It seems my discs at L3-L5 are on their last days. Any movement causing my lumbar to bend or rotate causes abrupt clicking from what feels to be bone on bone contact. It's not real painful, but leaves a sickening feeling in my stomach. I don't know if I'm so knumb to pain that I just tolerate or if the treatments have rendered my lumbar permanently deadened to pain.
I see my pain doc next week and will see about further diagnosis and perhaps an epidural.
Which reminds me. I ran in o my doc last week as we both entered Walmart! We talked a bit as he asked how I was holding up. He wanted to know about my divorc and some changes we made recently to my bolus dose rate.
I think I have the best doctor in the world.View Thread
Analgesic from catheter releasing on nicocepters around T10. The nerves along your abdomen wrap around your sides towards the anterior longetudinel line of abdomen...in other words, the pump was working as desinged, the medication released from the catheter was numbing my belly (hey! That tickles) from back to front.View Thread
Talked the office this morning. Looks like we're going to setup a dye study.
Had an easy day today. Took mom to look for furniture and stuff.
I hope all the driving to town is almost over. That kills me. I get so tired driving around in traffic and parking lots. It really aggravates my spine. It's the twisting to check mirrors, blind spots, etc. any of you push your elbow with your free arm to be able to reach the seatbelt. Not a good explanation, but if you do it, you'll knoww:)
I've been hurting a lot more the last few weeks. The past few days have been lumbar hell. I didn't think much of it as with all the divorce crap I've heen organizing 30 years worth if my junk(hers) and some really nice stuff (mine). I've been working on my daughter's car to ready it for college and driving to town multiple times a day to fix bank accounts and going to the attorney...it's been a real gauntlet. I usually only go to town a few times a week.
Today I gave myself a bolus dose from the pump. Immediately I felt the warm numbness of the morphine running under my skin. The area from the pump (to the right of my belly button) to just under my right nipple and about 10 inches wide went numb and stayed numb for almost 40 minutes.
I immediately texted my doc and awhile later he texted back and stated he'd check my pump data numbers Monday morning and the office would be in contact.
Funny thing is I got my doc's text while I was answering an email my attorney just sent me...I had to check the calander. Yes, it's sunday!
I fear the catheter may be damaged from me being too physical
I'll keep you posted. Of course if he has to fix the catheter it will be a minor surgery, but that's okay. What the pump has given me has been great. I would put up with a minor surgery per year. It's been about two years now and I haven't had a pain pill since a few months prior. Last week I had my wellness check up and I'm healthier now than I've been in 20 years. I take no meds at all other than some occaisionsl NSAIDS. I'm sleeping naturally and feel sharp as a tack.
I'm sure things will work out fine. I'll keep you posted.
I've had four RF ablutions, two in the thoracic and two in the lumbar.
To be honest, I think I've had more.
The lumber procedures worked well, but the thoracic did not. I must say that my thoracic spine is very disfigured and crushed vertically so it was all but impossible to get the probe in close proximity to the ganglia.
Like Dave said, trying to figure things out can be so frustrating, but the rewards are so great!
Legally speaking disability is not protected so actually it can be taken.
As for pain, I've been organizing crap, cleaning the garage and then had to chage the water pump, radiator etc on my daughters car. On top of that I've been driving to town everyday to fix the banking mess and meet with attorney. If I could do this much everyday I could work! I've been able to slow down for three days now and I'm getting better. My legs feel almost normal, but my right hip/lumbar still feels angry.
As for stress, I'm sure I have some pent up worries, but to be honest I'm feeling great. I just went to my primary doc and I'm healthier now than I've been in 20 years. I no longer need cholesterol or thyroid medication. I quit taking ambian for sleep and haven't had an oral anelgesic in almost two years. I have zero prscription meds and I'm sleeping better than I have since before I was hurt.
My back still dictates my activity, but at least I have activity.
The divorce has been interesting...if anything it's going to good on my side and I'm waiting for some bad news, but everyday she does something stupid and I look even better.
Her lawyer filed another motion saying I'm (louder this time) I an using my disability to influence the court and why did I only go on disability 2 years ago when my accident was 15 years ago! I surely must be faking it. (Geez, no parade for the 13 years of hell I worked to keep a roof over everyone's head while the girls were still kids)
They went on to say had I been a terrible father it would have been an improvement for I was no father at all...
If you knew me you would know that with a broken back I did things like coach softball, become a soccer ref, take time off work to teach my daughter (from the ground) how to break a young horse for her senior FFA project. I also am a photographer, and with that comes a library of over 500,000.00 high resolution photos of my girls lives in still motion through my cameras lens.
I could go on and on, but suffice to say, this is the way everything's going. She makes an unsubstantiated claim and substantiate the opposite.
I should get some feedback Monday and my pain doc is trying to get me in. Life is good and all these things are just God's way of telling you that you don't need TV for entertainment:)View Thread