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1 day ago · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

@lioness I would always use ice on the area of the injection. And usually felt much better the next day. I've given up on the injections after three back surgeries. My neurosurgeon moved so now I need to find a new one. And no one will take me until I have a current MRI.

Thu, Jul 11 5:39pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@ngorman25 I'm still taking the probiotic but I must admit there are days that I forget and I'm not near as faithful as I was during the winter months. My GI had me on Floratsor because it was the one with S. Boulardii. I probably take it 3 or 4 times a week now. My chiropractor also believes that probiotics are good for the entire body and even helps with UTI's. I was concerned all winter that I might get another sinus infection or UTI. The clindamycin I took for the sinus infection is what started my Cdiff. But I stayed healthy all winter…. praise the Lord. I've gained back all the weight I lost with Cdiff. I wish I hadn't. I lost 10 pounds in two weeks with the last (4th) and final bout last October. My heart goes out to all the people fighting Cdiff. I'm happy to hear that you are doing well since your FMT.

Mon, Jul 8 10:21pm · Chronic pain and spinal fusion in Spine Health

@brendakaye I've had three back surgeries. My first one was for a herniated disc at L5-S1. The second surgery was for fusions in the same place you are getting them. They put in rods at that time. The third surgery, which was in 2013 was to put a cage in above L-3. These three surgeries were probably over a 10 year period and started when I was 54 or 55. I had never had any type of surgery prior to this and had been in great health all my life. I have degenerative disc disease so I continue to live with back pain. I was scheduled for a surgery to have my SI Joint screwed to my pelvic bone. After going in for the pre-op, I called the next day and cancelled the surgery. I've decided I won't have it done until I can no longer walk. I don't use a cane or walker and the only thing I take for pain in Advil. I can't walk more than one block without having back pain or stand for any long periods. But recovery from the first surgery was "a piece of cake"…. so much so that I didn't do what I was told and felt so good that I drove and went to a meeting just 10 days after surgery. I probably should not have and learned what not to do with my second and third back surgeries. Don't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for 6 weeks after surgery. Walking is the best thing you can do. I was able to go up steps after surgery. Just don't do any bending. I wore the back brace with my last surgery and I think it helped for the first month. But you also need to build up your muscle strength so I quit wearing the brace as soon as possible. The pain meds made me feel terrible so I quit taking them as soon as I could. I did have a muscle relaxer that helped with the spasms. Physical therapy is also key to your recovery. I started six weeks after surgery. Excuse my french…. but back pain is a bitch. That's the only way to explain it. I've lived with it for 15 years now and I still garden and attend our grandkids sporting events. I'm holding on to my husband when climbing the bleachers and have to take it easy, but I refuse to let it get the best of me. Think positive and listen to your doctors. Wishing you well and pain free in the days ahead.

Thu, Jul 4 12:01am · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@ngorman25 , @nurseheadakes I've been doing good. The last and 4th cdiff episode was last October. I wish I would have taken Dificid earlier since that was the antibiotic that worked for me. I've been fortunate that I didn't get any more sinus infections and no need for antibiotics the entire winter. I'm sorry to hear that you're still only 89 pounds. You've really had a difficult time. As for the colonoscopy, yes I will make the appointment. During my last one, the doctor was not able to complete it as we found out I have a tortuous colon. He couldn't make the last turn. So I ended up going through the process again and having it done at the hospital a week later where they could put the contrast inside me and do it that way while I was awake. Since 4 bouts of cdiff, I feel like I've read so many studies, watched so many videos and truly educated myself on this dreadful bacteria/spore.

Wed, Jul 3 8:40pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@ngorman25 How are you doing after your FMT? I still haven't gone in to have the colonoscopy? I need to just buck up and make the appointment. I hate the thought of the clean out. But maybe I can get some answers as to why I have so much gas & stomach pains at night and early morning when I first wake up.

Thu, May 30 1:01pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@nurseheadakes @claytamos I never had a problem with gas before last year and 4 bouts of Cdiff. And I've never had a day since those that I was constipated. I use to have a problem if I ate jelly beans or licorice. Not any more. Even those foods don't cause me problems like in the past. If anything, my BM's are loose and never fail every single morning. I do need to drink more water and I'm going to start adding lemon. And I'm going to do the peppermint tea at night. I think that does help a little.

Thu, May 30 12:09pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@taxpayinghorse I tried the GAS X but didn't really notice any difference. Like you, I wake every morning with gas pains. I'm better after I'm up for awhile.