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Offline Elle Mae

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It's Been Way Too Long
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:06:48 PM »
Good afternoon all!!!  I got to looking through old postings and realized it had been way too long since I made an appearance here. 

I all you all are happy and healthy and staying out of trouble to the best of your ability ( :gpoke1: Chloe).   :1-giggle:  I have an appointment with rheumatologist tomorrow and then I return to my neurosurgeon around the end of this month.  He will have to help me decide which surgery is next on the agenda as I apparently have developed something called spondylolisthesis (sp?) in both my cervical and lumbar areas.  Aren't I just the lucky one?  It is worse in the lumbar area as the x-rays show that when I bend over (extension) the lowest vertebrae slip 9mm; while the ones in my cervical area only slip 5mm.  No wonder I've been in pain whenever I unload the dryer or dishwasher!!!  This is NOT the way I wanted to stay out of trouble.....lol

I'll update you all after my visit with the rheumatologist tomorrow.  Stay safe




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Re: It's Been Way Too Long
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2016, 03:24:39 PM »
I'm sorry to hear of your back woes.... I hope they find something to relieve your pains
seems the only way to stay healthy is not to visit the Dr and tell him/her about your aches and pains
but it seems your not the only one to win that cruise ship ticket of spodylo whatever
lol  I went to my neuro 9/1 and they're suppose to schedule me for shots in the back

my mom once said. (excuse my French)  Golden years my @ss... I think that person lied... and it ain't even brass.

yup..  and I haven't yet made 60

do let me know how you are... and what' being offered... so I can see what's offered here on my end

I do send prays...
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Re: It's Been Way Too Long
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2016, 09:12:39 PM »
I'm sorry to hear of your back woes.... I hope they find something to relieve your pains
seems the only way to stay healthy is not to visit the Dr and tell him/her about your aches and pains but it seems your not the only one to win that cruise ship ticket of spodylo whatever lol  I went to my neuro 9/1 and they're suppose to schedule me for shots in the back

All I can say from my prior experience of shots in the back is RUN!!  Run fast!!  Run as fast as you can!!  The only good thing that came from my supposed pain management shots is that they had a couple straps across my upper thighs and middle back so I couldn't move.  Had I been able to get free, this 5'5", 65 year old great grandma would have changed that doctor's occupation from doctor to astronaut, because she would still be in orbit (and I got those shots in November 2015)

When they took the straps off, they very wisely had a large male nurse take me back to the room to get dressed and get my "going home instructions".  When he tried to talk to me I told Troubleshooter to take him out in the hall for his own protection.  Troubleshooter later told me he had never seen me that mad in the 43 years we've been married.  To add insult to injury the shots only worked as pain killers for EIGHT hours (but during those eight hours I managed to get all my Thanksgiving dinner baking done)

My neurosurgeon apologizes to me to this very day whenever that subject comes up.  He still says that those shots are supposed to work much better than that and not cause such pain.  Well, all i can say is my much bigger,  6'5"  250lb, nephew got the same type of shot from a different facility and they had to sedate him until everything wore off.  So it isn't just me who has trouble with the shots.

 :icon_hug: Simply :icon_hug:  I hope you have a much better experience than Matt and I did.  I'm probably looking at fusion of three or four of my lumbar vertebrae as they slip appox 9mm when I bend.  Too much hard living as a kid I guess (baling hay, training horses, regular farm work that we all did and thought nothing of at the time).


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Re: It's Been Way Too Long
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2016, 09:50:03 PM »
 Elle Mae  I sure hope you and the DR. can make a good decision about the next surgery. You know we are  :0-pray: for you as always.

Now as far as me behaving myself  :2funny: That's like calling the kettle black  :gthumbsup1:


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Offline Elle Mae

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Re: It's Been Way Too Long
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2016, 04:10:06 PM »
The appointment with the Rheumatologist went well....no rheumatoid arthritis for me thank you!!!

Next week I have a follow up appointment with a vascular surgeon to get the results of a full body CT Scan (not fun).  And then a follow up appointment with the neurosurgeon.  Bless his heart, the man is definitely trying to cover all his bases prior to undertaking this surgery and I respect him for that.

Troubleshooter has been having to use a nebulizer twice daily, but after seeing the pulmonary specialist yesterday that has been increased to four times daily along with taking an antibiotic and some steroids to clear up an infection.

We're getting really annoyed with being so popular among the various members of the medical community!!  lolol


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