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A Minor Surgery on My Elbow

I have had a number of curious experiences, healthwise, over the years. I've had asthma, cataplexy, acromegaly, and now psoriasis.

I appear to have outgrown asthma, at the age of about 65. I've had cataplexy times spread out over time. That's the condition whereby the victim becomes emotionally excited or angry and falls down like a lump of boneless flesh. Consciousness remains, but movement is impossible for several moments.

I found out in my 50s that I had late onset acromegaly. This condition is known generally among more youthful victims by the nickname gigantism.

Now, last of all, I have psoriasis. It began a couple of years ago. Almost exclusively, this immune disease produced visible effects at my left elbow. I did have a period in which my forearms were also affected, though they no longer are part of the equation.

However, the last week or two, I have had difficulty in a major way with my left elbow again. I went to the doctor. It was abcessed. It seems the excess skin cells produced caused skin cracking that allowed bacteria to penetrate and cause infection.

I received some 6 needles (anaesthesia) in the elbow and then had the swelling lanced, to release quite a bit of puss. I am now on antibiotic for it. I feel much better now.

Have you had any unusual health conditions, perhaps in combination with each other?

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DWDavisRSL wrote on December 16, 2015, 10:29 PM

I am glad the medicos were able to reduce the problem but do not envy you those needles, though I had my own recent experience with needles when I had my hip lubricated last Friday.

VinceSummers wrote on December 16, 2015, 10:50 PM

That sounds so strange! You had your hip "lubricated." It's amazing what we must go through, no? As to the needles, I recall a young woman who had acromegaly as I did. Sadly, her case was much worse. It eventually stole her life. But while she was being given very powerful and expensive medications, they were so thick they needed needles with such a large cross-section they looked like the lead from a pencil. Her name was Tanya Angus.

cheri wrote on December 16, 2015, 10:59 PM

I never had any unusual condition but we were caught surprised when I was suddenly had aneurysm and had my brain surgery.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 16, 2015, 11:46 PM

I am so sorry you have been going through all of this Vincent. You may or may have not read one of my older posts at the other site, but I think I mentioned in one about my wife's condition that she managed to survive, called Bullous Pemphigoid. She had blisters all over her legs and arms, but not on her torso or face. Miraculously she was properly diagnosed by a European Skin disease specialist who knows all about Pimphagoid. I may have spelled it wrong, but she went through heavy antibiotic and hormone therapy for about a year in Dermatology clinic. They said it was an immune deficiency disorder. Her case was said to be a lesser case. It could have been much more serious. Today she has no signs of this disease. It was in my opinion a miracle she survived.

Paulie wrote on December 17, 2015, 3:58 AM

I am sorry to hear about recent bout with psoriasis. I hope you can get it controlled or cured quickly.

MegL wrote on December 17, 2015, 4:09 AM

It may be interesting to the doctors but those conditions must be VERY uncomfortable and annoying for the person experiencing them.

Rufuszen wrote on December 17, 2015, 4:42 AM

You've certainly been through the wars. Hope for a speedy recovery

crowntower wrote on December 17, 2015, 7:33 AM

If you beleive... Justa say Amen!!! Coz In Jesus name you are healed!!! I don't want you to suffer having those kind of disease... I know we all have our health conditions... but let us not forget that Jesus already paid that in the cross... so everytime I am sick.. I know God is just giving me a time to rest and out of those stressful days... but you I know God is really not wanting you to have that kind of sicknesses... rebuke it in Jesus name. God bless you and may you enjoy this season without that kind of sickness. God bless.

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 17, 2015, 7:35 AM

I'm glad you're feeling better, but it sounds like you've really been through the wringer with this!

hanvanmeegerin wrote on December 18, 2015, 11:27 AM

VinceSummers gottcha in my prayers. Hang in there guy and get healthy!

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2015, 12:54 PM

Hi, , old chap. I have an old saying (of my own creation) that I hope you will find amusing: I can't win. But that's OK. I just wish I could LOSE a little more SLOWLY!

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Brenda wrote on December 19, 2015, 12:51 AM

Well Vince I hope this psoriasis is gone and all your others. I had fallen and broken my elbow and arm was dislocated at the same time. We were at an Rv park at the time last summer and of course had to wait for the ambulance many miles away to get there. But it was a very good little country hospital and the doctor there was an older and experienced Dr and I sure was glad. Of course all he could do was to put my arm back in place and then when I got home I saw a specialist for the fractured elbow. Then I had vein surgeries in my legs about 4 months ago because the main veins stopped working. So recovering from that should be completely healed in a year. Well you are in my prayers for fast recovery from it all.

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 7:26 AM

Fun and games. A dislocated arm... The other day, I fell down some steps, because they were unpainted wood with a nearly invisible film of exceptionally slick algae. Fortunately, I am good at falling and rarely get hurt. But it wasn't the most dignified act!

hanvanmeegerin wrote on December 21, 2015, 11:10 AM

VinceSummers that is a slogan worth noting. Are you sure that if that saying is Googled it won't point to someone other than you?

VinceSummers wrote on December 21, 2015, 12:21 PM

If someone is a realist, and has any brain, he or she we will have come up with it.