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October 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1553
WEll lots happening… here is a recap for everyone….Im digging into everything as much as I can so I know what Im dealing with….Im trying to keep working in the meantime which is a challenge teaching and traveling so much but IM trying very hard to do what I can since one day I may not be able to.
So.. I just completed my blood tests and 24 hr urine test for Dr Castells office to look into my potential MCAD situation. Not sure the tests will prove anything, but its a start and we will go from there.
I think I will be going to Dr Sclafani in NY to do an ultrasound and consult for the possibility of CCSVI. I may not have the angioplasty since it may not work for me due to the EDS, BUT it will be nice to know that the Diamox can be a treatment for me if I do have vein issues with the CSF fluid draining properly.
My Neurologist has given me Diamox to try. Ive been traveling wtih work and with DR appts so I havent had a chance to take it just yet. I hope to try soon. I have a low tolerance to meds so I need to be at home when I try this. Im hopeful the side effects arent hard on me and it helps if in fact that is creating some of my issues.
Im hoping to see Dr Francomano… Im just awaiting her to view my 27 page application to learn anything I can on the genetic side…. in the meantime I do have an appt with Dr Tinkle on Nov 28th. He may not be able to help me, but other opinion cant hurt.
Im going this Fri (Oct 28th) to see a specialist in TMJ in Dayton OH… I think my TMJ is creating some ear issues for me as well as pain and ringing etc….
Im taking my H1 and H2’s.. also doing Zaditor eye drops and Pataday, doing Nasalcrom nose spray…
I think my biggest trigger is STRESS…and with POTS… Wow… I also take Xanax for that it helps esp with my travel schedule.
So folks thats where IM at… Im determined to do what I can, learn what I can, and catch up with research!! I know we have something that isnt going away… but Im not going down without a fight and giving myself a chance for the best quality of life possibly.
A very special THANKS to DR Diana for everything she knows, does, shares and researches for us… she is a God send!! Im thankful to know her through this forum!! Wow isnt she making a difference!! Thanks just isnt enough for what it means.. I will keep everyone posted as I learn more!! and also when IM able to take the Diamox…..Im really anxious to see Dr Sclafani in NY to try and confirm the head pressure thing if possible. Just to know!! TraceyOctober 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm in reply to: Hi. New and have a question. #1548
Update on the throat sensation… So I went to the ENT 2 weeks ago…he actually ran a fiber optic scope down my nose and looked at my vocal cords… Ive been having trouble with my voice. (Im a consultant who teaches – use my voice alot) He said my muscles around my vocal cords were aggravated, he called it Muscle TEnsion Dysphonia. He said it causes a sensation in the throat as if something is there… I have allergies and possibly mast cell issues one top of that. Plus I think there could be a relationship to EDS and the tissue around the throat area….. Then add some anxiety to boot sometimes… then globus kicks in so sometimes we dont know what it is exactly..we just have to treat the symptoms the best we can…… Im actually having to go to speech therapy to retrain my muscles around my vocal cords to stop squeezing in. ENT told me to STOP clearing my throat if possible and always try to have a lozenge or candy at times to keep my throat wet. Sugar makes things thick in there too :(. Good Luck!October 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm in reply to: Hi. New and have a question. #1512
I too have the lump in my throat sensation off and on at times…. It can be different things. I know when mine first manifested several years ago it was due to dyspepsia because of all my sluggish digestive issues due to POTS. You can also have the sensation (I call it Globus) due to anxiety or cricopharyngeus spasms. I know if Im watching a TV show that is making me almost cry I will feel that lump in the throat. I also have allergies so it could be a mast cell trigger response.. who knows. IM learning all that. If it continues to persist I would have an ENT to look at it. Otherwise it could just be related to the digestion issues. I take Domperidone for my sluggish digestion problems it helps with motility. I too am excited about Dr. Diana’s research. GREAT stuff!! It could change all our lives!! TRaceySeptember 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm in reply to: Could hydrocephalus be linked to Meniere's like symptoms? #1502
Yes Valsalva aggravates me, makes me lightheaded. As far as flying, so far this year I have been on 82 flights. I didnt know why but I felt my neck/shoulders hurt worse on the flights, I just attributed it to the uncomfortable seats. Sometimes I become aggitated like I want to be off the plane. Sometimes I get a little dizzy, when I cant ground myself. Im always trying to stretch my neck, I find myself tilting my head without even being aware of it, especially to the right. Is Beth’s post on this forum, if so I will look it up.September 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm in reply to: MCAD/Mastocytosis Dr. Recommendations??? #1500
