• Operation Delay - beyond the 18 weeks?

    I was due an operation on my neck on 30 December but it was put off because I had not been seen by anaesthetist before Christmas. Saw one one 24th December and they could see no problem as to why the operation should not go ahead as I have no problems with anaesthetics. I seem to have dropped off the radar again- so, what is the deal? Can I ask... show more
    I was due an operation on my neck on 30 December but it was put off because I had not been seen by anaesthetist before Christmas. Saw one one 24th December and they could see no problem as to why the operation should not go ahead as I have no problems with anaesthetics. I seem to have dropped off the radar again- so, what is the deal? Can I ask to go to a private hospital as it has been now 5 months since they agreed I needed the operation? This is a UK question
    1 answer · Other - General Health Care · 4 years ago
  • Cervical discectomy - operation length and recovery time?

    I am due an operation on my neck to free the nerves trapped by six collapsed discs - was scheduled for 30th December but now delayed because of complications in my health! Grrrr. Just wondering how long such an operation might last, and how long the recovery is? Cannot contact surgeon. Waiting for appointment to see anaesthetic team.
    I am due an operation on my neck to free the nerves trapped by six collapsed discs - was scheduled for 30th December but now delayed because of complications in my health! Grrrr. Just wondering how long such an operation might last, and how long the recovery is? Cannot contact surgeon. Waiting for appointment to see anaesthetic team.
    2 answers · Pain & Pain Management · 4 years ago
  • How do I deal with nerve and artery compression in neck? Spondylosis?

    I have had left neck, shoulder, clavicle and arm pain with some numbness in the outer part of my hand, dizziness and loss of balance when moving neck in certain ways. I have been through corticosteroid injections (which plays havoc with diabetes), physio - they will only give you 6 sessions in my hospital. I have been diagnosed with cervical... show more
    I have had left neck, shoulder, clavicle and arm pain with some numbness in the outer part of my hand, dizziness and loss of balance when moving neck in certain ways. I have been through corticosteroid injections (which plays havoc with diabetes), physio - they will only give you 6 sessions in my hospital. I have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis with 6 of the vertabrae involved, and arthritis in my neck. The MRI scan was done in one position only, not turned. The specialist says it is not bad enough to operate on. How bad does it have to be? I have problems with various painkillers, causing breathing and heart rate diffs. Also vomiting and extreme exhaustion with codeine, and paracetamol does not touch it. Am currently on tramadol but this too causes nausea and vomitting and I cannot function. Pacing the flat and vomiting at just after midnight because of the pain in my view is pretty bad! So, any ideas to manage the pain would be welcome! EXCEPT hypnotherapy and acupuncture! Cannot do these because of religious beliefs. DESPARATE and having thoughts of suicide!
    4 answers · Pain & Pain Management · 5 years ago
  • How long does it take to fly from the UK to Jerusalem?

    As it says on the label! I might be given the opportunity to go to Jerusalem next year, God willing and I was just wondering how long the flights take from the UK to Jerusalem - roughly! I do not know which airports I will be flying from or into, it is just an idea that I need!
    As it says on the label! I might be given the opportunity to go to Jerusalem next year, God willing and I was just wondering how long the flights take from the UK to Jerusalem - roughly! I do not know which airports I will be flying from or into, it is just an idea that I need!
    4 answers · Israel · 5 years ago
  • DLA Benefits Tribunal?

    I do not know what section to put this in, but I have a tribunal coming up on Friday and wonder if anyone who as been through one has any tips and advice? Went through one several years ago, the board wanted to give me the benefit back again, but the man from the DSS who had never met me or read my case notes turned up and turned me down. My... show more
    I do not know what section to put this in, but I have a tribunal coming up on Friday and wonder if anyone who as been through one has any tips and advice? Went through one several years ago, the board wanted to give me the benefit back again, but the man from the DSS who had never met me or read my case notes turned up and turned me down. My condition has worsened considerably so am persuing it again.
    6 answers · People with Disabilities · 5 years ago
  • Diabetes question please answer?

    In my experience, infection and viruses cause high glucose levels. I am in a debate with someone who says that infection can cause hypoglycaemia! Who is right? This other person is advising someone to give their child a bottle of lucozade despite having a bs of 5.5 and a sore throat! She has insulin dependent diabetes herself, is young and... show more
    In my experience, infection and viruses cause high glucose levels. I am in a debate with someone who says that infection can cause hypoglycaemia! Who is right? This other person is advising someone to give their child a bottle of lucozade despite having a bs of 5.5 and a sore throat! She has insulin dependent diabetes herself, is young and thinks she knows everything. I am older but do not claim to know everything, hence the question!
    5 answers · Diabetes · 5 years ago
  • Travelling with a laptop.?

    I am going abroad (from the UK) with a laptop for the first time. Could someone please tell me how one uses wiifi? The hotel I am going will have it. Just wondered how it works? Do I just turn on the laptop and be ready to go, or do I need a password?
    I am going abroad (from the UK) with a laptop for the first time. Could someone please tell me how one uses wiifi? The hotel I am going will have it. Just wondered how it works? Do I just turn on the laptop and be ready to go, or do I need a password?
    6 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 5 years ago
  • What is the procedure with laptops and security at airports?

