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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 8/31/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.  I have had a lot of pain the last few days.  Hubby took me up to Hutchenson to do a little shopping and he had to take his new bow to get arrows as well as to have a new peepsight put on.  So after an hour and a half of standing, waiting for the guy to get to us, we finally got out of there.  But now the pain is horrible!!!!  UGGGG I am so sick of this!
 
Went to Walmart yesterday and used one of the electric carts.  Oh some good news my friends.  I went to my reg doc last week and my liver function is back to normal!  Plus my colosterol is back down to where it is suppose to be and my A1C is 6.2!  I am so proud of myself!!!  I've lost 45 pounds in the last 6 months!  So I asked him about getting a handicap card so that I won't have to park  clear in the nose bleed parking spots when I go places and he was happy to help.  So I now have a handicap card which is something that I have been wanting to get for awhile now.
 
Anyway....I really hate this pain!
 
Huggggsssss
 
Scarred

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/31/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
 
  Hello my Kansas friend!
 
     Sorry to hear that you're struggling with the pain these days. I too have been flat on my back the last three days, trying to work through this pain cycle.
 
    At least your getting out. Congrats on the weight loss as well!
 
     I have used those carts provided by the retailers, and it sure does help. Seems like we get the right of way as a bonus too! :)
 
        Yes!...the pain can be very draining on a person, but lets hope it will let up for you.
 
      Take care!
 
    SE wink

damgalnuna
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   Posted 8/31/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been tempted to use those carts, but never feel like I'm "disabled enough" to use them. Which is probably crazy since I'm frequently in so much pain I can barely stand, and I'm clinging to the shelves and racks and cart to hold me up while shopping. I also worry that I'll get dirty looks and that people will assume that I'm just a punk kid playing around with it, instead of someone who really needs it. I'm not quite a kid anymore, but I'm much younger than most of the people I see using them. I'm 30. Are there rules about who can use them? Do you need to be officially disabled in some way, such as be on SSDI or have a handicap parking permit? Please excuse my ignorance.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden inc. in pain - 2008; tried the following non-pharm treatments: PT, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, piriformis injections, selective nerve root blocks; other: depression, anxiety, add; current meds: lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, topomax, tramadol, welbutrin, ativan, ritilin

skeye
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   Posted 8/31/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((Scarred))))))))))). Sending you big hugs my friend. I hope you are feeling a little better tonight.

Skeye

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/31/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Damgalnuna....please feel free to use the carts as you need them. It is one thing to be spinning in circles and laughing at the same time, and quite another minding your own business and using the cart for which it was made.

Don't worry about what anyone thinks. They are for customers with health problems, and that have a hard time either walking or standing.

If anyone says anything you just get a hold of me or Pete...and we will open a can of........well you get the picture! smilewinkgrin



SE wink

grainofsalt
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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,

I am sorry to hear that the last few days have been exceptionally painful for you. I can partially relate to your past few days because my pain has been higher than normal too. I say partially because from this post and your others, I know your pain level on a normal day is worse than my pain on a bad day....so my heart goes out to you.

Its really hard to celebrate the victories when constant pain is in the way. However, losing 45 pounds in 6 months is a big accomplishment. Thats roughly 2 pounds a week, which is the goal of most weight loss programs, and its a proven fact that most people give up on losing weight within the first 90 days, so kudos on your perserverance.

I recently quit smoking. I can only hope that in 6 months, I will still be smoke free. I do have a little nicotine replacement help though. The nicotine (though very temporary) helps with the pain, so I know once I get off of the nicotine replacement therapy is when the real challenge begins.
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)

left forum.
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   Posted 9/1/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
So so sorry you are suffering so much, some things really aren't fair, but its only gonna make you stronger than the people that don't have pain :) i have found since i got pain i have become so much more sympathetic to everyone and so much stronger than i was.

I hope that you get some relief from the pain soon and are able to do things you enjoy, its good you are getting out but i know how awful it feels to get out for only a few hours and have to go home to bed, you feel so weak and useless, i recently got out of hospital and still in huge amounts of pain and fainting etc, but have pushed myself and been going to school but get home and go straight to bed.. so can relate to how frsutrating it is, i am praying for you to get some relief and rest. then to be able to do things to cheer yourself up!

You are in my thoughts and prayers and im sorry you are struggling but chin up and stay positive, things will hopefully get better soon.

hugs,
buttercup
15 years old,
Chronic stomach pain with no diagnosis yet and lots of other things.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Screaming;

Thank you soooo much for your kudos. I tell you that I'm 46 years old and yes I am embarassed to use the carts at Walmart. However, I figure that they are there for exactly that reason so I'm not afraid to use them anymore. If anyone wants to ask me why I use their carts I'll gladly tell them why.

