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mom9mom
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   Posted 12/22/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it ever going to stop snowing.I have hurt so bad for over a week and the only thing I can think of that has been going on every day is snow.Even hot baths and BT. med`s have not been helping.I live in Idaho and it has snowed here almost every day for more then a week.I live in the country with fields on both sides so the snow drifts get real high in the yard.We have a real high fence on one side (about 6 feet)and there is a drift there that is almost to the top.If it keeps snowing and blowing it will be to the top in 2 days.What do you do when you hurt so bad for so long. I need help.Do you think I sould ask my DR. to up my fentanyl patch?I have been in alot more pain since it got cold but I hate to think of going on stronger med`s.On the other hand it is getting hard to do anything but lay in my bed.As it is I only go out if I have no other choise.If I sit at the computer for more then a half hour I hurt like heek.I always sit here longer then that I just cant help my self.Well I hope you guys have some ideas please write back.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


PAlady
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   Posted 12/23/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Mom, I hear ya! The snow and the bitter cold have me wanting to pull my hair out. Guess the past couple of winters here haven't started full blast until January, but this one started in November and we've already got 3X the average amount of snow. I think part of it just has to be endured.

I use a lot of heat packs, layers of clothing, and only go out when I have to. I don't know if you can take ibuprofen but sometimes I find using that for BT med for me (along with my percocet as my regular med) helps because the aching from the cold responds more to that. Don't know if your medical history allows for you to take that. I have a space heater that runs up my electric bill like crazy but I don't think I could survive without it.

I'm afraid I'm not much help other than to say you're not alone!

PaLady
p.s. If I had the financial resources, I'd get frequent massages just to warm and sooth my muscies. Are you able to do that?

Post Edited (PAlady) : 12/23/2008 12:20:09 AM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 12/23/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mom I am down in Tx where snow is nearly unheard of, however, we are having below freezing temps which is very unusual for us at this time of year. Our bad weather hits mid-Jan. thru Feb with ice storms. Yes, the cold has really kicked the pain level up. If it were me, no I would not ask for the patch to be increased, I just think is best to try & keep my doseage down as low as I can tolerate, simply because I am very much afraid that later on I may really need an increase & my medication level may be high enough the dr may not be comfortable increasing it. The best thing that helps me is a good warm shower, I make sure the bathroom is plenty warm before showering. I do layer my tops especially and if I get too hot then I peel a shirt off. Also when taking BT meds I drink a cup of coffee with it and it kicks in quicker. Try hot choc if you don't drink coffee. I drink warm drinks all day too,lol. Until you can get yourself more comfortable limit time spent on each activity in the house, including sitting at a computer. Sitting is about one of the worse things we can do if we have back issues because it puts so much pressure on the spine. Wish I could wave my magic wand but its on the blink still, Hugs, Susie


kttn251977
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry, I used to live in snow areas too, I know how rough it can be. I live in FL now.... I don't miss the snow one bit! You mentioned the patch, I just want to throw some input. I had no luck from it. It smells & irritated my skin when it made the port. I cut into the first one, the first 3 fell off, until I learned about tagaderm. (keep that info if you are put on it, the rx company will send them too you free if you call- but you will need some for the first few patches while you are waiting) its basically a large plastic band aid. What have you tried for extended release pain? What are you on now? By all means, I am a big believer in if you are still hurting you need to say something. They don't know if you don't say something. I build up my tolerance easily. I am always on a new BT med within months. I have had a lot of luck with oxycontin. They have upped my dosages a lot, but it remains to be the best of them all, and believe me I have been all over the pharmacy counter with meds.... I'm sorry you feel so poorly. Have you ever tried bio-freeze? Its cold, very cold, going on but it sometimes helps me. You don't need a script for it, but might have to get it from a dr offices. I have never seen it OTC. Maybe try googling it...... Best wishes, hope you get some sun soon. You can always come visit me if it gets too bad :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); 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


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Mom, I'm so sorry for you and all the others who live up north with CP. I did a long time ago but when I realized I would be a complete cripple up there, I moved south, almost as far south as I could go. Southeast Fla. because its warmer than SW Fla. I wouldn't call it luck but I knew at a fairly young age when I was still able to move around and tryed Austin Tex. first. I loved it there but it was even too cold there, plus the ressesion of the mid 80's chased me here. When people tell me how beutiful the winters are up north, I tell them, "I'll watch them on TV thank you very much!" I remember that cold going right through me and the pain was just not worth it. I wish y'all living up there could be here at least for the winters. I know it's not possable but my prayers are with you. I hope it warms up!