    I am travelling to Latvia in a little under two weeks and may be taking a laptop in my hand luggtage not to use on the plane, but just so that it does not get thrown around! When I go through security, do I have to remove it before they put it through the security xray?
    I am travelling to Latvia in a little under two weeks and may be taking a laptop in my hand luggtage not to use on the plane, but just so that it does not get thrown around! When I go through security, do I have to remove it before they put it through the security xray?
    1 answer · Packing & Preparation · 5 years ago
  • GB answers please. Reporting careless driving?

    My mother is becoming increasingly erratic with her driving and she is not concentrating, to the point that people are forever hooting at her, and waving her good day using a variety of obscene hand gestures - and with good reason - that she does not understand. So much so, that she nearly caused a collision while trying to get onto a motorway... show more
    My mother is becoming increasingly erratic with her driving and she is not concentrating, to the point that people are forever hooting at her, and waving her good day using a variety of obscene hand gestures - and with good reason - that she does not understand. So much so, that she nearly caused a collision while trying to get onto a motorway yesterday with me as a passenger. Someone nearly side swiped us and his bumper was literally 3 inches from my door when we stopped and had to manoeuvre to get ourselves facing in the right direction again! She had taken me to hospital and she frightens the life out of me! She is forever wandering around the road, looking at birds in the sky when she should be concentrating on the road, and yesterday of all things she turned off the main road in the carpark of the hospital which had an ambulance lane, and proceeded to drive several hundred meters down the wrong side of the road and could not understand why people were cross with her! I have a feeling that I have a duty to report her somehow without her knowing it was me. She will cause a fatality (if not hers, then someone else's) soon. Recently she had her licence renewed. She is an inveterate liar and can even convince me sometimes unless I am on my guard. Could someone please tell me how I should go about reporting her bad driving and to whom?
    6 answers · Safety · 6 years ago
  • Type 1, insulin dependent diabetic - urgent help needed?

    I have a problem. I have a cyst on my spleen which is causing excrutiating stabbing pains, made worse when I take even one mouthful of food! If I can keep it down for more than 20 minutes (which I cannot very often) the pain is constant. I can only take codeine phosphate at night because of the soporiphic effects. I am so weak as the cyst is... show more
    I have a problem. I have a cyst on my spleen which is causing excrutiating stabbing pains, made worse when I take even one mouthful of food! If I can keep it down for more than 20 minutes (which I cannot very often) the pain is constant. I can only take codeine phosphate at night because of the soporiphic effects. I am so weak as the cyst is making me extremely anaemic. As is usual with the NHS, I have to wait for a scan, then again to see a specialist, and then again for surgery. What does anyone suggest if I really cannot eat. I am continuing with my insulin, but it is not very effective. Not had a hypo for about two weeks - and I usually get them daily! If I go to my local walk in centre they just say that I should go back to see my GP as it is an on-going problem. Tried to contact the dietician but of course she is on annual leave. I am sick of being sick! Any sensible advice would be most welcome. Thank you. Please just not suggestions to go back to the GP. To get an appointment with a GP (always a different one) I have to be 2 miles across town by 8am - and most of them do not seem to know anything about diabetes, and there are no buses, so it is shanks pony for me - on a very poorly, arthritic hip and no food!
    7 answers · Diabetes · 6 years ago
  • Splenic Cyst symptoms?

    I have had pain in the upper left abdomen for the last two weeks which is sometimes unbearable and is making me feel sick and sore every time I have something to eat. I have had splenic cysts before and had pioneering surgery to drain them, and I fear that it might be back again. But the last one was 7 years ago and I have kind of forgotten the... show more
    I have had pain in the upper left abdomen for the last two weeks which is sometimes unbearable and is making me feel sick and sore every time I have something to eat. I have had splenic cysts before and had pioneering surgery to drain them, and I fear that it might be back again. But the last one was 7 years ago and I have kind of forgotten the early symptoms. I do not drink. Could they be back again?
    2 answers · Infectious Diseases · 6 years ago
  • Oil Spill On Ceramic Hob?

    I had a bit of an accident with a bottle of oil a couple of days ago and have been applying your ordinary household sprays, leaving it and then wiping up, but there is still a slick of oil and if I turn the hob rings on there is a burning smell, suggesting that it still there and I wonder if anyone has any tips as to how to get rid of the stuff? I... show more
    I had a bit of an accident with a bottle of oil a couple of days ago and have been applying your ordinary household sprays, leaving it and then wiping up, but there is still a slick of oil and if I turn the hob rings on there is a burning smell, suggesting that it still there and I wonder if anyone has any tips as to how to get rid of the stuff? I take care of my oven beautifully, especially the top, but this is getting on my nerves and one of these days the smoke alarms are going to go off!
    1 answer · Cleaning & Laundry · 6 years ago
  • Using a Walking Stick?

