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Mon, Feb 3 8:01pm · C. difficile – Are your guts ever normal again? in Digestive Health

I came across this subject and thought I'd pass on some information I learned when my husband had c-diff. I apologize if this has already been discussed. My husband was blind, had terminal cancer, and then contracted a very bad case of c-diff. It was a very difficult time for us, made worse by the high cost of the medication. He needed three separate courses of medication because it wouldn't clear up. Someone mentioned trying a compounding pharmacy and the cost was a small fraction of the other two courses. Hopefully someone else can save considerable money from my experience.

Jun 25, 2018 · Hydrocodone 5-325 3x a day vs Medical Marijuana Option in Chronic Pain

Marijuana has seeds! Funny story, not funny at the time. My youngest son, the naughty one, had a tiny leak in his bedroom radiator and marijuana seeds he dumped from his jeans pocket so Mom wouldn't find them in the wash. I went into his room and found tiny plants sprouting in the carpeting. Apparently it'll grow anywhere.

Jun 25, 2018 · Growing knee pain after 2 knee replacements. in Chronic Pain

Move to a state that has legalized marijuana!

Jun 25, 2018 · Growing knee pain after 2 knee replacements. in Chronic Pain

You may have nerve damage from the surgery, or if you waited too long to have surgery. Radiofrequency ablation (if that's what your pain Dr means by burning the nerves) does help. Nerves take years to grow back when they're injured, and grow slower when we're older. My sister-in-law has had hers done three times and she is still in pain, but not as much as before. I now have intermittent pain, it is nerve pain but just comes and goes for no reason I can figure out. I ice a lot and use Biofreeze, and always keep a walker in the van, just in case! I hope you can find some relief, don't give up! Hugs.

Mar 20, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Hi Katie 65, today it's three weeks since my fifth spine surgery and I'm without any back or leg pain for the first time in a year and a half. I'm 76 and it was a long and difficult surgery, my surgeon says recovery will take six months. I had two lumbar laminectomies and three fusions plus plates and screws, that's a lot to do all at once but so far it's like a miracle! Find the best neurosurgeon you can and go for it…'ve got a lot of living left to do!

Dec 29, 2017 · Chronic hip and leg pain in Chronic Pain

Phob, I’ve also been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. I was told you either accept living with severe pain unless sitting or lying in bed, or have surgery to hopefully repair it. This will be my fifth spine surgery but I’ve had great surgeons and all four went well, so I’m going to do it. I’m seventy five but I can’t imagine losing my independence without a fight!

Dec 14, 2017 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

@gailb, I understand your frustration and confusion. I have the same thing you have and I’ve searched for 1 1/2 years for the right thing to do. Physical therapy did nothing after going 3 times a week with this pain is horrible. My second pain Dr helped a lot because she’s not a pill pusher. I wanted treatments of some kind. She gave me several ablations, many injections of cortisone and a prescription of low-dose hydrocodone. I’ve had nerve testing by a neurologist who said if left untreated with surgery I could lose bowel and bladder control. I finally got to the right Dr, a n orthopedic psiatrist (spelling?) who is into sports medicine. He showed me on X-Ray how my spine is actually in two sections just held together because the spinal cord isn’t broken. But it is being damaged by the loose vertebrae sliding into it. He said my choice is to keep living like I am, in bed or an orthopedic chair, and using a walker to get around my house. The only alternative is surgery. This will be my fifth spine surgery and all have gone well so I’m going to have it asap. You must research your surgeon, ask to speak to some patients he/she has treated, find nurses who work in the same hospital and ask who they would go to. Tell your primary Dr you want the best neurosurgeon available, not somebody he golfs with or owes a favor to. Good Luck!

Aug 6, 2017 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Hi Marield 65, I’m 75. My husband, my sister and I live together in Florida. My pain started about 1 1/2 years ago but I had them to help out so I could sit in my special chair or just stay in bed. Since then my husband has had three eye surgeries and is now totally blind. The gastroenterologist suspects he has liver cancer….will find out more on Friday. My sister had a stent put in and has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We are all walking-wounded! Our daughter and granddaughter have been coming weekly to help out but it’s over an hour drive for each of them and they have full-time jobs and their own health issues. My sister and I had planned to sell the house because paying others for all the yard upkeep plus a housecleaner and handyman is getting really hard, but with my husband’s failing health plus the blindness I worry a move will be too big an adjustment for him. It’s so hard to know what to do. Hugs, Fran