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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Going back to work has been hard to say the least! I'm worn out completely!

Somewhere around 2:00am I woke up chocking to death, with fluid in my mouth and lungs. I must have came close to vomiting, and I guess some of it sucked back into my lungs.
When I woke, I could not breath, and was coughing like crazy to catch my breath.
For some reason, it did not wake my wife, and I was very surprised because I made such a commotion. It scared me to death.

I just decided to stay at home today, to recoup, as I'm worn out. My neck is starting to bother me now, and I need the same fusion there as well.
Hopefully I can put that off for at least another year.

When will I feel better! I hate this recovery, as it is too slow! I hate this! :(

I usually don't ever rant here, but this is wearing on me.

SE :(
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


MIKEL99
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   Posted 5/5/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michael , slow down brother .I'm really sorry to hear you had so much difficulty last nite , I hope you feel better today .I'll tell ya though almost the same thing has happened to me .I got to feeling good after juicing and I think I've overdone it because the last 4-5 days have been high pain . I even had to take some pain medication which I hated but it was very severe .Today is about the same i've had to take 2 oxicontin , I had taken nothing in the way of pain meds for 16 straight days , but was walking with just a cane then , boom ! Its lousey I know how you feel , I hope we can both regroup soon . Here's hoping theres less pain in our future , feel better soon brother . Mikel

HIV+ , Need hip replacement , have a cellulitus like condition on leg that is stubborn , using anti-biotics to try to get rid of but its stubborn .Started eating completley healthy juicing every day , no sugar , taking vitiamins and anti-oxidents , virigin coconut oil ,only veggies and fruits mostly , no red meat .feel better.Meds:viracept truvada,indothemicin. Pain from hip and leg use cane or rolator to walk .                                                                                                                 


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mikel! I always wonder how you are doing as well. I have not seen you here on the forums much lately. Chutz, always says she can tell when I'm not feeling well, because she does not see me here as much.
Right now, I'm physically and mentally burnt out pretty bad, and have been thinking about taking some time off away from the forums. I hate too, as I always want to help others here. There are so many in need.

It makes me feel guilty not to support members, but right now I feel of no use to them. I'm maxed out! :(

You would think otherwise, and I can't explain why I feel this way. I wanted so bad to get back to work as soon as possible.
My wife just found out that her dad has cancer, and we have to help them finish them moving. Of course you know that I can't help! A very good friend of ours is back in the hospital, and had a transplant a few years ago. So that is a worry, and of course I can't help there either.

So many of the members here are in such horrible conditions, and the burden of support weighs heavy on my shoulders. I want to help them so much.
My wife has done such a good job of taking care of me, but I know she needs a break too!

I used to be Superman, but right now my powers are gone. I talked to Momto6boys the other night about this, and she understands how I feel.
I feel like I'm in a foxhole with all my friends, and not one of us can help the other get out. :(

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


VicoVixen
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   Posted 5/5/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear that going back to work has been so trying and that last night was hard! It must have been scary to wake up choking, not to mention painful. I still can't make it through an entire day in the office but when I'm there I have 3 things I couldn't live without... a special pillow for the chair with a cutout for the spine, a box to prop my feet up, and a heating pad! Facilities will get onto me about the heating pad since they consider it a fire hazard but I pay them no mind.

I hope that you are starting to have more good days than bad! Remember that there is still a ton of healing going on and its natural to get worn out quickly.

Best of luck!
Jill
~Jill~
30 years old, severe SI joint pain resulting from L5/S1 Fusion, Scoliosis, Bipolar Disorder, Idiopathic Hypersomnia and resulting Insomnia


MsBunky
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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
My dear Humpty Dumpty,

I am sad that you are feeling so much stress and discomfort right now. I know what you're feeling about wanting to be helpful to others, but you must, MUST take care of yourself first. I think you've definitely got a great heart and desire to be here to support members, but Michael...you are important too...the most important, and you need to put your needs first

How scary that must have been, to wake up like that...has it ever happened before? I hope you return to getting good sleep soon...it's not fun to be tired and sore as you know, and to wake up panicky like that doesn't help any. I wonder if it's part of the stress you're feeling?

Your body has been thru tremendous stresses and punishments lately, with pain and surgery and recovery. Please do the things you need to in order to feel better...take your time, let it go slowly, one day at a time.

gentle hugs,
Bunky Booh
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Bunky Booh and Vicovixon!

I know everybody told me to take it easy, but I never grew up that way. In fact I always ran my business like the show must go on no matter what. However, you are all right in your recommendations to me.
It's just a little hard for me to swallow. Like I said, I used to be Superman, and everybody knew me for being a very hard worker with lots of stamina.

I raised my Tempur-Pedic bed up a little after that happened, thinking maybe that would help. I had drainage the rest of the night down my throat, and I was scared to go back to sleep again.

