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Jul 4, 2018 · Alternatives for pain management in Chronic Pain

@ grandma Hi there. Interesting post to say the least. Maybe we should tell the world this Dr's name and location so he can get the credit for not dropping the ball! gailfaith

Jul 4, 2018 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

@ nyartist Not sure who you are addressing in this post, but it might be me as in 2016 I went to Mayo in Minn, to have a parathyroidectomy. I had had a very hi Ca score for years and no one ever said anything about it until I moved into a retirement community, and then the Dr here mentioned it, but said not to go anything about it as at my age then 80 it was too risky. I asked around to find out what the risks were, and one person said I could lose m voice. Also I saw on the internet, that recommended finding a surgeon that does at least 3 a week successfully. So without further ado, I flew out to Mayo and was matched with a surgeon there. When I asked her how many she had done, I forget whether it was 45,000, or 4,500, but she said that is all she does, 3 days a week.

After a week of testing, the surgery was done one day and the next day I flew back to PA. And yes, I can still talk, though maybe there were some people that were disappointed.!!!!!!!!!!! @ gailfaith

Jul 1, 2018 · Don't Want To Be a Complainer in Chronic Pain

@lioness, I also use a walker following a fall and fractured leg and I have been in therapy since. And my back bothers me also. BUt my therapist had to remind me to stand up straight and when I do, my back pain is better and If I start walking and immediately stand straight, most of the time, I don't get any back pain! gailfaith

Jun 24, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

@gailb Hi Gail;…..I am so glad you found out about ART also. and found a great one. Over 10 years ago I found a chiropractor also that knows ART. At first she was 10 miles away, then decided to only have ono office close to her home and that turned out to be a 70 mile round trip for me. Then I moved and even though she is nowt about 160 miles round trip I did initially make that trip. But I was fortunate to find one very close to my new home and that is only about 3 miles away. And even though he does things a little different, he does help me. But because of my recent accident with my scooter, I have not been able to get to him. IN addition the scooter took a big chunk out of me leg, and one of the things he does differently is that while he manipulates my back someone else moves my leg. He explained that that moving is the "Active" in the Active Release name of the system. But where they hold me leg is exactly where the scooter took the bite out of my leg, and can't tolerate anything touching that part of my leg. The first Dr. didn't need to move my leg at all! But she was incredible AND he does help me also for which I am grateful. And he does personally know my regular physical therapist! If you don't mind, can you tell me if your ART Dr. moves your leg? Just curious! @ gailfaith

Jun 23, 2018 · Living with Neuropathy - Welcome to the group in Neuropathy

Hi John, I don't know where you live, but I am near Lancaster, PA and we have a GREAT fast food restaurant near my retirement community, and on weekdays, until 1 PM they deliver, I found the place when I started going to physical therapy as it is just across the street. You'd love it……as no food there is processed. You ask for chicken and you get an intact piece of chicken or slices thereof!. They specialize in sandwiches, soups and salads. It is a rather a local chain named Isaac's and all of their sandwiches have bird's names. And if you see a sandwich you'd like that might be advertised let's say on a pretzel roll, I change it to whole wheat bread! No problem. Everyday they have a different soup made fresh daily. Many soups are spicy which I don't care for but most of the time they have a great non-spiced one .ALSO with loads of veggies. and maybe some meat….and you can see the pieces of meat, again not chopped up or unrecognizable. And their sandwiches are huge……I usually make a sandwich go for two meals. I used to get their GOONEY BIRD which is turkey and sprouts but now my favorite is twisted chicken which is chicken with a LOT OF FREESH SPINACH! . @gailfaith

Jun 18, 2018 · Scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

dduke….Sure wish they didn't stop using the passive motion machine to get the ROM back after TKR. I had both knees done 2 years apart and with both they had me on that machine when I woke up from the anesthesia, I ended up with up to 137 degrees of bend with no manual stretching. and both knees now are 14 and 12 yrs old and even though I do ALOT OF WALKING they still show NO signs of wear !!!!! To be specific, just since Aug 2016, I have walked 161 miles!. I just suffered a fractured femur and the plate goes down along side of the prothesis.
They didn't use the machine this time (different Dr), and even though I myself worked to get the bend back. I now only have about
110 degrees of bend….. Functional, but not what I had! gailfaith

Jun 18, 2018 · Peripheral neuropathy, RLS and PLMD in Neuropathy

barbarn, I see I misprintt in the first line, Sorry. It should read :"When it works, it WORKS." > galfaith here again.

Jun 18, 2018 · Peripheral neuropathy, RLS and PLMD in Neuropathy

barbarn….SO glad it works for you. When I works, it WORKS!!!!!! What brand of bar soap did you use? As I may have mentioned, some find that when some do work, that DIAL won't. Make a note what brand you have, as when the soap wears down, YEARS from now (literally) !!!!!!!!!, you may forget. I started with one bar back in maybe the 1970's and I still have more than half of it left. And if someone does you the favor of making your bed, make sure they know about the soap and don't throw it out, thinking you are some nut! gailfaith.