Yep, we are getting those major storm and blizzard warnings. Storm of the ???? (decade, if not century). Guess it is a waiting game for now. I'm betting on a half inch! lololol Anybody else betting on a miss?
Regardless, it hasn't been a terrible winter so far. Already the winds and the damp make it feel really, really cold out there. And we're still about a day away from the major push of the snow. Then comes the deep freeze.
Deach and bj and Dave and Charl et. al., How are you doing?
Very cold here tonight. Going to 8? Then warmer and snow tomorrow. After a couple of days hitting 30, the bottom drops out! Monday's high? Only something like 12!
Yep, 'tis the season. Cold and aches and creaking bodies. lol Must be worse for you if you are doing wood stove heating and having to carry that around. The store must actually feel warm to you even if the front door is open a lot?
Very cold here too. Just passed our snowy weather on to you? We are sunny at 26 with a chill of 19. Tomorrow the high will be 21? sigh I curl up on the sofa until my legs need to move or be stuck in that position forever. I need summertime again also. Hate winter but moving somewhere warm is just too hard also.
I finally had to put my old cat to sleep a few weeks ago. She just didn't feel well and it seemed like the kind thing to do for her. It is awfully hard for us to loose our longtime companions and they are certainly high maintenance as well. It is good to hear that you still have old Jer. But I am sorry to hear that he also suffers in the cold weather. Its a good thing that you can still scoop him up and get him back indoors.
I have a lot of trouble trying to figure out the pain scales also. Then I found one which verbally explains what behaviors are included in a scale of 10 rating system. This has helped me to more objectively rate my pain.
Yo!! How are you, my friend? Seems like you have the weather we had and passed along. On Sat., the temp crashed. Today we are at 40 degrees with a 34 degree wind chill. Winter IS HERE! sigh I am with you on wishing for spring already. How many months to go? I'm counting them already. I don't even have my winter coat washed yet. sigh I still want to wear shorts! I guess part of the problem is that my thermostat is just a twisty dial and the temperatures it prroduces vary widely. So, I am always too hot or too cold.
Well, I am doing PT. Working really hard. LOL. Really, I am quite proud of myself. I started on the treadmill at 2-3 minutes and I was totally finished. Now on a good day, I can do 9 minutes!!! Not that I will ever be totally 'cured'. The goal is just to strengthen some core muscles so that I can do a few things with less pain.
You still working? I hope you are well. OH - I just got my flu and H1N1 injection. Did you get yours yet? I am sure you need it if you are working.
I do hope that you docs can find something to help you without having to undergo further surgery. You are so lucky though that you have your daughters ready and willing to help you with whatever lies ahead.
For me, I am having a really terrible day. The PT place had me doing PT 3x a week and even though they did not give me any home exercises, it is just brutal to do this 3 times a week. I have very little strength and my reserves of endurance are now depleted. So, I asked and will go to 2x a week. They gave me home exercises this time but hopefully I will have some chance of recuperating between sessions. Today, in rolling over and doing one exercise on my side, I hurt both my hip and spine. It took until this evening, but I think the pain that caused in my back has finally gone away. Aarrgggg. Having a lousy spine is the pits, eh?
Anyhow, just thought I would join you in that pity party. The more the merrier?
I very often feel the lack of company. But it is something I am pretty used to. I am sure that suddenly losing your beloved partner is a huge obstacle in your everyday life. I guess that from what you've told us about his last years, you just need to remember how he was even more stuck in a body that didn't work right and how difficult it was for him to move around. I am so sure that he is no longer trapped. Yes you are missing him still but it sounded like he had even more weakness than you.
Yes, I 'talk' Shar all the time also. I have mostly lost touch with the others also. But if you look at the links on the left-hand side of this screen, there is Deach's Backie Daily Moan. I am not sure how many of the oldies are there, but perhaps you will find some?
Hey! I have not been on the board since they changed this format awhile ago. That is because for the most part, I cannot post a reply unless I turn off my pop-up blocker and restart IE. It is just too much of a bother to do that just in order to post here. Anyhow, for the last week, I just started occasionally reading posts again.
How is it going for you? Again, so sorry for your loss and I hope you have been able to move on past that.
I suppose that progressive weakness is in store for all of us? If you remember I've had some good success from transforaminal injections. But this year, my p.m. doctor's surgery stopped taking my insurance and I had to go with another. It was something like 7 months from my last injection before I got another. This one did not seem as successful. I haven't a clue if it was the length of time or perhaps a differennt concoction used by the new p.m.doc. But I also do notice a lot more weakness in my leg(s) than I ever had before. Right now, I am going to PT. I really hope that this will help me turn the tide on that weakness.
Hope I was one of the friends you were missing? LOL Welcome back to the board anyhow.
I have not been around here in awhile and I must say that this board is NOT for only those with back surgeries--failed or otherwise. This board IS for people of all sorts with any kind of back problem and any kind of treatment or even those not going through treatments.
I have spondylolisthesis of L4 and L5 over S1. Personally I am avoiding surgery. I feel that the odds of it actually helping are not all that good and that the failure rates of needing 2nd or more surgeries to fix up the first one seem to happen all too frequently.
Have you tried the epidural injections? I DO find that they are minimally invasive and that they do help a lot. Still I am affected by my condition and mainly it is in the back that I do feel the pain.
Yes, I believe that it is possible to have a crack and not have it be anything major. If I'm remembering correctly it is spondylolisthis, but it could be spondylosis. They all sound fairly similar. Anyhow this would be a hairline crack or fracture on a pars bone which may or may not develop into spondylolisthesis.
I would also suggest that you see an orthopedic doctor to try and find out if there is anything of significance in your bone scan or MRI.