Excerpted from The Single Gal's Guide to RA
See the accompanying comic strip drawn by Jane Samborski
Sundays for me have always served as relaxing, lazy days when I could sleep in, fix a big breakfast with a hot mug of coffee and hang about, maybe watching a movie or reading a good book.
But now, accompanying that big breakfast are my three daily morning pills: hydroxychloroquine (200mgs), calcium (600mg) and magnesium (250mg- to help with my increasingly frequent migraines). I will also take the hydroxychloroquine again at night, along with another calcium, when I eat dinner.
I've been on the hydroxychloroquine, aka Plaquenil , since November. I think it helps now, but it was pretty slow acting at first. ... I use a drug called eternacept, or Enbrel , and I inject 25mg twice a week. When I first began the shots, I used the more typical 50 mg shot once a week, but I got insane, children-would-run-screaming-from-me-if-they-saw-this reactions at the i...
Hi, for the past 6 months I have been getting really bad shooting pains in my head and face. It always starts in my temple and ends up at the top of my head, it also feels like my face is very tight when this happens. Though they last only seconds, I am getting several a day! I have told my doctor but to no avail. Can you help please? Melanie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches, but they don't generally start in one place, then move to another, and they generally don't occur in the face. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
You were quite right to see your doctor about these headaches. They need to be investigated and diagnosed. Unfortunately, not all doctors have the background to help. When your regular doctor can't help, it's best to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache speci...
In this study 208 patients were followed for two years after spinal fusion. Each one donated bone from the pelvis for the graft. Patients were asked about pain and appearance of the donor site. Pain was measured by intensity and by how long it lasted. The researchers found that one-third of the patients still had pain two years after the operation. Most of the patients (84 percent) thought the graft site looked "good" at the end of two years. About 16 percent said it looked "fair" or "poor." Other studies have reported this problem of graft site pain lasting for months to years. Many of those studies are done by reading the patients' charts (called a retrospective study ). This study was different in that the patients were contacted directly at six weeks, three, six, 12, and 24 months. The authors report it doesn't seem to matter which side (right or left) the graft comes from. Whether the graft is removed from the front of the body or from the side doesn't seem to make any difference eit...
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