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Mon, Feb 3 9:13pm · Post-Nissen Fundoplication Problems in Digestive Health

@btowngal – I will start off by saying that I am a Canadian so my experiences may be different than most Americans experience. I had my first open Nissan in 1988 and at that point it was a new surgery and I was advised then that they couldn’t give us any idea of how long the Nissan may last or what the long term side effects could be. It was a terrible experience when it was done and I swore that I would never have a repeat. I had my repeat Nissan 15 years which was about what they had expected. I had that done laparoscopically which was far easier to recover from it was still a poor experience. Both times I needed to have my throat stretched 2-3 months after the surgeries as the wraps were too tight and I couldn’t swallow more than jello. I have had my wrap rechecked several years ago and they say it is still intact but my swallowing is becoming more and more comprised and I can’t get above 105 lbs. I had been so ill with other gastro issues as a result of the Nissan’s that I was down to 90 lbs and my gastro dr wasn’t too concerned. I have severe back pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, gastropareisis and gas bloat syndrome. About every 6 weeks I experience terrible pain and bloat as a result of the gastro stuff that I have to take enough pain meds to knock myself out for hours as the pain is almost unbearable; as well as severe dry heaving that goes along with it. Since I can’t throw up at all the nausea goes on and so does the dry heaving. About 3-4 days later I eventually pass everything through painful diarrhea. I just had a colonoscopy and won’t get results until early December. My Dr has dragged this testing out over a year and only because he finally saw me and realized how bad I had become. There seems to be several new procedures for acid reflux which seem to be much less invasive than when I had my first surgery. I wish that I had never started down this path. I don’t think that I would ever have another Nissan done as my body couldn’t it. Best of luck to anyone dealing with these issues.

Aug 20, 2019 · Has anyone had the Stimwave spine stimulator installed? in Spine Health

I am definitely still interested and I would love to hear your take on it.

Mar 31, 2019 · Neurectomy in Chronic Pain

I was not aware that any nerve could be removed. I have lived with severe neuropathy as well as severe sciatica in my right leg for over 35 years yet I had not heard about this process. I had a spinal fusion in 1994 that failed within 10-12 years which has left me in severe pain. Time for me to research this further to see if it could possibly work for me or for my daughter. Our daughter has suffered from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome for the past 15 years and nothing has helped with her pain issues. She is reluctant to take meds as she is 14 weeks pregnant.

Feb 5, 2019 · Has anyone used CBD oil for chronic pain? And do you have results? in Chronic Pain

I would have to cross the US/Canada border and that is not allowed in either country. It’s just that when Canada allowed all marijuana to become legal the suppliers weren’t prepared for the demand.

Jan 23, 2019 · Has anyone used CBD oil for chronic pain? And do you have results? in Chronic Pain

I use a THC/CBD mix when I can find it but lately it is seldom available. I use medical grade oils but since Canada has delisted marijuana in October/18 it is harder to find what I need. I do use a more expensive oil as that is what worked best for me but it’s so frustrating that it is now open to everyone as the producers can’t keep up with the demand. I have been on these oils for over 2 years and now I have to take whatever is available even if it’s not what I really need. Whenever I check (daily) there is absolutely nothing available and the restocking dates are never accurate. Ahhhhh!!!

Jan 2, 2019 · Has anyone had the Stimwave spine stimulator installed? in Spine Health

In the fall I did talk to the Stimwave rep that is in my area (southwest Ontario) and to date they didn’t have anyone in my area signed on to deliver this system. The primary benefit is that the leads are placed through a needle so no big surgery as there is with the SCS units. The battery back is kept externally so it sounds like an interesting system. I can’t lay flat on my stomach to have the SCS inserted as my legs go into spasm in that position. The dr won’t even try it for me due to this. In talking to them I thought this could work for me as I only need to lay flat for 10-15 minutes. My pain dr is checking it out since it is new to Ontario. They have several drs in another Canadian province of Quebec and it is working well. I am trying the RFA next as my pain is very severe and not much helps me with the pain.

Aug 26, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

You are fortunate to have a pool as water therapy is an excellent way to keep your pain levels down. As I’m sure you know that you can do so much more in a pool than you can on dry land. I often use pool noodles to let myself float and it feels wonderful not to feel any pressure anywhere on my body. After I broke my pelvis in 2012 I did a lot of water therapy and it made a big difference in my recovery as my body was already compromised from previous car accidents. I’m sure that you could find lots of good pool exercises on line. I believe that any exercise is good exercise and that you will gain more than you may realize. Although we don’t have your great weather throughout several seasons we only use outdoor pools here (near Niagara Falls, NY but on the Canadian side) for 3-4 months a year. I use my wonderful neighbours pool or my son’s pool to get my water therapy in and to help my legs to keep going. I do attend a special gym at our local university that is designed for anyone in a wheelchair or power chair. We work with students from either the Health Sciences or Kinesiology program that are in their last year or 2 at the university and they keep it light and fun but they are always challenging us to do more reps or to add more weight to the machines that we use. Of course all of the members challenge each other in different ways but the encouragement of the students and the other members makes it so that I want to be there and I don’t want to let the students that I work with down after they invest their time in us. I am so pleased that I found out about this program as I am making some improvements although slowly but it is all left to each individual as to what progress each will make. We can pick & choose when we go and who we work with as the students all rotate in and out of the program. This is an ideal program for me as I was never inclined to want to work out as I really never liked work8ng out.

Aug 24, 2018 · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

We sound like we have some similar pain issues as I can only walk a bit in my home. You are wise to force yourself into walking your dog as it helps to keep you active so that is something to be proud about. I have degeneration in my neck from C5-C7 but I will hold off having that surgery as long as I can based on my previous experience with my failed fusion. Not really keen on more surgeries as I have had 14 surgeries already. I am a firm believer in mediation to help me to relax when the pain is too bad and I also watch my own “self talk” so that I don’t become too negative.