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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/5/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have thought long and hard about posting this, and I'm still very cautious about, but I seem to have good news on my recovery.

As many of you know, I have been starting to post here and there on the forum. There has been a major change in my recovery.
I have mentally marked the 26th of July as my change for the better. Needless to say, I have been very worried at my progress,
or lack of it.

It seems that as time went on I began to get worse with my pain. Well the morning of the 26th, I woke up and felt completely different!
My pain was much less for some odd reason. I had this happen before, but it only lasted 12hrs or less. Well, the 27th came and better still!

Here it is August 5th, and I can only tell you that my pain is almost totally gone. It seems that my double fusion is finally healing and looks to be a success
so far. I'm still very cautious, and will not do something stupid to jeopardize this recovery. It will be March of 2011 before I will crawl back on the Harley.

Many things have happened since my surgery, some which are family issues such as my wife's father passing with cancer.

I really thought it would be at least another 30 days before I came back to support, but I really want to be here, so I will post more often than I first thought.
Many of you are very curious about my surgery and recovery, so I will post something on it here soon.

Thank you for your support while I was gone, and I hope I'm not premature in thinking that I'm getting better on a permanent basis.



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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I am so so happy to hear the good news! I know you've been struggling, and you certainly deserve this. Lets hope that this decrease in pain is here to stay! Just remember, you still aren't done healing, so don't let the decreased pain trick you into doing something that you aren't ready for yet. No matter how much you may want to jump for joy (literally), remember to take it slow!

On a more solemn note, I am very sorry to hear of your father-in-law's passing. Losing a friend or loved one is one of the hardest things that we have to experience in our lifetime. I'm sure that this has been an incredibly rough time for you and your family. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michael....

Glad to see you here.... I know how much you've been through and understand completely your hesitation regarding posting and so forth. That being said, I'm glad you are making progress and PRAY that it continues for the long haul.

Hope to see you keep posting and hearing more about everything going on... you've been missed :)

Talk to you more soon --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

MAJOR surprise - Pregnant, w/ twin little girls (after six boys). Due Sept, 2010. Praying they are healthy. YES, you can have chronic pain AND have a successful pregnancy - not easy, but it can be done. :)

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Pebbles! I had L4-L5, L5-S1 fused on March 3rd. I think that is the right date, but I could be off by a few days or so. Life was a blur at that time, since I was taking a lot of pain meds.
I will be very careful with my recovery the next few months for sure. I never want to go through the lower lumbar surgery again, if I can avoid it with good common sense.

You may want to do a search on some of the post I wrote here, as I talked about it quite a bit several times.
I plan on adding to them in a few days or so, so those of you that are interested can read up on it.

Please bare in mind that everyone's experience can be quite different. I was sure after a while, I was headed for failed back syndrome, as the longer the recovery time for me,
I seemed to get worse. At first I thought I was off to a good start, but as time went on I began to feel more and more pain. More on this later, when I post on it.

Skye, I have been so out of it, that I have lost touch with how you are doing, but I think I read that you had a implant put in. I hope it went well for you.

Mom, I, like so many others here, are pulling for you and the girls. You have been a wonderful friend during this hard time in my life, and I know you have been on pin's
and needle's too.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wanted to also mention, that we are in the process of reducing my meds. I thought I could do it cold turkey, but at the request of my surgeon, we are going to reduce them instead.
I have been on these for almost 8yrs, and heavy the last three or so yrs.

I went from 90 to 100mg a day before my surgery to 40mg a day after surgery, and then had them increased to 70mg for a short time well into the recovery.

We are now at 7.5 Percocet's x2 with a 1/2 at bed time. Next refill, will be 5mg if I'm still doing well, and then will start breaking those in half as needed.

I will be so glad to be off of them, as I have always hated them, but was ever so grateful for the relief they gave.


Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 8/5/2010 6:42:55 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/5/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michael. you know how wonderful it is to hear that you're doing so well!
I have a huge grin on my face, I am so happy for you, I realise you can't go out dancing all night and still very much needto pace yourself but it is just so joyous to hear some good news.
Something positive, you've just lifted my spirits, thankyou for posting, and a huge welcome back.
I feel like I'm just returning to something of my former self after a massive flare in April, so I've also not been posting much. Just in survival mode.
Sorry to hear about your father in law dying from cancer, that must have taken a heavy toll on you both. Cancer is nerver easy.
But welcome home, I'm pleased to have you back, golitho yeah

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/5/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my Lord Golitho! I have not seen your name here in forever!

I did go dancing a few weeks ago when I had one of those good days! I paid for it the next day, but I was only two stepping with the wifey,
and a 70yrs young woman I found at the Senior Center :)

I so happy that I could just cry, as it has been longer than I can remember when I felt this good.
I'm so scared that this is temporary, and is so hard to believe. How can a person make a change over night?

My heart is here to support members, and as Mikel has said they are family for life.
This forum helped me through the darkest time of my life.


