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Jan 21, 2016 8:23 PM

I started the week with my therapist. It went ok but she told me my mind is wandering and I'm not focusing. Lol I already knew that. She expects me to complete a project by the time I see her next month. I haven't been able to complete anything she gave me yet. Oops! 😚

Tuesday I returned to an orthopedist I'd seen about 4 years ago. I wanted his opinion on my left knee bone spur, with buckling & pain. But I've also been having pain in my left hip since October. I can be walking and suddenly get a shooting pain from the hip socket down the front &/or back of my thigh. It hurts so bad it freezes me in my tracks! 😬 It also hurts to stand on the leg, and sometimes it feels like it disjoints. It's brought tears to my eyes several times. I thought maybe I had injured it because the first time it hurt I was walking on the treadmill. I was not prepared to hear the results of the xrays. He informed me that Arthritis has settled into the hip socket joint. Woohoo... Not! Funny thing, just 9 months ago the other Ortho group did a hip xray with the knees and said my hips looked beautiful. Really? He's going to put me through pt for mobility and flexibility and strength. The knee already has OA along with the bone spur. He said he was surprised the first doc said he'd do surgery to remove the spur, because they don't usually remove spurs until it's to the point of a partial or total knee replacement. But to be on the safe side he's ordered an MRI to make sure I don't have a tear or something that requires repair now. If I don't need surgery he plans to do a series of 3-5 viscous fluid injections to the knee, to put cushioning between the bones. He said it's typically successful and delays surgery for several years. I'll also have PT on the knees. My MRI is next week. Has anyone had good or bad experience with this treatment?

Yesterday I saw a new dentist to have my crown put back in place. He took xrays and said there is definitely problems with my TM joints deteriorating, as well as the jaw bones. He was actually shocked at the amount of bone loss in so short a time (3 yr). The crown has to be replaced because it's come out too many times and has deteriorated on one side. Then I mentioned how sometimes the three teeth hurt but I can never tell which one is the cause. He began to examine and tap each area. Bingo! The last tooth I had a root canal on, with a crown (cost me $2400), has a crack in the root area. It's being pulled next week. He mentioned making a bridge to replace the missing tooth, and I asked if it was possible to do something to replace the 3 missing teeth on the bottom right. He examined, talked about a partial and went to discuss possible implants with their surgeon. Thankfully I had taken the MRI of my TM joints, and the surgeon said no way for implants: 1) Too much bone loss of that jaw bone, 2) the jaw bone itself was crooked and deformed, which would make implants risky (could split the bone). I asked for prices for just a bridge on the left and a partial for both sides, and I was pleasantly surprised! My previous dentist wanted $5000 for minimal work. A partial all the way across with 4 false teeth will only cost me $1250, or $2500 if insurance doesn't cover it. That's a far cry from the gold digger dentist! She submitted a pre-authorization on my hubby for 10 teeth to be repaired and crowned, only telling him about 1 needing repairs. When the insurance notified us it was for over $10,000, so that's why I found a new dentist. I'm so excited I will finally be getting some teeth to chew with on the right side, even if I do have to wait for the one to be pulled to heal! πŸ˜€

At the advice of my urogynecologist I had an appointment with a gynecologist today. I was very impressed with the info on the website, because he treats hormonal imbalance as well as anti-aging, weight, menopause, bio-identical hormone therapy, and Urogynecology. He also tests for inflammatory issues related to foods. It's a blood test called an Alcat test. I've never had a doctor who was more into natural treatment methods, but I'm looking forward to working with him to try and regain some of my health or at least put a halt to damages. He was shocked that being osteopenic not one of my doctors had discussed treatment to prevent further bone loss. He explained that many of my issues may be related to my hormone imbalances, so natural hormone replacement is our first step. We even discussed my IBS-C at length, and why the Linzess or Senokot-S really wasn't helping or beneficial, but actually causing bowel incontinence and staying sluggish for 3 days. Again there's a likely hormonal connection. But he stated that magnesium is very important to the digestive tract, as well as to the brain, muscles and nerves. He's put me on 2 magnesium tablets twice a day, and wants me to chart how I do. He said if it's too much to reduce it but if it's not enough to increase it, until I have a good balance. He also wants me on a very good multivitamin & mineral supplement. Since I just bought a new bottle I'm going to use it up first, then I'm going to try the one they recommend (can't remember the name), it has things I've never heard of. He also said my hormones are at the root of my weight gain. I sure hope this doctor is right!!!

