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moondancer
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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning all,
I hope everyone has a "good" day today and I pray for all of us who suffer so much pain. Tomarrow morning I am going in for the left shoulder surgery. (this is my tenth degenerative joint surgery eyes ) I am soooo tired of surgery and pain! to be honest sometimes I am hoping I don't wake up from the surgery. But that is self pity and so I need an attitude adjustment today before I go under again. and suggestions would be so helpful. smilewinkgrin
I know we all feel this way sometimes, and some days are more overwhelming than others. and as I read everyone's posts I realize for the first time I am not alone. Thank You EVERYONE for your support, even if you never said a word directly to me,  know that your words in your own posts have encouraged and helped me tremendously! see you all in a few days!
Hugs,
Patty
 
 Degernative Joint disease, Depression from pain, Hypertension, Ulcers, Nerve damage
 Prozac 80 mgs, Synthroid, Ultram, Metroprolol, Lipitor, Norvasc, Vicadin, Benadryl (for sleep)__Vitamin D&K
 Bilaterla hip replacements, Bilateral knee replacements, Titanium Spine Fusion (L4-5)(4 spine surgeries)Angiogram, Oblation for SVT(supra ventricular tachycardia) Biopsy of left Optic Nerve, left shoulder surgery, revision of left hip
 The hardest lesson in life to learn...Is which Bridge to cross and which ones to Burn.
 


kara487
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck on your surgery today.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis


Lindaloo
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
That's Ok we have all had bad days. But you HAVE to wake up from the surgery, you hear?? That is a command from central!! Lol. You have many friends here that love you and care about you and your health. Don't despair, you are never alone.

Here is hoping for a very successful surgery and a speedy recovery. We will be looking for you after the surgery.

God bless.

Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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kttn251977
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
i have had a lot of work done too..... the one good thing is i love the fact i know i am going to get a good hard snooze! gotta have the glass half full. they never hit my veins so i usually have to have the iv in my wrist or foot. youch! see why i look forward to a snooze? :) you will do just fine. a walk in the park, right? but i will keep you in my thoughts tonight & pray for a success. best of luck to ya!!!
RX's: Oxycontin 60 MG 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30 MG 4x's daily; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (all for pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x at bedtime; Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (for pain & fibro); Restoril 15mg at bedtime; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


moondancer
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   

LOL  you guys are too funny..thanks for the command, Captain Lindaloo!! :-)

Kittn, Kara thanks for the kinds words of encouragement.. ok the pain meds have kicked in since I posted this AM and I am feeling POSITIVE thoughts again..Well Kttn, then you must look like me..."a junkie" with all the needle pokes eyes But I can't wait for the huge snooze either...hey this one is going to be a breeze. last surgery I was there for 4 months. so yes a "walk in the park" my friend. BESIDES I HAVE to wake up....Christmas candy is going on sale soon,,,HEHE tongue


 
 Degernative Joint disease, Depression from pain, Hypertension, Ulcers, Nerve damage
 Prozac 80 mgs, Synthroid, Ultram, Metroprolol, Lipitor, Norvasc, Vicadin, Benadryl (for sleep)__Vitamin D&K
 Bilaterla hip replacements, Bilateral knee replacements, Titanium Spine Fusion (L4-5)(4 spine surgeries)Angiogram, Oblation for SVT(supra ventricular tachycardia) Biopsy of left Optic Nerve, left shoulder surgery, revision of left hip
 The hardest lesson in life to learn...Is which Bridge to cross and which ones to Burn.
 


PAlady
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Moondancer,
I left you a note on another thread but I certainly wish you all the best for your surgery.

And yes, keep thinking about those Christmas candies! You reminded me (for better or worse) that I already went through a bag of those red & green m&m's. (This is Ry's fault. LOL) So when you're ready you can send someone shopping for munchies for you!

