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2 days ago · Can you be a social smoker? in Addiction & Recovery

Welcome to the “Addictions & Recovery” group, @wgatap21.
Most people recognize that smoking causes serious harm, yet many people continue to smoke––why? Smoking or nicotine addiction is an extremely complex process and psychological, behavioral factors play a big role!

The brain has its own receptors for nicotine – so-called ‘nicotinic acetylcholine’ receptors. Many of these are located in the area of the dopamine ‘reward’ pathway. Dopamine release is usually concerned with naturally rewarding activities (such as eating, drinking, sexual activity, and so on), but addictive drugs can ‘hijack’ this system resulting in faster and greater amounts of dopamine release. When nicotine activates the nicotinic receptors brain, it results in massive dopamine release. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7982062

Smoking also taps into the negative reinforcement system – via the withdrawal syndrome. When a regular smoker stops smoking, they experience bad withdrawal symptoms (e.g. irritability, depression, restlessness, poor concentration, increased appetite) and strong urges to smoke. Nicotine ingestion, especially via smoking, extinguishes these symptoms.

I’d like to invite @littleonefmohio @stressedmesseddepressed @jo54 @merpreb @trellg132 to join this conversation. You might also wish to view this Connect discussion in the Lung Health group:
– Ways to curb your cravings for nicotine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ways-to-curb-your-cravings-for-nicotene/

May I ask what has prompted you to consider quitting or even reducing the number of cigarettes?

1 day ago · Vaginal pain Lichen Planus in Autoimmune Diseases

Welcome to Connect, @sausalito. Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic, about Plaquenil: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/hydroxychloroquine-oral-route/description/drg-20064216

I’m tagging @tarahbeth @kimdett @naomisantiago06 @tdani75 as they’ve written about Plaquenil in various discussions on Connect. I’d also like to invite @mariannj @dazlin @sharsharlee to this discussion, for their thoughts about Triamcinolone.

@sausalito, if the prednisone does help, would you still consider starting Plaquenil?

1 day ago · When BFF won't get tested for hearing loss? in Hearing Loss

Welcome to Connect, @91retiree. I thought you might like to read this Mayo Clinic article:
– Hearing aids: How to choose the right one https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/in-depth/hearing-aids/art-20044116
Would you share a few more details about yourself? What type of hearing aid do you have? Have you consulted with an audiologist?

1 day ago · Mystery Illness: Mastoiditis or something else? in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Welcome to Connect @camapp1. I moved your message to this discussion where we have several members talking about similar symptoms and findings (related to mastoid) and I'd like to connect you with them. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to find your post.

Here’s an interesting article about "Fluid signal in the mastoid is a common incidental finding on MRI of the brain” which might interest you: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30421176

@camapp1, have you noticed if the pain has radiated to other areas?

1 day ago · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Welcome to Connect, @yogigirl. I’m tagging @kibe75 @babette @medinafive @lizzyisme since they’ve written about the nerve ablation procedure. Have you talked with your ortho surgeon about the possibility of having it?

1 day ago · Hodgkin's & non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Is it familial? in Blood Cancers & Disorders

Welcome to Connect, @ronda12059 and @chuck3105. I thought you might be interested in viewing these posts and discussions as well:
– New genetic test classifies lymphomas https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/hematology/newsfeed-post/new-genetic-test-classifies-lymphomas/
– Non Hodgkin's lymphoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/non-hodgkins-lymphoma-2c0eb7/
– Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma- Watch & Wait Approach https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/non-hodgkins-lymphoma-watch-wait-approach/

@chuck3105, when were you diagnosed? What treatment are you getting or have you had?
@ronda12059, how are your dad and sister managing?

1 day ago · Living with Prostate Cancer: Meet others & introduce yourself in Prostate Cancer

Welcome to Connect, @sannira.
I can only imagine how devastated you must feel, but I couldn’t help smiling when I read your post – I’ve always believed that having a healthy sense of humor makes life so much easier! I hope @kujhawk1978 @philnob @alanr @john57 and others will join in to share their insights.

You might also be interested in viewing this discussion:
– When do you start lupron shots? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/when-do-you-start-lupron-shots/
I look forward to reading more about your progress, next week.

2 days ago · Total Pancreatectomy in Pancreatic Cancer

I’m so glad to ‘meet you’ @luckyone4321 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I also wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the details you’ve shared in your your detailed post – being specific definitely helps bring more people into the conversation:)

@bszychow @sandras @2011panc @steve_b @marvinjsturing @moo1 @kimber361 @mcantr @beachgirl23 @susan2018 @ahtaylor, I’d like to invite you to share your insights about pancreatic surgery, pancreatectomy, transplant, as I’m confident that your insights will help @luckyone4321.

Also, take a look at this discussion started by @marvinjsturing:
– Celebrating Life after Pancreatic Cancer! https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/celebrating-life-after-pancreatic-cancer/

@luckyone4321, you are not alone in your recovery struggles; could you share a bit more about how you’re managing or coping at present? Have you found anything that helps?