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Offline Jimmy Halfnote

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To all those kind concerned folks.
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:35:05 PM »
 I was passed on to a spine specialist yesterday, the MRI scan had shown the hip and leg problem stemmed from the spine, the specialist said there was a disc now jamming up against the nerve, anyway for the time being it is just a continuation of the 12 pills a day, see how it goes and hopefully it will mend itself with no surgery. Sincere thanks for the kind thoughts.

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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 01:22:42 PM »
Sure am glad you are (somewhat) up for now.
I've had that for many years so I know how painful
and debilitating that can be my friend. Do what the old
doc tells you and maybe you can get some lasting relief.


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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 01:49:05 PM »
Jimmy, can you give me your email?

good health

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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 03:11:46 PM »
All the best Jimmy.  Hope it improves soon and that you can avoid surgery.
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 04:22:39 PM »
Old Chromers just like to smile and play,
(Though our lives may be "circling the drain")
Our harumkas just a bit every day
Cuz it helps us ignore all the pain :D
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 04:35:01 PM »
Hey Jimmy, it sounds like back pain and bulging discs are new for you. Unfortunately, theyíre not for me. Simply laying on the floor or a bed on my stomach gives me relief. Even a few minutes helps. Also, look up McKenzie technique for low back pain on YouTube. This has given me quite a bit of relief and has been shown (or so Iíve been told by doctors) to actually draw the disc back where it should be. Avoid bending forward, even stretching forward or pulling the knees up. Good luck, and give it time. It can take several months to settle down. 
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 04:39:25 PM »
Old Chromers just like to smile and play,
(Though our lives may be "circling the drain")
Our harumkas just a bit every day
Cuz it helps us ignore all the pain :D
Bwaaahahahah!
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 04:42:09 PM »
I was passed on to a spine specialist yesterday, the MRI scan had shown the hip and leg problem stemmed from the spine, the specialist said there was a disc now jamming up against the nerve, anyway for the time being it is just a continuation of the 12 pills a day, see how it goes and hopefully it will mend itself with no surgery. Sincere thanks for the kind thoughts.

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  Hey Jimmy....you are in my prayers, my man.   Trust me on this one........being in the hospital wash't FUN.

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 09:35:29 AM »
Well folks can only say you have to live it to know it, so belated sympathies to all those who have suffered and are still suffering, if i remember Elizabeth mentioned spending 11 days in hospital with similar, so i consider myself lucky ( so far).
                         My worry is for my wife who is landed with all the running around and driving , she has her own problems, so let us not forget our wives, husbands , partners, they probably worry more than we do, and exhaust themselves. I worry more about our home and land than myself, we have a fair lump of land with a small woodland, a few fields with stone walls that neighbours cattle knock about, the trees are big and mature branches come down, the trees need the dead stuff removed, ivy grows mile a minute up the trunks and need constant pruning, in the 8 months grass growing season it is a battle to keep the acre and a half garden in trim, you can lose it so easily and it is three times the work to retrieve.
              But i enjoy it, so it doesn't seem like work, my worry is of course if i can't keep it going everything will go back and many years of tending will have been for nothing. Here in the west of Ireland with much rainfall and temperate climate natures growth rate is incredible, plus moss and lichen gathers on nearly everything, especially if near trees like us, to give you an idea moss and lichen even gathers on our cars ! There is a dry stone wall i built about ten years ago about 50 yard long , it is now covered in ivy and moss, you would think it centuries old. Anyway thanks again to all (Augustin i sent you my E-mail via a PM ) , good health hopefully to every one.
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 10:19:16 PM »
Jimmy--in all seriousness - you HAVE to put everything - and I mean every single one of those worries you're focusing on now about the land, the wall, the tree limbs, moss and lichen OUT of your head while you allow yourself to heal. I've been exactly where you are --but unfortunately back when I blew out the L5S1 disk completely (no R&R would help at that point) I had to have major surgery with yes, 11 days in the hospital. Yikes! My entire life came to a sudden, screeching halt. I had SO much to do --and fretted and worried myself into a state --couldn't imagine how my husband would possibly cope (I think we had at least 6 or 8 cats then - whose care fell to me) and was working full time and putting in hours and hours of overtime PLUS the 7+ hour commute to and from Manhattan--then doing everything on our own wee mostly wooded half acre all weekend. A busy life brought to its knees AND with our income cut suddenly in half since it effectively brought my ability to travel into NYC to a halt as well.  I did NOT accept that I had to rest and allow myself to heal, so it got worse and worse--to the point the pain became unimaginable. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. UN less you really do push it all aside to focus on doing what you have to do to allow your disk to go back into place (if that's still a possibility)...you could end up with permanent sciatic nerve damage (like me). You've just experienced it--can you imagine living with that every single day? SO not worth it. It's put a huge crimp in my life permanently.

