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Amputation?!?!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Types of Metals | No Comments

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Recently I was told a lady in PA had repeated gone to her orthopaedic surgeon due to pain, soreness, over all fatigue, as lifelessness crept into her body over an extended period of time. Dire health issues stemmed after her knee replacement. She did not recall having any health issues prior to her Nickel-Cobalt-Chromium knee replacement.

The lady said her leg was starting to swell with a nasty rash and the pain was unbearable. Instead of the orthopaedic surgeon checking to see if the types of metal were the core issue of her declining health, he refused to do a knee revision. He did not believe the patient’s health issues were directly related to a severely infected knee after her replacement.

Her knee infection became so bad… the orthopaedic surgeon, in his professional opinion, instructed her that he was going to have to amputate her leg.

I have “repeatedly” stated Steel Standing’s support for physicians in attempts to share metal allergy stories directly related to joint replacements to help “educate” others.

This story absolutely broke my heart!!!

NOT everyone will experience metal allergies from surgical implants such as joint replacements, dental implants, plates, screws, wires, pacemakers, etc. But what if someone you loved WAS allergic to a metal implanted into their body and they slowly began to lose their quality of life/health? Based on personal experience, I would EVERY thing possible to help my Mother and she recovered! I pray everyone can recover.

PLEASE become more acutely aware of what is happening with metal allergy issues! Share information.

I did not read her medical file, nor am I a clinician. I can’t reveal any more information. But here are the facts shared: She had a TKR (Total Knee Replacement) with the same metals that were slowly draining my Mother’s life. She did not have any other health issues until she had a knee replacement. This lady lost a leg just above her knee although she repeatedly pleaded for help. Perhaps a second opinion was in order, but when people “trust” their doctors and are adamantly devoted to them, you pray their doctor knows best!

I didn’t ask if she had sought a second opinion. I was speechless and deeply saddened for her outcome.

Could her knee have been saved in this day and age of technology, testing and better monitoring as she expressed repeated pleas with pain and suffering?

C. Davis

Author of Steel Standing

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Out the ROOF Allergy to Nickel Results!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Health Care In General, Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

Where can a patient turn to when in need of a revision or a removal, due to potential metal allergies from: knee replacement; hip replacement; metal plate and screws; dental posts; rods used in spines; surgical clips; pacemakers; and many other metal implants? To find an answer is a daunting task!

NOT EVERYONE IS ALLERGIC TO THEIR METAL IMPLANTS.

But what about those that are?!?

Based the feedback from so many patients, we find appalling how many people are suffering from metal implants. I began writing Steel Standing to share my mom’s story as we learned her health troubles were stemming from her metal joint replacements. It became a mystery flipped to a medical breakthrough!

Soon, a web site was needed to help promote the book, share our ongoing presentations and now we are advocating for others in need.

Patient’s Doctor Dismisses Metal Allergy Testing Results!

A patient named Tina has a metal rod made from alloys such as Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel which was surgically attached to her spine. She lives in Utah and has not been successful in her many attempts to get a medical doctor of any specialty to listen to her ailments. 

Tina shared with me, ”The doctors are all at a loss. When I accidentally discovered your web site while searching for any clues what might be wrong with me, I realized after reading your mom’s story my health problems may be to be metal related. There is nothing else that could be causing so much pain and weakness with extreme fatigue.  What’s more important is that I did not have any of these crazy symptoms until after the metal rod was placed in my spine. It has gradually decreased my health. I’m only 37 years old.”

Tina contacted me through our web site seeking my advise based on being my mom’s experience and discovering a wealth of metal information regarding metal inserts/implants in the United Kingdom. She has repeatedly met with her orthopedic surgeon, begging for him to remove the rod since she said it is no longer needed. The orthopaedic surgeon continues to refuse to listen to her. Tina has also been unsuccessful to get another orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in spinal rods since the doctors in her area belong to the same medical network.

Her next decision was to have a M.E.L.I.S.A. blood allergy test to see if any of the types of metals in her rod could be causing an allergic reaction. Her report was shocking! I could not believe her orthopaedic surgeon did not attempt to help his patient when he saw the M.E.L.I.S.A. report! Nickel (as shown below) is “off the charts” at 13.7 in addition to other mild metal allergies.

 Tina's MELISA Test Illustration

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Now, look at Mom’s M.E.L.I.S.A. Report.

 PDH MELISA REPORT FOR WEB

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Tina’s Nickel Allergy Results: 13.7 

Mom’s Nickel Allergy Results: 3.1

In reviewing the chart/timeline I created below to illustrate my mom’s journey with Cobalt-Chromium-Nickel with Nickel being one of the HIGHEST of her metal allergies. It is amazing my mom survived with only 3.1 positive.

 Steel Standing Graph

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This was story was first shared on November 10, 2013.

This blog post was updated on November 22, 2013.

Nothing has been done due to health insurance conflicts.

-Christa, Author of Steel Standing

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Total Joint Replacement: What to ask?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Health Care In General, Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

The following hyperlink will carry you to an AAOS site with good questions. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00375

But there are some questions missing you might want to include in your list.

Does or did your orthopedic surgeon or dentist ask if you were allergic to metal, any types of metals? Known what metals are being placed in your body. This web site is constantly getting emails from those who already have metal implants, relate to the symptom as shared with my mother’s case, then recognize they are experiencing the same. ONLY then does it seem a patient will listen or ask question before allowing any type of metal placed in their body.

Please note: Not everyone is sensitive to metals! But what if you are one of the ones that are sensitive to Nickel? Cobalt? Chromium in metal implants should be marked off everyone’s list! It causes renal and digestive failure EVEN if you are NOT allergic to Chromium. Google the facts!

