I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
Yo-Ho-Ho & a can of black cherry citrus FRESCA!
Yep, it's the only soda water I drink and it really cuts the yuk out of my mouth & throat! Oh, Hello all, it's good to be back! My wife finally finished two days playing catch-up through this home comututor line which as far as I know can only be used by one at a time! No nerd here! Lucky for me, my spousenerd handles the computors! I can't tell you how great I've been feeling, it's almost sureal after having that horrable neck-shoulder-arm pain for so long! That boywonder neurosurgeon was really something. Did I mention he was in there for 5.5 hours? I'm not sure how long it usually takes for a fusion (he descided to only do one instead of 3!) but he told me I had a really big neck to get through as he went through the front. (size #21 neck!) He said that the calcium bone spur was huge which was pinching off the nerves going to my left side out of my spine. He told me he had to grind it off and make a new pathway for the nerves and that even he was suprised that the pain was gone so fast! My neck on the otherhand still feels like it was hit w/ a hatchet and I sound like a frog but the pain is decreasing quite a bit by each day that passes. My biggest pain-problem right now is I haven't had a cig in a week and it's driving me crazy! Anyone remember Andrea? She posted here alot when I started posting and I miss her, she was so nice & smart! Anyway, she too was a smoker and told me to stop feeling so guilty & ashamed about smoking addiction. It helped but I knew in my heart that I was killing myself w/ those dam Newports! The most addictive smoke on the planet in my opinion! My Wonderboy Doc told me if I keep smoking, my fusion w/ the cadaver bone will NOT heal and I believe him. I am the guy who would get up in the middle of the night and stumble into the garage w/o waking my wife to burn one and this happened almost everytime I got up to pee which is usually every hour! GRRRRRR, I'm such a newport junky!!! it's the hardest thing and I want one soooooo bad! Also, my wife is still smoking. I told her I would not bug her because I hated it so much when she and others would do it to me! This is the best chance I have at quitting as I had a 4 day head start in the hospital! I never could just put them down and stop, the last time I quit for over 3 years was after what they called a respitory episode with a bad case of the flue which had me in the hospital for a week on breathing machines & anibiotics. I keep telling myself, I did it then and I can do it now>cold turkey> no sence in even messing w/ any nicotine stuff now! Well, sorry Y'all, I was going to write about how well my surgery went and I'm writing about how bad my cig addiction is!! All for now, I can't sit and type too long before my neck starts acting up. >>>>HUGZ<<<<
LUV YUZE GIZE!!!!
So glad to see your post tonight! Yipee....TG for the single fusion....triples are a real pain in the neck...no seriously that is WONDERFUL NEWS!
Keep up the good work on NOT smoking....I see my hubby struggle everyday trying just to cut down, his plan is to give it up by July 1st. They say trying to quit smoking is worse then giving up Cocaine!
Anyway, please continue to take it EASY, I know thats a toughy for you.
Hang in there Pete, you will have ups and downs as you heal! Sending you warm sunny hugs from AZ
Just wanted to say how happy I am to hear that the surgery was a success and that you are healingwell (haha), pretty soon you are not going to need us anymore, but we will always need you!!!