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  1. Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate. According to Wikepedia, the name comes from the genus of the cacao tree, theobroma, which means food of the gods. It is one of the reasons for chocolates mood elevating effects. It's also the reason chocolate is lethal to cockatiels - they can't metabolize it.

  2. I didn't know what I had was Raynaud's for the longest time. At first I thought it was just the air conditioning in my office. I kept getting relocated to another desk and still had frozen fingers and toes. I built leg guards out of cardboard to surround my desk, kept a pair of warm slippers under my desk and wrapped a lap robe around my legs. I always wore long sleeves and made half mittens out of cut off crew sock tops, so I could have the ends of my fingers free for typing. I never saw any blueness, just white and the pepperoni red when the blood came back. The first time I saw blue was earlier this year when the wind was blowing empty wheelie bins around in the street. I went out in my shirtsleeves and sandals to get our bin, and when I came back in I had smurf hands and toes. I have since noticed that it is more likely to happen with a strong draft than an actual lowering of temperature - my fingers turn white in the freezer, but don't go blue, but when my whole body is in front of a fan, I will get blue toes, even though the room temperature is not particularly cold.

  3. I too have been taking omeprazole (the British equivalent of Prilosec) for nearly two years, though I didn't really have much of a problem with reflux or heartburn at the time. I had previously been taking Celebrex, but the NHS is not prescribing it anymore as a rule. When they substituted NSAIDs for the Celebrex, they gave me the omeprazole to prevent damage. In the last year, I have developed problems with reflux in spite of the proton pump inhibitor. It has been something of a scavenger hunt researching and implementing various additional helps. I think the greatest effect came from eliminating caffeine and cutting way down on fatty foods. I have also eliminated chocolate (it has a triple whammy, apparently, with the caffeine, fat and theobromine which relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter). I discovered in my research that peppermint also has this effect - and I had been popping mints in the idea that they were helping. Alcohol taken with meals is a problem as it also relaxes the les and makes peristalsis erratic. I love spicy food and find that eating peppery things helps reduce my arthritis pains. Unwilling to give them up entirely, I have learned that more frequent small meals works well. I have given up citrus fruits and juices. I also don't eat anything at all in the evening and drink a lot of water. I have added blocks to the head of my bed, wear unconfining clothing, keep vertical for at least an hour after meals. I found a liquid indigestion remedy that has alginate in it and aniseed flavouring. If I wake up with that horrible regurgitation in the night, a slug of that will stop it in its tracks. It is nasty and slimy, but does the trick.

  4. No, SDNYC, my ex didn't have scleroderma, rather some bone erosion in his jaw that made all his teeth loose. He didn't seem to have any problems getting them out. He could push out the bottom ones with his tongue. The link Janey gave you was quite interesting. It would be nice if they would translate some of these articles in readable English, though. The second link talked about a hinged plate for easier removal.


    One thing I have learned about all of this is to take it one day at a time, not to worry too much about what the future holds. Work with the various medical experts on keeping you as healthy as possible and get creative when it comes to solving your mechanical difficulties as you have with your soft-handled things.


    At my rheumatic clinic, there is a team of professionals who all work together. Besides the rheumatologists, there are occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, a wealth of medical people and a patient liaison officer who will step in for you when you get frustrated. In between rheumatologist appointments, you go to the rheumatology day ward where the others bend over backwards to see if they can help you. The occupational therapists have been very helpful providing advice on aids and often the aids themselves. Google and other search engines will provide a wealth of information as well. It's hard not to worry, but you have to keep a sense of humour and a positive aspect. I am finding this site very useful for both of these things.

  5. Hi, SDNYC - Welcome to the forum. I am sorry your fingers give you so much difficulty. You present some really interesting questions, some that may face all of us over time. I previously had partial upper and lower plates which I have not been able to wear because of general shifting and loosening molars. It may be that others will be able to talk about practical techniques that might be helpful, but I just wanted to reassure you on at least one point - your concern that you will have no way to eat solid food because you can't care for your dentures. My first husband lost of all his teeth and had to have a full set of uppers and lowers made. He never got used to them, at first only wearing them when he went out. I doubt if he has worn them at all in the last ten years. Once his gums healed over, he was eventually able to eat things you wouldn't imagine - even steak. The only thing he really still has trouble with is hot dogs, which he has to eat with a knife and fork.

  6. Hey, I just discovered something, too. If you go into My Controls and then to the board options section down at the lower left hand column, you can change your editing from standard to Rich Text.


    With this turned on, you've got WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). In other words, you can see the colours and other formatting in your message before it is posted. It works with most of the later browsers.



  7. Hi, folks. I am a 59 year old writer living in the UK (Scotland) since I married my Scottish husband, Jim in 1997. Before that I lived in California, still the home of my aging parents, a lovely son and daughter and their delightful spouses with 3 lovely grandchildren between them. In the US I was a production manager/engineer in electronics for many years but when I came to the UK I did temp work and finally settled into working as a legal secretary until I had to quit working in May of 2005. I have always been creative and productive, dabbling in countless new experiences, a multi-tasking, card-carrying Gemini. Since I was waylaid by this illness, I find it difficult to walk and chew gum at the same time--I get tired just thinking about doing something. Formerly a voracious reader, I find it very difficult to read more than a few pages at a time. A year ago last July 7th, I was watching the breaking news of the London subway bombing when a huge thwack hit the window behind me. I turned to see a huge magpie with spread wings which had just hit the glass head on. Shaken, I went to see what was happening and noticed a tiny shivering bundle on the window ledge. To make a long story short, I rescued what turned out to be a nine-year-old whitefaced cockatiel which had been injured in the chest by the beak of the magpie. I nursed it back to health and he has become a great help to keeping my sanity, something to focus on besides myself.


    I am grateful for this forum and looking forward to getting to know you all a bit better.


    jefa (aka Carrie)

  8. Registering was a piece of cake. I never got around to posting on the other site, though I have read all the messages back for a couple of years. I have really appreciated everyone's stories and comments and hope to be able to post a bit once my visiting son returns to California (my original home).

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