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Mar 7, 2017 · Bladder and prostate cancer, and neobladder reconstruction in Prostate Cancer

Yes, we do live in a largely rural area in Central Illinois but seeking treatment in Chicago for a second opinion is definitely doable. I’m so glad you are a strong proponent of the neo bladder option. Well, we’ll know what path we’ll have to take soon enough. Another adventure…

Mar 7, 2017 · Bladder and prostate cancer, and neobladder reconstruction in Prostate Cancer

thank you, John, for your encouraging words. We will find out tomorrow if it’s chemo again as a preventive or if the bladder comes out. My husband is 67 years old, with a long medical history of challenges. When he was 43, he had his right lung removed d/t cancer (Stage IIIB) which I was told would give him about another 6 mos to a year. In 2005, his gall bladder disintegrated from infection and he spent 5 weeks in the hospital recovering from that. In 2015, he developed heart failure and we found out that his ejection fraction (measures how much blood is pumped out by his heart) is only 10-15% (normal is 75%). On the heels of that diagnosis came kidney problems and then bladder cancer. He’s a survivor for sure, but the fear is in removing the bladder that his heart won’t stand the surgery. Also, the urologist said that many people die within 3 weeks of the surgery because it is such a shock to the body. The urologist said he would not do a neo bladder for my husband at his age. Do you remember how long your surgery took? How was the recovery, as far as weakness or issues other than getting your new bladder under control?

Feb 25, 2017 · Bladder and prostate cancer, and neobladder reconstruction in Prostate Cancer

Your post gave my husband some much-needed hope. He will have another scope on March 9, which will determine if he gets to keep his bladder or not. The closer we get to The Day, the more anxious he becomes, and reading your post made him smile. Thank you!

Jan 12, 2017 · MVA-motor vehicle accident-soft tissue trauma, Rx & type treatment/s in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Spinal stenosis in lumbar region. I also have MS, so sometimes hard to say what causes the weakness in my legs. I went through several months of physical therapy to strengthen my core muscles but I hit a period of weakness and just couldn’t keep up. I definitely believe the PT helped with strengthening but it alone wasn’t enough for me. I trip a lot-my feet don’t move in sync, and I can’t seem to lift one or the other high enough-and that just hurts all kinds of muscle groups. I had 3 injections two weeks apart, each one helped a little more. The first two were painless and afterward I felt just a strange sensation for a while, almost like buzzing. The third one was painful during the injection, which I felt in my buttock and down my right leg, cramping and burning, but I could tolerate it. I had a hard time sleeping that night, took 4 ibuprofen, and finally fell asleep. Miraculously, when I woke up I was pain-free. That lasted about a month. Doctor said no more than 3 injections in one year. I have heard that some people get up to a year’s worth of relief from the injections. I think they are worth trying. You can tolerate any discomfort and you might not have any at all.

Jan 10, 2017 · Spinal Stenosis & Degenerative Discs: Long-term use of epidurals in Spine Health

I am new to this group (today) and I have spinal stenosis, MS, spondylolisthesis, and I am the caregiver for my husband who has major cardiac issues and is currently being treated for bladder cancer. I can relate to much of what Virtuous is going through. Have you tried the epidural injections? I had a series of 3, two weeks apart, in September and October. The first one didn’t do much, the second only lasted two weeks and the third lasted about a month. I could see that they might help some people, but I think the degeneration in my lumbar spine is too far gone for long lasting relief. I have done months of physical therapy this year, but finally stopped because it was getting too difficult to move. How have things gone for you since October? I might be having spinal fusion surgery but I’m afraid of a long recovery time. I will be talking to my doctor, of course, but it is so wonderful to be communicating with other patients.

Jan 10, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hello, my name is Marcia and I am 66 years old. I am facing the possibility of spinal fusion surgery because I have chronic pain and stiffness. My previous MRI of a few years ago showed spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Another MRI scheduled for Jan 17 because I am getting progressively worse and have been told that I am a candidate for surgery. I am a caregiver for my husband who just went through a year of hell with CHF, defibrillator/pacemaker implant, and three surgeries for bladder cancer, and subsequent chemo. I’m just not sure what to do about surgery for myself, given his weakened condition and high anxiety. I know that assisting him with bathing and dressing, etc., does not help my back, nor does cleaning the house or even walking through a grocery store. Does anyone have any suggestions? I fear losing more mobility permanently.