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OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 3, 2020 6:19 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Pmh [TX]) Feb 3, 2020 6:30 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by MC [PA]) Feb 3, 2020 6:31 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Laura [MD]) Feb 3, 2020 6:48 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Moshe [CA]) Feb 3, 2020 7:00 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by plenty [MO]) Feb 3, 2020 7:03 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Smokowna [MD]) Feb 3, 2020 7:06 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 3, 2020 7:27 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Pmh [TX]) Feb 3, 2020 7:56 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by DJ [VA]) Feb 3, 2020 8:20 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 3, 2020 9:02 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by MJ [OH]) Feb 3, 2020 9:17 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by JR [ME]) Feb 3, 2020 9:23 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 3, 2020 9:48 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Feb 3, 2020 10:30 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Gene [OH]) Feb 3, 2020 10:40 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Feb 3, 2020 11:16 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Feb 3, 2020 11:36 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Still Learning [NH]) Feb 3, 2020 11:50 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Nicole [PA]) Feb 3, 2020 11:50 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by moby [IN]) Feb 4, 2020 3:38 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by FloridaNative [FL]) Feb 4, 2020 7:43 AM
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       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 8:45 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 9:15 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 9:43 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 4, 2020 10:13 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 10:14 AM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 12:05 PM
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       OT Medical Strategy? (by R [OH]) Feb 4, 2020 12:39 PM
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       OT Medical Strategy? (by Rick [IN]) Feb 4, 2020 1:28 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 8:50 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 8:52 PM
       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 4, 2020 9:18 PM
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       OT Medical Strategy? (by Sandy [CO]) Feb 4, 2020 11:03 PM
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       OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Feb 5, 2020 9:24 AM
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OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 6:19 PM

Iíve had constipation and abdominal pains for several months and my doctor and gastroenterologist (GI) have prescribed laxatives. Recently, I asked my doctor the cause of my symptoms, and he sent me to a different GI. This GI felt my abdomen and said he ďfelt somethingĒ, I think a lump that he didnít think was stool. So, Iím scheduled for a colonoscopy on the 14th, when he will be doing a biopsy, in addition to looking at my intestines with a camera.

I'm scared, and Iím wondering if thereís anything else I should be doing to get myself healed. I asked the GIís office if I could schedule my colonoscopy sooner, and I was told: ďif the doctor wanted it sooner, he would have said soĒ.

Iím half kidding here, but Iím thinking of exaggerating the pain Iím feeling in my abdomen, and try to get checked into a reputable hospital through the emergency room, hoping the hospital would be able to diagnosis me quickly and do what it takes to fix me.

Any ideas on how to get the best care in a timely matter? Thanks!!


OT Medical Strategy? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 6:30 PM

not sure how your constipation tribulations are a LL concern...drink some cod liver oil. that will clear your bowels. Let us know how that works. hopefully you wonít... --70.119.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 6:31 PM

I wouldn't fake. Hope it gets better or a cause is found. --73.230.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 6:48 PM

I would get a second opinion and say nothing about what the past doctors have said. --108.56.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 7:00 PM

" Any ideas on how to get the best care in a timely matter?"

Get a VERY GOOD doctor. I'm not al all a doctor, but I am surprised that yours did not want to see an abdominal CT scan considering that he "felt something" while palpitating your abdomen.

Very good doctors and mediocre doctors are everywhere. I would look for one with a very good medical education, who is affiliated with a very good hospital, who has been on the staff of this very good hospital for a long time, although none of these features will guarantee a good result. I would NOT try to get a diagnosis by trying to check into the Emergency room. Maybe a professor at one of the good medical schools or hospitals in NJ/NYC area would be a good bet for you.


OT Medical Strategy? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 7:03 PM

I suppose if it gets worst you'll end up in ER. Sorry to read all that. Doesn't sound like fun. I would agree if it was urgent the doc would have scheduled sooner. Perhaps calling the doc and telling them it's worst than it was... he may suggest getting it done sooner. You are the patient only you can tell them of the pain, i find my husband has a higher pain tolerance so he would not have the same pain assessment as a lady may. Or is this just your mind running away with negativity? --99.203.xx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 7:06 PM

Generally speaking you could have between a dozen and two dozen ailments. In your mind you have selected the worst our of the lot. You'll need to wait and relax. If you can't relax it won't be enjoyable waiting. The choice is yours.