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   Posted 8/5/2010 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Michael, how wonderful for you to be able to dance again. That is pure celebratory joy!
Just take it a day at a time, enjoy your pain free ness as if its the last day, DON't take it for granted. I remember about 3 years ago I was put on a new med and within 2 months I was running upstairs and had my energy back, I felt on top of the world. I only had it for about 2 months before I caught pneumonia, had to come off all my meds to fight the infection, that caused a massive flare and yada yada yada... So ENJOY big time, if it lasts for life then you've made the most of everyday of your life, but if it doesn't, you don't feel "I should have done this" or whatever!
Thats my advice anyway. No should haves...
I just went to my doc and went back on my fentenyl patches, just felt the tramadol wasn't really touching the pain like the opiates do. Just hope I don't get the migraines again. And so on and so forth...
But it is a beautiful day today and you have really made me feel happy, so thanks again, golitho tongue

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   Posted 8/5/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulation Michael.  I sure hope and pray that the relief you are having lasts forever.  Please do be very careful and not hurt yourself.  I'm so sorry for you and your wife's loss.  I know you have been thru a lot.  Take care of yourself.  It's so good to see you back.  I have really missed you.
l.ove and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip,  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 8/5/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, 9yrs! I'm excited to be back, but I have a lot of catching up to do. It has been so very long to be almost pain free, and it is very relaxing at the moment.

Right now, I'm feeling a little lost, and many of you have new stories to tell about your health. I'm afraid I just did not keep up with all of you.

It may take me a while to get back in the grove here.

Good to hear from you! Take care my friend!


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/6/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   


   Dear Michael,

     Good evening *hugg* It is so nice to catch up with you. I must say that I have often thought about you.. its just that I didnt want to intrude or push my way into your business. I knew you were having a hard time when you told us you would be away from the forums for a while. It was hard to not see your posts for such a long time. It felt like something was missing each week you were gone.

    It is so good you have been able to make such wonderful improvments these last few months. I have no doubt though, that you worked hard to achieve it. You have always worked hard at anything you set your mind to. I wish at times I had your drive and dedication. I hope most of all that you are able to enjoy the fusion benefits many, many years. I have a thousand questions, but I see you plan on putting together a post about your recovery, so I will try to hold them off.

     It is so good to see you back. You are in our hearts of course. :-)


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And be one traveler, long I stood
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
SE being right at 5 months post-op yes you should start to be able to tell some difference. Hopefully from this point on each day will get better. At the one year mark how you feel then will pretty much be your destination of recovery, anything happening good beyond that time will be like having ice cream with your cake. The main thing is pace yourself and not forget on the very good days to not over do just because you feel good. Two step huh, hope it was not a fast two step, lol, those are killers. I remember those days of Fri & Sat night on the north side with all the cowboys & cowgirls two steppin till 2:00am.

Take care and take it slow & easy.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michael,
I'm so glad to see you back and feeling better.  Oh how I wish I could dance again!  I do understand lumbar fusion (l5-s1) and can't say that I'm over mine since March 2009, but I am so glad that you have turned the corner!
I am sorry to hear of your family's loss and hope your greif will lessen with each day.
I look forward to reading your thread when you post all the recovery details for us.  It kind of gives us (me) a level of hope if even one of us can once again become pain free.
All my best!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Mikey!! You dancin Fool you!!! I'm so happy that your back pain has gone south!! I really hope it's for good! And now> the step down off pain meds> You're a better man than I!! I know you can do it and you will be an inspiration to many here and my personal HERO!!!
It's so good to see your name on the forum again my friend!
Bi Man Harley Hugs!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   


  Hello Dani! What a wondefrul job you have been doing here on the forum! It will be good to be back, but I feel so far behind on many of the members lives. I did keep in touch with a few, and have watched from the sidelines on others.

Retiredmom! I just read your post and will reply there for you in a few. Sorry to hear of your problems, but it is awfully good to see you again.

Stray, I'm a listening to you and agree with all you say. I'm not out of the woods, but the wind has seemed to changed direction for me, and I can tell you it is refreshing. My wife and I have a couple of friends that play in a band once a month, at a Senior Center. We went on a day that I felt good, and I met a 70yr young woman there and she taught me to two step.

She was all smiles, and begged us to come back. My wife charmed the pantz off the men there as well, and we had a blast. We will make an effort to go back every month if we get a chance. It was more fun than a barrel of Monkeys!

Pete! I just love to read your post and you're writting style. It makes a Redneck like me blush! :)

Save a spot for me down there in Florida, because we plan on visiting sometime as well. I promised my wife a trip to Tahiti first though! :) We were married 4yrs ago, and spent our honeymoon in Mexico, but I was in pain the whole time while down there. I will never forget it, and hated the fact that I was suffering.

