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Hi girls! I tried some yardwork the other day, not sure I would recommend it. LOL I know, that's why I have kids, right? I'm just so sick of not being able to do what I want now that the weather is getting decent. But, I'm improving. I haven't had to take any vicodin for several days, just some ibuprofen along with the lyrica. I can really tell when it's time for the lyrica, hope I can wean off of it sometime. It's terrible on the libido. Always something.

Spent yesterday at the hospital, mom seems to be improving. I worry that she won't get the therapy that she needs at the nursing home though. They tell me she would rather lay in bed than go to PT. I guess I can relate, I surely got sick of going. At least she will get more company once she moves.

Gotta go teenager wants the phone. Have a good week ladies.
I'm so glad to hear your scans were ok, Okie. I know that doesn't help the problem though. I'll keep praying that you get some relief.

Susie I can't imagine trying to concentrate on medicare info. I'm just starting to weed through Mom's bills. It can be overwhelming. My horoscope says to visualize my success for today. I just took a vicodin so that may help with the visual-ha! This weather change is killing me.

I'm going gambling in Cinci this weekend-can't wait. We're taking the kids & doing some museums, too.I hope it's warmer down south. I talked hubby out of going to Detroit-too cold.

You guys have a good week. Send us some warmer weather, Okie!
Hi Okie46 & Susiegirl :wave:
Thanks for the info. I still trying to find the right "cocktail". I'm 12 weeks post op. and again, I think I'm expecting to much. I WANT to be off all meds. but I know I have to except that isn't going to happen, just yet. For the past two weeks I had to start taking Vicodin, again. I had been off the narcotic pain meds. and was only taking Neurotin 900mg, Flexeril 10mg, ibuprophrin, and occasionally XST. But then something happened. Not sure what. :confused: I had to increase my Neurontin to 1800 mg and started taking 1/2 Percocet several times a day. My doctor then put me on the Lyrica 150mg and Vicodin. I saw where some had said they could not take ibuprophren after a fusion so I call my doctor and they said it was fine. I HOPE they are right. Anyway, I finally feel like I'm getting adjusted to the Lyrica. :bouncing: I had two GREAT days on Thursday and Friday. I thought FINALLY I've made a turn!! I didn't even have to take the Vicodin. Then I woke up this morning and could hardly move. Even taking a deep breath hurt! :eek: I've slept most of the day because of the meds.

It is SOOO hot & humid here in the south today. I know the cold weather will bother my back, but I read where several of you have commented on the humidity. Can that affect you as well? If so, I 'm scr***d, living in the south. Sorry this is so long. Hope you all are doing well. Thanks for letting me join in. I'll learn to shorten my posts, I PROMISE. :rolleyes: Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
Howdy :wave:

I started PT yesterday. It went well. If I remember correctly some of your doctors did not recommend PT. I guess each doc is different. I hope I have good results. The therapist at PT had me does some strength test, she watched my walk, and she took some measurements of my back while standing and bending. She said I definetly have some nerve impingment going on. During the walking test, I WAS able to walk on just my toes but I WAS NOT able to walk on my left heel. I couldn't keep toes on that side. There is signifigant strength loss in the leg as well. Now the trick is to deteremine whether the nerve is still being compressed by something in my back or if it is something that will improve overtime. I will go to PT 3 times a week until the end of June. I hope it also helps me loss the 30+ lbs. I've gained :eek: !

I'm still taking th Lyrica (150mg 2x's a day) and I sure can tell when it time for another dose. (The sleepiness has improved. :bouncing:) If I wait to long I end up pacing in tears. I'm only taking th Vicodine during extreme pain. I'm also still taking the Flexeril as well as ibuprophren. It's funny some days the ibuprophren does the trick and other days the Vicodin hardly touches the pain. It's so confusing & frustrating. I can usually tell by how I feel when I roll out of bed. If it only hurt a little it will be a good day, if the pain took my breath away, it's going to be a terrible day.

The weather can't make up it's mind, we have gone from Monday in the 90's and by the end of the week in the 70's. Either way, in the south it's HUMID!! YUCK!!