Your friend,

Pete   


55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on a ship in the Atlantic and the other on a ship in the Pacific!!! I am one proud PaPa!!!!! 


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/23/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mom I am so sorry you are in so much pain and I can feel for you as winter's cold blasts have indeed been messing with me as well for the past week. It bites that we have to endure so much pain in the winter months. I too try baths, hot packs, BT meds and everything else I can think of to try and calm the lion in my back to make it easier on me but nothing seems to help. I guess we just have to try and make it through another winter and look forward to a spring with hope that it will come quickly. I dream of my empty yard (no flowers out in front) filled with gorgeous flowers that I have supervised over hubby in planting and hanging baskets on the front porch swaying gently in the breeze of a spring morning and this brings me a little hope that soon spring will come and my pain will subside a bit and I can tell hubby where I want all the splendid flowers that I am going to have out in my yard planted.

On a brighter note.....in KS it looks like we are in for 58 degrees for Christmas day so that is a bright spot in my week :-)

Gentle hugs and hope you get a little relief.

Scarred
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


PAlady
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   Posted 12/23/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom,
I'm getting the hint here. The solution for us in colder climates is to MOVE and live with the posters who live down south!!!

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 12/23/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
PA, as long as you bring plenty of grape juice, you are welcome to visit anytime... lol. :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); 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


PAlady
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   Posted 12/23/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Careful what you offer kttn!! LOL I live in "grape juice' country! I'm gonna start packin' now! LOL

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 12/23/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
lol.... couldn't resist it.
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); 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


uniquelyme
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   Posted 12/23/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
We don't have snow here in Nashville, but it was 9 degrees yesterday and boy could my back feel it...

Merry Christmas to all and may we all be pain free for Christmas

Me.
 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/23/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all of you that tryed to help me.PAlady I can not take Ibuprofen at this time becouse of the surgery that I am having on the 31st.I also like it because it works better then hydrocoden for me.I do have to take 3 or 4 but I don`t mind.Straydog I love my hot baths but I have to be careful becouse of my fentanyl patch.If the water is to hot the patch will release to much medication.I would rather have hot tea over coffee but I also cannot have tea of anykind right now because of the surgery that I am having.The DR. says that it interfers with the healing for some odd reason.Pa I am with you I would love to move somewere warm but my husband hates it when he gets hot(odd for someone born in mexico).PALady what part of Pen.ST. are you from ?I was born in Phil.Pen. but I have not been there since I was 7.MY dad was born in altuna and my grandmother and most of my dads family still live around there or in a state close bye.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


skeye
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mom,

So sorry that the cold & snow has been effecting you so much. I've been having a similar problem recently. We have been getting storm after storm up here & the last two days have been bitter cold. Although fortunately, it is supposed to warm up over the next few days -- should be in the 40's (but then the snow is going to melt & it is going to be a royal mess). I don't seem to be able to do much when I'm in a lot of pain. Lately, I've just been lying in bed (since I'm on break & because of all the issues I have at the moment I'm not working) & praying for the day to pass quickly.

I know you said you can't take ibuprofen right now because of you upcoming surgery, but I've also been trying that lately, along with my pain meds. It seems to help a little, so my doc just prescribed me prescription strength ibuprofen to take several times a day (and the wonderful thing about it is that it costs less than over the counter ibuprofen, or at least Advil! :-)). Do you have any other kind of BT meds? If not maybe you should ask you doc about that instead of increasing your patch, since you are nervous about that.

Since you can't really take baths due to your patch, could you use a heating pad? Those always worked great for my shoulders. And if all else fails, you could always go outside & lay in the snow -- instant icing of your entire body! That ought to do the trick! smilewinkgrin smhair

I hope you start feeling better soon! Drink some tea or hot chocolate & stay warm!

Skeye

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ohhhh BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Skeye!!!! LOL
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


skeye
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
smilewinkgrin Thought that would get some laughs!

PAlady
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember now I wasn't allowed to take ibuprofen products both before and for 3 months after my fusion surgery. It evidently can interfere with the fusion process. My doctor explained that I actually needed the inflammatory process for the bone to fuse. So I understand.

PaLady

Skeye - make snow angels?? smhair smilewinkgrin

kttn251977
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When is the actual surgery?
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); 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


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/24/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
It Is on new years eve in the after noon.Good thing I do not drink any more.And I can guarantee that you will not catch me partying in my hospital gown.That would be one scarry site to see.LOL.Debbie
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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