My company has me working 7 days a week now, and this will be my 7th week in a row without a day off, except for the funeral of my father-inlaw. I hit the bed as soon as I get home in the evenings, and we are so greatful that we bought a Tempur-Pedic bed before the surgery. It has been wonderful to say the least. I paid the extra for the motorized lift, but wouldn't give you a plug nickel for the vibrator built into it.

OK!...time to get to work here...will post more when I get a chance.

Thank you, for the warm welcome back! You all are awsome!


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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michael , Congrats my friend , thats so great that your pain has diminished , thats got to feel great and be very motivating for you ! Its good you've returned to HW support is a key factor in a sucessful recovery , Continued sucess man , keep the faith ! Mikel
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Its nice to see you posting again, and especially when you post with good news like this! I'm very happy for you, that things seem to be better physically (which can only lead to things getting better mentally, spiritually, etc.). You must be feeling a sense of relief as well, that perhaps your prayers and dreams are finally being answered.

I will keep you in my prayers; that your healing continues in such a way that a year from now, you'll look back at this time and it will be like looking at a different man.

Be well, don't overdo things as you get used to feeling better...and pop in a little more often, okay? We miss you when you're not around.

Bunky Booh!
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (both wrists), Reynauds, IBS, Scar Tissue/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

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   

LOL! I forgot all about your nick/name Bunky Booh! :)

It really is good to be back and feeling good again after all these years. A new man is an under/statement for me at the moment.

Good to hear from you, and hope you are doing well too! :)


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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   


 Thanks Mikel! You were missed as well by me!

I have all of my fingers and toes crossed for you! We all will be watching closley for your recovery.

Are you still juicing?

So much to catch up on, I feel like an idiot here!


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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome to see you Michael, missed you and
glad to hear that your pain has now been reduced, woohoo...
sorry about your wife's father, sympathies on that...
I would've posted sooner, but I'm not doing so good, coughing
at night again...anyways so glad your back...
big healing hugz
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   


  Chartreux! Very good to hear from you as well my friend!

Please tell me that your going to the Dr for this coughing! We don't want to see you get that creeping crud again!

My pain is almost gone, and at times it is zero. Quite the relief for me! I'm sore in the mornings, but do quite well during the day at work.

This is wonderful to see so many familuar faces again :)

You take care, and don't let this get out of hand before you do something about it.

    You're friend,


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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
This is wonderful wonderful NEWS!!!! could it be that your healed? Let's all keep our fingers crossed! and don't overdue! I know it's been a long trip my friend! We've all been praying for you and wishing you well. Welcome Back to HW!
 "Get busy living or get busy dying"
Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   


   WOW! The names keep coming up, and all of them bring a smile to me!

Thank you so much Flowery! I'm not going so far to say that I'm healed, but I sure do feel better.

     SE :)

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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
SE, so good to hear from you and that you are doing well! That is awesome! Try and be good even though I know that bike is calling your name!!
Gentle Hugs,
Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraine disorder (with and without aura), Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety
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   Posted 8/6/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   

SE  soooo Glad to see you back!! I was actually thinking about you today!!

 Very happy to hear that you are on your way to recovering. I know personally that it is such a long road...physically and emotionally. Please take it easy and let your body heal. The doctors all say that each persons recovery is so different. It is so easy for them to say, but so difficult for us to live it. Each day I know is so hard dealing with pain everyday, day in and day out. Everyday is so different when we live in pain. One day is better and then the next day we are down again. What is so discouraging is that we thought we would be living a more painless life when we decided to have surgery.

I have also been having quite a few problems.  I have been hit with major pain four month post opt. I went in for a milogram (long story about that..... spinal headache and had two blood patches) The surgeon said that the disc above my fusion is herniated but also has severe stenosis. He did say before surgery tht that level looked bad but thought it would hold out for several years. We decided on a one level due to the recovery time difference.  (also fracturd my foot and have been in a walking cast for four weeks.....UGH

Well now I am faced with the decision of epidural injections, or surgery. As you know injections will only put a band aid on it for a while. i am having the first injection this    Monday.  My hope is to have some relief from the debilitating leg and foot pain for a while. My leg gives out and my foot drops at times.  Long term goal is to enjoy life again with out pain meds.

No only is this difficult for me, but for my family as well....I Had a birthday last month, and our youngest son gave me a homemade card that read; Dear mom, you are the best mom, happy birthday! it really makes me sad to see you in such pain everyday. (he is 10). So it really does effect the whole family. I was in bed all day due to the fact that I decided to go on a kayake trip with my husband two days prior.

Well that was way to long....sorry.  Please keep me posted on your recovery.

I am sorry sorry for the loss of your father in law, As you know I also last my dad back in October, you never get over a loss of your dad. I will keep you both in my thoughts!!



Diagnosed crohns Disease 07, Bladder tumor and inflammation, Herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, siatica, Three laparoscopis, hysterectomy, physical therapy, trigger point injections, spinal epidurals, Meds lyrica, vicodine, amrix.
Spinal Fusion 3/2010
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