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Details of my condition:
My discs in my low back have disintegrated at L3,4,5 & S1. 3 years ago, this past February, I went to see my Primary Dr. I told her that I could not live with the pain, yet I could not live with the pills. I have come to a jumping off point. The light at the end of the tunnel, was beginning to fade. The feelings I had was complete despair, yet hopeless. I told her, there is no reason for me to live anymore. The pain is too overwhelming! She asked me if I had ever heard of Nortryptiline? No, I replied. She said, this drug was used about 20 years ago, to treat mood disorders. I said, that’s great, but I don’t want to take any more pills. She said, this drug, is now only used to treat Chronic Nerve pain. The amount is infinitesimal. I will start you at the lowest dose of 10mg, taken at bedtime. After 1 week, you will take 20mg. Since they don’t make 20mg., It would have to be 25mg. So I agreed, against my will. 3 days later, I woke up with no pain, for the 1st time in over 8 years. I was elated and sad at the same time. Elated, because my pain was finally gone. Sad, because nobody ever mentioned this to me. I suffered for so long, needlessly. The other Nerve Pain drug is called Neurontin, mostly used for facial pain. There has also been a huge advancement, in regards to MRI’s. There is a new procedure called, MR Neurography. This special MRI, targets only nerves. They can now go in and remove or fix the nerves, that are causing the pain. In any event, my purpose here is to help as many people that I can, to put an end to their suffering. People who are afflicted with our diseases, will have outbreaks of Herpes or a lower T-Cell count, if we are stressed. We need to eliminate as much stress as possible, so we can live out our normal lives.
Drugs I take & Dosages:
Atrypla, once at bedtime, Acyclovir, 200mg, twice daily, Nortryptiline, 25mg at bedtime, Ranitidine, 200mg before Breakfast and Dinner .
HIV , Herpes , Degenerative Disk Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Atrypla has no side effects. Positive since 1986. My T-Cells are at 986 and go higher every year. Acyclovir has no side effects, Nortryptiline has one side effect, It took those thoughts of leaving this Earth, away from me. Ranitidine has no side effects. I drink a gallon of water per day to help keep my Kidneys and Liver flushed.
Other types of treatments:
I am 52, not 60, as my typo’d profile states. I workout daily, eat a clean diet and get blood tests every 3 months to keep close watch on my blood panel. My LDL is 130 and my HDL is 68. My Triglycerides are 100 and my Blood Pressure is 110 over 71, just like a healthy, 18 year old.
Advice to other members:
When your head tells you something that contradicts what you believe or want to do, ALWAYS listen to your gut feelings. Our head is out to get us! Your gut instincts, never lie.
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