Illnesses & Symptoms: Myself

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Constant Runny Nose

Hi momma's since starting preschool my DS constantly has a runny nose every couple of weeks and it drives me crazy. I take him to his ped to make sure it's not a cold and it's not. They said I can give him zertec so we do, but it doesn't seem to help. He's a healthy kid! So yesterday his nose starts to run and when I picked him up from school his teacher asked me not to brim him back till his nose clears. I find it to be frustrating. Before preschool he had one cold. Never a runny nose and not it's a constant thing. I don't know what to do....

Aches & Pains

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Postpartum Joint Pain

Since having my son in January, I've had increasing joint pain in my knees (and thumbs!), along with some back pain -- feels almost arthritic. At first I thought it was just the normal wear-and-tear of my new daily routine along with lack of sleep. Well, I've been getting normal sleep now that baby sleeps through most -- if not all -- of the night, but the pain has only gotten worse. Has anyone else had this postpartum joint pain? Does it go away after breastfeeding maybe?


Severe Joint Pain

Hello, I have been experiencing severe joint pain since before giving birth...


Relief for Tendonitis

I'm wondering if any of you have personal experience with trying a "natural"...


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If It Is Not a Zit What Is It

I have a place where my lobe meets my face that feels like it has a zit head in it. It is the area right next to my face. It is pea sized and runs from the front of my ear to the back of my ear. It has been there a month and a half and has not headed up yet. so if it is not a zit what is it. I put acne medication on it daily. I use a daily face wash, stridex, and a cream for acne by avon. any ideas


Acne and Preteen

My 12 year old daughter has hit the age of acne. She has started to break...


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Is Is ADD or What?

My 9 year old has recently been diagnosed with ADD. Since the end of her 2nd grade year she began getting notes and we had conferences about her daydreaming, talking, raising her hand to ask questions that had nothing to do with the discussion. This has gotten worse as she is now in 3rd grade and she would get a note at least 3 out of the 5 days of the week. She is loved by all and her teachers say she is so sweet and thoughtful but she would not focus, daydreams, she still asks off the wall questions at school and many times she just...


Is It ADD?

I have been having a lot of problems with my middle daughter. She is almost...


Add / Adhd Help!

I need some information.. My boyfriend's ex just told him that their son (14...

Adenoid & Tonsilitis

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Tubes, Adenoids and Tonsil Removal

I am having a dilemma over what to do with my 3 year old. We just went to the ENT doctor today who said we should have tubes put in because of my son's problem with continuous fluid in the ears. He said they would remove the adenoids at the time if they need removed. I am positive they will need removed because he has had trouble breathing, especially at night, for awhile now. He mentioned his tonsils as well, because they are very large (they touch, and are rated at 4 on a scale of 1 to 4). I am very nervous to have his tonsils...


Removal of Adenoids

My son is 3 and has had chronic ear infections and sleep apnea since Sept of...


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Allergy or What?

When getting my 2 year old ready for dinner i took her shirt off and found red sploches that looked like hives all over her chest and tummy. I have no clue what it is... I have her Zyertec and just watched her to make sure it didnt spread or any breathing problems...which were none. She ate nothing different than what she has eaten before. She ate eggs and lunch meat for lunch. She did wear a new t-shirt that i dont think i washed before putting it on her. Do you think it could be a sudden egg allergy or something she is...


Allergy or Not?

Recently my hands and feet started to itch something fierce. I thought...


Allergic to Gluten

My allergy test from a blood sample finally came in . . . as suspected, I am...


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Qustions About Alzheimers

Our family is going through a crisis. We have learned that my mother-in-law has alzheimers, we have suspected over the past several months. But recently she has had a fast decline in her abilities, and then we finally had a diagnosis. My question is what now? The family is very close which is good, so we are trying to get organized, so we can help her and our father. But where do we start? How do we step in without stepping on his toes? What do we say to the 20+ grandchildren most who are under 13? She isn't bad enough for a...


FIL Has Alzheimer's

My FIL has Alzheimer's. We've known this for years, but my MIL is still...