You could wait a week, two weeks, two months. There is no need to rush you in. Nothing is going to get worse otherwise the doctors would have reacted differently.

In a nut shell, what you can do is eat better. This does not mean say goodbye to all the foods you like forever. This simply means, stop eating as much, sort through what you are missing and give your body a rest. Good digestion will arrive if you follow through.

A large majority of ailments come from poor eating. Many problems are reversible. (Both major and minor). Don't be in such a hurry, it took a long time to get here, it should take a long time to get back to good health. --74.96.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 7:27 PM

Plenty, good idea, to tell them it's feeling worse, which it is. And you are right: my mind keeps churning negative thoughts. And when you google the symptoms for causes, there's always some type of cancer cause in the list.

Moshe, a few months ago, I asked my doctor (actually, my doctor's nurse practitioner) about getting a CT scan, and she told me there's the danger of radiation and told me the pains Iím feeling are just a result of constipation. In hindsight, I wish I requested it. As Laura suggested, I'm going to use some of your ideas on vetting to get a second opinion. Thank you.

Thanks MC.

Pmh, I did feel a bit foolish posting my question here, but Iíve found this website to have some very caring, insightful people, who have been very helpful over the years, so I figured: ďgive it a shotĒ. I did preface my post with "OT" :-)


OT Medical Strategy? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 7:56 PM

yes OT.hope you get to feeling better but perhaps best to go to other sites for advice. this is a LL site. --107.77.xxx.x

OT Medical Strategy? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 8:20 PM

Pmh: If you don't like "Off Topic" posts, don't read them.

If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything.

I have no better advice than that already given, but I do wish you the best. BillW --68.10.xxx.x

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 9:02 PM

Smokowna, I hear you, but itís tough to relax when you feel pain that you donít ďrecognizeĒ, that constantly nudges you. And I really would like to have a ďstrategyĒ for getting the best care. Iím super happy with the shop that takes care of my cars, but I donít feel that way about the care that my family and I get. I completely agree with you about eating, and your point is well taken about not rushing.

Thanks, Pmh and DJ, for your words of support.


OT Medical Strategy? (by MJ [OH]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 9:17 PM

Bill, I can tell you are scared right now, and I would be too, BUT, things are rarely as bad as we let our mind think they are. Take a deep breath and calm the fears. ( I know, easy for me to say) I would research out the best GI Dr in your area and make contact with them. Also, some hospitals, like Mayo and Cleveland will let a Dr do a telephone consult. You may even be able to get your records, after the test, sent to Mayo for a second opinion just from your reports. I went through the worse case scenario with my husband and it was very scary for us. Don't let anyone chastise you for reaching out for support or advice. It was my friends that helped me through with my husband. You reach out whenever you need too. --174.105.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by JR [ME]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 9:23 PM

Bill, I am a doctor (family practice). Your nerves are understandably getting the best of you. Checking into an ED will not get you diagnosed any more quickly, only run up your bill. A colonoscopy takes a day of prep to do well, which would not occur in an E.D.

Unless you are rail thin, no doctor can ďfeel a lumpĒ and make anything other than a guess as to what it might be..stool, liver, kidney or tumor. If he was really concerned he would have ordered a stat C scan.

A colonoscopy would show inflammation, a stricture (narrowing) polyps, a tumor, or other cause.

Assuming the colonoscopy is clear, I see an abdominal CT in your future.

Functional constipation (constipation without a cause) is by far the most likely thing going on here.

Try to stay calm, eat right, walk a bit every day. A glass of wine or a high-quality Scotch goes a long way to help you relax and fall asleep.

Wishing you all the best.


OT Medical Strategy? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 9:48 PM

A Landlords History:

First comes "Stress", then some "Constipation".

