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Sun, Jan 6 8:31pm · YAG Laser Iridotomy Complications in Eye Conditions

Glad to read your positive experience with the laser procedure – it eased my nerves a bit! I am scheduled for laser on my secondary cataract later this month. It developed quite soon after cataract surgery, and have been a little nervous about having the laser treatment. Thank you lioness, I felt better after reading your post. Have been doing some research about how its done, and sounds quick, uncomplicated and simple – I will find out for myself for sure in a few weeks!

Dec 27, 2018 · General questions re. cataracts in Eye Conditions

I had a multi-focal lens put in my left eye in 2017. My cataract was also causing halos at night and it was starting to bother some when I drove, so that was the main reason I chose to have surgery and not wait for any further decline in my vision. The lens I had put in was suppose to make it possible to no longer need glasses, except perhaps for close-up, small reading (menus, etc.). I have had astigmatism almost all my life and have wore glasses for that, but otherwise my vision has been quite good. Unfortunately, the multi-focal lens did not eliminate the halos, and my vision without glasses improved very little. The glare at night when driving and with certain indoor lighting, intensified! I had a small cataract on my right eye that I had intended on removing a week later after the first surgery, however because of the poor result of the first surgery, I did not dare do a second multi-focal. The surgeon also agreed that a second multi-focal would not be advisable, and to wait to see if vision/glare issues would resolve. They did not, and I am going to have right eye cataract removed in 2019, but will have only a regular lens with astigmatism correction in it put in. If I had the same result with a second multi-focal lens I would not be able to drive at night again….the glare/halos are very distracting and cause eye strain. I am hoping that with the astigmatism correction and removal of this second cataract, my night vision and vision in bright lights will see improvement. I strongly urge you to really do your homework on your lens choice when you do have cataract surgery. Removal of a lens after you've had one put in has risks that I did not want to take, so again, do your research. I wish I had made contact with others who had this type of lens put in before I had my surgery and found out what their experiences had been. Also, in case you are not aware, not all of these lens are covered 100% by insurance companies. My insurance company only paid for the regular lens, so I had to pay many thousand dollars out of pocket for the multi-focal. Hope my comments are helpful, and good luck!

Dec 22, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

It has been several years now since I stopped taking osteoporosis drugs. Weighing the risks and side effects, I joined what I feel is a growing group of people unwilling to be persuaded or pressured by doctors/drug companies to take medication that can cause even more severe health issues than the ones we already have with osteoporosis. It is a decision each person must make for themselves, but the outcome that I had after taking them, and hearing from so many others with similar stories, and tragically much worse outcomes than mine….I "will not" be taking any of these drugs. I choose not to be part of what appears to me, is research by drug companies using "me" as a test subject. I really do not understand how drugs that are causing harm like these, can continue to be allowed on the market. For those of us who have had bad experiences with osteoporosis drugs, we need to be vocal and spread the word of caution every chance we get. In whatever you choose to do, I very much wish you good luck and hope you will enjoy better and pain-free health.

Dec 18, 2018 · Thyroid Problems in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I just got back my latest TSH results this past week, and like you, my levels were way too low. I have had fluctuations from high to low numerous times, so this is not something new for me! Do make sure you keep getting regular TSH blood checks even after your levels are within normal range. Symptoms can take awhile for patients to sometimes realize there is something not quite right, and by the time you do it can cause the distresses you mention….or the opposite symptoms if TSH levels are high.

Dec 17, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Absolutely agree with you on all accounts! Great points in weighing the benefits of taking these drugs or not taking them. Vitally important to consider that the side effects can be long-time or "life-long" even if you stop taking them!

Nov 28, 2018 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Agree! It can be stressful and hard to stand up for yourself when doctors push hard for patients to take these meds, but as you said, we must be our own advocate for our bodies.

Nov 28, 2018 · Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thank you to all for sharing your experiences with these drugs. We need to hear loudly and as often as possible from those who have used these drugs for osteoporosis. Too many times our doctors, and definitely our drug companies are not forthcoming about the terrible side effects and downside to taking these meds. Keep putting it out there what you have experienced, and I strongly encourage everyone to do your own research before deciding which drug to take or whether the risk with any of them is worth it in your particular situation.

Nov 24, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I took oral osteoporosis medication and had groin and leg pain, along with periodic stomach pain. When the bone pain/cramps became so severe it was waking me up nights, I stopped taking it. I started taking medication again a few years later at the urging of my doctor, but pain returned. I have now been off all osteoporosis drugs for a number of years. No bone pain and feel 100% better not taking anything! I have no intentions of taking prescription meds again until there is something that doesn't cause these side-effects and shows that it gives long-term benefits for osteoporosis. Good luck and hope you will feel better soon.