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Chartreux
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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I finally had my first good chest x-ray showing no pneumonia, but it said mild thoracic spondylosis...whatever that is, I was just hopeing for a clean x-ray for a change.
Anyways our daughter had spring break last week and we drove her back on Saturday 20th March it was a 6 hour (300 Mile) trip one way took from (7:30 am to 9 pm,) and it was cold this weekend and she had snow up there after we left.
and then last night, when my hubby was outside smoking I went into the kitchen and as I breathed in I had some major pain, it was aweful. I hope this pneumonia is gone, but after all that I'm not sure and I've been coughing some.
I go for my first pulmonary doc visit 2 April and I'm getting emg testing (lower lumbar) done this Thursday, so I could use some good luck right now, and I'm very very whiney at the moment.

But, I did just finish a huge cross stitch project that I started in 2008 it's 15 inches x 21 inches all stitched with silk threads and I put it on a matte board that was 18 1/2inches by 24 3/4 inches...it's getting framed for just under 300. and if Chutz will give me her picture web site I'll try to take a digital picture to show y'all....I'm using a victorian frame and I just couldn't afford the meusem(Sp?) quality glass this time, that alone adds 100.
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merrygirl
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
chart~please vent away!
I hope your pneumonia is gone too. sounds awful. Congrats on the cross stitch project. I would love to see it. Hang in there.

hugs,
melissa
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chart!

I'm sorry about that lingering chest pain!!! I hope things get better soon. Pneumonia can be a real problem and sometimes seems to hide from them during x-rays. Please stay on top of it!

I love the idea of a cross stitch in an old victorian frame. I search for those frames a lot at thrift stores, goodwill stores, salvation army, and any other little junk store I come across. I absolutely LOVE them! I'm sure your piece will bring you such joy when it is framed!

Best to you!
Formerly PrayingForRealRelief...
 
DDD, CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, EXTREME IDIOPATHIC HYPOGLYCEMIA FROM AGE 12
 
 
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 3/22/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Char,
Pneumonia can be a real bear to get rid of! I hope that there's no way you may be breathing in some second hand smoke from your hubby, as that could sure aggravate it. It was just interesting how you mentioned both things at the same time.

I would make sure your doc knows of the pain. Pneumonia can return so easily! I remember when I had it many years ago (course I was smoking at the time....my bad, big time!) I was tired for months! Even now occasionally when I get a bad sinus infection and it starts going into my chest I can feel it in the same spot where the pneumonia was and I know it's time to use an inhaler to break that stuff up.

Big, soft hugs back to you - as many as you send all of us!

PaLady

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/22/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow..I was thinking the same thing about your husbands smoking...that must be making recovery take longer with having the pneumonia....

They just did a study on 3rd hand smoking now...left on clothes and furniture...effecting children and pets....it really can linger for days with those carcinogens...

I really hope that you keep getting better each day...it really is a long process with the lungs...

Are you already on nerve pain medicine for your back/cervical issues? That would be the next step that helps many people if your EMG test coming up shows any nerve issues...those medicines are Lyrica, Cymbalta, Neurontin...

Sending some prayers and hugs your way (( ))


SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 3/22/2010 2:30:24 PM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 3/22/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((Char)))))))))))). You really have had a tough time with this pneumonia! Hopefully it stays away this time!

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Snowbunny, I'm glad you mentioned that study. I didn't know about 3rd hand smoke, but as an ex-smoker I sure do remember how everything in my house, car and workplace smelled for months and longer in some cases!

Thanks,
PaLady

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats to you PALady for quitting!!!! How wonderful:)

(ok...sorry to hijack..just always want to acknowledge those who make that healthy decision for themselves and their families...My mom quit almost 18 yrs ago after 30 years of smoking so it can be done anytime...WHOO HOO)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chart,
Sorry to hear about the pain in your chest! Couild it be just some residual phantom pain because you have been battling this thing for so long? Hopefully and thats great news the X ray showed no PH---nia! Hey everyone> Give the guy a break!!! He went outside, he wasn't in the house blowing smoke in her face. As a smoker who has tried so many times and every gimick to quit, I feel guilty enough about smoking w/o having to worry about people think I'm killing them too! I ONLY smoke outside and never around my pets or people who don't like it! I wont smoke in my own car if someone else is it it w/ me but still people think I'm one of those loosers! Oh well, such is life! Sorry to rant but that one goes both ways!
Anyway, good luck w/ your lower lumbar testing Chart and sorry about the smoking thing> I guess I'm whinny too!
Your Old Buddy,
Pete

PAlady
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Char,
Sure hope what I said didn't make things worse. I was just responding to when you said you started having the pain.

