Wednesday, January 04, 2012

back, neck, arm and leg pain


add an eclectic assortment of headaches and migraines to the Nth degree and it gives you a tiny bit of what my life has been for over 20 years. Ack!!


Nope not fun, and I have mentioned on a few posts of a creak here and a squeak there, but that is not very entertaining. I do try to make it educational when I grumble on about it. 
I will try to make this short but bitter sweet.

  I had cervical disketomy and fusion done in 3 consecutive levels of my neck 15 years ago. I have been trying to avoid it ever since! 
  For the last 16 months I have gone through lots of physical therapy, seen too many doctors to spit at and a number of medications to try (I hate pills!)... many which have been added to my long list of medications I am allergic too. ( good thing I never aspired to find an unnatural high ~ hahaha) Add an assortment of shots and injections up the wazoo, OUCH. I am surprised I haven't sprung a leak from all the new holes I've been presented with!

I have failed in my blind avoidance. My sneaky body has continued it's attack. My spine has kept crumbling and my nerves are wailing.
  I am grumpy! 
I am tired of pain and never knowing if I can plan anything and actually get to go or do anything!
  Boo ~ Hiss!! 
Grumbly~mumbly.
feels like to sit on this!


So this leads me up to the fun adventure 
    I have awaiting this Friday.
Since none of the above mentioned measures I have had tried (they sound like a party with Dr. Frankenstein) lately has given any measure of relief in back, neck, head, heck ANYWHERE, I am left with the inevitable... more cervical surgery. Ack! Not a complete fusion this time, trying something a bit more easy on the anatomical spine. I hope to keep mobility, I'd hate to give up driving and many other things. I am too young to loose independence ( yes young, I have many things I want to do!!)

So my anything but wordless Wednesday photo this week describes sort of what I am feeling at the moment...

swollen blood red barberries,
surrounded with thorns of pain
Click to enlarge, please ask for a copy

So this is a early excuse that I may not be on for a few weeks. As soon as I can comfortably sit at my computer ( I only have a desk top) I will try to post and return comments if possible. I appreciate my regular readers more than you realize and look forward to our visits. So I hope I don't get lost in my absence.

Some of you have my email address and I will do my best to answer when I can. And I plan on giving hubby a lesson on how to post on my facebook page for those that know me there. It took me forever to learn email, blogging and FB. Now, hubby (Al) can do simple email, but he is an excellent online shopper (add another Ackk to this week! yes He is the shopper not I!)

  I thank you for visiting and reading my way to wordy post this week. I thank you again for all the encouragement I have already received, and hope to be back soon with silly/sassy stories and photos to share. I humbly ask for any positive thoughts to guide the neurosurgeons hands on Friday. I trust him and he has tried every other avenue we could. 

I should mention we finally got our first measurable
 snow fall on New Years day!
Very late in the season for south eat WI. It was a crunchy sandwich type of snow... ice, snow with more ice on top! Not very deep and not the nicest to walk or drive on. So Snow-man winter is here for the season!




Until next time...

Stay warm or cool
(depending which part of the world you are)
 Keep those bodies healthy!
I look forward to tapping at you soon!

Have any one who visits ever gone through back or neck spinal surgery? How about things to stop migraines and chronic pain?
 What can you share?

57 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear of all this. Several of my family members have dealt with this sort of chronic pain, the only thing I know which help is drinking lots of water being adequately hydrated makes every thing more bearable, eating raw food which helps to regenerate the body especially anything green and last but foremost peaceful prayer meditation. I certainly won't forget you and look forward to your being back online soon! hope the surgery gives you the relief you seek!!!

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  2. I heard that accupuncture does help release the pain and also having those heat pads on.

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  3. my SIL had very involved spinal surgery recently and it has been hard for her. I will keep you in my prayers and send best wishes.

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  4. I hope you can feel better soon.

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  5. Feel better soon! I hope surgery brings you relief. I have a ruptured disk in my lower back so I can completely relate. There is no other pain quite like it - and I have given birth 4 times!

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  6. sorry to hear about your condition. i'll pray the best for you.

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  7. Hope the surgery helps you!! Hugs! We'll be here when you get back.

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  8. I haven't had back or spinal surgery, but my mother had several discs fused just about the time my son was born. It made hospital visitation real easy (as she was just up the road from where he was born), but I do remember that she didn't enjoy the surgery, nor the rehab. After the rehab was finished, though, she appreciated the lack of pain.

