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Tue, Jan 7 8:18am · What to do when in SVT? in Heart & Blood Health

I have had several episodes of SVT, the last of which landed me in the hospital for several days and a change of medication to diltiazim (along with my many others). I will be reviewed by an EP in a few months (!) and probably discuss having an ablation. I have a very complicated heart history – open heart surgery to repair mitral valve, episodes of Afib, cardioversions, an ablation, etc., but overall am in very good health. My heart and I get along pretty well! This SVT is annoying, however. When I'm in an episode, I try vagal maneuvers, which has worked a couple of times. Otherwise, I have to head to the hospital with my heart rate thundering at 160 – 190. I'm not really frightened by all this, probably because I"ve been through so much; however, the fear of SVT is ever present. This causes me to restrict airplane travel and activities which would involve not being close to a hospital. I mean, what do I do at 35,000 feet when I can't get my heart rate down and I'm 4 hours ( 8 hours on an oversees flight) away from land? If you have had any experience with SVT, I would welcome your experience and suggestions. I hope this finds you all well! Thank you, Sue

Fri, Jan 3 12:59pm · Does Back Pain ever Get Better? in Chronic Pain

LIke so many people, I have osteoarthritis, stenosis, degeneration, etc., etc., in my lumbar spine. I've had exacerbations for 40 years. All the time, I've been very physically active, and today at 73, used to walk daily and do strengthening exercises (supervised by my Physical Therapist). The past 6 – 12 months have been difficult. A year ago I walked for 45 minutes/day, today was 15, with pain. I've had SI joint and facet injections with minimal success. Another round of injections in in a few days. The pain mgmt doc has discussed radiofrequency ablation as the next step. Okay with me. I get some relief from Tramadol, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to take it all the time, and I use it very infrequently. I deal with the pain, but I fear that I'm not a very pleasant person. I increasingly walk with a limp, stairs give me a fright (!), and generally I feel too damn healthy and good to deal with this for the rest of my life. I'm losing my fitness because of decreased mobility. I don't mind exercising and committing myself to improvement; however, I'm beginning to get discouraged. I know so many people have/are dealing with this kind of chronic pain. Any experiences/hopes/suggestions you have to share would be helpful! I wish you a happy, active, and pain free day! Sue

Thu, Jan 2 5:17am · Side Effects of New Shingles Vaccine in Just Want to Talk

I had my second dose of Shingrex vaccine and had a very unpleasant reaction. The night after the shot, I had sweats and slept poorly. The next day, aches all over and low grade fever. Then I developed a neuropathic itch in an large area surrounding my injection site. This lasted a couple of days. The strangest, however, is that 2 days post injection, I developed a fever blister/cold sore on my lip. I'm 73 and have never had one before. Fever blister is gone after about 10 days, and all other symptoms have passed. I have had shingles before, so the reaction is minor compared to getting an actual case of shingles. I just thought it strange to have a reaction when I've never had one to any vaccine previously. I hope you're feeling better by now! Sue

Dec 24, 2019 · Nocturnal Leg Cramps - Help! in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello Everyone! Thank you for all your comments. I discovered Theraworx, an OTC topical application. I have been using it every night and have had no more "OMG jump out of bed to get rid of cramps" episodes. I highly recommend it! Sue

Oct 20, 2019 · Nocturnal Leg Cramps - Help! in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Does anyone have a suggestion to help deal with foot/ankle/leg cramps in the middle of the night? I take plenty of calcium and magnesium and am thinking that I need to increase my potassium intake. Topical lotions (Theraworx, Tiger Balm, etc.) have not helped. I hope this is a good day for whoever is reading this! Sue

Oct 8, 2019 · SI Joint injections in Spine Health

Hi Pines – You're still doing some gardening! Good for you. I had to give that up years ago and truly miss it. Oh well, we all make adaptations to our activities. I had L4-5 disc removed at 26 when it ruptured. I had pretty good years thereafter with a few exacerbations. I've always been an athlete and have exercised in one form or another daily. Now, it is pretty much just walking; however, I love to walk and it helps to keep my body, mind, and soul nourished. Over the past year, I've gone from a walk of 45 minutes/day to not walking. I hope after the injection tomorrow, I can rebuild my strength and get back to walking. Of course, at this age, we never get back to where we were but rather create a new normal. It is difficult to have such limitations because of my body… it used to do whatever I wanted it to! But I just want to be the best that I can be and gain as much function as possible. So, I, and I think we all, have to be positive and optimistic as we explore what options we have available to us. But we must be vigilant and aggressive with the medical community, because ultimately, we are responsible for ourselves. I hope this is a good day! Sue

Oct 5, 2019 · SI Joint injections in Spine Health

Hi Mickeyb2 – Thanks for sharing your experiences. I had forgotten about tai chi, but think I'll grab a YouTube and get back into it after my si joint injection on Wednesday. I know being active helps – physically, mentally, and spiritually – but the last few days, I have not been able to do anything other than get around and go to the store. I have always exercised, and at 73, look and feel great…. it's just these annoying issues that I have to deal with! Hope this is a good day for you, Sue

Oct 4, 2019 · SI Joint injections in Spine Health

Does anyone have experience with SI Joint Injections? I have spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and 73 years of wear and tear on my back. I usually do pretty well and am able to walk every day and keep up with strengthening and weight bearing exercises. I’ve had an SI injection previously and it helped for quite a while. I’m not sure the “regular” injection will work and wonder what are other options going forward. I have tried to take Tramadol when the pain is really bad; however, it makes me nauseous. Does anyone have a suggestion about other pain meds that are effective but without the side effects? I hope this is a good day for each of you! Sue