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Board: Back Problems 03-19-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,187
Posted By KG5634
Re: Lumbar fusion - post surgery questions

I'm surprised your dr didn't go over all of the "donts" before you were discharged. Generally, your discharge papers will have what your dr would like you to stay away from, the discharge nurse...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-28-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Oh I totally do the "smile and say...oh I good, how are you!" to people. They ask out of politeness but not real concern. I know that Many members of my family literally just think I'm lazy. Now I'm...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-21-2013, 10:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,372
Posted By KG5634
Re: Going to Norton Spine in 1 week

Hey there...yup 7 yrs in PM. I do still get injections every 2-3 months. He does 4 injections in my low back. I'll tell ya, even though he does a numbing shot in each site prior....it hurts like...
Board: Back Problems 02-18-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,187
Posted By KG5634
Re: Lumbar fusion - post surgery questions

Cinchgirl, Wow it sounds like you were healing very quickly! You are very lucky to have had everything go so smoothly and to actually be pain free right now in your back! VERY LUCKY! When you say you...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-16-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

I really appreciate all the posrs from all of you. Each of you have lifted my spirits some with the fact that my dr apparently isnt the only idiot out there and there are good ones too, that actually...
Board: Arachnoiditis 02-16-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,239
Posted By KG5634
Re: Car accident

I am SOOO very sorry you have been going through all of this. I had a similar car accident almost 2 yrs ago. I stopped abruptly because the car in front of me almost missed his left turn so stopped...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-15-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By KG5634
Re: post spinal cord stimulator activites

Tazmomo.... Sorry you had such difficulties with the trial. Mine was pretty easy and I too had a fusion of L5/S1 (twice...I didn't fuse the first time so a yr later had an anterior posterior fusion...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-15-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

So I guess he ran a metabolic panel - everything in the normal range. My CBC showed my MCHC low, just barely, but at 30.6 when the range is 31.0-36.0 . The Hemoglobin AIC is just barely low at 5.3,...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-13-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Ladybug...less than 5 typically Hun? Yeah so I guess there is a bit of a difference. I'm sure your right about his back peddling since something has shown up. I can guarantee that from now on, I be...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-13-2013, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,372
Posted By KG5634
Re: Going to Norton Spine in 1 week

First of all, sorry about all those typos in the other post! i was using my phone and when i do, o cant see the screen i am typing on...who knew!

Well I'm glad you are going to be making some...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-13-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Ladybud...I was wondering what most people's typical SED rate is even though the range is 0-20...thanks. Yes I was wondering the same thing- if he wouldn't have told me if I hadn't pressed and then...
Board: Chronic Pain 02-13-2013, 06:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By KG5634
Re: New to the site

Nina, welcome to the site...I'm pretty new here myself and have found that there is a lot of support, sympathy, and information from the members on here. You are certainly not alone with chronic...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-12-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Hi all, well the dr called me today. Apparently I have a slightly elevated SED rate. It's 35, I guess normal range is 0-20. I should have asked, but I didn't, about the fact that I have been taking...
Board: Autoimmune Disorders 02-12-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 621
Posted By KG5634
SED rate affected by taking anti-inflamatories ?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows if taking anti-inflamatories for the past 7 years would affect my SED rate. I have been in a tremendous amount of muscle/ joint pain as well as fatigue for a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-12-2013, 12:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,372
Posted By KG5634
Re: Going to Norton Spine in 1 week