BTW a great website I used when I was trying to learn all kinds of things about my spine was www.spineuniverse.com. I think Cleveland Clinic contributes to it. A former PM doc gave it to me, and it's very patient friendly in that it explains all kinds of spinal conditions and treatments in ways we can understand. And diagrams we can understand (well, most of them anyway).

It also sounds like you've had a pretty stressful few days. Be careful because it's so easy to relapse with pneumonia! I hope you're taking care of you, and getting some rest from that long trip! Glad you did something enjoyable. I always admire people who can do things like sewing and cross stitch and a variety of those creative activities. I was never very good - or patient enough to learn! LOL

(((((((((((Chartreux)))))))))))

PaLady
p.s. Thanks, Snowbunny. I quit in 1990. One of the toughest thing I've ever done but well worth it! Took lots of attempts, but I finally got there.

Post Edited (PAlady) : 3/22/2010 9:32:33 PM (GMT-6)


willowsgrandma
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
turn yeah yeah Hi Pete! I just read your post and decided I had to ad to it. Have you ever heard of Chantix? I quit smoking 3 years ago after smoking for FORTY YEARS ! If you really want to quit please try Chantix. You take it am and pm. You can still smoke when you start taking it. If I can be of any assistance please feel free to post on the forum and if you want I'll give you my email address. Good luck, Donna yeah yeah cool blush

edt
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   

((((((((((((CHAR))))))))))))))) hoping you feel better and stronger each day!

My husband has been attempting to quit smoking since last July....its definitely not easy, all the additives to tobacco make it very addictive.  

XXOO
Patti


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/22/2010 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/23/2010 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Chart,
SO SORRY for being cranky last night and bo-haaing about the smoking thing. I should have bit my lip and shut up. I just hope you have gotten rid of that pneumonia for good this time and have a managable back issue when you get your testing done. I do care about you!!!!
Your Buddy,
Pete
PS> Willowgrandma> Thanks for the advice! Yes I have tried Chantrix, paid $112. for the first pack and it made me so Godawful sick to my stomac I had to stop within a week. My stomac pain went on for 2 more weeks! Yes, I've tried everything thats sounded like there may be a chance> hypnotism, lazers, special herb formulas, smell theropy, even having my Dad die of cancer and having cancer twice myself didn't help! I guess I'm just a weak person.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/23/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete... You are NOT a weak person by any means!! Smoking is a HUGE monster. Don't feel bad!! It sounds like you've tried so many things... I feel for you, I really do.

Chart... I sure hope you feel better. I know how weak lung problems can cause a person to be... I'm sorry you are going through all of this... and really wish you some "good luck" that you very much deserve. I also can't wait to see the picture of your cross-stitch. I love seeing people's pictures from here on the board.

Take care... BOTH of you :)
--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mom!!! You are a kind Lady! Smoking is just the tip of the iceberg for me and all the reasons I hate myself. I haven't been around here much lately just wallowing in a world of self pity and depression. I guess I must have offended Chart and PA as they haven't responded here or on PA's post where I wrote. I guess I'm not surprised after being absent for so long to jump on someones post and start talking about smoker's rights! So I think it will be best if I say goodbye to everyone and thank you for all the help and support I've received over the years. I don't want to offend anyone else and you never know in the state I'm in what will come out.
God bless all of Y'all, I hope evryone can someday be pain free and I will continue to pray for you. This is my final post.
Love & peace to all,
Pittyful Pete

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/24/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Chart,
 
     Im sorry I havnt been around much. But, more so I am so sorry you have thoracic spondylosis forming. I hope you can get the pain down soon. What did you and your doctor decide to do about it? I sure hope you can find a few moments to realx today. Your needle point sounds georgous and I am excited to see it~!
 
*hugg*
  dani

 

 

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

 

 


nasalady
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   Posted 3/24/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((Chartreux))))))))))

Please feel better soon....pneumonia can be so hard to get rid of! I too am looking forward to seeing your needlepoint!

I hope you're resting as much as possible!
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, L3-4 and L4-5 radiculopathy -> severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

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nasalady
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   Posted 3/24/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete trips again! said...
Thanks Mom!!! You are a kind Lady! Smoking is just the tip of the iceberg for me and all the reasons I hate myself. I haven't been around here much lately just wallowing in a world of self pity and depression. I guess I must have offended Chart and PA as they haven't responded here or on PA's post where I wrote. I guess I'm not surprised after being absent for so long to jump on someones post and start talking about smoker's rights! So I think it will be best if I say goodbye to everyone and thank you for all the help and support I've received over the years. I don't want to offend anyone else and you never know in the state I'm in what will come out.
God bless all of Y'all, I hope evryone can someday be pain free and I will continue to pray for you. This is my final post.
Love & peace to all,
Pittyful Pete


Pete, I can't imagine that Chartreux and PALady are so offended at you that they aren't responding! They may be busy, they may be feeling poorly and not feeling like getting on the Internet....who knows? You can't take these things too personally.....you apologized for your post, which I didn't think was all that offensive.

