I used to take Ibuprofen 800 two at a time, four times a day, and it must have done something to my liver, the doc. took me off of it quite suddenly? And he would never say why, exactly? Well, I asked my V.A. doc. and she said it looks like it was starting to effect your liver? It is okay, now, I guess? All the blood tests come back great? Sooo? I will have to ask my doc. today when she calls? Thanks for that tip!!!
Wow, this last one was on my c5-c6-7. That makes me a full metal neck. LOL!!! My first two were killers. And everyone from my nurse, to the surgeon were telling me that this one, would top both of those, hands down?! Well, I guess they were all wrong? That dr. that surgeon that did my surgery, was there when I had my sutures removed. He asked me how it felt, and when I told him I felt much better, he looked shocked? I told him except for the tightness and swelling, it feels pretty good? He was smiling so brightly, I swear he glowed?! I told him that, except for that, the limited movement was way more than I expected? He said I tried to give you what your degenerated discs would allow, so its a plus, then? I said you got that right, doc.! He grinned, shook my hand, gave me a slip for rehab, and said I will see you in a couple more months. Great! That was on the 16th., and I still have no okay from the V.A.?! Par for the course with them!
Well, Annette, there you have it, the whole story! LOL!!!
Its good to post, again! And so far, everything is looking good. I was pretty scared going in since even the surgeon said I would have a lot more pain this time, than the last two from the front?I had less pain, and this one from the back of my neck? I looked through the double mirror system, and the scar is looking pretty good?!
I do have some movement limitations, but better than I ever expected! And the best part, the bones are no longer grinding on each other? That was sooo creepy, just the feel of it? There are soft discs in our necks for a reason, to keep the bones from grinding on each other. LOL!!! I most definitely have a full metal neck, now.
How are you getting along, Dave? Any better, or any better relief since last I was here? How's the wife, the family? All great, I hope?! I lost my father Sept. 23rd. 2013, not sure if you guys knew, or not? Well, that is it, no more parents or grandparents left. I am down to one aunt left, and two uncles. After that, it is just us "kids"? LOL!!! At 56, I sure don't feel like no kid! LOL!!!
Annette, Dave, more of you I have now forgotten your names?! The last time i posted was quite a while ago, sorry about that! I wanted to wait and see what exactly was going to happen? You know I have to go through the V.A. for everything? Well, as is par for the course, I finally got the go ahead and went?! I had my (LAST???) fusion surgery on my neck on the 31st of Dec. last year, I got out on the 1st to go home. Well, it is just about all healed up, but what a scar I'll have this time?! I will just have to let my hair grow a little long, again?
I am still a little numb around the wound site, but that is expected. I had the sutures removed about two weeks ago, now? You should see this wound, it looks just like the one Frankenstein wore so proudly? LOL!!! Nawww, the doc did pretty well, I think? However, I am still suddenly jerking, you know, like when you are just about to fall asleep and your body gives a jerk? Well, imagine that about doubled, and that is how it is with me, still, after the doc said it would stop? I still have those cadaver chips crackling and popping all the time, I was under the impression that too, would stop? Great, I go through all of this pain, and I still suffer with that? Oh, the knock out doc., can't spell anisthesia? Anyway, this guy wakes me up to the most ungodly pain I have ever felt! I'm screaming out loud for someone to shoot me, and he says "just a moment, I'm trying to figure out what cocktail to give you?" HUH??? I told him to put me out, or when I wake up again, I am gonna hunt you down and cause you agony like this!!! The next thing I know, the recovery nurse is talking to me, and I am going to my room. I awoke some time later, and didn't feel so bad?! And now, here I am, almost fully healed and still have the two major concerns I had prior to this surgery? One other positive, I am now back up to the 6.250 feet I was so long ago, now? That is "six and one quarter" if you are not familiar with that measurement?
Well, that is my update I promised everyone. Now, I have to find a dentist, I barely slept since Fri., the pain in my tooth was horrendous, I went to the E.R.! That doc. sent me home with two scripts, one a joke, those aspirin/hydrokodone that doesn't help anything? And one for Penicillin. Well, last night was the real killer! I had to keep sipping cold water, and holding it on that side of my mouth till it gets warm, then repeat. AL NIGHT LONG!!! And at about 4:30 this morn., I finally fell asleep?! Now I have to go, it is starting to hurt again, but nowhere near as bad as last night. I have an infection going up my gums from a bad looking tooth, I have to hope it isn't an absessed tooth?!
Well, thank you guys, for letting me have all this time to get "BETTER"? LOL!!! That is yet to be seen? LOL!!!
In your case, I would direct you to speak with both, Annette, and C.T.Beth!
They both have experience I never had, and they have been here a lot longer than I. All I can say is, I hope you find some relief from all this?! NO ONE wants to be in pain, and all we ask is for some relief from it?! I hope you get that!!!
I checked on the Calmare as you asked, and then read your posts here. Oh wow! Will this work for nerve damage, as I am not sure to what extent your spinal cord is effected? Do you also have nerve damage?
I have to wonder if my Pain Mgmt. Spst. has heard of this yet? He also mentioned massage therapy, and chiro. to me, so, this may be something I can use, also???
Congratulations on the success!!! 170? Amazing!!! By the photo, you look very slim? Again, congrats!!!
Sorry about the pain! Some of us will never get any relief! I suffer from nerve damage and nothing seems to touch it??? I tried those nerve blocks, it lasted maybe two hours, then back to full on hurt!!! I take 4-100mg. ms.contin, (Full morphine) plus 5- 5mg. oxycodone per day. Also, I have to take 600mg. of Lyrica per day. All laughable at best?! Nothing they know of will touch the burn?! So, I suffer, day in, day out! Sleeping is the worst!