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  1. Increased pain is a side effect for me. I stopped taking it because my pain was magnified significantly. I was taking it for pain in the first place. It did not go away after a few weeks either. Also it made me exhausted and in a fog. I will never go near it again! My sister oddly enough has had a lot of luck with it though. Elizabeth
  2. Hi! I'm sorry your dealing with this. I too have that issue and have had the pain in the upper right quad since having mono w/ jaundice in 97. I too have had my gallbladder out and have gastroparesis. I felt really good for about 2 months after having the gallbladder out and then things got worse. I do not have SOD or anything like that though. I've had what seems like a million GI tests. The GI doc said my chart reads like a text book. The POTS Neuros are trying to rule out autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy because of the severe abdominal pain I experience. I'm still waiting on those results and a few others. I just fight through the pain and don't take anything because of being limited by the GI issues and POTS. I hope you get some relief. Good luck. Elizabeth
  3. Hi. I had this same problem recently with the cold that just won't go away. I ended up taking Coricidin HBP for it because it's not supposed to affect your heart too much. I didn't have an issue with it. Good luck!
  4. Hi I cannot do a swimming pool unless it has cold water. I feel worse because of the heat. I'm not sure it's the pressure directly for me. I do have fibro as well though. If I go in a warm water pool (like they suggest for fibro), I shake the rest of the day. It's horrendous. Sorry I could help more. Good luck.
  5. Sorry you have a hard time with this doctor. Thus far I seem to be one of the lucky few with him. Are you on Midodrine at all? I'm not sure why you'd be switching from hypo to hyper. Some of the meds can cause that though. I'm sure the stress of the situation didn't help either. Take care. Elizabeth
  6. I take it and it has helped. I don't shake as much and my HR readings are much lower standing. I had to add in midodrine with it though. I hope you get some relief. Elizabeth
  7. Hi Sara, I occasionally get the tingling in my head with the midodrine. I do not experience a headache with it. It has helped me tremendously. I haven't noticed it having an effect on my fatigue though. I take 10 mg at 8:30, 12:30, & 4:30. I take another 5 mg at 8:30. I don't get home from work till 11:30 PM. It has not had a big effect on my BP either though. Good luck. Elizabeth
  8. Hi Tearose, As Lenna mentioned, it's at Beth Israel. They have a full autonomic lab there and do a lot of research. I'm looking forward it. Hopefully it will help you. Take care. Thank you for the posts everyone. Elizabeth
  9. Hello Everyone, I just wanted to post that I met with the doctors in Boston (I think you all know who I mean). I actually had a very pleasant visit. I was a bit surprised because of some of the feedback that I received before going. I haven't been through everything with them yet though. They were very nice and informative. We are ruling out causes for POTS at this time. I got my appointment bumped up due to the autonomic test results being so abnormal. They would like me to participate in their research. This one coming up is for Nitric Oxide (sp?). Anyone else in this study? I'm all for it because it means I get more testing. The only thing I don't like is being off the meds for a few days before. I take Midodrine and Atenolol which have helped tremendously. It only lasts 3 days though (total of 6 due to being off the meds 3 days before). I saw fairly recent posts on this, but they are ruling out autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy. They told me it takes a long time for those results and they did a few other blood tests as well. I'm pretty excited about the research study if I get in. I go Tues to see if I qualify. I hope this finds everyone as well as can be. Elizabeth
  10. Hi Emily, I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I have had this type of pain since having Mono accompanied by jaundice in 1997. It is worst when my gastroparesis is bad, when I'm over tired, when I have period, eat the wrong thing (like pasta with sauce) etc. The only thing I've been using is lexapro for my visceral pain. I think I need to have the dose upped though. When it is really bad nothing at all relieves it. I'm sorry to say I've learned to deal with it. I am still going through the work up to see why I have POTS. Due to my severe abdominal pain and GI issues, they are checking for autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy. I'm sorry I don't have a ton to offer. I do wish you luck and some relief though. Take care. Elizabeth
  11. I work at a large financial services company. I take inbound phone calls. My company is great to work for and my boss has been very supportive. I was out of work for 27 weeks before going back 10/15/10. I started back at 20 hrs and I'm up to 32 now. I'm hoping to increase soon. The cooler weather and right med combo seems to be helping. I find myself very fortunate. Elizabeth
  12. You can have an ultrasound. It's not as effective as a HIDA scan though. My ultrasound showed that my gallbladder wasn't too bad. Within days I was having it out and almost had to have open surgery vs lap. Good luck. Elizabeth
  13. Hi Kit, Sorry you are dealing with this. I have a similar problem. I have benign blepharospasm in my left eye. It came on suddenly and I still have it off and on. Mine is NOT ANXIETY. It is actually worse when resting and after completing some sort of physical activity, like folding laundry. Mine started out with just the eye but has moved into the rest of my body. It is predominantly my head, neck and arms. I now have a multitude of movements and dystonia like contractions. I've had a tremor for about 10 years now so I'm used to some of this. I am seeing the movement disorders neuro tomorrow. Good luck. I know how frustrating and concerning it can be. I usually know when it's coming on because of the pain in the left side of my face. Do you experience that as well? Take care. Elizabeth
  14. You're welcome. I know how that is unfortunately. I've been pretty lucky lately though. Take care. Elizabeth
  15. I saw Dr. Arturo Rolla at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. I like him a lot. He has a really good personality and was very helpful. I do not need to see him for follow-up, but the folks waiting in his office said really good things about him as well. Take care. Elizabeth
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