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Seeking Female Pediatrician for 12-Yr-old Autistic-Spectrum Child

Hi, there! My daughter, whom we adopted from China when she was 10 months old, has a long list of psychological challenges, but we do our best to deal with those through specialized schooling, therapists, and medication. Right now, my question is a bit different. She menstruated regularly as clockwork for about a year (started early!) and then suddenly stopped. She has been 5 months without a period. My own OB-GYN can't see her, as a minor, and suggests she see her pediatrician. Problem is, I have come to LOATHE our pediatrician, who...


Could It Be Autism?

i know a 2 year old who still does not talk, is overy irritable, clingy to...

Autism Spectrum

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Seeking Female Pediatrician for 12-Yr-old Autistic-Spectrum Child

Hi, there! My daughter, whom we adopted from China when she was 10 months old, has a long list of psychological challenges, but we do our best to deal with those through specialized schooling, therapists, and medication. Right now, my question is a bit different. She menstruated regularly as clockwork for about a year (started early!) and then suddenly stopped. She has been 5 months without a period. My own OB-GYN can't see her, as a minor, and suggests she see her pediatrician. Problem is, I have come to LOATHE our pediatrician, who...


Could It Be Autism?

i know a 2 year old who still does not talk, is overy irritable, clingy to...

Bed Wetting & Night Accidents

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Chiropractic Care for Bed Wetting

Looking into chiropractic care for bed wetting. Does this work or not. Please respond if you have tried this and what kind of results you had.


6Yo Wetting Bed Again

My 6.5 year old has started wetting the bed again, the last 3-4 nights in a...

Bones & Osteoporosis

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Have You Had These Procedures, What Are They Like?

Just recently changed GYN. He was great. Wants me to have a "bone density" scan to check for osteporosis. What is this like? What can I expect when I go to have it done. He also gave me information about a "bladder sling" I guess it was. I'm over 50 and experience some bladder leakage when I cough deeply. Doesn't seem to be a major problem except when my allergies are really bad. Could you tell me about what this is, how it helped, did it hurt, is it surgery, etc. Thanks!


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Questions About Bronchitis

I had bronchitis for about a month. I seem to be over the worst part... not being able to breath, coughing alot. Now I am left with really thick mucus in my throat. When I do cough, I cough it up. Not be be gross, but it is sometimes yellowish and never clear. Does it sound like I need to go back to the doctor? Do you have an suggestions on what I can take to help thin it all out and get it back to normal? I feel so much better than when the bronchitis was taking over. I just want to get rid of all of it.


Bronchitis or Asthma

My daughter has had a dry hacking cough that affects her mostly at night for...


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Could This Be Cancer?

I have a wart, mold looking thing on my eyelid. I started "growing" it about a year ago. It has changed color and shape. It does not hurt at all but people have been noticing it alot recently thinking I have something on my eye. I just had lunch with a girlfriend who had skin cancer on her face removed, but it wasnt raised and wart looking. It actually was flat. I guess I am concerned now about having it looked at. I mean what happens if it is cancerous? In the back of my mind I have wondered if it was cancerous but no one has ever come...


Advice on Cancer..

I have a aunt that is dealing with having cancer. She had the cancer removed...


Moms with Cancer

Are there any moms on here battling cancer? I have recently been diagnosed...

Cholesterol & Blood Pressure

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What Do You Know About High Blood Pressure?

I've always had high blood pressure... well, above 'normal' (which is 120/80)... The past few time's I've been to the doctor for various reasons, I've received letters: 'This is letting you know that you should schedule a follow up visit for your last BP reading'... I've always let it go, because usually, I'm stressed to the max when I go to the doc, so I've passed it off as that. Well when I went Monday, my BP was 150/100. SOOOO not good. I'm not obese, take relatively good care of myself, trying to quit smoking, eat pretty healthy,...


High Blood Pressure

My 6 y/o daughter was recently found to have high blood pressure both at her...

Cold & Flu

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Cold, Runny Nose Advice

My 18 month old has her first cold. She has a runny nose, and drainage that made her gag and throw up a little last night. I could hear that she has a lot of drainage and was having trouble breathing through her nose. I have been SO very lucky that she has been a very healthy child. She just started in a Mother's Day Out program, so I am sure she'll begin to pick up more germs. Can anyone give me advice on alleviating cold symptoms and what to watch for, in terms of this moving to an ear infection? Should I use the humidifier? Vapor rub?...