Fivuring out the how of getting hurt isnt usually some great story. Its usually something really passive : slipped a little, missed a step, in my case...a swing (which was already broken) fell out...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-11-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Thank you...glad to know I didn't over react because my feelings got hurt, because I felt insulted. Yes, I definitely will be finding a new dr. It really had me so upset. Nothing like adding more...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-11-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Thanks for the support. Like i said, it was all I could do to keep myself from crying while in there. I was saying to him several times that these symptoms seem to have been building over the years....
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-11-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Thank you very much for the info and your encouragement. I left there today feeling absolutely horrible about myself. The blood work will be back in a few days. When I had initially gone to him for...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-11-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Sorry about a lot of the typos in the previous post...I was using the voice command to type it for me because I was driving. Needless to say, it says "even" a lot when it is supposed to say "he then"...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-11-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Thank you so much for the info that is not something I would have ever thought about. So I just left the doctors office and I want to cry to the made me feel like crap. I know in my initial post on...
Board: Back Problems 02-11-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,009
Posted By KG5634
Re: i was hit in my back

For starters, I am sorry you are still not feeling better and can't emphasis enough how important it is to have it checked out. As much as you don't want to tell to he dr how it happened, I'm sure...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-10-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Of course I tried to make an appointment directly with a rheumatologist and I have to go to my regular dr to get a referral. I know he'll give me one, but I really would like to find a new regular dr...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-10-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,372
Posted By KG5634
Re: Going to Norton Spine in 1 week

So sorry about all your pain issues. Have you had a mylogram done before? The dr you saw most recently sounds like he is very thorough which is a wonderful feeling. Always interesting when you get a...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 02-10-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,051
Posted By KG5634
Re: Going to stop drinking...cross those fingers for me

Hi, I wish you SOOO much luck. You sound like you have made a turn in your thinking and seem to really want to make a change. I am almost your age and have children myself and I am sure you want to...
Board: Pain Management 02-10-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 912
Posted By KG5634
Re: Fentenyl Patch Problems

Hi, I know the frustrations trying to keep the patches on sometimes. Especially in the summer when you sweat more and may be in the pool or the ocean. As far as keeping them on, as others have...
Board: Back Problems 02-10-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Posted By KG5634
Re: Back Pain

I know your frustration. Nine months out you would think there would be at least a slight bit of relief. As someone else said, you definitely have to give it more time though. I had an L5/S1 fusion...
Board: Back Problems 02-10-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By KG5634
Re: Pain med help anybody

I had worked my way up to taking Percocet 10 mg 4-6 times a day. That was in addition to wearing a 100 mcg duragesic (fentynal) patch which I changed every 48 hrs. I hated taking the Percocet so...
Board: Back Problems 02-10-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By KG5634
Re: Pain doctor question

Hi, I feel your pain! 18 yrs ago I injured my spine, the L5 was fractured and pushed forward. A year and a half later I a posterior fusion of L5/S1 with bone graft from my hip as well as some donor...
Board: Back Problems 02-10-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,303
Posted By KG5634
Re: xlif for L4-L5 plif for L5-S1

Moldova....I had my second spinal fusion (L5/S1) at the Hospital for Special Surgery too. It's a wonderful hospital, my first surgery was at St Luke's in the city. I would absolutely travel a greater...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-10-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Thanks...I guess I figure I'd like to know whats going on with me....even if they can't do anything else. A reason for feeling this way would surely help me feel better.
Thank you
Board: Chronic Fatigue 02-09-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 722
Posted By KG5634
Re: How keep people from rejecting me for CFS and FM?

I am so sorry you are not only suffering physically, but emotionally as well. I have an idea of how you feel. My back was injured 18 yrs ago and after 4 spinal surgeries, I still suffer terribly. I...
Board: Fibromyalgia 02-09-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,414
Posted By KG5634
Chronic all over muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue and headaches

Hi, we'll I only very recently joined this board. My initial reason was because of my back issues. I have had back problems since the swing I was on 18 yrs ago (I was a PE teacher) was broken and...
Board: Depression 02-09-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By KG5634
Re: depression or just in my head?

