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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, not much sleep again last night! This is a real "Pain in the neck!" I've heard that saying since I was a little kid and know why first hand it has been so popular for so long! I'm getting Xrayed at 11:00 and seeing my Surgeon at 1:00, 1st apt. after lunch> that's a good-un! I'll be there early so no one sneaks in ahead of me as this guy spends a good 1/2hr w/ all his patiants! I JUST TALKED TO A GUY AT WORK WHO SAID MY BOSS E-MAILED EVERYONE THAT i WAS COMING BACK TO WORK TOMORROW! Sorry about the cap letters, it was a mistake but I feel like yelling anyway! I told him if the Doc said it was OK, the earliest I'd be back would be Thursday! GRRRRR! He only hears what he wants to hear! He may be in for a big suprise! After the Surgin, I have to go to my Urologist for my monthly testosterone shot so I probably will not be able to post untill tonight! Thanks again for all the Love and support Y'all have given me!!! What would I do with out All Y'all??????????
Muchos Graz & See Yuze later Family! (My Tex-Mex-N.J.-Southern accent!)
Pete
PS> I'm using one of those microwave rice heating pack things on my neck this A.M.> Feels Great!
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 once a month. 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 Thailand and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. to be deployed to the Middle East in early May. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


White Beard
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete
Good Luck with seeing you Surgeon! I hope that your neck is doing WELL!

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full 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


angel8
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete good luck and I hate to say I hope they find something as that sounds kinda weird but sometimes answers are better then none.

 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Nothing on the Xray! Doc thinks it's nerve inflamation> prescribed steroid pack & a soft neck collar> said if pain doesn't go away in two weeks to get a C-scan> Said go back to work but take it EASY! Call if it gets worse!> Boss is happy I'm going back to work in the A.M. I'll write more later, have to go to my Urologist for my monthly Testosterone shot> Keeps me a manly man!
Hugz to all!
Pete
PS> Yhanks W.B. & Angel for the thoughts!!!
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 once a month. 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 Thailand and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. to be deployed to the Middle East in early May. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 4/22/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I'm glad at least the X-ray was ok; I think that means all the hardware is in place, but remember it doesn't mean everything is fused!

I don't know about this work thing....what can I say? Please, if you're hurting, ask your doc to approve more time off. This is your neck, your life, your future!

Ok, I'll stop.

((((((((((Pete))))))))))))))

PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 4/22/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad the x-ray was good but you'rd think if it was nerve inflammation that you should be off work until those nerves settle again??? Just seems crazy to me to inflame them more with activity. Really hope you're ok, my neck is playing up at the moment but nothing on the scale of what you're going through. As I have both elbows inflamed and numbness in both hands I assume mine is all rheumatoid arthritis rearing its ugly head again...Hope work goes ok for you.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Well PA & Go, my Doc doesn't think it's a problem, he said I'm fine for work as long as I don't overdo it! He said everything in my neck looked fine, cadaver bones, screws & plates were still where they belong and it was healing nicely! cough>cough> I sprayed myself w/ stinky stuff and crewed a pack of gum before I went in his office and he didn't smell any smoke! I told my boss already that if it gives me any problems, I'm outa there and if it gets worse, I'll call the Doc and get the C-scan sooner, I have the scrip for it!! I just have to think he knows what he's talking about! We'll see! I'm just so happy there is nothing wrong!
Thanks for your concern!!! I do apreciate it!
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 once a month. 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 Thailand and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. to be deployed to the Middle East in early May. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


skeye
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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news Pete! I am glad that you didn't do any real damage. You must be so relieved! Just keep listening to your body, clearly it has its limits (and they may not agree with the limits you set forth in your mind)!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
It sounds like you're at least beginning to think of yourself first, and your boss last - and that's a great start!

I hope things start going better for you, and then you and Scarred can "hold hands" while you quit smoking together! LOL

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I just left you a message on another thread with my name on it. I will keep you in my prayers as that neck continues to heal. The x-ray results are encouraging. The smoking issues is a big one. In our drug & alcohol program we don't allow them to smoke. The facts state that nicotine is stronger to break addiction to than heroine. I have to monitor my students and give drug, alcohol and tobacco tests regularly. Tobacco is the one I deal with the most. Anyway, I know it is tough but do the best you can and don't give up the fight to easily. Take it easy at work. I am one to talk.

Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,

It looks like my prayers were answered. Thank you Lord for taking good care of Pete. You had me a little concerned there for a minute.

Please take care. We need you here and want you to be ok. Please please please.

