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Jersey Girl

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  1. I have not had advil (or generic )in many years. At first I couldn't understand why I was reacting with increased symptomology, but I was, so I totally avoid it. I have had to mention this to anaesthesiologists because apparently something similar is mixed into the cocktail that they routinely give. Martha
  2. I am so sorry your daughter has these horrible symptoms. Reading your post reminded me of when I was initially ill and did not have a diagnosis. I vividly remember not being able to get up off a stretcher after having an MRI because my legs wouldn't support me--it was so frightening. I have had POTS for over 6 years and still have weakness in my legs on a regular basis--exercises have helped somewhat. Martha
  3. Yes, I have this quite often, mainly on my left side. And the squeezing was so, so much worse when I first developed POTS years ago, that I had multiple cardiac tests, including a stress test lying down! I usually get this symptom along with other POTSy symptoms and end up taking Xanax as it is distressing. Martha
  4. You should request that your son have a home tutor if he has been absent a certain number of days in a row, ie 3 days. It is hard to make up that level work by yourself. Being labeled "chronically ill" in my state has certain advantages, although no one likes to have a label. Martha
  5. Dear Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your 11 year old daughter. It must be so difficult for your family, as I know it was for mine when I was initially ill and then didn't "get better" even after I was finally diagnosed 2 years later. Westchester Medical Center in Valhall, NY is supposed to have a good pediatric program--I'm too old, darn it. I initially had to spend alot of time just resting and sleeping for almost a year. Talk about role reversal, I "practiced" walking again holding on to my daughter's arm. It is easy to be deconditioned with this illness and important to keep your leg muscles strong. For whatever eason, exercising in the water can have a therapeutic effect. I also joined Curves for 1 year after about 3 years and found that they had good equipment for the lower body, but looking back I wish I had a recumbent bike at home. Differnet plain warm soups with extra salt was a bonus at first. There is a tremendous overlap for some of us with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that has only recently been treated as a serious condition in the pediatric population. Neurontin was a big help for me as well--the only medication which I didn't react to. I hope she is eligible for home tutoring and support from your school system. Martha
  6. Oh Melissa, I can hardly believe it. I wish you a speedy recovery. Love, Martha
  7. Many local anaesthetics like novocaine may also contain epinephrine which I personally cannot tolerate. I also have chemical sensitivities to many medications as well-- more severely reactive than allergic-- reactions to Relafen and Alesse landed me in the hospital overnite twice without a good explanation. Martha
  8. Yes, it is hard to get up because I also have that where you have to wait for your muscles to wake up. If I drink something 20 minutes before I get up, it does help a little. Martha
  9. I usually lie down after eating for about 40 minutes, especially after breakfast. I immediately bloat, no matter what I eat or drink. I just accept this as part of my day. Best, Martha
  10. No, I am 5'9" tall and slender. My mom also bruises extremely easily without explanation after a full workup and her skin is paper thin. Martha
  11. I was instructed to drink enough fluids to make sure that my urine was almost clear and that if it wasn't, I wasn't drinking enough! I have to drink flulids during the night. Martha
  12. Hi Nina, I am also fair skinned and formed large keloids at the incisions following surgery on both my shoulders due to CALCIFICATIONS throughout both my rotator cuffs that I have yet to get an explanation for how they formed. (the keloids are somewahat painful also) The bone in my fractured wrist (when I fell when I was dizzy) healed up ok but the many muscles involved in making one's wrist move were extremely stiff and I needed so much extra therapy that I was in a constant fight with the insurance company. I also had to have CALCIFICATIONS of cysts in my breast tissue aspirated to make sure they weren't cancerous. I have to do my water aerobics class on a regular basis or I stiffen up quickly. Does your insurance company cover the cost of the genetic testing? Is there a genetics clinic at U Of Penn? I have 2 daughters of childbearing age. Best, Martha
  13. Angela, I never heard of this before. I hope you get some relief. Take care of yourself. Martha
  14. I hope it goes better than you expect, because then you will get a moral boost! You deserve to be treated with respect. Martha
  15. What beautiful girls you have! You are so lucky! I also felt much better when I was pregnant with all my kids--not like some of my friends--this was a long time ago! I look back and wonder if I didn't already have a little POTS going on then--not anything as intense as what I have now. Martha
  16. Sorry you are not getting the help and attendtion you deserve. Have you looked into any NIH funded studies you might qualify for? Just a thought. Martha
  17. Melissa, Hope you're feeling a little better each day. Best, Martha
  18. Sorry you have this POTS thing too. I tried to go back to work after being hospitalized too for POTS symptoms without a diagnosis. What nonsense this is if you feel so bad. You should get a second opinion from a POTS specialist about this plan. Martha
  19. Thank you--thank you--thankyou, Doctorguest, for your interest. Martha
  20. I sure hope you are feeling a little as each day goes by. Moms are wonderful! Martha
  21. Hi! I have been doing water therapy ( 45 min. water aerobics class) for last few months on a fairly regular basis and can attest to its benefits. When I have had to miss a day of class, I do not feel the same and quickly loose whatever tolerance and stamina I have gained. The new gym I recently joined offers water aerobic classes 6 days/week. Believe me those seniors (I am by far the youngest in the class) are onto something! It gives me a boost for a few hours and has helped with the soreness and stiffness. The pool temperature is kept very comfortable for the seniors! I still get dizzy and drink Water/Propel/Gatorade during the class. I generally feel better after the class than before but still need to start very slow many days. I still need to lie down by early-afternoon with POTS symptoms. My stomach issues are even improved! I had to find some exercise I could do after having rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders in the last 2 years and still needing regular therapy of sorts when the formal physical therapy ended. I highly recommend it. Martha
  22. Ernie, I hope you got home finally and this finds you improved. What an ordeal you have had! Martha
  23. I have a prescription for Xanax--(I cut the dose in quarters--works for me) that I use as needed for that very reason. Martha
  24. How frightening for you! I fainted during my tilt table test and it was just horrible and painful amongst other comments I could make. I hope your day gets better. Martha
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