Enjoy your day ladies!!!!
Hi guys, sorry I disappeared for a while. Things have not been good with my mom. I had a call at 4:15 Tues. morning to meet her in the ER because she was having abdomianl pains. She has pneumonia, blood clots in her lungs & new tumors. They admitted her & while they were doing more scans they dropped her & she hit her head. So, they had to watch her for concussion & bleeding because she's on blood thinners. She has a huge bruise on the back of her head & upper arm. Now I know why hospitals need malpractice insurance!! The nurses sent her flowers today & the risk management people are all over it wanting to know what they can do for us. On top of all that they told us today that mom has mets on her ribs, spine, pelvis, etc. These weren't there two months ago. It is really agressive, but she doesn't want treatment, it wouldn't help much and she's weak too begin with. We just saw her surgeon before all of this & he was so pleased with her progress. He cautioned us that we would have to watch her though. I don;t think he expected this.

I'm doing ok, just weary about what's coming & when. He said maybe 6 months without treatment, maybe sooner. They don't know. I've sure been going through the vicodin. Oh, I'm back on the lyrica. I was getting really depressed & the nerve pain was pretty bad. If I have to do this for a few months, so be it.

SC, I can tell when it's time for the Lyrica, too. Every 12 hours. I think overall it has helped me, but it can make you feel really drained at times. It depends what I have going on how it affects me. Right now it's probably keeping me from wigging out.

I may not get the chance to check in so often, but I will try.
Hi :wave:

Carol, sorry to hear your mom isn't doing well. I pray she is comfortable and for your family. :angel:

Hope all are having a good weekend! I feel the Lyrica is now working well. I seem to have adjusted to the sleepiness. :yawn: It have really helped with the nerve pain, but so did the Neurontin. I think I have made another turn towards getting better. I have quit taking the Flexeril and I only take the Vicodin about 1 every other day. I either need it first thing in the morning or late at night. I've been having problems with my right hip (the nerve being compromized was on the left). I'm not sure if this is from overuse or what. I do tend to put my weight on that leg/hip. I get scared that something might be going on on the right side now. :eek: But the Lyrica doesn't take away the pain in that hip so I don't think it is a nerve. The Vicodine doesn't touch it either. Ibuprophren seems to help it so it must just be inflammed. Who know's :confused:

I had a strange "spell" last Thursday. I lost some sight in my left eye. It was like a had a hole in my vision. My cheek then got numb and tingly and I had pressure in my head. (no headache) I called my doctor and he ordered my to the ER ASAP. My BP was 150/120. The did a CT scan, EKG, and some blood work. All came out fine. The DR. said it could have been the "aura" before the onset of a mirgraine or TIA (mini-stroke). I had and MRI on Friday and Monday I go for an ultrasound on my arteries in my neck. The doctor is certain it is mirgraine related. I didn't realize you could have migraines without headache. I know I do get quite a few headaches but I didn't think they where migraines. Wish me luck on my test results. Unfortunately there is no test for migraines, so they have to rule out everything else. My doctor also said it could be the Lyrica. I'm on a pretty high dose (150mg 2x's day). But he said if I was going to have a reaction to the med. it should have happened in the first week.

Sorry for going on and on! :rolleyes: Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!! :wave:
Hi guys, thought I should check in. Having a tough time the last few weeks - I know it will get better, but it hasn't been easy. Trying to keep busy, kids last day of school is tomorrow.

My biggest complaint painwise is my taibone & my neck, it's really been painful. Neck pain usually goes away through the day, but my tailbone doesn't. If I'm sittting & lift my right leg it's painful, too. I don't know if it's nerves or another disc. I called the surgeon since I'm thinking the worst like my hardware has moved or something. The receptionist said they will probably order tests. I did tell them I've been under a lot of stress. We go on vacation in 2 weeks so this needs to get better real fast. You know, it's odd because right around Easter I was not taking much at all.

Okie, I'm glad you got some relief, finally. Susie, I'm like you-if I take the vicodin it gets me through. I just want to have some energy again. I swear this Lyrica just sucks it up. So, maybe it's time to try something new. I will keep you posted.

Carol