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Mon, Jan 7 10:39am · May Thurner Syndrome in Heart & Blood Health

@ddbnewmexico I strongly suggest you get an appointment at Mayo. Go to mayoclinic.org where you will be able to get phone numbers for whichever Clinic is closest to where you live. If you’re not sure which department to get an appointment with, choose general internal medicine. There you will meet with someone that will send you to the right doctors for your specific needs. This will help get you on the right road to recovery.

Thu, Jan 3 2:02pm · Electrophysiology Study in Heart & Blood Health

@sistertwo I have all those tests done yearly at Mayo in Rochester; I’ll be there next week. The Holter Monitor is an ekg that you wear for 24 hours. During this time you cannot shower or get the leads wet in any way. They give you a little portable monitor attached to the leads that you will need to carry around. They put it in a little pouch that you can carry either around your neck or shoulder. Then you just go about all your daily activities as usual. In 24 hours you take the leads off and return the monitor for evaluation. They do give you a small journal asking that you take notes on your activities and any symptoms you may feel. You turn that in with the monitor.
I have pretty sensitive skin and always develop an itchy red rash from the heart monitor patches so I always bring along hydrocortisone cream for that after the patches are removed.
Hopefully this is helpful to you. Feel free to ask any further questions. Best wishes for good results.

Dec 28, 2018 · "Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia" in Heart & Blood Health

@warpedtrekker I’ve had tachycardia for more than 20 years. My heart rate when I’m sleeping is 145.
When I was first tested doctors asked me numerous times if my heart raced just upon standing. They said if it did that was something different called POTS and it would require different treatment than my sinus node tachycardia. I don’t have POTS but it might be worthwhile for you to check that out.
I was told that there really is no good researched treatment for tachycardia. Couple of years ago I was put on Ivabradine which worked and controlled my heart rate. Unfortunately insurance wouldn’t cover it because it was prescribed for me “off label”. So, I was switched to Flecainide which is a med for people with afib. It works for my tachycardia but I had to be closely monitored for the first year with monthly ekg. Now I only get checked yearly.
Hopefully this gives you some thoughts for questions to ask your cardiologist. Best of luck to you. Here’s to a happy and healthier new year!

Dec 20, 2018 · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@ladonnae has anyone ever mentioned Reclast to you? It’s a one time a year infusion for osteoporosis. I’ve had this infusion done for six years. Now I’ve been on a “vacation” from the Reclast for two years; so, I’ve not had the infusion or anything else for two years. It remains in your system for that time span. I’m fortunate in that I have no side effects. I’ve had no further bone loss and some small bone growth.
I’m 66 and live in MN with lots of snow and ice. This last year I’ve fallen twice where I was sure I’d broken my foot bones because of lots of pain. No breaks or even small cracks at all.
Maybe something worth checking into for yourself.

Dec 10, 2018 · Rotator cuff surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@pjss48 I had a bone spur also. They removed the bone spur as they can contribute to tears in the rotator cuff.

Dec 10, 2018 · Rotator cuff surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@karolyn I am 66 and just had rotator cuff surgery two weeks ago. The surgeon said that I have natural degeneration of the tissue and bone. So because of this I will always have fraying tissue, tears, causing some pain. “Thank you Mother Nature”. 🙂
Not sure of your age but that’s something you might want to ask about.

Nov 22, 2018 · Forteo vs. Tymlos in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I fortunately have never had any side effects. I’ve had the infusion for six years, then you need to take a “vacation” from it. It stays in your system for a long time. The last two years I’ve not had any infusions.

Nov 22, 2018 · Forteo vs. Tymlos in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Ask about Reclast. It’s a once a year infusion.