    I have a left trochanteric tear in the muscle and when I spoke to my surgeon today he suggested that a walking stick might help. I am due to see a physiotherapist about this. At the moment I am seeing the physiotherapist for a right shoulder problem. My understanding is that if you need a walking stick you use it in the opposite side to the... show more
    I have a left trochanteric tear in the muscle and when I spoke to my surgeon today he suggested that a walking stick might help. I am due to see a physiotherapist about this. At the moment I am seeing the physiotherapist for a right shoulder problem. My understanding is that if you need a walking stick you use it in the opposite side to the painful or injured leg. What I need to know is how much pressure this would put on my right shoulder?
    4 answers · Injuries · 6 years ago
  • Income Support and working 4 hours a week?

    I have several health problems preventing me from working full time. I receive income support with a supplement because of incapacity. Someone has offered me a small job - 4 hours a week, £24. I wonder how much one is allowed to earn before you get your benefits cut, or do they just take the £24?
    I have several health problems preventing me from working full time. I receive income support with a supplement because of incapacity. Someone has offered me a small job - 4 hours a week, £24. I wonder how much one is allowed to earn before you get your benefits cut, or do they just take the £24?
    3 answers · Other - Careers & Employment · 6 years ago
  • Acute ear, nose and throat infection?

    Since Boxing Day morning I woke with a throat ache and earache. My energy levels were at zero. I managed to get up and eat some breakfast and could not continue with anything else and spent most of the day on the sofa. It then moved down to my chest and I have a dry barking cough and since New Year's Eve I have had no voice! Sometimes the... show more
    Since Boxing Day morning I woke with a throat ache and earache. My energy levels were at zero. I managed to get up and eat some breakfast and could not continue with anything else and spent most of the day on the sofa. It then moved down to my chest and I have a dry barking cough and since New Year's Eve I have had no voice! Sometimes the cough is phlegmy and other times it is dry and tickly. I feel as though I would need to get better to die! Unfortunately here in the UK we have a bank holiday which means that doctors' surgery is closed - as are most pharmacies and they are out of town. I am wondering whether it would be worth going to the walk in clinic? I am type 1 diabetic and having to be very aggressive with the insulin to keep my sugar levels to a "reasonable" level, feel sick, am hungry but cannot manage food. For those of you not in the know infections can seriously affect diabetic control.
    3 answers · Respiratory Diseases · 6 years ago
  • Inflamed Great Trochanter Muscle?

    I have had an inflamed Great Trochanter Muscle which runs down the side of the hip and into the thigh for nearly 6 years now and some days I just want to die. I had corticosteroid injections in it about 2 months ago and they were helpful to a degree but played havoc with my blood sugar levels and also lowered my immune system so I ended up the next... show more
    I have had an inflamed Great Trochanter Muscle which runs down the side of the hip and into the thigh for nearly 6 years now and some days I just want to die. I had corticosteroid injections in it about 2 months ago and they were helpful to a degree but played havoc with my blood sugar levels and also lowered my immune system so I ended up the next week with a toe infection which in turn landed me in hospital again so I am unwilling to go through those again. I am told that I can only have two courses anyway, so what is the next stage? Why can they not go in and see what is wrong and fix it with an operation. I am desparate and I have to walk a great deal. At the moment, sitting, standing, lying down and walking give me such severe pain it feels as though sometimes my hip and thigh are being stabbed by large knitting needles. Painkillers are out except for paracetamol but they do not work. I am allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen and codeine knocks me out.
    7 answers · Injuries · 6 years ago
  • Cortisone injections, deep sedation and bladder problems?

    I had deep sedation today for cortisone injections into the depths of my hip and shoulder. Took me a while to come out of it, but blood sugar levels had shot through the roof and they would not let me out - managed to get it down to 5.6 with aggressive insulin therapy, but now having a lot of time in the bathroom weeing, despite sugars being okay... show more
    I had deep sedation today for cortisone injections into the depths of my hip and shoulder. Took me a while to come out of it, but blood sugar levels had shot through the roof and they would not let me out - managed to get it down to 5.6 with aggressive insulin therapy, but now having a lot of time in the bathroom weeing, despite sugars being okay now. Is there a connection between the deep sedation or cortisone and an overactive bladder - going every 10 minutes?
    2 answers · Pain & Pain Management · 6 years ago
  • Anonymous, please try to contact me again re boots.?

    I cannot message you as you do not have the facilities. To answer your question, if your horse does not have issues of brushing or tendon problems then your horse will be quite safe without boots. If he does have issues with brushing or simply to protect his legs from thorns and ticks etc, then brushing boots would be fine. Splint boots would... show more
    I cannot message you as you do not have the facilities. To answer your question, if your horse does not have issues of brushing or tendon problems then your horse will be quite safe without boots. If he does have issues with brushing or simply to protect his legs from thorns and ticks etc, then brushing boots would be fine. Splint boots would be the same as open front boots.
    2 answers · Horses · 6 years ago
  • Where can I buy a Kangaroo Keeper Handbag Organiser?

    I have seen these adveritsed but I need to find somewhere where I can buy one for cash or by postal order in the UK? I do not have a credit card, nor am I about to get one!
    I have seen these adveritsed but I need to find somewhere where I can buy one for cash or by postal order in the UK? I do not have a credit card, nor am I about to get one!
    1 answer · Other - Home & Garden · 6 years ago