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Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/12/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Family,
As I may have told you, I had more Doctor ordered tests this morning at The U.of Miami's Radiology Facility. I after spending an hour & a half in the 8:00am traffic jam on I-95 arived there 15 minutes late. It takes me 45 minutes to go farther when I normally go to work 3 hours earlier! Geeze! So first was the CAT Scan which took all of 10 minutes, no problem there. Then a half hour wait and some X-rays for about 20 minutes, again> No problem! Then after another 40 minutes, the dreaded MRI which I had just found out my insurance was going to cover. My Doc had to explain to the Ins. Co. that my last MRI was corupted by my pain & spazms in the "sit in MRI", I guess they must have believed him! Even though it was the largest MRI tube I'd ever seen by the time my tech got me straped in and my head clamped down, I was easilly larger than the opening. He said, shall we give it a try? What the hell, I'm already here and had taken the vallium my good Doc had prescribed me along w/ two perc's and my reg 10mg of Methadone. As I started in, the clamp thing around my fat head hit the top so he backed me out to reajust. Then back in untill the straps & clamps around my chest hit the top, back out again and fixed again. OK, I think we're going to get it this time! In I go and my elbows crash into the sides> out> fixed & in I go! They are sliding in along the sides, when I take a 1/2 breath, my chest hits the top but I'm going for it. He stops me and I open my eyes. I feel like the dog in a corndog! Oh Doc, Thanks for the Vallium! I'd been out of there in a second w/o it! My friend says, what do you think? Lets get going before I change my mind! PING>POP>POP>BANG>BANG>TIC>TIC>BANG> there playing my song! I'm good, this isn't too bad and after the first set he says, "the pics look great, keep up the good work!" Great I think, we can get through this! Then about 3/4 the way through it starts, I stabing burning pain in my neck. It's going with the rythom of my heart beat. It starts going faster and the pain gets worse. My mind is racing, is this a spazm like last time? I conscentrate and try to feel if my shoulder & neck are moving but I can't tell. The pain gets worse and I have that little emergency squeeze ball in my hand. It would be so easy to squeeze it and I'll be out in 10 seconds. My heart is starting to race and with it my agony. Hmmm, what would my peeps at HWCP do here? The would stick it out because they are the bravest people I've ever met and they would be posting about it afterward telling me, "It wasn't that bad!" I'm grinding my teeth, not good for a Methadone taker I think but I can't help it, this really hurts, even worse than the last MRI!!! Then the pings & pops finally stop, he starts to say something but I interupt him> How did the pic's come out, I screem! You were great, they are beutiful and your Doc will love them. I think to myself, my HWCP family will be proud of me, I won, I beat the din-dang, oh hell> DAM thing!! But did I? I've been in agony ever since. I got out to me car and turned on the cell phones, hmm 9 messages, not bad but then it rings in my hand! Problems, more probems and I drive to work breaking the valium rules. It is hell day when I get there at 11:30am and it's a Sh-storm and it continues untill 4:15pm. To make matters worse, my tens unit is missing. I lost it at work for sure two days earlier. No one can find it even after my company e-mails and $50.00 reward posters have been up inside and outside the bldg. for two days! Who could have found it, taken it and why don't they return it to me? Someone who is pissed at me for something? Maybe, but I can't think of anyone. Jellous maybe but why? Some one walking through our property found it? I'll check the pawn shop right down the street tomorrow maybe. I finally get home and lay down w/ my beloved heating pad and the phone rings, it's a guy from the Healing Well Prostate cancer Forum who I became good freinds with. He's up in Stuart Fla. about 3/4 of an hour away and wants to get together. Crap, Geeze Paul, I'd love to BUT>>>> OK, maybe this weekend if my wife dosn't come down. OK, I'll ask her if she comes but I'm not making any promisses. But, But, But> OK, I'll see you Sat!
Another day in the life of a CPaniac! At least tomorrow is Friday!
Love you Guys & Gals!
Pooped out Pete!    
56 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> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 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 the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Scarred_for_life
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness you have been through the ringer Pete!!! Holy cows I would have already hit the red ball and screamed for them to get me out of there!!! I am soooo proud of you for hanging in there and getting the MRI done, but take it easy so that you don't hurt yourself any more. I'd love to talk more but my pain meds are kicking in and so is my lunesta and I am sooooooooo verrrrrrrrrrryyyyyy tired and want to go to sleep. I had a horrible pain day like you. The weather here is crappy and they are talking ice storms here tonight which is making my back and legs rage with pain. So I am gonna close for the night but, get some sleep and Tender hugs to you for being so brave!

