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Sat, Jan 12 8:32pm · How well is pain controlled after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

@connie1559, I encourage you to do your accounting work and tax form filings prior to your surgery. I say this as a former small business owner who has had two TKRs.

Sat, Jan 12 1:53pm · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

What an incredible accomplishment!! Sooo hard to lose weight. Congrats to you.

Sat, Jan 12 1:09pm · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

Amen. Grief is like a river that flows on and on, sometimes tranquil and quidt, sometimes raging tothe point of making you gasp and wonder if you will survive the raging rapids of pain.

Sun, Jan 6 2:27pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I am so very sorry to hear that. Chronic, unrelenting pain is beyond horrible. I wish you the very best, and I hope you explore all options for getting your knees done sooner. God bless you.

Sun, Jan 6 1:47pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Why can’t you get knee replacements for two years? Unheard of.

Dec 7, 2018 · CRPS of the stomach or abdomen in Chronic Pain

My doctor’s office called today with a report on my MRI done earlier this week. The MRI showed NO abnormality. Nothing. And even more surprising to me is that the doctor wants to wait six weeks to see me. Very frustrating. The attacks continue and seem to come out of nowhere. Do not appear to be related to eating or not eating, activity or no activity. So I continue to take two pantoprazole 40 mg pills per day, take three or four Tums at the first hint of indigestion (usually not close to meal times), drink a little Diet Coke or other carbonated drink to help me burp up some gas, and hang on to my body while I moan in pain. I try very hard to stay out of ER ($150 copay each time), and my doctor said to NOT take pain medication during an attack. I find once I am nauseous, I soon begin to notice less pain.

I had so hoped to have more information for both myself and your daughter. My last attack about three weeks ago was the longest and the most painful. Wondering if I passed a gallstone? Impossible to know. I am so very sorry I could not help you and your poor daughter. I do empathize with her: the brutal pain, the not knowing what is going on, and the waiting for the next attack. God bless. Please keep me posted, and I will certainly contact you if I learn anything new. I now feel my doctor is clueless and just waiting to see what happens…. Stay strong.

Dec 2, 2018 · CRPS of the stomach or abdomen in Chronic Pain

I will update you as soon as I know the results of the test. Stay strong.

Dec 1, 2018 · CRPS of the stomach or abdomen in Chronic Pain

Joseywales, I will have more info for you after a “special” MRI they are doing Tuesday. What I can tell you is that they did an upper GI to rule out some other potential causes of my pain. I believe the diagnosis is at least partly based on my symptoms: i kept telling the 911 responders that the pain felt EXACTLY like a gallbladder attack, complete with pain up the right shoulder, nausea, band of steel around my middle, non-relenting pain, etc. The digestive specialist I saw says he is sure it is residual gallstones that can be removed via an endoscopic procedure, even if the stones are lodged in the duct from my liver. To answer your question, they hope to see the stones via this special type of MRI. Please give your daughter my very best wishes, and stay strong.