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    • #15065
      Amanda
      Keymaster

      Obviously the past month has been filled with changes, something all pALS and loved ones have become familiar with since diagnoses. This is YOUR forum and we want to know what you want to discuss! If you are uncomfortable or shy about posting a topic just reach out to Dagmar or myself and we will be happy to do some research and post a topic. We want to make sure this forum remains a useful and positive experience for you!

      Amanda

    • #18631
      Susan Kinkade
      Participant

      How do ALS patients deal with constipation? I’ve had a feeding tube for six months and began having trouble with constipation. I do not take anything orally and make sure that  I stay hydrated using the feeding tube. Are there any suggestions out there?

      • #19433
        Duane
        Participant

        Perhaps Miralax would be of benefit to you.  And prune juice thinned with water.

    • #18632
      Cindy
      Participant

      I’ve just begun to get horrific bouts of pain. I’m into a 4 1/2 year diagnosis. It wakes me from a sound sleep during g the night. Muscle weakness is stressed early. Could use more info on pain.

    • #18633
      Aloha Frank
      Participant

      Hi Cindy. Sorry to hear about the terrible pain you are now experiencing. I am a year into my diagnosis and am progressing very quickly, having already lost use of both legs and all of my left side. I cannot speak and have a difficult time eating and swallowing. My right arm/hand barely function so I can type using the ‘hunt ‘n peck’ method, but I can tell that will soon be impossible, sad to say. So far the only pain I’ve experienced is with my neck and back. I’ve tried different types of pain relief medicine but they all cause constipation so I quit using them. I hope you can find lasting pain relief soon. Living in constant pain is not worth living as far as I’m concerned. As I’ve said many times before, I’d rather ‘leave the building’ sooner than later. It’s only going to get worse. God bless, young lady!

    • #18640
      Cindy
      Participant

      Thanks FRANK. Sorry for your quick progression. I used to think slower was better. Now I’m not sure. I guess we each have our crosses to bear. Surely we’re doing our purgatory right here on earth.Take care. God speed. Cindy

    • #19432
      Robert Harrigan
      Participant

      I saw Cindy’s post from 4/29 on her horrible pain. My wife Lisa ,diagnosed 2 months ago , also has terrible pain. I am wondering if anyone has had any success with CBD/THC lotions or vaping marijuana for their pain relief ? Thanks much Rob H.

    • #19687
      Carolyn Barry
      Participant

      Hi Amanda ~ I was wondering if I could post a topic asking if anyone has had experience with having a company install a stair glide in their home.  I have no idea what company is good, yet not overly expensive.  I’m not in need of it yet, but I know I should start getting estimates from several companies, before making a decision as to who to go with.  We have several turns and landings, as we live in a 3 level townhouse.  As a result it requires a custom stair glide, so we know it will be very expensive.  Any thoughts or experience, especially regarding the names of any companies that anyone has experience with, would be much appreciated.

      Thanks! Carolyn

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