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Board: Back Problems 01-23-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: bone growth stimulator for fusion

I've had them for neck and lumbar surgeries. You don't feel anything while its on, but it is doing it's job! I kept mine afterwards.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-14-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Seeking ACDF recovery advice

I am having the same surgery on November 18. I have had previous ACDF surgery and was told to walk by my doctor. I wasn't given any specific diet but I did stock up on soft foods such as soup,...
Board: Chronic Pain 11-07-2013, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Spinal cord stimulator

I have a stim which was implanted in April of this year. It took awhile to get used to the sensations it produces in my legs and back. I wasn't using it much in the summer and recently began using it...
Board: Chronic Pain 11-07-2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Fibromyalgia and Pain Management

I have a wonderful PM doctor and everyone in his practice are wonderful too! I suffered from chronic pain for many years and was lucky enough to meet a wonderful friend who introduced me to her pain...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 08-16-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 392
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Various symptoms - seeing dr. next week

Ladybud - Thank you so much for your response and the information. I am going to make sure I ask for those tests. Funny you mentioned lupus and the myositis diseases. My daughter has lupus and also...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 08-16-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 392
Posted By dunerkat58
Various symptoms - seeing dr. next week

I have severe back and neck problems for which I have had numerous surgeries with little to no relief. However, for several years I have been having numerous symptoms which I'm starting to think...
Board: Back Problems 07-29-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Help! Nerve Pain in leg

I take nortriptyline for nerve pain which seems to help quite a bit. It doesn't relieve all the pain, but does do a better job than just painkillers alone.
Board: Back Problems 09-22-2012, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,215
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Anyone used IFUSE for SI Joint fusion? Surgery 2-8-12

Have you had prolotherapy or PRP injections? I've looked at a few websites, and it appears it's usually not covered by insurance. If not, that's not something I would be able to do, even if it were...
Board: Back Problems 09-21-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,215
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Anyone used IFUSE for SI Joint fusion? Surgery 2-8-12

Phil - when are you planning to have the si joint fusion done? Will you be able to place any weight on the leg (will you use a walker or crutches)? It seems this surgery is like other back surgeries...
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-19-2012, 03:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,666
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: What can I do besides medicine to relieve the pain?

Voltaren works very well for muscular pain. I like it because it doesn't have an odor and massages in to skin.
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-18-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: exercise not helping

I've been on the neck and low back boards for many years as I have lots of ongoing back issues. However, since a major lumbar surgery in December, 2012, I haven't had any relief. I too feel better...
Board: Back Problems 08-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,440
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Back Surgery Recovery time? L5-S1 Fusion

It's a shame employers don't realize how difficult it is to recover and get back to work. I can't imagine how people can survive with severe back problems and have to work. It seems people are more...
Board: Back Problems 07-28-2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

I understand how you feel pubbies - when the pain unrelenting it is difficult to take your mind off of it. I have days when it is easier to take and days when it isn't. I have nothing much to add to...
Board: Back Problems 07-26-2012, 04:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

Thanks!!!! Most of the time I try and not dwell on the fact I hurt all over. It's not good to keep thinking of what's wrong with us, and not look around and realize there is still a good life around...
Board: Back Problems 07-25-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

Glad to hear the shot wasn't too nervewracking for you FLdawn. Don't overdo though, if you feel less pain, still take it easy. I can't imagine what a stress you and others have trying to deal with...
Board: Back Problems 07-24-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

Be sure and not overdo when you start feeling better aleet. It's easy to do, since suddenly you don't have the old, familiar pain any longer. The one thing I really hate is not being able to drive...
Board: Back Problems 07-22-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

It is difficult to pinpoint how/when/what makes my symptoms worse, but perhaps keeping a journal would help. It's also helpful to take a family member or friend to your doctor appointments with you....
Board: Back Problems 07-21-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,767
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Freaking out.

Hey, if it's a party I'll come too. But, it's not sounding too fun. I've been having a lot of problems the last couple weeks and trying to figure out what is causing my headaches, neck and shoulder...
Board: Back Problems 07-18-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,897
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: When will this go away!!!

