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  • Haha, I'm with you LOL. Thank goodness I did my toes the week before. I hate my naked toes. That would have been embarrassing.

    Just hope I can get back into all my shoes/boots and skinny pants after I heal. And most importantly I pray I get all/most of my function back. :/

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    • So the only benefit of GERD was that you got so skinny...and now you can't put your skinny pants on.

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      • LOL. I think those 8 lbs or so that I lost from my esophagitis are coming back fast. Right now all edema of my leg but soon more lbs to come. Being inactive has a way of packing on those lbs but right now I only care about regaining my function as fully as possible and I can get back into shape after I am fully healed. Fingers crossed the journey goes well and I keep my positive attitude cause I know that's important.

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        • Hey Guys, Happy July 4th holiday! I found out that my surgery is scheduled at Noon on July 7th at Hospital for Special Surgery. If you could all think good thoughts for me and keep me in your prayers that day I would greatly appreciate it. I'm a bit nervous and never had surgery or a hospital stay before so just trying to think upbeat thoughts and remain calm and positive. Thank you for your support and enjoy the holiday weekend! (((Hugs))) to all.

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          • Hello Everyone!

            Hey Hayley, I will keep you in my prayers! I've never been through surgery myself, I've only been under for a scope. You've made it half way through the year so far, you will make it through the rest Big Hugs!

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            • Thank you Nikki!

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              • Hi Hayley,
                I'm glad to hear that they're doing your surgery so soon and not making you suffer while you wait (like the original doctor said). And I'm glad to hear that you're having it done at HSS! That's an EXCELLENT orthopedic hospital and, like I said last week, if I were ever to need surgery, THAT is where I'd choose to have it done.
                I will absolutely put out happy, healthy and healing thoughts for you. You will do well and come through it with flying colors!
                In the meantime, have a great holiday and enjoy the fireworks tonight!
                (((((((((Hugs))))))))))))
                NYer

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                • Thank you so much NYer! I appreciate all your good thoughts and positive energy. Big (((hugs))) to you too and enjoy tonight!

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                  • Hayley,
                    I just went back and looked at your original post on the site (which was in a thread that you created and I had never seen that before). You mentioned that you took Doxycline for rosacea. Yep. I was taking it (for the same reason) before my big flare-up of GERD back when I first came here. I think you can bet that that was a major contributing factor in setting off your GERD.

                    And, just a thought, if you still get the burning that you talked about there, that could be PostHerpetic Neuralgia. (I thought I'd give you something to aggravate yourself about other than your leg.)

                    "Postherpetic neuralgia is pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection occurred. The pain may last for months or years. Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when the nerves have been damaged after an outbreak of shingles. Postherpetic neuralgia is more likely to occur in people over age 60."
                    (OK, I know you're in your 40's but it says "more likely").

                    The main symptom is pain in the area where shingles once occurred.

                    The pain can range from mild to very severe. It may continue, or come and go.
                    The pain is described as a deep aching, burning, stabbing, or feeling like an electric shock.
                    People with this pain are very sensitive to touch or temperature changes.

                    The pain lasts for quite a while after the shingles infection.
                    OK, just thought I'd mention that. Now, to distract yourself from your ailments, pack stuff for your hospital stay. Remember to take stuff to read, toothbrush, nice pajamas and/or sweat pants. Oh, and bring your supplements (Absorbaids, DGL's, etc.)...they will NOT have that in the hospital. And keep in mind that if you're eating in bed and laying down, you can reflux. But the big advantage you will have is that you will be in an ADJUSTABLE bed! So you can keep your upper body elevated! Of course, they'll probably have your leg elevated, so you'll have to find a happy medium so you're not in a "V" shape!
                    Often, when you're in the hospital, they automatically give you PPI's without telling you (because you're in bed eating - so it's a "preventative" against reflux) - so, if you've already weaned yourself off of them, you don't want to take them arbitrarily now. So ask about that and tell them you don't want to take them. But make sure you remember to take the natural stuff.


                    NYer

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                    • OMG NYer you are a true lifesaver! Thank you thank you thank you about the PPI warning. I would be so very upset if that happened. NO PPI's!!!!! I just wrote a note to myself and told my dh to help me make sure they do NOT give me PPI's in the hospital. Thank you for the warning. I would have had no clue! And definitely going to add DGL and Absorbaid to my list that I started. Thanks for the reminder!