Tomorrow is my free day with nowhere to go and nothing to do but rest. Considering my all over pain has been higher this week I think I'm going to sit and chill with a movie or book. No literally, chill as in the weather is going to be colder! Lol. I have extra hot chocolate, hot tea, & coffee. I hate the cold as it gets in my bone and makes me ache & shake! 😰 I've still made myself walk on the treadmill every day because it does help me feel good once I get past the first five minutes. Saturday I may not leave my bed. I live in the south for a reason; I do not like the cold. Hoping and praying everyone is safe from the Midwest to the east coast! Hugs!! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 22, 2016 1:58 AM

Wow flapp unhad quite a day. I understand where u r at though. I'm hoping nyour test come back OK. And I'm glad unfound a dentist that is fair and understanding.
Enjoy nyour free day I know how precious they are.

Jan 22, 2016 9:37 AM

WOW Flappsy, you sure have been through the mill. Sounds like this doctor was very thorough and I hope and pray that he is able to help you. As far as your knees, I had mine operated on twice for bone spurs and also my meniscus was torn to shreds on the left knee. He cleaned everything out and then I had to go back in for another surgery in the same knee because the joint dehist and my knee kept filling up with sinovial fluid and I'd bend my leg and tighten the muscle and literally shoot out a stream of fluid. It got so bad that I was putting a cup under it and draining it up to 7 times a day!! (I'd drain anywhere from 12-16 ounces). I went back to the ortho and when he came in the room and asked what happened, I bent my leg and squirted him down his pant leg and on his shoe! LOL!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³ He looked at it and said, I have to go in and fix that, I'm going on vacation and I can't leave it like that.. It'll get infected. So, back in the OR. I have another really bad bone spurs now in the left knee and they can't do replacement due to my weight.
I can't believe the difference in price of what your first dentist wanted to do and the one you went to. It's all highway robbery I tell you!! When my teeth were breaking off and rotting from the inside out, I went to a dentist that said I needed 12 root canals and crowns, etc... I went to another dentist and he said, these teeth all have to go, there's no point to try to save them with crowns. I couldn't do implants either. The teeth were all pulled and I got dentures at the age of 49.. Best decision I ever made.
Stay warm, Flappsy.. The storm is going to hit New York hard.. We are due for close to a foot of snow. Can't wait..... πŸ™„ Anyway, sending my love, gentle {{Hugs}} and prayers that everything goes smoothly and you get to feeling much better. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jan 22, 2016 10:35 AM

Omg AlwayZ, I just busted out laughing at you squirting the doc! πŸ˜… Hilarious!! Stay warm & snuggly in the storm. N GA is getting a mix of snow & ice, but not a lot. They changed our forecast to just cold & windy with flakes that will melt in contact. But our wings could topple trees. Thank God that we took 3 trees out that were rotting from the inside out (slime rot-stinky white bubbly ooze going down the trunks). No trees to hit my house... Yay!

My older sisters, mom & dad lost their teeth in their 30's, so I'm actually blessed to still have most of mine, crowned or not. Another reason I changed dentists is she preached at me to change to her diet, "and all my ailments would disappear"...bull hockey!

Newfibrogirl, I'm still in my pj's, taking a really lazy day! Hope you are warm & cozy in the storm! Hugs to you both! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 22, 2016 10:45 AM

Flappsy, I LOVE that you're still in your pj's.. Days like that are always allowed. When we don't have to be at a doctor's office, we should be comfy and cozy
And yeah, you should have seen his face as he jumped backwards and looked down as the stream squirted at him.. Priceless!!πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜‚

Jan 22, 2016 10:49 AM

My hubby won't think so if he comes home and I'm not showered and dressed. He'll be like, "what's wrong with you?". Lol I till have 4 hours to get a shower.... Lazy day! 😚

Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM

LOL... You're allowed. You enjoy your lazy day.πŸ’•

Jan 22, 2016 2:16 PM

I jinxed myself mentioning my hubby coming home... πŸ˜–. My hubby came home from the seminar early! That means I had to get a shower, get dressed, and follow him to the rental car agency to turn his car in. Yeah, I forgot that is have to do that today. Pooh! Oh well it's all done, I'm back home, and I'm going to take a nap😴

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