Needing to make the appointment on time, next comes the "Pushing".

That results in formation of "Hemorrhoids". Like properties, they come in class "A", "B" and "C". (Laser, Rubber banding and surgery).

To keep from recurrence, a nutritionist will recommend the "BRAT" diet. (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce & Toast).

Because we are "men", this means we won't listen to reason until it's too late.

Next comes the stomach (abdominal) pain and out we go to see the specialists.

Why do some landlords live to be 100 years old? They take stress well, have an exercise routine and eat healthy.

You're going to have to Reduce Your Stress. Eat Better. Have a regular time to eat, sleep and crap. Stop eating 3 hours before you go to bed. Wake up and take a walk. A balanced breakfast is a must. Then you will be ready to sit on your throne and have a nice movement. Once purged, you can go out and conquer the world, or at least get that tenant in line or start the eviction process without loosing hair, sleep or sanity.


OT Medical Strategy? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 10:30 PM

Did the Dr suggest you avoid seeds and nuts? I forget the name but one source of abdominal trouble is related to the lining getting clogged seeds (think sesame N strawberry) and nuts are a common cause.

Also call the Dr office a couple times a week to see if they have any cancelations. Squeaky wheel gets the grease

Best of luck --24.194.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 10:40 PM

Small potatoes, I think you were referring to diverticulitis which is defined as "the infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in your intestines."

I was diagnosed once as having diverticulitis and they told me to avoid seeds (even sesame seeds), nuts, popcorn, etc. However, after my colonoscopy, the doctor stated that none of those items will cause diverticulitis. I started eating all those things again and have been fine.

Here's wishing BillW the best. --99.165.xx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 11:16 PM

Bill, wishing you all the best. I share your pain. Literally. Have you had a CAT or PET scan? That would seem the first step to me. Or MRI / Ultrasound if applicable.

I wouldn't worry about ten days. In most cases ten days (probably) won't matter. If it becomes acute go to the ER. During my cancer surgery last year they had to move my guts around to reach the tumor. And I have so few organs left anyway, that I have like a "dent" on one side now. Every now and then I get a twinge. Thought it was a hernia, but nothing shows on scans, so they are like "let us know if it hurts."

As for your colonoscopy, I'd relax and enjoy your week. Eat lots of vegetables. I get to have one in April. And I'm in no great hurry! :)

- --47.216.xx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 11:36 PM

I have a feeling that your colonoscopy prep will certainly make your constipation feel much better. If you're really backed up, I'd make sure to take the day off and do prep at home.

You do seem awfully worked up. I wouldn't worry about it until something more investigative uncovers something.

If you need a pick me up, raise rents on someone. Always makes me feel better. --108.69.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 11:50 PM

Good luck Bill. You usually leave with colonoscopy results. Do a little research, but I believe Aloe Vera juice can help with constipation and has healing properties. Natural calm can also help. A good health food store would have both. If you donít already eat lots of fruits and veggies with lots of leafy greens, there is no time like the present to start. Calming relaxation or meditation tapes can help with anxiety. Praying this is just a minor issue that is easily corrected! --24.61.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2020 11:50 PM

I echo all the above about relaxing now and a quick diagnosis.

What I do specifically have to say - the past three years I have had numerous close family members who were seriously ill. After the first two, we learned to speak up. We began to ask questions - lots of them. We do not just sit there and do what we are told. Don't accept statements such as "ďif the doctor wanted it sooner, he would have said soĒ.". Tell them YOU want it sooner and need a reason why it can't be. (perhaps they need the time for insurance pre-approval, your doctor only does this procedure the second Friday of the month, etc). MAke someone pay attention to you.

One time when my dad was having something serious going on (can't even remember what it was now) I called the cardiologist. I got a call back from perhaps a nurse or a physician's assistant that gave an answer to something completely different than I had asked. I told them to get me a better answer. After two days of back and forth I was sick of the phone calls. I went to the doctor's office and stood at the check in counter. They were not happy with me. I waited until I saw him walking out the hallway and went over ... told him I was not happy with no answer to my question after xx days. Because my dad was unique (in so many ways - smiley face !!), the doctor knew the answer without having to look up his records.

