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  1. I guess the party that never stops ended Jan, of...

    I guess the party that never stops ended Jan, of this year. For so long it seemed like we would come up with an idea that would reignite the party but finally the best ideas couldn't even do the...
  2. Troll and Earth mother, yes I took a break and...

    Troll and Earth mother, yes I took a break and doubt I will be a regular as traffic just never has picked up and I have tried to simplify my life so I have dropped several forums IE facebook, BT. and...
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    Karen and Jeannie, it has been a long time so I...

    Karen and Jeannie, it has been a long time so I thought I would stop in and see who was still around. I am glad a few are still checking in now and then. I dropped out for a while, maybe will...
  4. Eva, I can't answer all your questions but I...

    Eva, I can't answer all your questions but I live in Indiana and know the law has changed so CPers must use a Pain Management doctor for prescriptions and the FDA has cracked down on doctors...
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    Infection is something that should be checked out...

    Infection is something that should be checked out for spinal pain and in my case blood work was a necessary test to narrow the cause of my pain. Blood work along with MRIs, bone scans, and other...
  6. Lil E, it is great to hear that MJ is working...

    Lil E, it is great to hear that MJ is working well for you. I will go up to my mom's the middle of Feb and stay for ten days to care for her. I hope she has shown major improvement by then. The...
  7. Charlotte, this thread is a place where people...

    Charlotte, this thread is a place where people can come to and complain about their medical problems or talk about our lives. We give and get much support when we need it the most.

    Jo, IU had to...
  8. holidays

    We were on our way to a very good Christmas despite the limit of spending money because my mom came down to see all of us but especially to see the great granddaughters. On Christmas Eve I was not...
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    lisaanne, sorry you are having problems from this...

    lisaanne, sorry you are having problems from this as I can say it could very be because of your T8-9 bulge. I had surgery at that level after losing all feeling on my left side. If I hadn't been...
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    Eva, I hope you get a lawyer to at least look at...

    Eva, I hope you get a lawyer to at least look at your situation. It may be as simple as her GP stating she didn't have full control of her decision making. If that comes before a court your brother...
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    Eva your story is heartbreaking and if I were...

    Eva your story is heartbreaking and if I were near your brother I would beat the crap out of him [even better I wish I had hacking skills] and take whatever I could to give to you. First thing is...
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    Alex, losing weight that quickly can be scary but...

    Alex, losing weight that quickly can be scary but I have a question - have you already been on your gluten free diet and if so how long. I don't know much about the diet so I don't know if rapid...
  13. Julia, good to see you have stayed out of the...

    Julia, good to see you have stayed out of the hospital so far. Just put a horn on that chair so people know to get out of your way as you come by.lol
    Have a great holiday with all those young ones...
  14. Dave it is good to hear from you despite the rant...

    Dave it is good to hear from you despite the rant being about pain. Unfortunately we fellow spinies know what you are talking about. Hey it is great progress to go from 15 drinks down to 3 a day. ...
  15. Ju;ia, good to see someone is checking in. Sorry...

    Ju;ia, good to see someone is checking in. Sorry to hear you haven't learned how to stay out of the hospital. I have an idea for you for holiday, sit back and let everyone take care of you and keep...
  16. Thread: why?

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    Alex, Cynthia is fortunate, as I know you are for...

    Alex, Cynthia is fortunate, as I know you are for having her in your life, to have you there for her. I would struggle with a gluten free diet but I wish you both luck with it. My broke spine is...
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    HB Troll, I like your approach to help lift up...

    HB Troll, I like your approach to help lift up the person that answers the phone at your doctor's office. I can't say I have any other ideas other than to try and be polite, that is easier here as...
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    HB Troll, no I don't think we will see natural...

    HB Troll, no I don't think we will see natural venom but they may come out with some way to use the venom to treat our pain while justifying the additional expense. I doubt that you get any long...
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    HB Troll, interesting to solve your pain and I...

