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Thu, Feb 28 10:14am · Prolia treatment for osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@lippemouse I was taking Fosamax but my GI doc took me off after I developed reflux disease.
I don’t know that this actually caused the reflux disease but GI said Fosamax can irritate the esophagus. Did you weigh side effects with your doctor?

Wed, Feb 27 3:41pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Oops! I mean Restasis. Wish we could edit these things.

Wed, Feb 27 2:36pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I use Testasis every day. The manufacturer offers a great deal IF you have no insurance or you’re not on Medicare. A person isn’t eligible for any prescription discount cards if on Medicare. I’ve spent lots of time checking that out.
I have insurance but it was still $366.00 per month. So, I went online and scouted for a local pharmacy offering a cheaper price. I discovered that Walgreens was only charging me $47.00 a month after insurance. That’s still a lot but relatively speaking it’s a lot less than what other pharmacies are charging. I guess it pays to shop around.

Fri, Feb 22 11:40am · May-Thurner syndrome (MTS) 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.

Tue, Feb 19 4:50pm · carpal tunnel surgery side effects in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@daniel2709 I had CTS done many years (+10 or so) years ago. I have trigger finger in that hand. I was just reading articles published in medical journals about this. They state that anywhere between 5-35% of the time this occurs and it should be discussed preoperatively that this could be a side effect.
I too was getting injections in this finger to help with ease of movement. I think it’s really strange that as I am getting older my trigger finger is less of a problem.

Sat, Feb 9 1:58pm · Cervical Spinal Stenosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@kellynormand I also had shoulder pain for a couple of years where I couldn’t lift my arm higher than my chin. My MRI showed bone spur as well. I did PT for 3 months. It temporarily felt good but still couldn’t move my arm. So I saw an orthopedic surgeon. He read my MRI results and xrays and could see that bone spurs were ripping my tendons in my shoulder. I had a minimally invasive outpatient surgery done. I was in at 9:00 and going home by 2:00. Turned out to have multiple bone spurs that he removed. I’m almost out 3 months now from that surgery and have regained total range of motion with no pain. I’ve also been able to return to my regular low impact exercises that I have always done.
I had tried all the PT, creams, rubs and pain pills previously to no avail. I was getting care at a pain clinic and they recommended seeing an orthopedic surgeon because they felt with my lack of motion that there was something going on that needed attention. My PCP had no idea of what to do other than the PT.
I’m 66 years old and am so glad I did this. I really recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon. I really didn’t want to have surgery either. There are so many minimally invasive procedures now. I had three small 1” incisions with only a few stitches.
Hope this helps, best of luck to you.

Sat, Feb 9 11:30am · Chest pain > a month in Heart & Blood Health

I have GERD. While it's true that milk can temporarily buffer stomach acid, nutrients in milk, particularly fat, may stimulate the stomach to produce more acid.

Sun, Jan 27 9:05am · Hammer toes in Bones, Joints & Muscles

This is what I use. You can find them at http://www.pedifix.com if you do not see them in a drugstore or medical center of some kind.