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Mon, Jun 17 8:40pm · Diverticulitis in Digestive Health

E.R … Herniated bowel surgery, 2nd. twice.. E.R. Diverticulitis issues, Laxatives used twice in E.R… Lost 30 lbs. over 4-5 months!!… 3 morphine injections over 5 months..plus fentanyl for pain, , X-rays of hip and shoulder show, no problem!! X-Rays Dr. choice!! I suggested M.R.I. Not my choice!! I find my muscles are sore, 3-5 and somewhat weakened, to the point I can’t lay on my side or back without awakening many times thru the night. Can’t lift over 10 lbs. Sleep depravation has become a problem plus “pain and stress” issue. Been going on for near 8-9 months! Doctors no help!!. (Treat 1 thing at a time)!!.. Cortisone injection in hip short term relief..4-6 weeks. Muscle atrophy, may be an issue after little muscle use for months. Plus muscle diseases??.. Suggested!!! Not my call??? age..87.. Lidocaine patches a “PAIN” to use at night… Changed Dr. Nothing same treatment. I’m patient?!?!.. Right now I’ve tied a knot on the end of the rope and am hanging on!! Went to E.R.!?!?..Not an E.R. issue!!! Not a gunshot wound!! Told “Too many Issues and I’m 87”!?!?…. 5 Prednisone? tabs + morphine inj… Released! Go see Dr…???

Thu, Jun 13 9:06am · Cymbalta in Chronic Pain

Took Cymbalta for months…same issue…no sleep…Dr. that prescribed it …said take in the morning…for pain!!!

Mon, Mar 18 7:05pm · Loosing muscle mass at 86 after hernia surgery and diverticulitis in Digestive Health

After back to back hernia surgery and diverticulitid and loosing 30 lbs, I found my muscle mass was less and hurting badly. How to regain muscle mass and strength? My age is 86 and my mind is sharp, but I find the body seems to be failing. Is all lost? Can I regain my strength?

Fri, Mar 15 9:22am · E.Rs Even Dr.s do not comunicate directly with each other. in Just Want to Talk

Been in E.R. 5 times this year. Each time I was stabilized with morphine and phentenal. Then released and told to find a doctor. One was a herniated bowel that was push back in and told to see a sergeon. The sergeon was going on vacation for 4 weeks. Called back to E.R. for advise and was told that I couldn't talk to a doctor in E.R. Six days later the hernia went full blown across my lower bowel and into my scrotum. Back to E.R. for emergency surgery later. While wairing I was asked by a technician, if i didn't want to go home and schedule surgery for later as they may have something more important like a gunshot wound.!!??

Thu, Mar 14 1:22pm · The system NOW?? in Just Want to Talk

Am 86, wife 87, I have many health issues. Dr. has commented on haveing children closer. Not possible for continous care. They are ready to retire and have their own life. Hope his are there for him. Not all children are caregivers. Have their own lifes.. And why do I have to find Dr.s for issues and then they have to get referel from my Dr. Also E.R.s stabilize and dump you to see a dr. Have to find my own??? Don't understand the system now. Wasn't like this when raising our young'ns…. Old and confused….

Wed, Mar 13 10:20am · How to talk to my doctor & share research/knowledge I have found? in Just Want to Talk

Why don't Dr.s do blood testing for vitamin and drug interactions?? Mine doesn't even do referals. If I find a specialist, they have to get a referal from my provider DR. !?!?!

Wed, Feb 20 4:21pm · PICS.. Six E.R.s in one year. in Intensive Care (ICU)

Remember, one night, Black cloud of Pain…. Ended up in ICU. Apparent OD. No memory of this. Ended up in a Health care unit in another city. Two weeks of rest. Sent home with my meds changed…Resting now and trying to not sweat the small stuff. Saw my cardioligist, Med. provider, appointment with pain specialist in 3 weeks, and maybe a psycholigist… "No great concerns there"…Kids great with care of wife. She's 87…. Resting now…Back to square one… Trying to cope..At my age 86 and with the system the way it is…I feel alone and waiting…I keep hearing that "Every thing will be fine" as I keep being told…Follow up nurse is scheuled. THANKS…One day at a time…

Sun, Jan 27 3:41pm · Colon Resection for Diverticulitis and Chronic Constipation in Digestive Health

After being treated for diverticulitis with heavy laxitives should you be on a diet to regain your body and muscle strength? My muscles have been extremely painful 6-8