I think I will give them a call just to see if I have MCAD or to rule it out. I need to understand what IM dealing with as well.September 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm in reply to: Could hydrocephalus be linked to Meniere's like symptoms? #1494
I too have alot of dizziness and nystigmus at times too… I had my ears checked thoroughly at Vanderbilt Univ. They said it wasnt Meineres but had no answers. Like Dr Diana, I have alot of Neuro symptoms, light and sound sensitivity, dizziness, pressure, etc… I really believe I have a low level of pressure. Just trying to get someone to give me a diamox trial so I can see if it helps! TraceyAugust 28, 2011 at 11:23 am in reply to: Anyone else with POTS? #1425
I have POTS, Dysautonomia, and EDS3…. learning more about Mast cell and the pressure on the brain from Dr D. It took me 7 years to figure it all out and IM still at it I think :)… HOpe to learn more from all of you!! Tracey– PS- My sister has it too just like me. So we think it was carried from my Mothers side although she didnt have many symptoms, but my grandmother does.August 28, 2011 at 10:28 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1423
If any of you have any questions please let me know. I hope to continue to learn from Dr Diana, and all of you, and if I get diamox I will let ya know. Fingers crossed! IM blessed to have found DR. Diana, this site and its wonderful people…just to know we arent alone, although some days I would like to scream really loud :)… grin.!!August 28, 2011 at 10:24 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1422
After my allergy tests tomorrow I will be looking into the H1H2 inhibitors. I already have a wheat intolerance and IM allergic to trees, in KY that is a nightmare within its self :). I hope to see some results from that. IN the meantime, Im trying to get into see Dr FRancomano in Baltimore to get her opinion. next post!August 28, 2011 at 10:21 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1421
I will try to finish this, but its kicking just about everything out to spam 🙁August 28, 2011 at 10:09 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1420
I have many many of the other POTS symptoms – 80% of potsplace.com. IM very interested in Dr Diana’s theory. As you all known Dr’s are frustrating and getting someone to understand is priceless. MY reg GP knows IM a rare bird so sometimes he just gives me stuff bc he knows I know more than he does about it. Im requesting a low dose of Diamox on Tues (30th). We will see if he will do it, I sent him the theory on Fri to read. Gonna try to take my hubby with me so he thinks IM more serious. :). next post!August 28, 2011 at 10:06 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1419
Up til June I was able to manage everything until the added symptoms above,plus the added dizzy I having with sounds and light,somedays harder than others. I take, Propanolol for tachy, Midodrine for all the standing bp fluc, Domperidone for digestion, Alprozolam for the pseudo anxiety and real anxiety and to sleep. Sometimes I have Ritalin for the bad fatigue days, but really dont use it much, esp since Im on low doses of Alprozolam. they sort of contradict each other.:)next post. I think this segment thing is working so far.August 28, 2011 at 10:00 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1418
Im a lean manufacturing consultant, my background is with Toyota, so I teach their methodologies to other companies. So it requires travel, teaching (standing for 9 hrs instructing/talking)–that is tough in itself. Ive found a way to muddle through because I enjoy what I do and I have great clients who mostly understand and work with me. So I have many idiosyncrasies to “get through”. My travel bag is 60 lbs..LOL
I must sleep as much as possible, I must have downtime after the sessions so I usually duck the dinners,pack my own food, I must keep the anxiety at a low roar–which is hard. Next post>>>August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am in reply to: Introduction- new to forum #1417
Lately, I seem to have this “brain-firing” going on– some may describe it has an aura before a migrane–but I dont have the migrane–such as:
Hyperacusus – sound sensitivity
Light Sensitivity- esp flourescents and bright sun
Sensory overload – too many things happening at once- sends me into an aggitation especially with sounds.
I feel a pressure in my head at times when this happens.
I feel the vibration of my own voice in my skull bone–I think its because my ears are sensitivty plus I could have inflammed vocal cords due to allergies–always a raspy voice in the morning. I have mild asthma.
These symptoms have kept me from work lately, but IM going to try to push through them until I can try the Diamox. — see next post.
I think its the length or something else we may be typing that is kicking it out. When I look at the character numbers, IM well below the 6000….maybe there is a server issue.. not sure..will keep trying…T