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Nov 20, 2011 · bedbugs in Infectious Diseases

There was a story on a national news program some months ago that said that only heat (I don’t remember the temperature) would eradicate them. There are companies who will drive a truck to your house, place your furniture inside and then heat the contents to kill the critters. I’d go online and enter bedbugs into all available search engines until I found out the solution and a state certified company that offers that solution.

Nov 20, 2011 · How do I help a paranoid schizophrenic sister. in Mental Health

Unfortunately, not much. My former wife had the same problem. She refused and still refuses medication. In her world, she’s not sick, it’s all of those terrible people around her – the people who mistreat her – who are the sick ones.

The only thing you might be able to do is to find a very clever psychiatrist who can get her to admit thoughts of harming herself or others. Apart from doing that, you must protect your own mental health by either eliminating or at least limiting your contact with her. Contact with your sister will only get you her constant abuse, and will most likely fill you with both guilt and anxiety.

But saving yourself means you will need to mourn the loss of your sister as if she had died a physical death, for surely the healthy sister you once knew is truly gone and in a very real and concrete way that healthy sister is now dead.

Mourning the loss of your sister might best be done in a support group and/or with a therapist.


Nov 19, 2011 · Low back pain, irritated spinal nerve root in Just Want to Talk

Good Morning Renee,

Ross here. If you’ve attempted that stretch and can’t do it, are you able to stand? If so, try this. Stand two to three feet from a wall. Your feet should be parallel and spread apart the same distance as your shoulders. Place your hands on the wall directly in front of your shoulders, Lean forward, using your arms to support you. If this is too much for the ‘bad’ leg, move the ‘bad’ leg forward and stretch the good leg. This will stretch the back of the leg from tush to heel, the hamstrings and the achilles tendon and its attachments.

You’ve probably already said this and I’ve forgotten. Have you had cortisone injected into the inflamed area to cool down the nerve? In addition, a neurologist on the Charlie Rose show described persistent, long term pain as a disease in and of itself. The pain receptors in the brain become highly sensitized to to pain signals. This sensitivity can be reduced, and the pain reduced by taking the medication Lyrica or a similar medication. I’m hoping to have it prescribed for ongoing pain from Fibromyalgia and Polymyalgia Rheumatica.

You might also try going to the NIH website to see if there are any clinical trials for the control of pain for which you might qualify and that are in your geographic area.

I’m off to my garden. It’s in the 40’s and so cool enough that in shorts and a tee-shirt I won’t overheat. Since the meningitis, my thermostat, probably the hypothalamus, doesn’t work. It drives my neighbors crazy to see me out dressed as if it were summer and they’re all cold in jackets and gloves. I’m hoping to get a diagnosis and treatment soon because summer’s a real bear to endure.

Take care and talk to you later,


Nov 19, 2011 · Lyme's Disease in Just Want to Talk

What you will find on the show is that what works is the long term (2 years and longer) use of antibiotics. Person after person and doctor after doctor are interviewed and they all agree that long term use of antibiotics brought them back from the brink.

Nov 18, 2011 · Low back pain, irritated spinal nerve root in Just Want to Talk


I’m going off line for awhile. I nearly died from meningitis two years ago and have never fully recovered. But I will check in with you later today, but probably tomorrow. I look forward to hearing from you.


Nov 18, 2011 · Low back pain, irritated spinal nerve root in Just Want to Talk


The woman I learned from taught people in wheelchairs. Her class was call Yoga for people with special conditions. Can you sit in a chair, with both feet on the floor and your head and shoulders nominally above your hips? Can you or can someone help you place the ankle of one leg on the knee of the other leg? Just doing this will begin stretching your hip flexors. Pressing down on the now elevated knee will stretch them even more. But you don’t need to do that, just sitting properly and putting the ankle of one leg on the knee of the other is enough of a start. The smallest beginning is better than the nothing you’re now doing. If you really can’t then you can’t. But these stretches are meant for people with special conditions; people like me and you.

Nov 18, 2011 · Spinal Fusion in Spine Health

I would ask the surgeon to give my name (your name) to patients who have received this surgery from him. And ask him to ask these patients to call you or email you about the results. Clearly he can’t give you patient names and contact information – patient confidentiality – but you can wave your confidentiality rights so the surgeon can give your contact information.

Nov 18, 2011 · MY dad's battle to live in Heart & Blood Health

There was a piece on the news within the past two or three days about harvesting cells from the heart, growing stem cells, and introducing those cells back into the heart. They had the first patient on and he is far better than before his bypass surgery, and more importantly he’s not dead. And the doctor’s concluded that he would have been dead by now with out the stem cell surgery.