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14-Month-old Is Constipated

My 14-month-old son is constipated a few times a week. I have been in contact a few times with the pediatrician's office and am doing everything I can. This started when he was switched over from formula to whole milk. Also, he does not drink much water. I am always forcing it on him, but he won't drink much. I give him prunes or blueberries to eat, make his baby cereal with prune juice, give him whole grain foods, etc. I also water down his milk and occasionally put Karo syrup in his milk. He still has problems with constipation. ...


Son Is Constipated

Hi, I was just wondering what I should do if my 6 month old is constipated....


Baby Is Constipated

My baby boy is almost 14 months, just three weeks ago he started whole milk,...

Cough & Cold

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Son Wakes with Stuffy Nose

My son who is 14 months old usually wakes earlier in the morning than usual (6 am) with a stuffy nose. Once he is up he wakes up completely after his nose has been cleaned out. Rarely he will not have a stuffy nose in the early morning and sleep until 7. His schedule gets all off waking up an hour earlier (he'll take 2 naps and then go to bed late), plus I would love to have that extra hour of sleep. I've tried everything from humidifier to vaporizer and it still never fails in the early morning hours he gets such a congested nose he wakes...


Help with Stuffy Nose

My 5 month old has had a stuffy nose for a little over a week now. Last Wed...


Always Stuffy Nose

My 2 1/2 year old daughter has been having this stuffy nose problem for past...



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Does Anyone Have Diabetes?

I need some help here Mamas. I was just diagnosed with Diabetes yesterday (while in the hospital for chest pains- not the best weekend). They really didn't give me any information about it or what to eat or even how to test my blood sugar. (I got the test stuff today and just read the instructions that came with it and checked it). I have no idea even what normal blood sugar is (mine was 171 tonight). I am waiting for a call back from the hospital's diabetes management class coordinator but in the meantime I'm at a loss. I think I'm a type...


Diabetes in Children

Does any one have a child with Diabetes. I am looking for what signs and...


Signs of Diabetes??

I dont know much about diabetes so hopfully some of you can give me some...


New to Diabetes

My husband is 37 yrs old and was recently diagnosed with diabetes. He lost...


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Help with Fatigue

Hi all- Maybe I'm just writing this out of reaction to today, but I've never had a day when I felt so tired! In my other two pregnancies, I had fatigue, but never from the moment I awoke until evening, solid. I had a decent night's sleep, although my internal "pee alarm" went off at 6:30 a.m. just like it has almost every morning of each pregnancy (my first clue I was pregnant...2 days in a row, I thought "I better pee on a stick!" LOL!) Anyway, I'm about 7 weeks, and today was just brutal...would've loved to crawl into bed all day, but...


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How Do I Break a High Temperature??

My son has had a temperature all day. He was up at 5:30am with a temp of 101.+ and I gave him some tylenol and kept him in bed with me and the temp went down. It went up a little before nap time and has been pretty consistent throughout the day at 99.6. Now we are back up to 101. He is in the bath now, he has had popsicles and lots of fluids. I am not sure what else to do. Any suggestions????


Out of No Where Fever

My 18 month old slept terrible last night, this morning he has a fever with...


Strep- High Fever

Hi, My 7 yr old has strep for the first time. Woke up from a nap w a 104.6...



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Those with Fibromyalgia

I've had fibromyalgia for several years now and am having trouble finding a bra that I can be comfortable in for more than a few hoursl. I have some pressure points right where the bra goes and am pretty miserable by afternoon. I just tried the genie bra which was very comfortable at first but alas after a few hours I couldn't wait to take it off. Can any of you give me some ideas?


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The Flu Is Here

Hi Ladies, My son was diagnosed with the flu yesterday and already today I am hearing about 2 more kids I know coming down with the flu. Is it in your community or your child? Are they taking Tamiflu? My son is 4 and he didn't get the flu shot. Timiflu seems to be working very well as he is already feeling better. Wondering what determines if the doctor prescribes it or not. How many days will your child be out of school?


Could It Be the Flu

Okay I know this is going to sound really crazy but I have onyl had the flu...


Flu or Not?

Just wanted to pass this along. All week this week my son has been sick,...


Flu or H1n1

how did you know if your child has the seasonal flu or the h1n1 flu? thanks

Head Lice

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Is It Lice???

