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Dec 17, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Why did you have the lymph nodes removed? Do you have Lymphoma? I cannot take Gabapentin. When I take it, I cannot walk. I also cannot take Amitriptyline. It gives me serious heart palpitations. Have you tried Cannabis?

Dec 17, 2018 · Lactose free yogurt ? Any suggestions in Digestive Health

@sandyabbey I prefer the taste of plain Kefir to yogurt. Also, drinking Kefir is much easier than eating yogurt. I really do not like the taste and texture of yogurt.

May 22, 2018 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Digestive Health

I have an ileostomy and I will not have it reconnected. I have Lynch Syndrome which means you have an 80% chance of getting cancer. I have a terrible time changing my bag. It will not snap in easily and leaves me exhausted. I also get leaks, sometimes in the middle of the night and even in a restaurant. I changed bag brands and I think this new bag will be better. I have to set my alarm for the middle of the night to get up and empty my bag. Thus, I am losing valuable sleep time. My ulcerative colitis no longer bothers me so I am glad I had the colectomy. I will be glad of any tips anyone can provide for living with a ileostomy. Blessings to all.

Jul 18, 2017 · Lymphocytic Colitis/Collagenous Colitis in Digestive Health

I have inflammatory colitis and I take Lialda 2 capsules morning and night. If I leave the house, I take Imodium at my doctor’s suggestion. This gives me a little more confidence out in public as I have had accidents. I have never heard of Lymphocytic colitis but I have B-cell Lymphocytic Leukemia CLL/SLL. I wonder if there is a connection. While taking Lialda, I no longer have diarrhea and painful stomach cramps. I hope you find some relief soon. Be blessed.

May 21, 2017 · ~ Extreme Fatigue ~ in Mental Health

You have a lot on your plate, no doubt about that, but the depression is the worst of it. “Life just sucks,” is the depression talking. “Thinking about suicide,” is the depression talking. That is why we must go to any length to fight depression. It takes over our minds and bodies. That is why we must let our doctors know when we are not getting any better. I am just now learning that there are many different treatments for depression. Sometimes you need an increase in medications. You can also take two different antidepressants. I was diagnosed with ADHD so Adderall was added. That was when I first began seeing some results. Because of the depression and fatigue, I was definitely not physically hyper but my mind was hyper going over and over those terrible memories. In cognitive therapy, I learned how to “change the subject.” Good luck in your fight with the depression. Don’t settle for anything less than getting better. Blessings.

May 21, 2017 · ~ Extreme Fatigue ~ in Mental Health

I feel your pain–literally. I have suffered from depression, fatigue, lack of energy, lack of motivation and actual physical pain for most of my life. Everyone in my family has suffered from this so I think it is generic and chemical. Alcoholism also runs in my family and my father, who was an out of control alcoholic, committed suicide when I was 10 years old. That definitely impacted my life and still does today. I was in a serious auto accident last summer and after that suffered from anxiety and PTSD. This forced me to see a psychiatrist for the first time (something I should have done years ago) and I was placed on 150mg of Zoloft and 15 mg of Adderall. I also began seeing a psychologist for cognitive therapy. Prior to this I was only being treated by my family doctor which had helped none at all. Gradually, I have been having more energy and stamina and have been working in my garden for 2 hours at the time without feeling tired. This is nothing short of a miracle. In fact, I will “graduate” from counseling next week but will continue with the psychiatrist because of the Adderall. I know I will never be completely free of depression but I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. And, yes, I have been suicidal but I would never, ever do that knowing from experience what it would do to my family. You have done the right thing coming to Mayo Connect. It is so important to have a safe place to discuss our problems with people who have been there, are understanding and welcoming. You may also want to tell your psychiatrist that you are not doing much better. Keep coming back.

May 20, 2017 · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I had this a number of years ago. Mine turned out to be associated with TMJ. My dentist fitted me with a night guard that fits around your top teeth keeping you from gritting your teeth at night. Hope this helps. It will also help to save your teeth especially as you get older.

May 19, 2017 · Anxiety attacks in Depression & Anxiety

That is a very good suggestion and it makes perfect sense. I am going to try it myself. I am so glad you are feeling stronger and are able to divert the anxiety. Stay strong.