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11 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Has anyone who eithet weaned off or inthe process of weaning off Effexor had any sleep problems?
Since I've started the reduction process, I can't sleep. Either I fall asleep for about 3 hours or I can't fall asleep at all (this has been happening at least 2 times a week).
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

12 hours ago · Pain meds for Gastric bypass patients in Chronic Pain

I was sleeved Oct. 2016. We were told NO asprin or ibuprofen products. It can cause bleeding or leakage. We were also told to see the surgeon yearly in order to discuss a variety of top it cs and to take a full blood workup.
I'm not a medical professional but I can share my knowledge and experiences. I'd stop the meds and see the doctor.
Good luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

1 day ago · Shingles on face and in eye in Brain & Nervous System

About 7 years ago, I was at work. I got a little bit of a headache over my left brow and I had a hard time focusing. When I put on my glasses, it was better. I figured it was sinus pain from allergies.
The next day, when I was driving to work, I found that I was having a difficult time focusing my eyes. When I got to work, I went to the bathroom and noticed my left eye was turning in. Even putting on my glasses didn't help. I got an emergency appointment with my eye doctor. He said he thought I had shingles and should see my PCP immediately. As it so happened, my hubby and I already had an appointment because we were getting our shingles shot.
My doctor looked and looked and saw nothing. She asked if I had any unusual rashes on my body. The only thing I knew of were these couple of pimples I had behind my right ear. It looked NOTHING like Shingles and it didn't hurt. The doctor took a culture, so all I could do was wait.
After a few days my eye did not get any better so I was sent for a brain scan to make sure nothing was going on to cause such a symptom. It came back fine. The next step was to go to a well known eye clinic in a major hospital. They checked the brain scan and took tons of tests and the found nothing. I was diagnosed with a Sixth Nerve Palsy in my eye. They said it should go away in a few weeks. In the meanwhile, I remained home from work until the results from the culture. I worked around many young women who were pregnant.
It took time, but the culture came back positive for Shingles. It seems that the Shingles virus, NOT the rash, went into my eye and hit the optic nerve causing the palsy. I was happy the rash did not get into my eye, too. That, my friends, would have been VERY painful. As the doctors at the eye clinic said, it took several weeks for my eye to straighten out and I had to wear an eye patch until it did.
As for permanent damage…it did have an impact in my peripheral vision. Unless I turn my head, I cannot see out of the corner of my eye. When I turn my head to look, I have to close one eye or I get double vision. When I need to focus on a spot on my face, like plucking my eyebrows, I also have to close one eye. It is all second nature to me now. My eye is as good as it is going to get. I was told the palsy could come back, but so far so good/

Best to you!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

1 day ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Wow, you've been through a lot!
I understand the surgery and the removal of scar tissue, but removing your ovaries?? That. I don't understand. That's a partial hysterectomy. Do you have the ability to go to a different doctor for a second opinion? Many insurance companies will allow it.
Bu the way, what kind of doctor said these procedures were needed?
I hope the test will point the doctors in the right direction.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

2 days ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@karen00 Thank you for your good thoughts!

2 days ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hi Shawanda!
What seems to be wrong with your body that has you worried?
Are you sick?
What are your symptoms?
If the men in your life are so wonderful, why not let them know what is going on? They might be able to help you.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)