Ask - "you say to do a, b, c. What happens if I do a, skip b and do c?".

Be your own advocate - do not be a cog in the wheel.

Not sure where you are located but if you get on the Capital Health ferris wheel absolutely take someone with you every time and dig your heels in for answers that make you comfortable. --72.70.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 3:38 AM

I have been there, it's going to seem like an eternity until the 14th rolls around. Good luck. --76.16.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 7:43 AM

I agree with everyone's comments above. I also recommend that you increase your water consumption. Truly, it is too easy to get dehydrated and water will help with the constipation issue. Start first thing in the morning with a full 8 oz and continue throughout the day. Substitute water for soda or other drinks you may be using. You will be surprised at how effective this is for constipation and many other ailments. I'm not making light of your pain at all. BTDT. --99.56.xx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 8:24 AM

Get some powdered magnesium (CALM in one brand, on Amazon) and mix it up and drink it each morning. You can't "OD" on it, so keep taking it until you have results - your bowels will let you know! --50.82.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 8:45 AM

WMH, interesting you mention magnesium, I have the calm brand in my cabinet, but Iíve been a little cautious about using it. Iím gona get on it though. One minuteÖ..Ok I just drank 1-1/2 teaspoons of it and Iíll take some more latter in the day.

FloridaNative, great point about water. So many times, Iím driving or working at a house and Iím thirsty, with no water nearby. So, I just dug up my water bottle, filled it and Iím gona hang on to it through the day. Thanks!

Moby, yes, like an eternity. And the pain isnít much, but it keeps those thoughts circulating in my head.


OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 9:15 AM

They should have done a CAT scan immediately. My tenant's boss is a lawyer and he went to the E room last week feeling that he had a hernia. They checked him out and said he did not have a hernia and sent him home. So he went to Florida and ended up in a hospital having emergency hernia surgery. Now he is stuck down there for longer than he expected. His ex wife died and he can't get home to help his seriously disabled daughter who was taken by authorities and he has no idea where she is. I don't know what is going on in NJ hospitals and with doctors. The above happened at that brand new hospital outside of Trenton. So the same tenant's dad had a similar issue and he is getting laxatives and is OK now. Before you have that colonoscopy can you get one of these people to do a scan so they know what they are dealing with? After my abdominal surgery for uterine cancer I had a hernia on the stitch line and I could see the lump and I got it fixed after about a year when I could deal with a second surgery. I did not have symptoms like yours but my surgery resulted in a loss of muscle tone. I buy those little single use enemas from Fleet. I dump out the salt water and use distilled water from a gallon bottle. I do that once or twice a day and you can wash the little bottle and reuse just dont' get soap on the inside. A little hemorrhoid cream helps with insertion. That simple act has relieved any constipation I would have had. I also make sure I drink more water and don't eat wads of dough like big pretzels or giant hoagie rolls. Also a tablespoon of olive oil once a day helps. Put it on salad or just eat it. I hope it's just nothing but I would try to find someone to do a CAT scan or MRI. Actually I think they found my diverticulosis with an MRI. --173.61.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 9:43 AM

PS: have to speak about the nurse practitioner telling you a scan has "too much radiation". What an incompetent jerk. I had them every six months after my cancer surgery. There is some radiation but weigh that against discovering a problem.I am very suspicious about these "nurse practitioners".

Also the people at the desk like to push people away so they can go home early and do less work. We fight our illnesses and have to fight the doctor's staff also. --173.61.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 10:13 AM

Bill. good doctors, like good plumbers, are booked up. They can't appear and work for you the second you snap your fingers. 10 days is getting you in to have the colonoscopy really quickly. You really want to wait for the well qualified doctor and not rush to the guy that is available today because he doesn't have anyone that trusts him.

If it is cancer, which I suspect is your fear, the 10 days isn't going to change the diagnosis or the treatment.

