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Acronyms and computer short han...

abx = antibiotics

B12 DEF = Vitamin B12 deficiency/pernicious anemia
BI = Basilar impression or basilar invagination
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b/t = "break through" (pain)

CCI = craniocervical instability
CCF = cranio cervical fusion
CM = Chiari Malformation


CPS = Central Pain Syndrome <!-- m -->http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cent ... l_pain.htm<!-- m -->

CSF = cerebral spinal fluid
CST = Cranial Sacral Therapy
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CTO = cervical thoracic orthosis (a vest that goes with an Aspen collar)
<!-- m -->http://www.alsab.ca/equipment/collars.aspx<!-- m -->

DDD = Degenerative Disc Disease
<!-- m -->http://www.spine-health.com/topics/cd/d ... gen01.html

dx = diagnosis, diagnosed

EDS = Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
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ER = Emergency Room

Fibro = fibromyalgia (see also FMS)
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FM = foramen magnum
FMS = fibromyalgia syndrome
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frx (or fx) = fracture

HA = headache

I/C = insurance company
ICP = intracranial pressure
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ICT = Invasive craniocervical traction
IICP = increased intracranial pressure
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LP = lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
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LPS = lumbar peritoneal shunt
LOC = loss of consciousness

MVA = motor vehicle accident

NIH = The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
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NL = neurologist
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NS or NSG = neurosurgeon
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OMD = Oriental Medical Doctor
OTC = over the counter (medication)
OTC = Occult Tethered Cord (see also TCS)
OTFT = Occult Tight Filum Terminale

PCP = Primary Care Physician
PFD = posterior fossa decompression
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PRN = Pro re nata, a medical term for "As the situation arises." Used by
doctors/nurses with medication, to mean, "As needed."

PST = pre surgerical testing
pt = patient
PT = physical therapy
PTC = pseudotumor cerebri
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PTP = primary treating physician
PTS or PTSM = post-traumatic syringomyelia
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Rx = prescribed or prescription

SB = spina bifida
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SFT = Section Filum Terminale (see OTFT or TCS)

SM = syringomyelia
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SSDI = Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI = Supplemental Security Income
sx = symptoms

TCI = The Chiari Institute in Great Neck, NY
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TCS = Tethered Cord Syndrome
<!-- m -->http://www.muhealth.org/~neuromed/tetheredcord.shtml<!-- m -->

TENS = Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator
<!-- m -->http://arthritis.about.com/od/assistive ... nsunit.htm<!-- m -->

TFS = Tight Filum Syndrome
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TMJ = Temporomandibular joint
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TOS = Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
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tx = treatment

VPS = ventriculoperitoneal shunt
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COMPUTER SHORT-HAND AND TEXT MESSAGING:

b/c = because
BTDT = been there done that
btw = by the way
DH = dear husband
DW = dear wife
DD = dear daughter (you get the idea...)
HTH = hope this helps
IMHO = in my honest opinion
IMO = in my opinion
JIC - Just in case
JK = just kidding
KWIM = Know what I mean?
LMBO = laughing my butt off
LOL = laugh out loud
NCC = No Chiari Content
PMP = peeing my pants (from laughing)
ROFL = rolling on the floor laughing
OT = Off Topic
ttyl = talk to you later
TY = thank you
YW = you're welcome

PM = "private message" used on the message board by clicking on the PM symbol at the bottom of the messaging window

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