I understand how debilitating and depressing all this pain can be. Add to that the time it takes to start getting some help can be overwhelming. I don't have much to offer, but I feel for you and...
Board: Back Problems 07-11-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,897
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: When will this go away!!!

All my injections have been done using a very light anesthesia, which makes me very relaxed and I don't feel nervous at all. The injections are very quick, it's the stress beforehand that is worse. I...
Board: Back Problems 07-11-2012, 09:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,440
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Back Surgery Recovery time? L5-S1 Fusion

I had a 3 level anterior/posterior fusion on 12/28/11 and even now do not sit for long periods of time. Recovery from these surgeries takes a long time and having stamina to spend a day working would...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 12-12-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,226
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: polycythemia to anemia

My husband has had polycythemia for about 6 years and has phlebs monthly. He has periods of time where his counts are very high and then go back to a manageable level. I feel for you and the pain you...
Board: Cancer: Testicular 06-10-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,587
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Does testicular cancer usually cause pain?

My husband's testicle became enlarged and the pain he had was because of the swelling/enlargement. You definitely should have him see a doctor just to make sure what's going on.

My husband had his...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-12-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,417
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Sleeping after surgery

Dave - Yes, my insurance did cover the whole thing. I'm very lucky that my husband works for the State, and we have very good insurance. I had difficulty swallowing liquids on and off for a few...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-11-2011, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,417
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Sleeping after surgery

Dave - sorry to hear you had to have an acdf. how many levels did you have done? i had 4-5 and 5-6 done. i did have the shoulder pain for a few weeks afterwards, it seemed the muscle spasms were the...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-10-2011, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,417
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Sleeping after surgery

Thanks for the advice! I do have a recliner as I had an ACDF in October and spent a lot of time on it. I have lots of pillows as well as a wedge pillow, so hopefully I can keep him comfortable. We...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 04-07-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,417
Posted By dunerkat58
Sleeping after surgery

My husband will be having surgery for a torn rotator cuff soon. I have two questions to ask:

1. What position did you sleep in after surgery? Was it mostly on your back due to the sling?

2. Is...
Board: Lupus 03-22-2011, 06:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 4,228
Posted By dunerkat58
Itchy Rash on Elbows & Feet

I have had this type of rash numerous times over the years. It is a cluster of red, raised bumps that are very itchy. They are on my elbow and tops of both feet, near my ankles.

My daughter has...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-11-2010, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,644
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Questions on continued pain symptoms after surgery

Hi Sandy - I'm the friend SpineAZ spoke about. I worked for DOA in the 1990's and although it took awhile, did get LTD and SSDI. Are you technically still an employee of DES? You do need to get the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-29-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,775
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: 5 Wks Post ACDF - Swallowing/Choking Feeling

I'm about 6 weeks post-op and occasionally choke on a pill or food. If the pill isn't coated I have more problems swallowing. Also, bread seems to get stuck in my throat sometimes too. I'm still...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-14-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,888
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: ACDF 9 days post op question

What a great response Denise! Most people assume I've been in an accident and then proceed to tell me all their surgery horror stories. And by that point, I'm exhausted and just want to get through...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-14-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,888
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: ACDF 9 days post op question

The collar is a pain in the neck, but I've gotten used to it also, and really don't mind it much. I've gotten my bone growth stimulator and wear it 4 hours a day. It's not bad, but when I'm in my...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-12-2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,888
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: ACDF 9 days post op question

I had a 2 level ACDF on 10/19. I had a lot of shoulder and upper back muscle pain following surgery. That has eased up somewhat, but have had some shoulder pain (like the pain prior to surgery) the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-02-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,742
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Soreness After ACDF Surgery

I am a little late in responding, but haven't been online much lately. I had a two level ACDF on 10/19. I do feel much better post-surgery, but do have soreness and feel tired at times. I continue to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-27-2010, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,205
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Surgery Today!