Hugsss

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 3/12/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Pete, I have to agree with Scarred, I might have hit the ball to get me outta (mri) there,
but you made it and came through it like a champ and I'm very very happy for you, one big
WOOHOO for you on that Pete..However, at your work I probably would've told them where
to shove it and quit right there on the spot, that stupid over working boss of yours..
Ask your boss and his girl friend about the missing ten unit, she might have taken it, but
you have no proof, so you might have to replace it yourself and I'm sure sorry about that,
If I could get you a tens unit I would and for free...
Hope you can get some rest tonight...
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Pete}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********

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Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 3/12/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm.... I'm due for an MRI on Monday. Sounds not so good. I will be given
an IV sedation which sounds peculiar, I know that from the Chronic Pain Forum people
It's pretty much necessary because I don't think I could lay on my back like that
for 45 minutes. I'm glad you had it done, Pete. You deserve a medal for bravery.
I would have it the panic button. I wouldn't have gone to work. Does your Home
Owner Insurance pay for your Tens Unit? I was in line waiting to buy one and this
lady says, "Oh don't buy one. I've got one at my house - never been used. Come on
over and get it." I went and sure enough it was brand new. (It didn't work for me.
I turned it up high and left it on for an hour and sent myself straight to Hel l.
I would e-mail the dang thing to you if I still had it. I'm sorry about what happened.
I'll be following in your steps. I have a bunch of tests to take also.
So sorry, Pete.

skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 3/12/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, what a day! I am very proud of you for sticking out that MRI despite the pain! I'm sure that took a lot of courage! It sounds like it will be worth it!

Hopefully your tens unit is just misplaced somewhere & someone wasn't mean & nasty enough to have taken it (why would anyone want it anyway, other than to hurt or annoy you...). Maybe you put it someplace different. Someplace "safe"? I always do that -- loose things that I put in a "safe" place so that I will be able to find them later. NOT! So frustrating. Hopefully it turns up soon!

Skeye

PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 3/12/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
You deserve a huge cheer from all of us!!! yeah yeah yeah

Sorry I wasn't on earlier but I know you'll read this in the morning. I've kind of learned to not open my eyes once I'm in the MRI tube. And I do a lot of relaxation exercises, but even that tube gets to me. Somebody here talked about Indian Drums or something like that and next time that's how I'm going to visualize it. That I'm in an ancietn healing temple with shamans drumming for me!

But that job of yours.....GRRRR....... mad Man, you gotta slow down! Skeye's got a point about the TENS unit. Lately I get increasingly forgetful of the smallest things. But I also wonder sometimes someone wandering around, or maybe the cleaning staff at night (not trying to blame anybody!). People are hurting and curious. But I do wonder if someone's insurance (work, for example???) could help replace it?

I sure hope Friday is a better day....and please, enjoy the weekend, even if you have to back out of meeting that person you met on the forum. If that feels like something you "should" do rather than something you "want" to do, then don't do it!

Hugs,

PaLady

fatherjohn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 999
   Posted 3/12/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, you get the bravery medal. You are our hero. You have set a high bar for the rest of us. Now I would be embarassed to say I did not make it through. Way to go. Make sure you give yourself a little extra care this weekend. You deserve it. If they give you to tough a time at work, I have friends. One of my students was a bad type motor cycle gang member for 30 plus years. I'll send him over to help take care of the boss. Well come to think of it, the last I saw him ths week he was gumming a candy bar because he has no teeth left. Maybe we won't go this route. Take care of your self anyway. 

mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 3/13/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete glad to hear that you made it through your MRI.But I want to know why no one gave me vallium when I had mine.That would have been nice.Any way proud of you for tuffing it out.
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.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.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.


Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 3/13/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all and thanks for all your kind words. Me brave> NOT! I'm the biggest baby around! I just kept thinking about all of you and the gut wreching pain Y'all deal with every day! Also, there was no way i wanted to spend anymore time in that awful thing. I knew from experiance that they just make you do it again if you move! Pam, your next! I think next time I need one of these things, I'm going to ask for sedation too! KO Pete and load him in the tube like a torpedo in those old submarine movies! Torpedo tube #2 loaded and ready to fire on your word Captain!!>>>>>>>PETEEEEEE>>>>>>>>>#*#*#*!!!!!!!
I upped the reward for my tens unit to $50.00 this morning. No luck yet but most everyone, the painting, air conditioning, plumbing & electrical divisions will be in today to pick up their pay checks! So I'm keeping my fingers crossed & my wallet close by! I'm still not sure what I'm going to do this weekend but I've descided I'm not going to drive up to N.W. Fla. to see my wife! 8 hours driving in two days is just too much w/ this neck pain. She may still come down but I doubt it as she was in Tampa w/ some big shots from her company untill late last night, so she will probably be too tired to drive. So it may be old Prostateless Paul so we can tell each other war stories and compare notes on guy stuff & post prostate surgery problems if you get my drift?
All for now and my best to all of Y'all! Hope everyone is pain free today for a nice change! HUGZZZ!
Porky or is that Portly Pete!
56 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> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 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 the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


edt
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 773
   Posted 3/13/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Pete,

You are our inspiration, I'm serious....I hope they finally see the true picture of whats happening in your neck and you get this taken care of  SOON!

I'm with PALady on your work situation grrrrrrrrrrrr actually double grrrrrrrrrr....your Boss needs to open his eyes and GIVE you time off w/pay!

YOU have a low pain day with the rest of us!

XXOO
Patti


straydog
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13451
   Posted 3/13/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
 
So glad you made it thru the MRI. I have to tell you tho, I got such a kick out of reading your post. I was able to visualize Pete being slid in & out of that MRI machine to make all the adjustments,lol.. Oh, I have lost count of the MRI's I have had and so I am very familiar with the cling, clank music. I do shut my eyes the minute they lay me down and I do use a wet cloth on my forehead and cover the eyes with that too. I am very claustiphobic too, and the last time I had MRI's done on my neck and shoulder they ended up giving me a total of 20mg of valium. I came out of that machine drunker than Cooter Brown. They nearly had to carry me out front to my husband, he looked at me and he looked at them and he said my God what did you all do to her,lol. Hell, I couldn't stand w/o assistance.
 
Now, that I have a pain pump implanted MRI's are pretty much out of the picture because of the metal in the pump and the magnets in the MRI machine. I can have one if needed but it has to be done with alot of precaution and some places do not understand that. A little beyond their realm.
 
What a clod to rip off your tens unit, but hey they can sell it and get money. So sad. It would be a very good idea to check that pawn shop, be sure to do that.
 
It will be interesting to see what the dr thinks now with a good film to see things on. I am sure his opinion will not change but be will have a much better set of films to look at.
 
It may do you good to get out and meet up with your buddy this weekend. Sometimes little distractions like that can go a long ways, so don't throw that idea away just yet. Have a good weekend and you did good. Susie


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure Hope you get your tens unit back!
Keep us posted on that...
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Pete}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, Enlarged Pituitary Gland
******** "We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" from Helen Keller *********

********>^..^<********>^..^<********>^..^<********


Lindaloo
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   Posted 3/13/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw Pete,

I'm proud of ya buddy. You are a serious trooper. You did good and completed the MRI. Well done!!

I will say a quick prayer to St Anthony for things lost and see if that TENS unit doesn't return. I sure hope it does.

God bless you and I hope you have a good and lpd. You deserve it.

Gentle Hugs,

Lindaloo
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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.
 
Linda

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