Never, and I mean never, lie to your doctor about your symptoms. It is hard enough doing a diagnosis without having incorrect information.

The emergency room is not the way to go. They will give a once-over quickly and then they will see that you aren't dying within the next 24 hours and send you back to your regular doctor and send you an enormous bill for not doing much of anything.

Follow the preparation directions very carefully in order to get a good clear reading with the colonoscopy.

Remember, there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of thing that can cause gut pain, and almost all of them are easily treatable.

I am sending healing thoughts your way. --98.146.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 10:14 AM

Thanks AllyM for the recommendation on getting a scan done. In hindsight, I should have researched radiation risk, as opposed to taking the nurseís warning at face value. And yes, donít eat wads of dough :-) I do like pizza.

Thanks Still Learning, for the words of encouragement and recommending eating more leafy greens. And thanks for your prayers.


OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 12:05 PM

Pizza is ok if there is a veggie on it like mushrooms, garlic. Just don't get thick crust. Now I make pizza with two large flour tortillas in a big frying pan. A little olive oil in pan. Put in tortilla one. Put a couple of pieces of cheese the size of a quarter in there and add tortilla two. Cheese holds them together. Then put sauce on top. Good jar sauce is Prego pizza sauce. Slice mozzarella and put on top. Slice thin. I add raw or cooked garlic pieces finally chopped. Also oil cured Sicilian olives with pits removed. Have to have a taste for those as they are nasty. Regular olives may be OK. Then turn on the burner and cover the frying pan. You have to stand there because those tortillas can burn. Have the flame lower. When you start to smell something open the lid and slide a spatula under tortillas to check. Cheese will be melted on top. Burnt tortilla is still edible. If you like oregano add that after the cheese. Pizza taste but no wads of dough. --173.61.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 12:10 PM

To JR(ME) Every so often every doctor should have a "mystery shopper" call to make an appointment. You would be surprised at the crap we get told by the desk people. In fact, there is a business idea in search of an owner. --173.61.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by R [OH]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 12:39 PM

Hi Bill,

Not much to add. One thing I do everyday now is take Metamucil everyday to stay regular. I'm sure any type of psyllium product would do the same. also if I'm stressed then I can develop stomach pains for sure. Good luck to you. --12.47.xx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Jean [OK]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 12:46 PM

So many good thoughts here to remember. Iíd like to add a couple if I may. First, looking back from the age of 70+, I can see that the things I worried about the most never happened. I go for a yearly test that made me crazy for years until I finally realized that. You will very likely have the same experience. And second, to go with that glass of wine or high-quality scotch, please consider working a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle - just donít put the drinks glass on the jigsaw table! I find it impossible to fret or worry while looking for that elusive piece. Every subject you could think of is out there. Lately I have enjoyed Cobble Hill ďFishing LuresĒ and ďFreshwater FishĒ and MasterPieces ďHouston Astros Minute Maid Park StadiumĒ, which was devilishly difficult but gorgeous to the point I had it framed as a gift for my Astroís fan grandson. All the better if your family will join in. Good luck to you. Odds are this will be totally treatable. --99.203.xx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Rick [IN]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 1:28 PM

Bill, is your gastroenterologist "board certified?"

Sounds like your GI is doing everything correctly and in order. FWIW, I've been working with doctors for 38 years, but with eyeballs, not guts. --68.51.xx.x

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 8:50 PM

Oregon Woodsmoke, Iím sorry, I only said I felt like going to the emergency room to explain how I was feeling, and that I didnít feel I was doing enough to get my self diagnosed and fixed. I do my best never to lie to anyone, unless a crook knocks on my door and asks if my wife is home. And thanks for the perspective on the odds. --108.50.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 8:52 PM

And thanks AllyM for the pizza recipe. I reheat pizza in a frying pan but never made pizza in one.

Thanks R for letting me know on how you deal with it. And thanks for the luck :-)

Jean, Iím not sure Iíve ever drank scotch and Itís been a long time since working a jigsaw puzzle, but I just ordered: Buffalo Games - Days to Remember - Dewie Hollow - 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. And I'll sip that scotch in memory of my dad who loved it.