Last couple days feeling kinda tired and a little more sore. Went for one week check-up yesterday and then came home and slept a good part of the day. That's how it goes though, up and down, so I'm...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-25-2010, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,205
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Surgery Today!

Hi everyone! Just felt up to getting online. Overall I feel pretty good. I have the soreness in my shoulders and upper back, but I'm sure it will ease up as the days go by. Sleeping is difficult,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-19-2010, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,205
Posted By dunerkat58
Surgery Today!

I'm having a two level ACDF later today. I'm actually glad the day is finally here! As everyone knows, it takes awhile to get to this point, and I'm feeling very confident everything will go well.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-11-2010, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,771
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: having anterior cervical spine surgery PLEASE READ

Have you or your husband done any research on FMLA (family medical leave act)? I don't know much about it, but you might look into it. I'm sorry you are in so much pain and have to wait for surgery....
Board: Back Problems 10-06-2010, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: What Dr should I be seeing for Degenerative Disk?

oh, i understand how you feel. back problems are so difficult because it's not like a broken arm, where the doctor can clearly see that there is a problem. if they had to deal with this constant...
Board: Back Problems 10-06-2010, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,380
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: What Dr should I be seeing for Degenerative Disk?

hi - i don't post often, but yours caught my attention. you deserve to be treated respectfully and to have your doctor be attentive when you speak to him/her. as my husband says, "when i'm in their...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-23-2010, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,412
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Confused, Can cervical cause problems with feet

Hi - I have lumbar issues (2 failed fusions & need more surgery next year) and will be having a 2 level cervical fusion soon. In the past few months I have been having pain on the bottom of both my...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 09-15-2010, 04:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 552
Posted By dunerkat58
Infection in Nose?

I've had an ongoing problem at the inside of my nose at the end. It is red, painful and has what appear to be scabs. I've tried putting antibiotic creams in my nose, but nothing is working. I'm...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-03-2010, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,716
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Stenosis and leg/foot problems

We had a similar issue 12 years ago with a general surgeon. My husband had testicular cancer and the surgeon removed his testicle. However, at the follow-up appointment, he told us nothing else...
Board: Back Problems 07-02-2010, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,537
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Help! Spinal Fusion may not work, options?

Hi Bill - I'm also a Zonie, so I wish you luck in returning home to be with your family. I don't have a lot of "spinal knowledge", but there are many here who offer great advice.

As Spine said,...
Board: Hysterectomy 06-23-2010, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,307
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Total hysterectomy one week ago

I had a total hysterectomy in 2002. I suffered from severe endometriosis, so I immediately felt better physically after the surgery. I have had other major surgeries and also felt some...
Board: Dental Health 06-18-2010, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,199
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: why would a tooth be sensitive to touch after a root canal

Ugh, sounds absolutely miserable. My father once had a badly infected tooth, which in turn, led to an infection of lining around his heart. Dental work is very expensive, yet can also create serious...
Board: Dental Health 06-17-2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,199
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: why would a tooth be sensitive to touch after a root canal

I've had several root canals (one tooth needed 2 retreats) and it took a long time for the sensitivity to subside. I think that because I needed the retreatment several times, it really made that...
Board: Back Problems 05-28-2010, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,546
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Pain worse at night

I've joined that club too! However, it's not one I was really wanting to belong to. I toss and turn all night and it seems just when I've gotten to sleep the alarm goes off. I can't seem to find...
Board: Back Problems 05-25-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,315
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: Anyone been treated at The Laser Spine Institutes in FL, PA, or AZ?

Check online for the blogs/message boards where former patients have posted their results from LSI. As SpineAZ suggested, get opinions from other doctors as well, then you will have more information...
Board: Back Problems 05-15-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,663
Posted By dunerkat58
Re: I Need Exercise Options for a Chronic Back Pain Sufferer

The low testosterone is difficult to manage. My husband had testicular cancer and now uses injectable testosterone weekly. It causes weight gain, fatigue, etc. (all the symptoms you listed). Be sure...
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