                      As for the post herpetic neuralgia all my doctors and specialists including the neurologist said it was not but hey who really knows. Thank goodness I am feeling so much better re the burning and chest squeezing so I am going to deal with one problem at a time and hopefully that problem stays away...

                      Thank you again you are a real sweetheart! (((HUGS))).

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                      • Hi guys. Tomorrow is S day...quick question to anyone who might know about this supplement-Wobenzyme.
                        http://www.garden-of-life.biz/wobenzym-n/310539029282.upc

                        I can get it less expensively on Amazon. 800 pills for $99 I think but just sharing the link above because it has more information about the supplement itself.

                        Here's the Amazon link and there are a lot of reviews here:
                        http://www.amazon.com/Wobenzym-Enteric-Coated-800-Count-Bottle/dp/B0015G89SS

                        A friend swears by it for helping her heal after knee surgery. I know if I ask my surgeon he will be clueless so I am hoping Nyer or someone else here might know about this. It contains some digestive enzymes as well so not sure if it is safe to take with my Asborbaid. I am planning on ordering it but not taking it until a week or so after the surgery depending on what I learn about it. Thanks!

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                        • Hi Hayley,
                          1. You don't have to worry about taking it in conjunction with Absorbaid - not an issue.

                          2. I took it for awhile on the recommendation of a chiropractor many years ago. I found that it did absolutely nothing for me (that I could tell). But it's certainly reasonable to assume that it works for certain things and not others. My back problem was a totally different issue than your leg bones healing up after surgery.

                          3. However, there is no harm in taking it (if you take it as directed). And the key is the timing. If you take it with a meal, it functions as a digestive enzyme. But you're supposed to take it (for YOUR purposes) BETWEEN MEALS - then it is supposed to work as an anti-inflammatory. I forgot how it is supposed to do that but that's the idea behind it. And it does get a lot of good reviews. I would go ahead and try it. But it contains Pancreatin, which is a pancreatic enzyme. So you CAN over-do it with that (whereas you can't overdose on Absorbaid because it does not contain pancreatic enzymes). So follow the dosage instructions. And I would read the advice that people give in the Amazon reviews - I just looked quickly but it looks like people are suggesting that you start at a lower dose and make sure you don't get stomach cramps.

                          4. Thought I saw you yesterday - girl in a dress with her leg in a cast hopping around on crutches with her husband helping her - but it was the other leg! All the best to you tomorrow!

                          NYer

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                          • Thanks NYer. I'm going to go ahead and get it and will be careful not to overdo and follow instructions.

                            LOL on thinking it was me yesterday. That would have been cool. I wish I could be out and about. Right now I am as immobile as possible because whenever I move my leg at all it is intense pain. When I take my leg off the wedge pillow (more than one use for that haha) the blood rushes down and it feels like a vice gripping my ankle and like it is being cut in two. It's brutally painful and worse these last 2 days for some reason. No matter. Surgery tomorrow and then hopefully each day will get a little better and I will begin to heal. Just hope the surgeon can help me and that all goes well.

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                            • Hey everyone, I hope all is well. I know Hayley has her surgery... was thinking about her today.

                              So this is my 3rd week off PPI's and I must admit that symptom wise I've felt better being off of them and using the natural stuff. I'm still fighting to gain back weight, now making avacado smoothies with nut butter. My ND gave me the recipe, so yummy with Cacao (sp). I know you've mentioned Cacao before NYer, it does help the chocolate cravings which I get sometimes. Funny I started drinking ensure for the extra calories and my ND was like "noooooooooooo" too much dairy and other crap lol! Hense me making my own now!
                              I also noticed that I do well with fruits and greens so I've been doing a lot of that as well as Vega protein powder. Tried others and this one works best. My ND thinks the digestive bitters are working well for me so far so I'm sticking with it for now.

                              Still struggling with anxiety a bit but I know its because im concerned about my weight, going to sleep and dropping 5 more pounds lol. One day at a time right? I want to heal from this and I do believe I'm on the right track so I just need to be patient!

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                              • Hey!
                                Actually, I've mentioned CAROB - not cocoa. Although I love cocoa and chocolate, some people find them to be triggers for GERD. I don't think I do but I've been mostly sticking with Carob. It tastes like chocolate and has no caffeine.

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