The fusion surgery does quite a number on ones body, and you are right, that it does take a lot of time to get back to normal.
One thing that I'm pleased with so far is the lack of back pain. The incision is the thing that is bothering me right now, and the lack of my normal energy.

I am stressed to the max, and much of it has to do with many of my friends having such a hard time of it. I want so bad to help them.
Of course, there is much more going on in my life that is causing stress as well. I and my wife are so madly in love with each other, and I know it has been hard on her as well.
I have always said that we are not to forget the supporting spouses here, and it is true. Their burden is different, but heavy as well.

This is so not like me at all, as I'm always the strong one and a giver. Thankfully, I have a very level headed and a very strong wife.

Lets hope I will be back on my feet soon, and back on the run. I love life and the wonderful friends we have. Nothing else matters!

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Michael,
 
      Good afternoon. I hope by now you are resting with your feet up. Its been a busy start of the week for you, no doubt your body is feeling battered and spent. I hope your body is able to recover quickly.
 
      I am sorry to hear about your father in law. Your wife is an increadibly kind and compassionate woman. I simply cannot fathom how hard this is for her. You and your family are ALWAYS in our hearts and prayers here.
 
      You said something that I wanted to comment on thou.....
 
~~> "So many of the members here are in such horrible conditions, and the burden of support weighs heavy on my shoulders. I want to help them so much."
 
       You know. Nothing, and I mean nothing is more valuable than friendship and love. To have a friend that truly understands is priceless. YOU are that friend. YOU are what makes our every day struggles a little less heavy. To have someone like you in our lives means that we are not alone. Sharing the struggles with each other makes the pain hurt a little less. Makes the days not so endless and hopeless. Because if you can do, if you can fight with every fiber of your being to love those around you.... well then we can fight too. WE, too, can give each day all we have to give.
 
 
*warmest huggs*
       dani

 

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

 

 


Chartreux
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
please keep in touch more often and I would tell you to get into your doctor as it sounds like
your getting bad acid reflux and it should be checked out, or at least try some stomach meds like Zantac to see if they
help you...stress is a big factor in acid reflux, so you should see a doctor, but..just try to
take things as they come and take it easy at work...
Hope your feeling better soon....
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Michael))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
SE, I have to agree with Chart. The acid reflux can have that kind of effect. I have also experienced the same thing as the meds along with just the everyday pressures can have this effect. Take care my friend and don't forget, the big S we used to wear did not always mean superman. LOL 

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Dani! You are a tremendously strong woman, and have a beautiful flare for getting things across. A smart little bugger, I might add! :)
You know full well that I lean on your strong shoulders in my weaknesses. Thank you, and the members are very lucky to have you here on the forum.

I love this forum, as it was a virtual live saver for me. When I found it, I was looking at other options that you all here would frown on :(
Life was no longer worth living at that time, but since then, the members here and the understanding they have shown, has given me a new breath.

I will get through this, but I just hate it, as I have so much to do. Pete, my new little buddy will probably understand what I'm going through as well.
Pete is full of funnyness and all, and he is known as the "Fish Whisperer" down there in Florida :) .....but he has a wonderful heart as many here do.
Just something about that man, that makes you want to be a part of his life.

I know I'm rambling here, but what the hey, it's my turn! :)

I have so many members here to Thank!.....but not enough room to post their names here...so lets just put it this way!....if you have given me encouragement, advice, love, friendship, wisdom, opportunity,
knowledge, peace, giggles, laughter,.... and of course, the occasional loving slap on the hand..which means we don't do this here (constructive criticism)...Thank You!
That includes a lot of members! :)

OK!...of course one last thing!...those of you that are watching on the sidelines...yes that means you! :).....we need your help! Please come out of the internet highway, and put your two cents worth of support in for the members who need it.
Even if it is to say Welcome, .....or I hope you have a better day today! You don't have to be an expert on all the medical terms and medications. This site is very much more than medical knowledge!
I'm asking for you to become involved here....I'm not asking for you to post everyday...but when you see the opportunity to support in some fashion...please, by all means do so. Please! :)

I need it!...and so do the rest of the members. Thank You! :)

Oh!...Lord!....I think I just made myself feel better! :) How did that happen! :) Pete!....just finish me off buddy! :)

SE :)
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 5/5/2010 1:04:30 PM (GMT-6)


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Chartuex! I just love the heck out of you...makes me smile every time I see your Name! :)

Fatherjohn...I swear Pete is rubbing off on you! Good one on the "S" !!