PaLady

QTKaren
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Just dont buy any Whitmans samplers ughhhhh. Last x-mas I got a large box of their chocolates and in the past they had always been my favorite but as my husband lifted the lid off the box that was sitting in his lap a bunch of maggots came spilling out!!! It was a horrible experience. I guess in the factory a fly had got into the package and laid eggs. I called the company and told them how grossed out I was and that I would never buy thier candy again and so what do they do? they offered me a coupon for a free box of chocolates ! lol no thankssssssssss. On another note though good luck on your surgery. I too have gone under the knife tons of times(30 + times to be exact) and am facing shoulder and hip surgery myself. For me its not that surgery that is such a problem but the long recovery times and with my hip I will be trapped in my bedroom because we have stairs. You have a good attitude though and dont worry about some of those fleeting feelings,we all have them from time to time and its mostly when we are in pain. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Soft Hugs,
Karen
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Fibromyalgia,IBS,Stroke x2,endometriosis,Diabetes type 2,neuropathic pain,nerve damage due to tailbone removel,nerve damage due to fractured back,deppresion,high blood pressure,severe nausea,atrophy,chronic pain,nerve damage due to botched bladder surgery,torn hip joint,hypoglycymic
 
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moondancer
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady thanks again for the kind words. I have truly found a family that understands what I am going through in this Forum..
 
QTKaren....LOL so now you have definetely convinced me not to buy the sampler box...
but I am sure I can find plenty of chocolates. And anything else I think looks tasty and comforting..HA
Wow, I was asking the other day if anyone else had been through so much surgery. and I see I am not alone. I wondered if I was a hypochondriac? But then I thought, what Dr in his or her right mind would keep cutting us open if this was just in our minds, cause medicare doesn't pay them that well wink   I know about the stair thing too. I had to stay 4 months in rehab ( because of  IV's) and because I had 32 stairs to climb to get to my apt. when is your surgery Karen? Good Luck to you as well and thanks again for the kind words.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU
Patty
 

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My best wishes for you moondancer. My shoulder hurts too ~ not as much as yours
I'm sure but still ....

Pamela
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


kttn251977
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   Posted 11/12/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
ha! i'm not alone when it comes to iv's! you know whats worse is my mom has those nice beautiful veins. and no matter how much water i drink the night before i always get a blown vein. i tell them either a) get an ER person to put in the IV or b) get the anethesiologist! aye carumba! good luck (though i know you will be just fine) & let us know-when you can- how everything goes! good luck!!
ps...... TURTLES!!!!!!! yummy!
RX's: Oxycontin 60 MG 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30 MG 4x's daily; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (all for pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x at bedtime; Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (for pain & fibro); Restoril 15mg at bedtime; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


ryand
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Patty! I do understand how you are feeling, but I am so glad you have posted. It took me a while to get up the courage to just come right out and ask for support when I needed it, but watching other members be so courageous and open with their feelings has really encouraged me a great deal. I am simply overwhelmed with the love and care that we offer to one another here. You are in the right place tonight.

I am with kitten on looking forward to the snooze! As much as I don't care for surgery, I haven't really and truly slept in so very long that I always think well at least I get to finally take a nap! LOL! turn

I'm thinking that perhaps you should just add a few M&Ms to your daily medicine regimen for a while. Seriously. smilewinkgrin Incidentally, PaLady, just yesterday I opened a drawer and discovered shocked a bag of HALLOWEEN M&Ms shocked that I had somehow missed. Oh, the horror! nono Well, you will all be relieved to know that I promptly sat down and ate them ALL. devil OK, well I made a dent. tongue And I'm working hard to polish off the rest of the bag. I must get back to the red & green ones, right? Can't let you all down. See, Patty - you have something to tune in for after the surgery. I know that's ALL you'll be thinking about tomorrow. "Did Ry finish the M&Ms? Oh, I just CAN'T WAIT to find out!" I'm sure that's exactly what will be going through your mind! Once the Versed kicks in, you'll be telling the anesthesiologist all about the healing powers of M&Ms and wondering about the varied rates of consumption depending on season... LOL! turn