Depression is a very real thing. Just because your husband doesn't believe it actually exists , please don't stop looking for a solution and answers to how you've been feeling. By acknowledging that...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-09-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By KG5634
Re: post spinal cord stimulator activites

Funny that you had to have yours all redone as well. What was the reason for you? Like I said, mine never seemed to work correctly. I was using it so high constantly that I would have to recharge the...
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2013, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,009
Posted By KG5634
Re: i was hit in my back

April, I truly hope you have gone back to the Dr....and trust and confide in him. It is actually important for something like this to be documented. I know you had said you had thought you all had...
Board: Back Problems 02-08-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,009
Posted By KG5634
Re: i was hit in my back

Hi was just wondering how you were feeling. Has your pain improved or were you able to go back to the dr? Hope everything is improving for you.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-08-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By KG5634
Re: Not fused

Advil is ibuprophen And vice versa. At the time I was recovering, I actually broke one of the bones in my hand...the bone below my pinky at the outer part of my hand. Recovering you can't do much, we...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-07-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By KG5634
Re: post spinal cord stimulator activites

The best to you too! Good luck.....
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2013, 10:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,187
Posted By KG5634
Re: Lumbar fusion - post surgery questions

Definitely don't rush yourself your body needs time to heal. Healing takes a lot of energy so you are going to be tired. I had my fusion back in '97 then a revisions w/hardware in '98. Just don't...
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By KG5634
Re: MRI Results

I am by NO MEANS an expert...I have had a number of MRI's myself. Basically when they say it is "unremarkable" they are saying that there isn't anything out of the ordinary. It seems they have found...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-07-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By KG5634
Re: post spinal cord stimulator activites

Oh and as far as the mattress....I have no idea. Perhaps if you were fresh from your surgery, they wouldn't want you to use the massage aspect so that the leads didn't migrate due to the motion....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-07-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 998
Posted By KG5634
Re: post spinal cord stimulator activites

I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted 7 yrs ago and actually had to have it redone the following year. Apparently the battery went on the fritz and even though I had the wires put in with the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-07-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By KG5634
Re: Not fused

I'm sorry to hear your problem. Going through that type of surgery is hard enough as it is. You still have time for the fusion to occur. Did they have you use a bone growth stimulator at all? Was it...
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,009
Posted By KG5634
Re: i was hit in my back

My heart breaks for you that this was done by your husband. You absolutely can tell the Dr...you must tell the Dr. I'm guessing from your somewhat casual reaction , this is not the first time your...
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 844
Posted By KG5634
Re: Chronic back pain after : 2L5/S1 fusion plus implant of spinal cord stimulator

Hi, yes I do still have the stimulator implanted. Initially I was using it 24/7 but had made a point of cutting back on it to use it when I most need it in order for it to have the best effect. I...
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2013, 12:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,680
Posted By KG5634
Re: please help L5-S1 fusion

I am so very sorry you are going through this. I joined this board today to see if anyone else is going through what i did and what I am...and I found you! I too had a fusion at L5/S1 with a...
Board: Back Problems 02-06-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,465
Posted By KG5634
Re: Sudden-Intense Anterior Hip Pain post Laminotomy

Sorry you've had to go through so much...I was only L5/S1 fusion with laminectomy and discectomy. I started having hip pain about a month after my surgery. For me, it was both hips and sort of deep...
Board: Back Problems 02-06-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,009
Posted By KG5634
Re: i was hit in my back

Can I ask why you say you " couldn't tell the dr what happened"? It's very possible that one could be related to the other, especially if it is in a similar area that could cause pressure on your...
Board: Back Problems 02-06-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 844
Posted By KG5634
Chronic back pain after : 2L5/S1 fusion plus implant of spinal cord stimulator

Hi, I am new to this board and was hoping to see if anyone else has/is going through anything similar to what I am. 18 yrs ago, when I was 26, I got injured at work. I got on one of the swings,...
Board: Back Problems 02-06-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,303
Posted By KG5634
Re: xlif for L4-L5 plif for L5-S1

I am so very sorry for all you are going through. I don't mean to sound like a idiot, but what exactly is cliff and plif? I hurt my back 18yrs ago when I was only 26. I was a coach, physical Ed...
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