well
May you be mentally well.
Good morning, Chris
Thanks for your message! You're right: I'm not counting on an "easy fix"––realistically until I meet with a surgeon (others, too), I'm no idea what my "fix" will entail––nonetheless, it is such a relief to finally have a name to attach to all these "weirdnesses" that have been plaguing me for years. Trying one kind of a specialist, then a different kind, then another, year-after-year: I've felt like I've been playing a never-ending game of medical Whack-A-Mole!
I'm still waiting for those two first appointments: cervical PT, and the neurosurgeon. At your invitation, I will keep you posted as things progress.
Good morning, Jennifer
I may very well want to talk to someone at Mayo. A sensible Step One, I would imagine, is finding out if my insurance is compatible (Medicare + United Healthcare Advantage). I'll start doing some research on that later today.
I have a friend who went out of his way and flew to Rochester for some tricky heart surgery––"tricky" in that my friend sensed hesitancy in his local surgeon. My friend returned not only with a healthy heart but also boundless praise for the care he received at Mayo.
Good morning Ray!
I agree with your friend! I ran into that "hesitancy" 5 times before I came to Mayo. I could clearly see the problem on my imaging and I had learned a lot before I got to Mayo, so when I met the surgeon at Mayo, I knew I was getting good honest answers, and he helped me. I was also very impressed on how much everyone at Mayo did to make sure I was well taken care of even down to the person who looked up and read what I had listed as food allergies and came and talked to me about my meal. I wasn't handed a hospital menu and told to call the cafeteria; I had a person who came to me. When they need to schedule other appointments, they do that while you wait and print out a schedule for you. When I was at my first surgery consult, the doctor's phone rang, and it was the doctor who had just tested and consulted on my thoracic outlet syndrome the hour before. He was calling to give the results and consult with my surgeon. That didn't happen at other places. I would go to an appointment and find out that test results were sent to the wrong office that I had waited a month for, and the computer network didn't allow the doctor to access the records from another of that facilities campuses, so it just wasted my time and the doctor's time. That is how consulting with 5 non-Mayo surgeons turned into 2 years of waiting, and then I was declined surgical intervention by all of them. It was for the best anyway because I came to Mayo, and if I had known how things would be, I could have come to Mayo first. I thought traveling would make it inconvenient, but not really if you add up all the time and traveling to local appointments that turned out to be a wild goose chase.
Here is the list of insurance that Mayo Rochester accepts. I would also call Mayo to be sure before you proceed.