Hello Our friend came over with his daughter Saturday and found lice on her Sunday...I have vacuumed, disinfected and thrown away the costumes she was playing with. So here's the question my 2 year old has sticky white dandruff looking gunk on the top of her scalp(she is late to get hair so when wet you can see scalp) I didn't see anything moving what is it? What should I do?? She has not been scratching at all, and her brothers look fine. She also loves to rub yogurt in hair...don't ask...and hates to have her scalp scrubbed, which i...


We Have LICE

My itchy head woes continued as we did a lice check yesterday. I have it,...


Question About Lice

My 15 month old has lice. My mom discovered last week when we went over to...

Headache & Migraine

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Migraine & Stress

Good morning ladies, sorry if I stumble in this question as the medicine just start to take effect. I had another migraine yesterday, it stared last night but it was tolerable, it did however made me wish that I would have stared write down when I get them so I could find why or at least I could bring my notes to the doctor. I have read that many of you have migraine so I am hoping some body could share some info. I don't really like to take medicine (I am not against but rather go natural if possible) so I went to sleep last night...

Heart Disease

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My Mom Is Having Heart Surgery!

I just found out my mom who is 53 is going to have heart surgery to replace two valves that are leaking in her heart. I am very optimistic about the actual surgery i think she will pull through fine. I am just wondering about the recovery... what kind of help is she going to need and for how long? I've been doing my research and know all the technical details but would like to hear from others whos family member or they themselves have gone through open heart surgery and what was helpful comforting and such afterward? thank you for those...


Open Heart Surgery

Can anyone give me any information on the recovery time for open heart...


Doggy Heart Murmur

Our 14 yr old terrier mix has had a heart murmur for a couple years. It...


High Blood Pressure

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Q About Hypertension

So my DH went to the dentist and they took his blood pressure and said it was 137/99. I just read that 140/90 is hypertension and he is prehypertension. What I can't seem to find is whether this is a permanent thing that will just have to be treated? Also should we make an appt to see the doctor asap or just try to help him loose weight and change diet habits (he is pretty overweight - I love him just the way he is, but we are more worried about the long term effects of being that overweight). He's only 22, but is something like stroke...

High Cholesterol

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My Kids Have High Cholesterol

Yesterday my kid's doctor did blood work on them that i requested and she said they have high cholesterol. I never heard of such a thing since they are so young. She said there cholesterol should be under 200. My daughter's was 201 and my son's was 205. I don't understand. They eat all kinds of things so, i don't know one partical food it could be from. They don't even eat alot of cheese. My husband said it could be from the meats they eat during the week- like i make steak, hamburgers,but they also eat chicken, pasta, cereal. Any help...


Kids & Cholesterol

My 5 year old recently had his cholesterol checked at his 5 year check up...


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Sling Surgery for Urinary Incontinence

I'm scheduled to have surgery to have a sling put in to help eliminate urinary incontinence that has bothered me since my daughter's birth. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had this surgery and what their experience was like. How long was recovery? Was it worth it? Any other advice....I'm getting really nervous about the whole thing. I've had surgery for hernia repair so know what to expect in terms of what will happen at the hospital. I'm just a little worried that it will be worse than I am expecting!!

Irritable Bowel

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IBS Sufferers--a Question About Meds

Have any of you been prescribed or taken nortriptyline (an anti-depressant) for IBS? If so, did it help and did you experience any side effects? I have had IBS for years and have tried a variety of meds, diets, etc., some with limited success but nothing that has alleviated my problems. FYI, I've had many, many tests, including a recent colonoscopy, that have ruled out more serious conditions or Celiac. Within the last year I've discovered that I have a significant problem consuming fiber, which is frustrating because I enjoy fruits and...


Crohn's Disease Help

I am on a mission for my big sister who has a VERY severe case of crohn's...


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Breastfeeding While on Medication?

Ok Mommas, I am getting conflicting advice from my health care professionals. I am due in two weeks w/ baby #2, have been on Synthroid (for hypothyroid) and Toprol (for high blood pressure) since 2005. Was not on either medication when I had baby #1. Have been taking both meds during this pregnancy. My question is if any of you have breastfed while on these medications or know someone who has? Ob said it should ne safe. Pediatrician said Synthroid ok, but Toprol possibly not, and I should ask lacatation consultant when I have baby at...

Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

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Mental Health Question About Daughter

Last week my daughter spent a week in a mental health facility for choking her brother, fits of rage, and hearing and seeing things that aren't really there. She was diagnosed with mood disorder, bipolar, and psychosis. They put her on risperidone and requested she see a psychologist and psychiatrist weekly. Now to my questions: 1. She has missed a large amount of school and even though they are all excused they are still concerned about the percentage of time she has been there and we have gotten a letter saying she is being charged...

Multiple Sclerosis

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Anyone Out There with Multiple Sclerosis?

Hi Moms, If you look at my other postings over the last 2 months you'll see that I've been sick..What I "thought" just started out as a cough, turned into bronchitis and went from there.... I went to a second doctor to get another opinion because the dizziness, nauseous, blurred vision and numbness comes and goes so often... He is doing a bunch of bloodwork on me (THANKFULLY) I get the results back in the morning.. He's checking me for lupus, thyroid issues and tuberculosis .. Very scary feeling I'm having.... My blood pressure is low...


Mom's with MS

I'm a 36 year old working mother of three (one teen, two toddlers). Just...

Pink Eye

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Pink Eye? Not Pink Eye?

Hey Guys, I need some advice /opinions here, sorry it's kind of long. My two sons, ages 2 and 4, go to a home daycare with 3 other kids. The lady who watches them is the grandmother of one of the girls there. Well the girl started complaining that her eyes were burning and she ran a slight fever one day. The next day she woke up with her eyes crusted shut with yellow/green gunk. Her eyes were swollen but not pink. So mom took her to the doctor, who then sent her to an eye doctor. Both said that is was probably just her sinuses...


Pink Eye? :(

Yesterday my right eye was bothering me when I put my contacts in, I didn't...


More Pink Eye!!

My 2-year-old daughter got the croup over the weekend and now has pink-eye....


Pink Eye Symptoms

Has anyone's babies every had pink eye and if so what were their symptoms?...


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Is It Eczema?

My 7 month old has been having these dry, rough pinkish places come up like on his arm in the inside crease of his elbow and on his face. I know he suffers from allergies, he is so stuffy more so at night, and since allergies and eczema go hand in hand thats what i think it is. should i take him to his pediatrician or an allergy specialist for diagnosis?? our pcp is so vague she may just say "yeah it Could be" and that be it. And if it is eczema how do you treat a baby?? thanks moms:)


Baby with Hives?

Hi. My 5-month-old baby seems to keep getting what looks like Hives. I...

Stomach Virus

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Stomach Virus or Something Else?

My 6 year old daughter has been having severe stomach pain, usually within a a few hours of eating. It gets worse at night and she has woken up the last several nights around 10pm, crying that her stomach hurts. She has vomited a few times and immediately after that she feels better. At first I thought it was constipation so we gave her a children's laxative and she has had several BM's. She does not have a fever, no diarreah, doesn't seem sick except maybe a bit more tired from the late nights. No one in her class has anything like...


Stomach Bug vs Flu?

My four year old is just getting over the stomach bug. Throwing up w no...

Strep Infections

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"Strep Throat and Tonsils"

My 9 Year old son has been getting strep throat 3 times a year for the last 4 years. The Ent wants to remove his tonsils and adnoids! Has anyone been through this and did it help with not getting strep throat?

Support Groups

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Support Groups for Adhd Parents

I have a 7 year old with ADHD/Impulsivity who has trouble focusing at school. He is on medication. Any suggestions on how to help him focus at school?


ADD / ADHD Help!

My 5 year old son was just dianosed with ADHD. We have been having a lot of...


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Cleaning up Vomit

dd vomited on the couch, its leather so not really a big deal till you add the fact the the cushions were off, i have a piece of carpet on top of the hideabed to make sitting on it less saggy, so that plus the hideabed mesh and the bamboo floor got a good layer of vomit on it. whilst cleaning i got to thinking how do other mothers clean up vomit? is my method a good one or am i doing it the hard way? so share your vomit cleaning methods and list any alternative names you use for vomiting (to make things interesting) we use puke, hork...


Vomiting with Strep

I posted a question about 3 weeks ago now about my child having strep. Well...


Throw up or Spit Up?

I have a three month old who just started throwing up (spitting up) after he...