I did take the prilosec last night before I went to bed, and take it often, as I do suffer with that big word you both mentioned :)
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
SE, I joke with my kids that the big S that I used to wear is now drooping with age. Blessings!

kimber9807
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   Posted 5/5/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((hugs))))) I hope the virus you have passes soon. I also hopes your neck pain lessens.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis , spinal blockage ,gerd,gastric ulcer (2008), pernicous anemia , folic acid anemia and gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: Ambien, prilosec otc,  ibuprofren,Ultracet, folic acid , b12 injections, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added : folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/5/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Mikey,
SLOW DOWN BROTHER!!! Reading your posts, I felt like I was going 100mph!

You have been through so much in the past couple months and you ain't gonna do any better than your already doing!! You must be patiant my friend! I know it sucks and you want to get on w/ your life. you are getting older and so are your friends and family which means they to will become ill and we will loose some of them along the way. That sucks too but we can't feel guilty about it simply because we can't do anything about it! Thats just life. We have to make the best of what we have and thank God every day for the good things. Oh sorry to go off blabbing like this, I just feel bad that your gotz dem dirty lowdown blues!

Chart & F.J. are right about the acid reflux!!! You shouldn't mess around w/ that yuk! I've been there since high school and took all the newest pills that have come out for years and w/ the stuff they have now even over the counter, there's no reason you should be waking up w/ stomac acid in your lungs praying for a breath> Geeze I used to hate that most of all!!!

Sorry I haven't been around in a couple days. My boys are here and they are wearing me out!! I'll check back in on you later! I'll send you a funny video of something funny that happened yesterday in the boat, maybwe it will cheer you up??

Hang tough and take a couple more days off if you need too!!!!

Pete

momtofourangels
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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael
 
I'm sorry you're so worn out.  Just take it one day at a time.  I know what it's like to wake up choking.  It's scary.  I have acid reflux too.  Prilosec OTC works pretty well for me.    I hope you feel better really soon.  ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))
 
Loretta
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete! I look forward to your follow up, as you always bring a laugh out of me. (Got the Video) :)

9yrsCP, Yes it is scary, but I do think it was a fluky thing. I could not catch my breath, and I came very close to waking my wife up to call for help.
She slept through the whole thing. I guess she had a hard day at the office :)

I do take the OTC, but not everyday as I was thinking it was not a good thing to do.
Work is just a little more than I had planned on, and thought I was ready, but it will take a while I guess :(

The guys at work have been wonderful, and we have each others backs, so they have been cutting me a lot of slack. Great men!
I was just glad to get back and see them all again. Many of these men have worked with me for over 30yrs. Just a few more, and we will be meeting at the local coffee shop! :)

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


bluejet2
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   Posted 5/5/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael:

Remember with a fusion it is one step forward and two steps back! I can't tell you how many times I could do something one day, and I couldn't do it the next - very frustrating, I know, but it will get better.

Hang in there!

Lorie

bsjaguar
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   Posted 5/6/2010 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Michael, maybe you need to try a different antacid. Most of them have an active ingredient either ending in "dine" or "zole". I know my husband had to try many different kinds until he found the one that worked best for him. He uses one that ends in "zole" now but watch out for the ones ending in "dine", they can cause erectile dysfunction in some men. My husband also uses his every day and can tell if he misses a dose.

Sorry you are feeling so bad. You are going through alot right now and it does sound like maybe you do need to contact your doctor about possibly cutting back some on your work hours. Maybe shorter days or 4 days per week for a while until you regain more strength.
---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


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/6/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all! Digital, Thank you for posting. I appreciate it, and you too Jag!
 
I have decided to take a little bit of time away from the forums, to get my health back under control. I hope to be back soon to support all of you. Thank You so much for all you have done for me.
 
    SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion L4-L5,L5 S1 March 5th 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


tmjpain
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my dear friend Michael. Please take things slowly, you scare me so much. Maybe go see your doctor about that episode the other night. Get him to check you over and listen to your lungs. Perhaps a better reflux med as I believe you said it was an OTC med you were taking=maybe you need a script med.
We will always be in touch, on the phone or on yahoo. Just know how important you are to me in my life and how much you have helped me thru my darkest days. You've always listened to me and most often it is not good with me. Your wide shoulders have carried me my friend. No please lean on me and your friends here at HW. We all love you man. We love you like a rock!!!!

One day at a time, take it very slowly.
Love you
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


Blessedx8
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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mikey...

Sorry I'm late... I've had a rough couple of days, to say the least... I'm sorry you are struggling so much, too. I've thought about you...and was worried this exact thing would happen once you went back on Monday. I hope you are resting and taking care of yourself. You need to focus on you and your recovery right now, first of all. Really. (Sorry, I'm in "mom" mode at the moment...).

I'll e-mail you later.. but don't feel like you need to respond. Just feel better, ok? I'm in the foxhole, too, but I know there will be brighter days, my friend :)

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

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain (they called it DDD...but I don't know); 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...

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