Rick, thatís a good question re: board certified. I donít know, but Iíll add that to my doctor rating spreadsheet.


OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 9:18 PM

Live The Dream, thanks for laugh on ďin no great hurry!Ē Well, I guess once I do the prep, I wonít be constipated :-) And Iím happy to hear, it sounds like you made it through ok with your surgery last year.

Thank you Gene.

No, Small potatoes, he didnít tell me to avoid seeds and nuts, but that makes me think I wish I had some Mrs. Sees nuts and chews, right now. I think Iíll get them for the LOML for Valentines, the day of my colonoscopy:-)

Robert J, you mentioned some key habits there: ďTake a walk, exercise routine, eat healthy and stop eating 3 hours before bedĒ and to that Iíd add: stop drinking 2 hours before bed, and avoid ďeating wads of dough.Ē (AllyM)


OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 9:20 PM

JR, thanks for outlining the process and explaining probable diagnosis. Gee, it looks like high-quality Scotch is a common denominator in a few of the posts. I plan to get some this Friday to go along with my jigsaw puzzle and the LOML. And on a side note, today I was emptying the fridge of my student tenants and ran into a bag of Whiskey chilling stones. I've never seen those before. Perhaps those will work with my Scotch :-) Thanks Doctor! --108.50.xxx.xxx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 11:03 PM

Bill, sorry to hear of your problem. I would suggest the master cleanse book, by Stanley Burroughs. Thereís a lot of variations floating around on the internet but itís basically a salt water cleanse... 1 quart of clean water with 1 rounded Tablespoon (yes, TABLESPOON) of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. Take on an empty stomach, first thing in morning is best. This is similar to the cleanse drinks they have you drink before surgery that clean out your bowels Iím not a medical professional and am not giving medical advice, just know itís a popular remedy.

Good luck! --45.56.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Judi [CA]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2020 11:13 PM

(Long post to follow). BillW, I am frustrated for you. I come from a long line of healers/intuitives/medics, managed a medical office for 20 years, and have learned much through 4 surgeries of my own. PLEASE 'trust your gut' in this case! If you do not feel better before your imaging appointment in 2 weeks, please call your doc's office and ask for an appointment with his/her assistant which should be quite easy to get. Come fortified with a box of chocolates for the office staff (this opens many doors, my friend!) Insist that person triage you quickly through to the doctor who can speed up medical tests, despite what that b*tchy nurse told you. When I scheduled clinics, I would leave a few appointments open for situations just like yours, and kept very good relations with labs and imaging centers for urgent requests and results. Cookies & chocolates do miracles there, too!

Advice applies IF you trust your doctor/medical assistant. From the condescending attitude of the nurse you saw, I would question whether this is the right medical practice for you but you need a diagnostic ASAP, then can take a bit more time researching other options once you know what you're dealing with.

After a few heinous surgeries whose scar tissue makes the daily constitutional a whimpering misery, I learned about inulin powder. Inulin, a soluble fiber, is fantastic for lowering cholesterol and is considered a 'pre-biotic' that provides a good food source for 'good bacteria' in your gut. Have a serving of yogurt, buttermilk, or kefir along with inulin (also available as Metamucil Clear) and you will poop like a boss. Start today and you will feel noticeably better.

Another bit of advice regarding palliative care. Cannabis discussion follows so if someone is not interested in that subject, next post.

CBD is legal in most states. THC is legal in many. Cannabis can provide astounding results for a myriad of conditions. My brother and I grew a high CBD strain called Cannatonic for my sister-in-law to improve her quality of life after a deadly cancer diagnosis. Her pain was relieved to the extent that she didn't need morphine until just two weeks before she died. She was comfortable, alert and engaged...until morphine.

I grow organically in our greenhouse, and my 6 legal plants provide my own medicine + enough for dozens more. I make tinctures in both oil and ethanol, so no smoking or vaping necessary. My cannabis usage is MD approved and I've been able to dump 5 rx meds because of it.