    HB Troll, interesting to solve your pain and I have seen articles about venom being investigated as a way to treat neuropathic pain. It will be interesting to see how long the effect last. I have...
  20. Thread: why?

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    Alex, sorry to hear that your pain meds aren't...

    Alex, sorry to hear that your pain meds aren't doing the job right now. My guess is alcohol masked the additional pain and now that you are cutting way back, a good thing I think, you are more aware...
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    Dave, congratulations on your being sober for a...

    Dave, congratulations on your being sober for a month. Please don't down play it as it is a positive state and day by day is the only way I can make it each day due to the pain and discomfort...
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    Alex, sorry to hear of all that is going on and I...

    Alex, sorry to hear of all that is going on and I hope things start getting better. Having chronic pain is stressful enough without all the other things going on. I would like to take all the...
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    Hi, sorry you are dealing with so much pain and...

    Hi, sorry you are dealing with so much pain and discomfort due to your neck. One thing I have found that helps me, after trying so many that haven't helped, is deep tissue massage. The pain...
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    Dave, I agree with Rose that you are dealing...

    Dave, I agree with Rose that you are dealing with a lot of pain both physical and emotional. It is not an easy burden to deal with especially when you were so active before. i know I miss the...
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    Wildflr, It infuriates me to read about your...

    Wildflr, It infuriates me to read about your treatment as no one should have to go through a cold turkey cut off of pain meds. I fear more of us are going to face this in the future. Her comment...
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    Hellbound Troll, it is good to say hi to you once...

    Hellbound Troll, it is good to say hi to you once again. I don't have any info on West Coast spinal doctors but I hope you find one that works for you. I know your SO has recommended seeing a...
  27. Julia, it is good to see you visiting the room...

    Julia, it is good to see you visiting the room again. Sorry you had another spell in the hospital, you sure know how to pick the worse combination of illnesses. I am glad you were able to at least...
  28. Thread: Jumpiness

    by Mark N
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    My son was taking Seroquel and is currently...

    My son was taking Seroquel and is currently triating off of it. He was very jumpy with seroquel and needed to get off of it. He has changed to Quetiapine Fumarate and is doing much better with it. ...
  29. It has been quiet here in the room. My cat is...

    It has been quiet here in the room. My cat is meowing at me right now as he is starting his morning. I am still recovering from the trip North last month but now I have another trip up North as the...
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    Wldflr, sorry you are going through so much pain...

    Wldflr, sorry you are going through so much pain due to the dr. I have found deep tissue massage really helps me when my pain is soaring and my muscles are screaming in pain. It takes a good...
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    Gordon, it is good to hear about all the recovery...

    Gordon, it is good to hear about all the recovery you have made so far. I had C-diff last summer and it is no fun so I hope you get over it soon. The thing about empathy is about us not needing...
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    Alex, good to hear from you but I know what you...

    Alex, good to hear from you but I know what you mean by existing but no thanks from the VA. Its good to be cheerful but sometimes in life that isn't possible.
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    Sorry to hear about this terrible treatment you...

    Sorry to hear about this terrible treatment you are getting from this office. You have been given good advice here and I hope you have someone at home that can help you. It is hard to follow...
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    Alex, I was in the Marines at that time and had...

    Alex, I was in the Marines at that time and had the same air gun vaccinations. Unfortunately in the military you have to do what they say and I have often thought they were using us to test things. ...
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    gracie, hi it is good to see you once again. ...

    gracie, hi it is good to see you once again. Sorry to hear your husband is still having so many problems. It is sad that we deal with so much more because troubles with the medical community...
  36. Thread: Summer and BT

    by Mark N
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    Mike, glad to hear your dad is doing better. I...

    Mike, glad to hear your dad is doing better. I am one that believes if you love your job you never work a day. However, the way things are, it may be better strategy to take the better paying job...
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    Gordon, sorry about just now responding as I went...

    Gordon, sorry about just now responding as I went with my wife up North to visit with her family and to see a few friends from when we lived there. I have been down for a couple weeks recovering...
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    Gordon, sorry to hear about the problems. My...