Damg;

Use them....that's what they are there for!!!! As far as getting a handicap parking permit, you have to ask your doctor to fill out a disabled statement. I got mine bacause I have an orthopedic condition that prevents me from walking a long ways. When I'm in Wichita I find it very useful because most of the store parking lots are really full and I can always find at least one handicap parking area that I can use. Walking half way up the parking lot can really take a toll on someone who has bad back problems and now that I have the handicap placard really helps alievate some of the time I get to spend walking around the store when I am having a good day. My bad days I take full use of the handicap carts in the stores....even our little super market has them and when I am in tremendous pain it really helps get me through the store to get groceries.

Skeye;

As always I dearly appreciate you!

Grains;

I too am in the process of quitting smoking. Today is day one for me and I am finding that it is tough once again. This will be my 5th quit and I hope the last! I hope not to gain all that weight back. Eating lots of cubed ice helps with the cravings.

Butter;
Thanks for the support hun. I do appreciate your thoughts. Unfortunatly I am in constant pain and only have one or two days of the week that I can actually feel good enough to get out and do things. Today is not one of them! UGGGGGG!!!! Maybe tomorrow will be better huh?

Hugsss to each of you

Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 

tmjpain
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   Posted 9/1/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Scarred
I hope that tomorrow will be better for you too!! I can understand how you feel hon as my pain is severe and constant as well. I can barely get out of bed to get a bite to eat or get to my appt. Often i have to cancel my appt. Remember "one day at a time" is all one can do when faced with so much pain. Just know that I care and pray that we can all have a bit of relief soon.

I got the handicap parking card as well. It was no problem when I asked my dr. She filled out the papers and sent them in for me. Quite handy when going to appts!!!!!

Hugs
One day at a time!!

SUZANE

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 9/1/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,

Your weight loss is wonderful! I too am 30 and feel weird about using the carts. I have never gotten dirty looks the few times I have needed them, but I always think someone in worse shape than I will find none available. They are blessings though and help those with limited mobility be less dependent. Congrats on the weight loss and handicap parking pass. They make things much easier!

I am hoping your pain lessens soon.

Mindy
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw


Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcriptionist I must say ureteral calculus!

White Beard
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   Posted 9/1/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred

I am glad to hear that you got a handicap parking card, I have had one for a number of years, you know it really is a blessing to have one, to be able to park up closer and not have to hobble all the way across the parking lot to get to your car! When I hurt really bad I often use the carts in the stores, not every time but allot of the time, I know one time before I was being treated for my sleep apnea, I was in a Meijer store and I fell asleep while riding in one of those carts and I ran into the end of an isle display boy was that ever embarrassing! Also a wake up call better happening in one of those carts than driving a care. Anyway those carts sure making shopping easier! Congratulations Scarred!!! I am really envious of your weight loss, I wish I could lose that much plus an extra 20 pounds! Quitting smoking is a real tough one to do, I did that one many many years ago, and I never said I quit or was a non-smoker till I went an entire year without smoking! I tried many many times before I was successful, just take it one day at a time! I do wish you all the luck in the world with doing it! I do hope you succeed, I do give you all my support!

Good Luck to You Scarred!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Retired Mom
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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Scared,

I am so sorry that your pain level is so high. I'm also very proud of you for the self-discipline you have put forth to reach so many goals. I wish I had more self-discipline, but that is another story in and of itself.

I understand so well how hard it is to try to go with your husband and have a nice day....all to be shadowed by the pain from standing in line, the feelings that we have about how others see us, and then the frustration that we feel by being unable to do what we want to do when we want to do it.

You have been a great inspiration to me since I came to HW. I am really hoping and praying that you will have a restful and painless day today and will have this weekend to relax.

All my best!
Retired Mom

Hound-Dog
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   Posted 9/2/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Just because a person may not appear to have anything wrong with their walking skills doesn't mean that they might not have a heart or lung condition that makes them eligible for handicapped parking status.I have a friend with a bad heart who is always getting dirty looks from people who must be assuming there's nothing wrong with him because he can still walk okay,just not very far.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 9/5/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hound-dog; My mom has a handicap card for her car as well. She went through heart surgery and the doctor filled her one as well. I really don't care if people give me bad looks for parking in the handicap spots. I figure they are there for a reason and just because sometimes I can walk fine, a visible limp can still be seen. But you are correct, there are several conditions that can be considered for a handicap card without visible weakness.
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 

MIKEL99
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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hey Scarred , Sorry your in pain my friend , you should get one of those canes withe little stool attached so you can rest yourself when you need to . I may need one too as I don't expect to have the same endurance level . Nothing wrong with that its just a tool to help you , please check it out , it may be just the ticket for you !! Good luck friend !!! Mikel 
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Dealing with healing now !!!
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