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May 29, 2016 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers

You are a wonderful caregiver. I trust you and every caregiver out there
has a group of similar persons to share with. I sometimes go and sit with
a dementia person in our church so his wife can spend a day with her senior
caregivers group. Persons helping persons is what makes our community
strong and resilient. Blessings to all caregivers!

May 29, 2016 · Spinal Cord Injury in Brain & Nervous System

Your note reminded me why I’m working in Colorado for a universal single
payer system. I’m doing this both by supporting those who work for such a
system and being on the campaign team of a person running for our state
legislature. Change doesn’t work unless we all get involved and use our
anger about discrimination into action for equality. Our medical system is
so discriminatory in so many ways! Hugs to you and support – would you
doctor and / or staff work with you to obtain an examining table that works
for all patients? Our little mountain library got a grant for medical
supplies to teach good health to families; I bet you can find a grant for a
table!

May 21, 2016 · Two Fingers are Numb in Bones, Joints & Muscles

The numbness and tingling in my hands disappeared after an excellent hand
surgeon did my carpal tunnel surgeries. He is part of a great orthopaedic
and spine group here in CO. I’m sure Mayo has such also. Get the best
hand-knowlge person you can find.

May 11, 2016 · What is the correct range for blood pressure? in Heart & Blood Health

Blood pressure ideal numbers are under great conversation in the medical
community, my hubby learned in his just completed EMT training. I suspect
it is individual and depends on the doctor. I’d go with the primary, unless
most of your care is from a specialist. And, BP varies throughout the day,
so ask for a range.

May 1, 2016 · Scoliosis surgery: Harrington rod placement and spinal fusion in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Julieann,

Thanks for sharing your story. Although I’ve never had surgery for my
scoliosis, I have considerable scoliosis in my back which has developed
over the years following my back surgery for blown discs. I’ve found that
a hip replacement on one side has considerably reduced the pain on that
side and I’m looking forward to the same surgery in a few weeks on the
other side. I know that my back is a mess, but for me, it seems that the
hip replacements are strengthening the back while removing the pain. I
don’t totally understand the physics but I know they are significantly
helpful for me.
My husband is a massage therapist and I definitely find that massage
helps ‘soften’ the muscles. By ‘soften’ I don’t mean the muscles become
weak instead they are encouraged to return to regular flexion. Do find a
good well-trained therapist who understands the structure of muscles so
she/he knows how to work on your particular body.
Take care, eager to hear how it goes.

Apr 25, 2016 · What pillow works for you to help reduce pain? in Chronic Pain

Golly, if you’ve been told not to use it, don’t!
Best to you.

Apr 25, 2016 · What type of implants does Mayo use for hip replacements? in Joint Replacements

I’ve ni experience with the revision procedure of which you speak. I was
told by the PA with my surgeon that therapy pool 9warm water was excellent
exercise. I had a PT show me some appropriate exercises for my spine and
hips. Wish you well.

Apr 24, 2016 · What type of implants does Mayo use for hip replacements? in Joint Replacements

I have a titanium hip socket cemented into my bone.

As I understand it, the surgeon chose this one because of my age (74 and
osteopenic) and the bone deterioration from the socket being bone on bone.
Cementing in place means you can bear weight on the new joint immediately
(well, as much as you can tolerate); not cementing means the bone needs to
grow into the new socket and you can’t let the joint bear weight for about
6 weeks. The hospital I was at had a pre-op class for knee and hip
replacements where the nursing and PT staff told about the procedure, the
hospital stay, and the therapy all the docs at that particular place
require. Such a class is invaluable if you are offered it! I am pleased
with my new hip and am planning the replacement for the other hip at the
end of May.