    Gordon, sorry to hear about the problems. My daughter just went through bad kidney stones and had them broken up but said it was a painful procedure. Like alex said though, it was better than going...
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    Gary, welcome to this site. I am glad Kate could...

    Gary, welcome to this site. I am glad Kate could post her experience for you as you consider botox for your migraines. I hadn't heard of botox to treat migraines so it is interesting to read about...
  40. Last weekend we had a terrible storm that brought...

    Last weekend we had a terrible storm that brought 60 mph winds that did some damage around town. Thankfully we have had better weather this weekend. We have kept the two granddaughters last night...
  41. Thread: Pain block

    by Mark N
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    Dianne, I haven't personally had a block for any...

    Dianne, I haven't personally had a block for any of my disk problems but posters in the past have talked about getting them. If they can isolate the nerve that is being irritated by the bulge then ...
  42. Hi Julia, I have been visiting every couple of...

    Hi Julia, I have been visiting every couple of days but got tired of posting to myself. It is good to come here and see you have checked in. At least I know you have been avoiding stays in the...
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    Gordon, sorry to hear about the trouble with...

    Gordon, sorry to hear about the trouble with your wife right now. PM is a wide range of strategies depending on the doctor. I would avoid the ones that want to do injections as some are not much...
  44. Hi dinkie, there are a couple of us around and I...

    Hi dinkie, there are a couple of us around and I will be sure to give you my vote. It i good to hear from you again as I have wondered how the three of you are doing. I hoped for the best but knew...
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    Gordon, I think you have found the right idea...

    Gordon, I think you have found the right idea about being up more. As long as you can tell it is muscle pain then keep pushing but if you find yourself dealing with a lot of pain at night back off a...
  46. Not a lot going on this week as I had a long...

    Not a lot going on this week as I had a long sleep to catch up with missing sleep. Still I did get out and plant our flowers and got started with all the trimming and edging to make things look...
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    Alex, I can hear the fatigue, frustration, and...

    Alex, I can hear the fatigue, frustration, and depression in your post. You have so many things to deal with it doesn't help to be anemic especially with all the pain and lack of pain medication. ...
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    Typically scoliosis is your spine bending side...

    Typically scoliosis is your spine bending side way instead of being upright. With the loss of height you are talking about it seems like you have a bad scoliosis. I can't imagine going from 5'11"...
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    Gordon, your weakness may be due to muscle loss...

    Gordon, your weakness may be due to muscle loss depending on how much you were off your feet after surgery. I know I was shocked at how weak I felt because I was a big weight lifting guy before my...
  50. We got our plantings and put them out yesterday...

    We got our plantings and put them out yesterday so most of our work is done. I still need to do some Spring edging and trimming which will take time but people have already been commenting on...
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    Traveler, I would pursue deep tissue massage as I...

    Traveler, I would pursue deep tissue massage as I have had the same issue and I have found relief as the massage has relieved muscle knots and tightness. It was shocking how much it helped me but I...
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    Gayle good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about...

    Gayle good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your husband's accident and workman's comp better come through; what a bunch of bs they are trying to pull. I hope the two of you are able to move...
  53. Sorry to hear Dr Albert is in a new job that...

    Sorry to hear Dr Albert is in a new job that makes it unlikely you can continue with him. Muscle spasms you talk about are the reason I now get deep tissue massages. I have found that if I take...
  54. The cold weather is back but it will turn around...

    The cold weather is back but it will turn around to warmer weather this week. It has been a tough week with pain, sleep issues, and fighting a cold but I hope with the warmer weather coming back...
  55. First I want to say how fortunate you are to have...

    First I want to say how fortunate you are to have Dr Albert to turn to. Unfortunately you may be finding yourself in the situation I am in which is this is the best it will be after years of...
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    jeanie, the changes in the law brought about by...

    jeanie, the changes in the law brought about by the ACA has hurt many middle class workers and it isn't misinformation. That's all I will say since this isn't a political site but my wife and I are...
  57. Welcome back although the reason for you coming...