    Happy WW!

    ~EdT.

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  9. So sorry to hear you're in so much pain - chronic pain is so debilitating - hope & pray the surgery works :)

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  10. So sorry! But a very creative post. Best wishes for a successful surgery, a fast recovery and a rapid return to your blog!

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  11. I am also sorry to hear about your chronic pain...that has to be awful...I am sooo sorry!

    Sending prayers that hopefully the surgery will help!

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  12. Don't feel like you have to answer us, we understand. We all send you our very best purrs.

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  13. You deserve to be grumpy! Pain takes over every minute of your day, and I can't even imagine.

    That first photo looks you're also giving the finger to the pain. :)

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  14. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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  15. I hope this surgery will work for you. I hate pain too. I'm just getting over a bout of bursitis and that was very painful, but nothing like what you are going through.

    Have a pain free day my friend. Hugs. :)

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  16. :( So sorry you are going through this. I'm such a wimp when it comes to pain. I can't imagine having to deal with something chronic. {{{hugs}}}

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  17. :( I hope you feel better soon...

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  18. Rosie & I shall pray for you that your Friday operation will be a successful. God speed.

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  19. Feel better!! ((hugs))

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  20. Oh Faythe, so sorry you are in such pain :( Thinking and praying for you and hoping you'll feel much better after your surgery and recovery! Hugs!!!

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  21. I am sorry to hear about your chronic pain. It isn't easy to go through it on a daily basis. I've had headaches and shoulder pain for awhile. Hopefully, you can find the right medication and doctor to help you through them like I did. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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  22. Faythe, My heart aches for you. when are you supposed to have surgery? I will keep praying. I know the Lord hears the prayers of His children when they call on Him in true faith. He will answer those, sometimes in miraculous ways.

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  23. Hugs ... u are thought of often. Sorry to hear about all of the pain and grumpies. Try to remember we all love u bunches!

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  24. I hope you feel better. Sending good thoughts your way!

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  25. Hope you feel better! Liz is right!lol

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  26. Hope you feel better! Liz is right!lol

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  27. Hope you feel better! Liz is right!lol

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  28. I hope the surgery works for you with better results and less side effects this time. A lot of fields in medicine have improved in the last couple of decades, so I hope your procedure goes better this time.

    We'll miss you, but you need to take the time to recover. And then you can be better than new!

    Homeopathic medicine has been getting a lot of publicity lately, so that's one avenue that might be worth investigating.

    Take care, Faythe!

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  29. I agree with Binky. They have come a long way over the years with new procedures and medicines. Trust God to take care of everything and that His Hand guide the hands of the surgeon.
    I hope only the very best of results for you, and will be here waiting when you get back.
    Love and Hugs,
    Deb xx

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  30. I pray that the surgery will bring you relief. My hubby is soon to find out if he has to have back surgery for some rupturing disks. So I can just imagine your pain. Our thoughts are with you! good luck!

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  31. Just a quick note to those who I have no way to respond to...
    thank you for all your thoughts & well wishes! I have been living in this body a long time and have learned to ignore a lot of the pain, but my spine has crumbled to far now. I have tried lots of homeopathic & OTC things, and have oodles of lotions & potions to rub & get massaged in... hubby gets his massages too..haha! that is one of the reasons it took me so long to see a specialist & then make sure I tried everything else that I could. only thing not tried is acupuncture...1. I could not find or get a referral for an accredited & licensed person and 2. I do not have the $$ for it to just experiment on. my insurance is medicare, so anyone that has it, knows they do not cover many things, let alone pay for much & you still have a deductible & co=pay. I do not like medications, but IF they would of helped, I would of taken them. I hate the thought of surgery... but a body will only go so far b4 it stops or breaks & I want to still use it for a long time! :) I did think (like Liz suggested) the 1st image was funny & showed what I felt figuratively without me actually using a naughty word (hehehe) thanks again everyone!
    ~Faythe @ GMT~

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  32. Oh dear, I am sorry to hear you are in such pain. I hope the surgery fixes it. *healing sparkles*

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  33. Although I have been down and out with just a nasty virus since Christmas I am thinking of you daily and wishing you to be as pain free as possible. Lots of prayers going up between now and when we know you are feeling better.

    See if you can get some audiobooks from the library. When I have to lie still I like having someone read to me, and even better when they "do the voices."

    Hope the two of you are back to couples massages soon.