 My mother-in-law came to help him with the cats at the time (and the laundry)...neighbours helped out here and there. He's a big boy, he managed, as I did in 2012 when he was likewise in the hospital for close to 11 days and I had to take on all of what he usually did even with my horribly painful back...neighbours helped, friends drove me, etc.

When you're back up and able to do 'some' of it, you need to use a good back brace--they're sold in all sorts of medical supply catalogues. Some are quite spiffy --and are worn like braces (suspenders) with a Velcro closing around the lower lumbar area, with adjustable shoulder straps. Even as they truly support your back--they also serve as a reminder of what you shouldn't be doing. Then you can slowly adjust to getting back to 'some' of what you were able to do before, but thinking and planning it out better...pacing yourself. Those things you can't do, will have to either be ignored, or perhaps find some young and strong neighbours to help?

I winced when I read your post about the MRI, the pain level and the 12 pills. Yowch! It took me back to a horrible time and place when nothing worked. I take nothing during the day now for pain--and (having worked with a great neurologist for years), limit myself to meds only at night just to dull that nerve pain down enough so I can get 2-3 hours sleep. It still works because I've never exacerbated my dosage and even cut down on my own. I'm so grateful that I can get even this much relief. You do NOT want to end up like me...because I thought I was tougher than the doctors understood.

Wishing you real relief--and yes, many good thoughts for your wife too, it's really tough on a spouse.

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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 03:49:40 AM »
Jimmy-Elizabeth you have my total sympathy. A month ago I got knocked down by a car and suffered a fracture just below the knee, my hip joint was wrenched as was the cartilage in my knee and bruising to my calf.
I had a full plaster cast at first, now I have a Thackeray splint. But no way did I suffer the pain that you two must have, I managed to resist pain killers unless you can call J D a verry nice pain killer ;) ;D ::).
Like you Jimmy the whole domestic workload fell to my wife. Because of her past major illnesses I'd taken on most of them but it all fell back to her, she is exhausted. Fortunately she has her own car so can get around.
Isn't it amazing how all of a sudden life can be so disrupted. There must be a blues song here for folk who's life gets so disrupted  :o  ::)

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2018, 01:45:50 PM »
  You have been in the wars Ray, that sounds nasty , hope you and your wife have some support from somewhere, i would love a gin and tonic or Jameson, or a rare old malt, but just when you fancy one the most it is denied you , makes a man wonder if medical practitioners know what they are doing. :)
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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2018, 01:29:50 AM »
Ouch! that's a nasty fracture, Ray--I sure wouldn't want to deal with it, and all my sympathies are with you as well as your wife, as they are with Jimmy's.

I thought I was invincible until wham! - my entire life was upturned and it's never been the same as before--can't be. No one gets it until and unless they go through something similar. Probably as it should be --so we don't all walk around fearful and anticipating disaster.

Having a wee tot might feel entirely harmless and as though it would be just the thing to relax you enough to sleep but unfortunately, the combination of meds and the alcohol can seriously disrupt/compromise your breathing especially for someone immobilized, so in this case - the doctors are right. It does stink, I'll give you that! As long as there are no meds involved? No problem at all--what works, works.
 
Patience, grasshopper--it WILL get better. As your physical life has now changed...you have to come to an emotional acceptance of what you can and
cannot do. While it's veryhard to let go of what you could manage on your own before, it doesn't change WHO you are, just how you will go about your life from now on. Took me a long time to come to terms with it--but I was quite young when my own life changed dramatically.

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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2018, 07:09:07 AM »
Good luck Jimmy.
Like Scotty said once the back is out, itís out.
But there are things you can do.
I get Rhizotomies to keep me off the meds (had 4 in my back Tuesday, getting 5 more today in my neck, and more next week in my back). The procedure deadens the pain nerves for a year or so until they grow back. Iím a bit of a farmer myself, I have a little over an acre that I live on, plus thatís kind of what I do for work on many more acres. You will find ways to move and get things done. Just donít rush it.
Some of the hardest things for me are sitting and driving. most of my driving is on dirt roads so I can stop and get out and walk and stretch between site visits.
Good luck.

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Re: To all those kind concerned folks.
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2018, 09:29:51 AM »
Hi, Jimmy,

Iím so very sorry for all youíre going thru.  Getting older, it seems our health becomes our full-time job, even as we lose more and more of our capacities.  I pray things will settle out for you soon.  Meantime, though, I agree with Scotty.  You MUST put yourself ó your health ó first, for nothing else is possible, once youíve lost that.

Blessings,
Linda