    Welcome back although the reason for you coming back is a sad one that many of us know all too well. I am not doing very well this week but I wanted to say hi and let you know I will read your post...
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    Alex, sorry to hear that things are so...

    Alex, sorry to hear that things are so Topsey-Turvey right now. I hope things calm down soon and you get back up on your feet soon. I know it is hard to get up and get things done some times. Hang...
  59. Thread: inversion table

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    Jacquie it is good to see you stopping in again. ...

    Jacquie it is good to see you stopping in again. Come by any time and if enough of us do that we can slowly build this place back up. The table does a great job stretching my tight back muscles but...
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    Lile sorry to hear this news. I hope you can...

    Lile sorry to hear this news. I hope you can qualify for MMJ and it does the job for your pain.
  61. Sandi, such sad news and to top it off the news...

    Sandi, such sad news and to top it off the news about the nurses delaying her pain meds. I thought DRs had come to the conclusion that terminal patients shouldn't be denied pain meds but some...
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    Sorry to hear about your situation but many are...

    Sorry to hear about your situation but many are going through these issues while politicians on one side ignore the hardship we are dealing with. I hope you can find what you need and that MJ does...
  63. Sandi, sorry to hear what your MIL, you, and...

    Sandi, sorry to hear what your MIL, you, and hubby are going through and I will keep you in my prayers. It is hard to see others in pain as we know what it is like but often we can't do anything...
  64. Sandi, your MIL has gone through a lot the past...

    Sandi, your MIL has gone through a lot the past few years with her health. I wish she could get medication to deal with her pain as thoracic pain is really bad. I understand you missing when she...
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    Keep up the good work in classes. It isn't easy...

    Keep up the good work in classes. It isn't easy to keep the A grades but if they don't change the B remember that people hiring don't like perfect grades in general as they believe you need to have...
  66. We got hit again with snow but just a couple of...

    We got hit again with snow but just a couple of inches this time. We didn't get as much as they said were were early this week 5" instead of 9"-18". The snow makes the town look very nice though...
  67. We are getting ready for our first big snow this...

    We are getting ready for our first big snow this year. We have had cold days but the snow has missed us but now we are suppose to get 9" - 18" by Tuesday. It will be nice to have a big snowstorm...
  68. Sandi, it doesn't sound like too much to me but...

    Sandi, it doesn't sound like too much to me but it depends on how rough you are willing to live. I had a couple buddies from NC when I was in the Marines and there are some isolated rural areas in...
  69. Sandi, so you don't want to move up to Buffalo I...

    Sandi, so you don't want to move up to Buffalo I guess. I understand wanting to go where it is warmer although winter doesn't bother me the way it does my wife. I grew up in warm locations so I...
  70. Sandi, I enjoy having him home but my wife...

    Sandi, I enjoy having him home but my wife stresses having him here. No matter what he does, he struggles doing things and needs some counseling which he is going to do, Penny doesn't think he is...
  71. Sandi, grandkids are such a treat. They aren't...

    Sandi, grandkids are such a treat. They aren't around all the time and when they come over they are excited about being at our house. It is fun seeing once again a child's imagination and learning...
  72. Sandi, no snow for us as it stayed North and...

    Sandi, no snow for us as it stayed North and then moved into your area. My wife is from northern Indiana, it is where we were married, and they got 11 inches of snow too. I made the puppet theater...
  73. Hi Julia, I have gotten more out of the...

    Hi Julia, I have gotten more out of the inversion table than Penny has as she isn't very good about following through on different treatments. Her back is much better but she needs to start...
  74. Sandi,, your MIL has really been going through...

    Sandi,, your MIL has really been going through the wringer lately. I hope she can make it through the surgeries and then get back on her feet. You said it right about it is hard to determine when...
  75. Alex, I use my inversion table a couple times a...

    Alex, I use my inversion table a couple times a day and I can feel the effect moving up my spine as the muscle get stretched. I don't know how much longer it will be before I start using it...
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