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!
I thought I had responded to this before, but maybe not? Anyway, I have taken the Gabapentin for years, 900mg.s a day. Once it no longer worked, I was traded over to Lyrica. I am up to 600mg.s a day, and still feel some relief.
I never had the upset stomache, but I did have some weird things at first. I thought people were around me, but when I looked, of course, no one was there. This all subsided about two weeks in?!
Absolutely!!! If the Tens Unit was prescribed by your doctor, then yes, you should get one!!!
You will have to try it for yourself. Everyone I have ever talked to about the Tens, have all loved, and swore by it! I absolutely adore mine!!! It can take my pain away for as long as ten minutes after shut off? A little piece from heaven, that's it!!!