Patch testing is being referred to a great deal lately as shared by many of our followers. It seems most orthopedic surgeons are advising their patients to have a patch test which is a skin test with metals placed on your body for three days. Then if there are any red marks where the metal piece was placed, the dermatologists declares you have a metal allergy to that type of metal.

How is it possible for a skin/patch test to be more accurate than a blood test that will capture the blood culture which circulates where the metal implants are located?

It baffles me to hear orthopedic surgeons and dermatologists claiming patch testing is the end all, answer all to detecting metal allergies!

I’m not a clinician, but I witnessed my mother’s patch test, which her dermatologist allowed. Her patch test was too vague. That’s when we were referred to a MELISA blood allergy test. I saw the results from her MELISA test! It was definitive and clear cut. There was not any reason to doubt her blood allergy test results from an appropriate lab that is credible.

When a patient is told a blood allergy test is not credible, ask your doctor check his/her sources. Share the web site of that lab! Become educated and informed.

With all due respect, medical doctors appear leery of metal allergy blood testing. Why, I have to wonder. Is there a hidden agenda or is it because patients are complaining to doctors that are missing the connection to unrelated health issues caused by metal implants creating failed health over sometimes “a gradual amount of time” and others quickly discover failing health which directs links back to when the metal implant was surgically placed in the body.

It’s your body. It’s your health. Respect your doctors. However, don’t be afraid to get additional opinions. Do your homework!

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We didn’t know about metal in joint replacements? Did you?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

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No clue?!? Progress Prevails

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

When I began conducting my own research, no one had a clue what could possibly be my mother’s culprit. Patricia’s odd symptoms were all over the board. She didn’t “fit” into a normal case of anything. No signs indicated a clear direction what was the cause of her health decline as her body became increasing worse.

After a muscle biopsy, she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Myopathy – thought to be ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Mom was given “no hope” without any clues how myopathy could have developed in a healthy, vibrant and energetic woman.

Her medical history had been healthy for 68 years. She didn’t smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, and did not take illegal medications. She had never been exposed to environmental hazards while working for a power company. Literally, there weren’t any clues, signs or symptoms what was happening to her body.

Currently, Patricia is at 95 percent mobility and quality of life compared to a previous 30 percent with failing health. No one would have ever believed her muscle tissue would be able to regrow and she could regain her physical strength  – a first in the United States!

My speaking schedule has become increasingly busier since we have been sharing an awareness of the potential dangers of metal allergies. Physicians are also listening to become aware of odd symptoms in their patients with metal implants.

What was considered “no hope” with “no clues” is shifting towards an incredible progressive pace.

Lee and Trish

Dr. Lee Cowden, Chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Board, discusses Patricia’s miraculous rebound from metal allergies which created a side effect of Inflammatory Myopathy.

 

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Re: Metal on Metal Warning

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

In my efforts to share views, news and perspective primarily related to metal implants, it’s not too often I discover which articles offer encouragement. The highlighted article in this weblog, “Re: Metal on Metal Warning” was a welcomed discovery from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (www.aaos.org) spokesperson, Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, posted on BoneSmart.org

Previously metal replacements resulting in questionable medical cases with hip replacements, were lumped into one category. The following information should offer anyone affected by similar experiences, hope! Orthopaedic surgeons are starting to publicly recognize what’s happening with metal implants and muscle tissue damage.

One of the orthopaedic surgeons largest associations is now specifically referring to two different types of cases. A progressive move for defining metal hip replacement issues.

Also, Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, suggested, as quoted:

“In patients with metal-on-metal surface replacements, there is a direct correlation between serum metal levels and metal sensitivity determined by [lymphocyte transformation testing] LTT,” Jacobs said. “Current diagnostic methods, both patch testing and in vitro, do require more robust clinical validation, but it can be useful in pre-op screening for patients with in vitro metal allergies when there is a history of reaction to jewelry.”

The article also states:

“Based on case reports and device literature, Jacobs said that metal allergy exists and has been seen as a temporal association. It can have different presentations and many involve a rash. In some examples, patients suffer skin reactions after implantation of total joint replacement devices. In other cases, the reaction goes away after the implant is removed for nonunion or re-fracture, only to return after re-implantation. In my mind, those sorts of cases prove to me that this is a real clinical entity,” Jacobs said.

Using patch testing, 14% of the general population would be sensitive to nickel and 10% would be sensitive to cobalt and chromium. However, Jacob said that patch testing may be flawed because it may have no bearing on what is occurring happening in deep tissues.

“Metal-on-metal allergy is the cause of clinical symptomatology, such as pain and swelling,” Jacobs said. These allergies present as skin reactions such as dermatitis, or patients may have a history of allergy to jewelry. The responses to these allergies can present as stiff knees, pseudotumors, necrosis or unexplained pain,” Jacobs said.

CCD: The deep tissue issue is how the medical breakthrough, as depicted in “Steel Standing,” has successfully enlightened neurologists to review other muscle disease/disorder cases in patients with metal implants. Also, my mother used M.E.L.I.S.A. metal allergy testing vs. LTT.  For more information, to have a M.E.L.I.S.A. allergy test in the United States contact: info@neurorelief.com

Reference:
Jacobs JJ. Clinical manifestations of metal allergy. Adverse reactions to byproducts of joint replacements (AAOS/ORSI). Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 2012 Annual Meeting. Feb. 7-11. San Francisco.

To read the complete article: http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/metal-allergy-in-joint-replacement.13261/

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