Lindaloo
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And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the support! Oh, I hope the Dr. is right and this horrible pain is nothing to worry about! It doesn't seem to be getting any better but it isn't getting worse either! It starts in the right side of my lower neck and goes straigt down the right side of my spine. It also goes to my right shoulder which feels is burning hot like bursitis but I'm sure it's not. It's coming from my neck! I told all this to the Doc but he doesn't seem concerned or worried about it. I think I already mentioned, if the pain does not go away in two weeks, He wants me to have a cat scan. Maybe insurance won't pay for another MRI??? I'm at work and my meds are not touching this dadgum pain! I'm switching back and forth from my neck brace to one of those microwave "Bed Buddy Back Wraps" for moist heat in 2 min. on high! It gets really hot! I'm starting to worry about it again but right now, I'm more worried about the marrage councellor tomorrow morning! I've been writing down some notes about things that bother me but I just can't imagine what will happen if I bring them up. They make my wife sound mean. I don't know if it's her metapause or what but I just don't know what I'm going to do??? I'm stressing about getting my stressing fixed! Maybe I'm just crazy, it wouldn't suprise me! Maybe I just dream up all this stuff and am >> ?dellusional? (not sure how to spell that one???) Well maybe the Doc will figure it out? I've heard they don't take sides? If I tell him/her everything I'm thinking, I know what my wife will say, I've heard it a million times! That I'm the cause of all the problems> Maybe I am and crazy too??? Now I don't want to go! Oh PoPo>Potty>PoPo!

Stressing (crazy-not~Crazy-yes)

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 once a month. 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 Singapor and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. to be deployed to the Middle East in early May. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Dear friend. Please try not to stress out about that marriage counseling appointment. You're right, the point is to have a neutral party to listen and reflect back, along with provide some guidance. But in the first couple of sessions there's just a lot of information gathering. Just bei honest. And remember this is about the stress both you and your wife are under, and that from everything I've read here, you definitely love her (and I suspect she loves you, too, but may be stressed out herself with her job, etc.). So try not to blame either of you, just think of all the circumstances you're trying to manage, and that the pot is boiling over right now and you need some help. But this takes time. Fatherjohn I'm sure would also say the same thing. These are processes, not one or two time events, so relax about tomorrow. Go in with a heart of love, but a body and mind heavy with stress and pain. And let the therapist help you from there. Slowly. Try not to expect too much from the therapist either. He or she is no magician, just a helper.

Now as to your back/neck pain. I don't know. That just seems like a lot to me, but I'm not your doctor. I DO remember, however, something about taking it easy at work, or not overdoing it. Do you even know how to do that? (I say this with love, my dear friend!) I wonder. I also remember I think it was White Beard's suggestion of going back part time. I just have a hunch you may be doing too much if you have to take your brace off in order to stay there.

I'm concerned about you! But you will be fine tomorrow morning. And we'll be here!

(((((((((((((Pete)))))))))))))

PaLady

kara487
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,glad the xray turned out ok. good luck at counseling. try to take it easy. hope your pain lessens,
Percocet,ambien,reglan , flexeril ,zyrtec and trazodone.
 
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis


edt
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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Pete,

Glad your Xrays are good.....take it from me when the neck is fused even though xrays look good (which is great) there are many symptoms we can experience.  The fusion causes a locked area in the neck so now all the other vertebrae from top to bottom take the stress of the immobile part trying to compensate and move correctly (which they can't).  This info comes from the best of the best Neurologist,Neurosurgeons and PM Dr.s.  It just is, so if we move, bend, reach, sit, sleep,turn or whatever incorrectly or work for BOSSES who lack empathy, we get a reaction, never truly knowing what we actually did.  Symptoms of burning, spasm, weakness can occur.....whats the solution?????......you have to learn a new respect for your body and chores that you do...wish I could say you didn't but you MUST! 

As far as your Marriage Counseling, go there knowing no one is wrong, a wise couselor told us once get back to your Why's, why you fell in love, why you married him/her, why you chose him/her to have children with.  If your Why's don't matter anymore or you don't care to find them again, then it probably isn't going to work. 

Good luck today and know we are all rooting for a positive,healing for both of you!

XXOO
Patti


PAlady
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   Posted 4/25/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I hope you post to us over the weekend and let us know how you're doing. We're thinking of you, but you have to know that right?!

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/25/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Talking about giving up nicotine?

Father John says that some reports show nicotine as hard to break as heroin.

Well, I did a report for college after getting out of the service and going back to school.

The actual numbers that my research came up with is that nicotine is TEN THOUSAND times more addictive than heroin.

Anyone who breaks away from the hold of nicotine deserves a BIG pat on the back for accomplishing that breakaway.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

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