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  34. Ugh. Hope that you can get some relief soon. :(

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  35. I am so sorry Fayth. Please feel better soon! ((HUGS))

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  36. No only does the barbed wire look painful, it looks like it's flipping you the bird! Get well soon!

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  37. Anonymous6:59 PM

    What you need is some good old Andro recipes to help soothe away any aches and pains, and as I am the Guru Recipe Maker I have come up with a few ideas... How do you mean what are they? :) Well for one thing there is the Andro Healing Zapper... It is something that was created for Zapping wayward skeletons and Zombies but we might be able to reconfigure it to yield some wicked results for a certain Grammy-Mouse-Tails but I will have to see how the experiments work out first as some of those Zombies had green and yellow striped hair after a Zapping from that so we will just have to wait and see :) lol

    In the meantime just be good and not too wicked either :) ;)

    Have a lovely rest of weekend GMT :)

    Androgoth XXx

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  38. Hi Faythe,
    I hope you are on the mends.
    I've got another award for you, my friend.
    Read into the link for get the details.
    http://adamsart.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/candle-lighter-award/#more-6829

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  39. Good lord, you have the right be grumpy! Listen, a few years ago we tried to find a picture of Grumpy to send to a friend and when we Yahood it, we got an LA rock band who were into heavy s&m - if you're needing a laugh...... Meow from Au, Target and Guido!

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  40. Just popping in Faythe to let you know I've been thinking about you, hun. I hope all it well with you. And looking forward to seeing you here again.
    I'm still praying for you, dear.

    Hugs, Deb xx

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  41. Sorry to hear of you being in so much pain. Hope the surgery brings some relief to you.

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  42. Hi sweetheart! Just stopping by to see if there were any updates on your surgery. I'm stilling sending those healing sparkles!!

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  43. Still praying for you my friend - hope to hear you're doing better soon. Sending my Angels to watch over you & help you heal. hugs

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  44. Hope the surgery went well and you're back on the road to recovery, Faythe!

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  45. Still thinking about you, Faythe...Hope your getting better!

    I have an award for you.
    http://adamsart.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/one-lovely-blog-award/

    Hugs xx

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  46. Hello Girlfriend, how my Angels doing? Still praying for your good health. hugsssssssssss Dolly

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  47. Hi Faythe, It's been a while since I checked on you. Hope your doing okay...Sure wish you'd talk to us all....Get well soon, Hon
    Hugs, xx

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  49. Ack, I'm so sorry to hear this :( That barb wire link looks like it's giving the finger (which is what pain should get)…even though I don't think you meant that at all (ack at the "sitting on this" image! I'm so sorry!)

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  50. I keep thinking about you and hope you are feeling better! Possibly better!

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  51. Hiya Faythe,
    Hope you are coming along okay since your surgery...Go easy on yourself. We'll all be here when your ready to come back.
    Till then...Happy Valentines Day!
    http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/mrsmra/Happy%20Valentines%20Day/heart.gif
    Hugs, xx

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  52. I keep checking my friend to see how you're doing & you're always in my prayers.

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  53. Miss you and I sure hope you are feeling better soon! I have fibromyalgia so I sure can relate to your post! Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and sending bloggy love your way!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  54. Worried that you're not blogging. Are you ok?

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  55. Anonymous4:32 PM

    I am just calling by to see how our little Grammy-Mouse-Tails is getting along and I have brought you some chocolates from Wombania as a special treat, I just hope that when you open them that it is not just a box full of empty wrappers, you know what those guys are like with their chocolate fads? :) Right I will just take a couple of these chocolates and have a munch around here until you are well enough to post again :) Hey Grammy-Mouse-Tails I am waiting for you to call so get well soon my wickedly fine friend :)

    Androgoth XXx

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  56. I hope that your aches and pains are to a minimum, or gone all together which is even better :) Have you noticed that barbed wire looks like a hand with the middle finger raised? I bet I am spelling out the obvious on that one but it gave me a chuckle when I looked at that, being that it is a fitting picture in more ways than one :)

    Migraines are horrible, I remember in my twenties getting those, no idea why perhaps it was connected to a foodstuff, maybe cheese or chocolate but I used to hate migraines, and the associated visuals of flickering lights, you will know what I mean on that one, and sometimes a blurred vision for a few moments as the migraine disappears. Oh what a relief it was when it had gone :)

    I hope that yours disappear too :)

    Andro xxxx

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