Keep your chin up, Patty. We'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
Ry

kttn251977
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
welll....... here's a halloween classic for us. we have 3 dogs... a pomeranian, a male shih-tzu & a female shih-tzu. they are my children & i love them. just like children they have classic moments. so we decided to go out & we went to orlando. my fiancee left the candy dish open. just chock full of candy corn. (i don't understand the fascination with the stuff) but anyhow we got home my little female shih-tzu ATE THE ENTIRE BOWL OF CANDY CORN!!!!! i wonder how such a little thing can eat all that candy & A) not be sick & B) dosen't even gain a pound. but they are my babies & i love their sweet little hearts. :)
RX's: Oxycontin 60 MG 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30 MG 4x's daily; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (all for pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x at bedtime; Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (for pain & fibro); Restoril 15mg at bedtime; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Blessedx8
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Moondancer (Patty) - Good luck on your surgery tomorrow.   I pray that you have a successful surgery, with as little "additional" pain as possible, and quick healing.  Let us know how it goes... --Tina

Blessedx8
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Patty, One more thing - I posted about the pain pump under the post titled Pain Pump QUESTION.  Good luck tomorrow. --Tina

moondancer
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

GOOD MORNING( and yes it is a "good" morning)

THANK YOU EVERYONE for the encouragement and prayers! Surgery went well yesterday...except for eyes the Student who was trying to put a nerve block in my neck for my shoulder, and she numbed EVERYTHING ..lol.. left lung, eye, nose, neck, hair(ha) and anything else she could find on the left side. THEN they put me asleep!  however just like the past nine surgeries once the surgeon got in there to smooth off three bone spurs, he found a huge tear to repair, and A LOT of arthritis. (and the family Doc insinuated it was all in my "head") guess thats why he's not an Ortho Dr. scool

I am pretty sore this AM but thats what all those little pills are for, right? (like the habit forming, addicting red & blue M&M's) and the vicadin that got mixed in.

Well typing with one finger is time consuming ( I been typing this for 5 hrs) devil  I'm kidding) so again THANK YOU EVERYONE. I feel like I have found people here who truly understand and care about others pain.

simply hugs to everyone

PATTY


 
 Degernative Joint disease, Depression,severe Hypertension, Ulcers, Nerve damage,OA, stroke & blindness in left eye
  Prozac 80 mgs, Synthroid, Ultram, Metroprolol, Lipitor, Norvasc, Vicadin, Benadryl (for sleep)__Vitamin D&K
  Bilaterla hip replacements, Bilateral knee replacements, Titanium Spine Fusion (L4-5)(4 spine surgeries)Oblation for SVT(supra ventricular tachycardia) Biopsy of left Optic Nerve, left shoulder surgery, revision of left hip
The hardest lesson in life to learn...Is which Bridge to cross and which ones to Burn.
 


skeye
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Patty,

I'm so glad to hear that everything went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery! I've had 3 shoulder surgeries myself, so I know how much it stinks to be stuck in a sling for several weeks (and yes, it is incredibly time consuming to type with one hand!)! I'm glad you also got some justification for your pain not being "all in your head," that's always a good feeling. Doctors really should trust their patients more. We know our bodies & we know when something isn't right, even if nothing shows up on any tests. Medicine is far from an exact science, but intuition is pretty refined - its helped our species survive for thousands of years.

Feel better!

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/14/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't understand about the student numbing everything and then you were
given anesthesia. I know you can't answer now but I do wonder how
it effected the outcome of your surgery.
I've never had a surgery on my shoulder. I think they can't do it because
of my scoliosis but I'm not sure at all. I have no one to ask. I no longer
go to a neurologist. My pain doctor doesn't know one thing. He never
takes my BP, weighs me, or asks me in person how I'm doing. (I fill out
a form) My new internist doesn't seem to understand pain. (not unusual)
Patty, with all your surgeries, how do you rate your daily pain. I usually
go around with a seven or eight and am quite disabled ~ can't ride in the
car, have to find just the right time to go food shopping ... terrible.
Maybe I should do the rounds again and see if shoulder surgery would be
an option to relieve part of my pain.
Congratulations on the completion of your surgery.
Pamela Neckpain :-)

PAlady
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   Posted 11/14/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Patty,
So glad you're on the other side of the surgery! I'll send wishes for speedy healing for you.