One person who has digestive symptoms sounding similar to yours along with IBS and GERD has reported nearly complete relief using daily inulin, probiotics and a 1:1 (thc/cbd) tincture am/pm. She feels comfortable enough to forgo surgery for now and has even begun traveling again.

Another person is fighting bladder cancer/insomnia/chronic pain and cannot stay asleep more than an hour due to needed trips to the bathroom. That same 1:1 tincture now gets him 4 hours of sleep at a time.

Another person has MS and suffers daily attacks of foot/toe cramping. She'd tried CBD creams without success. Part of that problem are oily cream bases that don't allow penetration of active ingredients. I made her a gel that delivers CBD right through the skin using tangerine and orange oil as solvents. It's also heavily mentholated and camphorated, so gives a nice aromatherapy boost. One application at bed time gives her all night relief.

One of our crew suffers migraines and hates the effects of Imitrex. While underway, we're a 'dry' boat (meaning no alcohol or cannabis until safely anchored or off-watch) so thc was out of the question. I gave her 25mg of cbd isolate (zero thc) in coconut oil under her tongue and massaged her temples and occipitals with cbd oil. She was completely symptom-free in 20 minutes.

I just had knee surgery and that 1:1 tincture blows western-med's dumb opioid out of the water for pain relief, plus it's non-constipating, organic and I can function.

'Cannatonic' strain is available as feminized seeds and clones if you want to grow it yourself. It's an easy-to-grow, large yielding strain indoors, outside, or greenhouse. I prefer in-ground greenhouse as it uses natural light & soil yet keeps the plants clean of pesticides, bird poo, particulates and other nasty matter that doesn't belong in medicine. This year I'll try my hand at another high CBD strain called 'Medical Mass'. It's supposed to be perfect for anxiety and chronic pain and is billed as the 'warm blanket'of cannabis strains.

These high CBD 1:1's are truly miracles. A little bit gets lots of relief with little or no impairment. Larger doses before bedtime or when sure you won't be operating heavy equipment will improve relief and maybe offer some mental relaxation as well.

Try some cannabis with that 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle a poster mentioned above, and it will take your mind off your troubles, LOL!

End of cannabis discussion, now back to our regularly scheduled program. I wish you all good health, comfortable evacuations (LOL, rather like 'evictions') and desperately needed improvement of our medical 'care' system!


OT Medical Strategy? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2020 9:24 AM

Thanks Sandy on the cleanse suggestion. Iím not a big believer in the value of cleansing, but Iíll do some reading on it and maybe change my mind.

Judi, wow you really gave me a lot of info. Funny how cannabis has a bit of a bad rap, associated with hippies at Woodstock. But Iím glad to hear its being taken seriously by some along with Psilocybin mushroom. Problem with chocolates is Iíll eat them on the way :-) I took a look at Inulin and I see some good reviews on amazon and what you said about it is substantial. And cannabis with the puzzle is an intriguing thought. Thanks.


OT Medical Strategy? (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2020 12:24 PM

If you are interested further in the salt water cleanse to flush out your bowls, the Dr. Axe website has good information on it. If you google ďsalt water flush Dr. AxeĒ it will tell you more about how it causes a forced bowl movement. I would say, though, that my friend that uses this technique when he is constipated uses more salt. Not 2 teaspoons of salt, but a full rounded or heaping Tablespoon of salt with a quart of water.

Also there are several YouTube videos on people doing this cleanse.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery! --45.56.xxx.xx

OT Medical Strategy? (by Cjoíh [CT]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2020 6:47 PM

Miss Ally,donít knock the nurse practitioners,my granddaughter is one down in Charlotte,and she studied hard to get it,she must be good ,after all,she is my granddaughter.Oh and BillW,you have to be tough,youíre ancestors came from Tyrone and theyíre a tough bunch.My mother would have suggested A big jigger of Bushmills in 8 ozs oof boiling water and two tablespoons of sugar,might not have cured the problem but would have putting up with it a little more palipable.................Charlie................,,,,,donít think about it too much,think about the good times,gone past......... --32.214.xxx.xx

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