Just so you know, I HATE smoking because my dad smoked 3 packs a day and died at 45 from smoking and gave me asthma to boot, so if I wasn't offended, I doubt they were.

I hope that this isn't REALLY your final post. You're part of the community here....I don't know you very well, but HW is a family, and we need each other.

(((((((hugs)))))))
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, L3-4 and L4-5 radiculopathy -> severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/25/2010 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Chart, I'd have to agree with Pete that you have been fighting the pnemonia for so long that I'm sure your lungs are still very sore & inflammed and this will probably take some time to heal. The pnemonia is probably gone but the muscles & tendons are still very stressed. The thoracic spondylosis could be causing some of your issues also. Hope you feel better soon!

I am a smoker also and do plan to try and quit as soon as the weather gets nice cause I can't imagine trying while being cooped up in the house all day. From what I've read about the Chantix I would not be willing to try it. There are just too many side effects that are really scary.

Come on Pete, just settle down there old guy. You've been fighting pain & depression for so long now and your financial situation is in the pits from what you've posted. Please don't take things so seriously. You've been around for so long and I've truely enjoyed reading all your posts. Wish there was some way I could help you out, even if it was just to give you a hug with some words of encouragement. Hopefully your SSDI will come through so the financial part of your problems would lighten up some. If you do decide not to continue with the forum, I wish you well and will miss you!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got home from the EMG testing and the news is not good, first I have several disc levels and she said it looks like my nerves were not
good for a person my age and it looked like they were dying (the Nerves) I had an aunt that my mom thinks might have died from ALS it was in the 70's
and nothing much was known about ALS, so I'll need some bloodwork and lots of well wishes for it not to be ALS, I'm so scared now.
I just wanted to thank everyone for posting I'll read them later, okay...this just can't be ALS....it can't......it'll be awhile before I know anything...
April is set up with tons of doctors appointments.... sad cry
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nasalady
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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux said...
I just got home from the EMG testing and the news is not good, first I have several disc levels and she said it looks like my nerves were not
good for a person my age and it looked like they were dying (the Nerves) I had an aunt that my mom thinks might have died from ALS it was in the 70's
and nothing much was known about ALS, so I'll need some bloodwork and lots of well wishes for it not to be ALS, I'm so scared now.
I just wanted to thank everyone for posting I'll read them later, okay...this just can't be ALS....it can't......it'll be awhile before I know anything...
April is set up with tons of doctors appointments.... sad cry


Oh Chartreux!!!! Oh, no!!!

I'm in agreement with you....this just CAN'T be ALS, it CAN'T. I'm praying this way, and will continue to pray....sending prayers, positive thoughts and big hugs your way!!!

Please rest, and take care of yourself....focus on your own needs right now. I'm sure that normally you're thinking about everyone else's needs before your own, but now it's time to take care of YOU.

(((((((((((((((((((Chart))))))))))))))))))))))

Please let us know if there is anything you need......and please keep us posted as you are able to.
JoAnn
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/25/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chart...

Sending you a big hug and prayers.....

If I could offer one piece of advice...is not to borrow trouble/worry from tomorrow...I've learned through all my years of surgeries/tests....family members illnesses...etc...is that if we think too far ahead...we have wasted the days where we could have been laughing/smiling/enjoying life...

I know it seems scary right now with the possibility of things...and if that is the diagnosis down the road...then we and your family/friends will all be here for you.....

Just take it one day/minute at a time and I will keep the prayers coming that you will be ok...

I know that will all my cervical disc issues that my nerves throughout my neck and back have been slowly dying....my Neurosurgeon said that this can be common when the discs dry up..which causes their collapse...which then squeezes the nerves so much and for so long...which is so much of the pain we have...then the nerve ends up dying because of lack of oxygen/blood flow...


So their can be other reasons besides ALS that this can cause this..But I am certainly glad that you have a diligent Dr. that is testing for everything just to be sure...

Sending you prayes and hugs ((( )))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 3/25/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Char,
I have to agree with Snowbunny, although I know it's easier said than done to not be too worried. I say "too" because I think some worry is normal. But like Snowbunny said, there can be so many other possibilities with us with severe spine issues.

Right now I will just send you many, many healing hugs, and know you have a lot of shoulders and listening ears here whenever you need them!

((((((((((((((((Chartreux)))))))))))))))))

We're cheering for you!

PaLady

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I just now saw this post, and wanted to say that my prayers are with you Chartreux! Hang in there. I wish I was up to feeling better so that I could support the members here better.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

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