Those M&M's have special healing properties; send your hubby out for some now - they're still on sale where I am!! All the colors!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 11/14/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela,

I've had 3 shoulder surgeries, and each time they did a nerve block on my shoulder before giving me the anesthesia, like they did to moondancer. The nerve block not only numbs your shoulder & arm, but it blocks all motor impulses from it as well, so you cannot move you shoulder or your arm for several hours, until the block wears off (it is a VERY strange feeling to touch your fingers, which are warm, but no matter how hard you try, you cannot move them).

I believe that numbing the arm while the patient is still awake reduces the post-operative pain. At least that is what I read somewhere (and somewhat recently too). Maybe because they get a better block with the patient awake so that the patient can give them feedback about what they feel? During one of the surgeries I remember the anesthesiologist telling me to let him know when I felt anything "strange" in the arm they were blocking, and as soon as I said yes, they knocked me out all the way.

Skeye

moondancer
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   

skeye

yes you are so right. they explained this very thing to me. that they give the nerve block while patient is awake as to have the patients input as to when they are in the right place, and the nerve block is done so that you will not move a muscle, it immobilizes everything on that side..feels so strange.. and also when you awake from the surgery, it still has the nerve blocked for a few more hours as to not feel the pain from the surgery. until they found the right place, they kept hitting other nerves and my ear was twitching, then my shoulder blade, and then my eye, until they found the right one.what a weird feeling..feels like your arm and fingers are dead... Well it is wearing off now, and WHEW, time for another pain pill.

I finally got an appointment with a new Pain Management Dr. for December, So I am anxious to ask her all the questions about the different options for controlling all this pain. 

 Palady you just don't know what I did, I sent my hubby out for those M&M's, and he went to Costco and came home with three POUNDS of those little red and green ones smilewinkgrin , Oh how I love this man...LOL...except I just got the news today that the insurance approved for me to have the LAP BAND surgery..so thats going to suck...no more comfort food shakehead

HUGS TO ALL


skeye
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Patty,

So glad to hear you got in with the PM & that your recovery seems to be going well so far.

I agree with that weird feeling when your arm is dead. After my first surgery, it felt like my arm was extended outward even though it was in a sling & the strangest thing of all is that my "invisible arm" itched (the phantom extended arm was itchy, so I kept trying to scratch air, must have been quite a sight). My surgeon said that occasionally you get muscle/nerve memory so that your brain thinks that your arm is in the last position it was in before it was blocked even though your brain isn't actually receiving any signals from that arm. Fortunately this didn't happen after the following two surgeries, but I never got over the feeling of touching my arm with my other hand & not being able to feel the touch or move my arm or fingers on command. I believe I said some pretty funny things about it while coming out of anesthesia the first time smilewinkgrin

I hope that your shoulder continues to feel better with each passing day! Hopefully you have a nice cryocuff for it. I always lived in mine for the first week or so after surgery. And recliners are great for sleeping in, if you have one, I now refer to mine as my "second bed" as I have slept in it for months on end. Although I'm sure you know all this, having unfortunately been through it many times before!

Wishing you the best,
Skeye

ps - don't worry about the lap band surgery now, enjoy your m&m's while you can -- you definitely deserve them!

PAlady
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   Posted 11/14/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
THREE POUNDS of M&M's? shocked

Woo Hoo!! turn

I think I need to "sample" my bag that has all the "regular" colors like blue and such. Then I can make a valid comparison with the Christmas ones. smilewinkgrin

PaLady

moondancer
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   Posted 11/15/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you guys, I always "feel the love" here and so blessed to have stumbled upon this forum...AND PaLady, when my husband asked me what in the world I was going to do with ALL those M&M's, I told him that ALL YOU GUYS had given me permission from the Central Command Center, and he was to hurry as the store may run out of ammunition before he got there.. I did tell you a little lie though. I THOUGHT they were the Christmas ones, but they were actually the "regular" M&M's. But I forgave him and am eating them anyway! hahahaha
Thanks again Skeye and PaLady and everyone else. I would love to fax you a few samples of these M&M's yeah
 Hugs Patty

b4u
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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Patty
I hope you are doing well since your Surgery. I wanted to send a special note of thanks for keeping me in your prayers and sending such a kind note especially to me, last week . That you took the time to write when you were barely out of the Hospital speaks volumes of you as a person. It meant a lot and I wanted you to know.
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