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Sep 24, 2019 · C5-C6 issue affecting my shoulder? in Spine Health

Sounds like a good plan!!!!!

Sep 24, 2019 · C5-C6 issue affecting my shoulder? in Spine Health

Is your head yet?
I stopped lifting until the PT said it was safe and then I used very light weights and few reps.
I built up slowly.
Yes, surgery is sometimes needed.
For me, after more than a decade of chronic pain, it was my time surgery.
Since I waited so long, I developed severe nerve damage in my legs and some in my arms.
Therefore, my PERSONAL suggestion is to see a neurologist and have an EMG, nerve test, to make sure you aren't doing any irreversible damage by waiting.
Good luck!

Sep 24, 2019 · C5-C6 issue affecting my shoulder? in Spine Health

It was suggested I share my story.
Over a decade ago I had pain in my neck that radiated into my shoulder.
I went to a pain doc and got injections.
The injection lasted YEARS!!!!!
In addition, I had horrible pain in my left shoulder.
Turns out I tore cartilage.
I had surgery to repair it then PT.
I lifted weights and believe it was that which caused the tear.
My PT said no weights.
My surgeon said weights were fine.
I listened to my surgeon and retore the cartilage.
After the second surgery, I waited to lift until PT said it was fine.
No problems.
About 1-1/2 years ago, I started getting horrible headaches that woke me up each morning.
After being up about 15 min the pain would go away.
However, when sitting, if my head was not resting agaist the back, I'd get terrible neck and shoulder pain.
My pain doc was not able to hit the right spot to give me relief.
It was at that point and because my lumbar spine was also giving me issues, that I decided it was time to see a neurosurgeon.
Both my cervical and lumbar spines are pretty messed up.
He decided to do the cervical furst.
Now I know why, it's less painful and easier to recover.
Symptoms worsened while I waited fir surgery.
Head and all the way to the finger tips with pain and tingling.
I had C5/6 replaced with artificial discs.
Within days, all the symptoms were gone, including the surgical pain
I was told before surgery that the % of failed replacements is very low and he only had to remove the artificial discs once.
Well, it's now been a bit over a year and I am starting to get symptoms again.
They aren't as bad as before, but I didn't want to wait.
I saw my surgeon and had some tests.
I feel several months ago and probably nudged the discs.
There is also something else he saw.
Bottom line, I am having a shot for dx purposes and another surgery is likely.
He will probably remove the artificial discs and do a fusion.
There is another area in trouble, too.
While he is in there, he'll most likely do that, too.
I honestly hoped to stay away from fusions.
The weight of the fusion often impacts the discs above and below, which likrely will result in a fusion there, too.
This failure had NOTHING to do with the quality of surgery.
It is probably because of the fall AND/OR my body rejecting the discs.
I have found that if you continue to baby yourself like you do right after surgery, the surgery will not fail.
Sadly, many people feel so good, they go right back to their life like before surgery, that caused the issues in the first place.
Hope this helps…
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

Sep 18, 2019 · School age kids having behavioral problems in school in About Kids & Teens

I just saw your post and quickly read through some other posts from you.
You live in Trinidad?
I am a former teacher, principal and special education co-director, so I know a little bit about special education in the US.
Of course, not being from your country, I am at a loss for specifics.
Even though there are many programs for children with special needs, in the US, many parents are not aware of the ins and outs, as well as their rites.
At each and every meeting, the parent is given a booklet that spells it all out, but they don't take the time to read it.
That being said, I would like to suggest that you do some computer research to find out what the rules and regulations (or laws) say about special education.
You want to make sure you know as much as possible so that no one pulls the wall over your eyes and take advantage of your lack of knowledge.
You want to be sure that your child is getting all that is legally possible.
You might do a search…
"Special education laws in Trinidad", to start.

Good luck!!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

PS….You might want to do the same thing with regard to bullying in school. In the US, each and every school was mandated to have a plan in place to deal with such situations. Do they all obey the plans? No!

Sep 14, 2019 · Malignant melanoma in Cancer

Hi Barb,
So sorry about your Mets.
Yes, it is nasty!
My brother in law was what Sloan Kettering called a chronic cancer patient.
He began with a Melanoma on his leg.
It was large.
Soon after that he had another.
The surgeon explained that the cancer was a jumping bean.
Once open, it jumps to another site.
In all, he had 5 surgeries.
2 on the leg, 2 on the brain and 1 in the groin.
Sadly, they could not get it due to all the veins, muscles, etc.
Now this was over. 40 years ago.
He went to the Bahamas which was using immunotherapy with success.
He was too far gone.
Now they do have treatments, which the US did not have then.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

Sep 10, 2019 · Malignant melanoma in Cancer

Thank you!
I go for regular check ups and I am obsessed with checking my own body for anything that is unusual.
My problem is I am full of freckles and all sorts of marks.
Much of the damage comes from when we were children, not what we are doing today.
As a kid, I used to sit in the sun all summer long.
I used baby oil to 'burn', a sun visor and anything else that would help.
No such thing as sunblock or tanning beds those days.
I NEVER went in a tanning bed but I always wore flip flops and sandals in warm weather…..I live in Florida and still do, ALL wear long!
You are NEVER too young or old to get any kind of skin cancer!
I hope your wife gets a body check each year.
I was also told by the surgeon that all areas need to be checked, even the 'unseen, private parts'.
I also have my dentist do a thorough exam and well as my gyn and eye doctor.


Sep 10, 2019 · Lumbar Steroid Injection vs Facet Nerve Block in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Sorry you are living with the pain.
I know it only too well.
I really cannot add to the descriptions that @jmweissler provided.

Wishing you lots of luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

Sep 10, 2019 · Malignant melanoma in Cancer

Hi Joe!
Welcome! I am sorry to hear about the health issues you are having.
It was suggested I reach out to you about my journey.
My melanoma is not as large as the one you have.
During a pedicure, I found a teeny, tiny dot on my toe.
It was not discolored, raised or oddly shaped.
However, when I showed the doctor, she said that someone my age (60s), does not get new moles on my feet, so, so it was removed.
The surgeon went deep and wide to make sure he got everything.
He gave me a couple of stitches to close the wound.
My brother, on the other hand, had his melanoma on his back.
His surgeon, too, decided to stitch the wound which was quite long and deep..
Now this was many years ago so methods might have changed.
Wishing you the best of luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)