@user_chf56161a, if you don't mind me asking, is the pin supposed to be bent? Is the waiting 5 days to see how your back starts to heal?
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Hello @vwindsor62, here are a few conversations you may find worth your time to read through and introduce yourself to the members specifically talking about arachnoiditis, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/arachnoiditis/ and https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-am-desperate-to-find-a-dr-who-treats-arachnoiditis-i-live/.
Hello @apr931, you may noticed I merged you discussion with an existing discussion on Polycythemia Vera. I did this so your message would be seen by members like @chadknudson, @atir, and @juiceinjc who have all talked about being diagnosed with PV.
@apr931, asking for a seeking a second opinion in your situation seems reasonable if you are curious about the complex numbers that either confirm or rule out your diagnosis of polycythemia vera. Is this something you would ask your current provider for, or seek on your own?
Hello @chuck218, I merged you wait & watch discussion with where you had posted previously in the discussion already titled Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma – Wait & Watch Approach. I did this so your message would be seen by the members you were already discussing with and who also are using this approach.
Mon, Jan 7 9:49am · 24/7 Dizziness Occipital Stroke and Cerebellar Stroke in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases
Hello @leslee1971, welcome to Connect. You may also want to check out the following discussion on chronic dizziness, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-_-my-name-is-kim-i-am-33-years-old-and/. @lakelifelady, did Lorazepam give you some relief for your dizziness as well, or just your neck muscles? @leslee1971, have you found anything to help take the edge off of your dizziness? Have you spoke with your medical provider and have they tried anything?
Hello @wwill, while we wait for others to chime in, here is a discussion you may find worth your time to look through, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cell-therapy-for-rotator-cuff-tears/ – It is a discussion on the topic of stem cells for rotator tears and arthritis. You also mentioned a reverse shoulder replacement, here is another discussion on that specific type of shoulder replacement, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/reverse-shoulder-replacement/.
Hello @afbong, welcome to Connect. You bring up a lot of different topics in regards to your shoulder arthritis. I would like to invite some members who have discussed each to this discussion. @steeldove, @edithmiller, @farmgirl57, and @mimi99 have all discussed having some sort of shoulder replacement. Other members discussed seeking information for stem cell treatments for shoulder issues, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cell-therapy-for-rotator-cuff-tears/, although it is unclear if any members have attempted to get stem cells for shoulder issues.
@afbong, I had my right knee replaced when I was 19 due to end-stage arthritis, and even though I was extremely young, the alternatives were no mobility at all (knee joint was completely worn down to a square rather than rounded, so I was unable to walk more than a block) an severe pain. While age is important because of the complications that can arise later, I was told that quality of life has to be weighed as well. @afbong, would you mind sharing what your ortho doctor's concerns are for doing a replacement at your age?
Mon, Jan 7 9:23am · Having knee replacement: how to prepare and questions about PT in Joint Replacements
The pool is a great suggestion. I had my knee replaced when I was 19 due to severe internal injuries that caused end-stage arthritis at an early age. My regret, because my recovery was not great, was that I don't think I was diligent enough with my PT. PT hurts and I don't think I was mentally prepared at 19 to push through that. Obviously, you don't push through sharp excruciating pain, but preparing yourself mentally that it will be hard the first few months and knowing you have to push through with your PT will put you on a better path for faster recovery and better range-of-motion. We are all different in how we respond to surgery and how we recover, but we are all similar in that we have to be consistent with our PT.