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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am just about as miserable as I can be! This shoulder is killing me and nothing is working. I have Lortab 10/500 and it isn't even touching is! I'm keeping a log of when I take any sort of  pain meds and the reason for taking it. I thought it might be a help to the it help's me remember when my last dose was. When nothing is working you tend to got looking for something ....just about help and then you notice "Whoops...that was only two hours ago that I took this or that for the pain". My surgery isn't until July 22nd. so I hav 2 more weeks to wait.  Oh well,I guess I've complained enough. I hope everyone gets a  wonderful sleep tonight. God Bless.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Nurse2, I just posted about my misery and thought I would let you know you are not alone. It can seem like an eternity when you are waiting for the weeks to go by. I hope you find some relief. We know that complaining does not take the pain away but it does help to at least get it out. Take care of yourself.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Nurse2,

It sounds like you are really having a rough time with pain control. Is there any way of getting in to see the dr real quick to see if he will give you something stronger to tide you over till surgery. I can't imagine having to be this miserable for nearly 3 more weeks, that inhuman.

I am quite sure sleep is totally out of question right now. How in the world do you even try to get some rest, unless its in a recliner. Not sure how you could lay in a bed with a bummed up shoulder. You sure need to be resting as much as you can in order to have your surgery. Please think about making an appt and going in and discussing this with him.

Keep us posted.

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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 & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nurse!

I'm so sorry the pain is this bad. I agree that trying to focus on something else helps. I see you like to read. How about going to the library and checking at 1 new book for every day that you have left until your surgery....or more? Get some on sewing projects or fun things to do with the grandkids after the surgery. Maybe you've been wanting to read on a new hobby you can do later on. Find a sewing forum and get involved.

I agree with Susie that a call to your doctor's office is appropriate. You are more aware then I am about being in good shape before any surgery. If you are overly tired and worn out from pain you aren't able to help your body heal as best it can. So I think it's reasonable to ask the doc for some help to get you through til the 22nd.

Keep posting and I do hope you can get some relief and rest!
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   Posted 7/8/2009 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Nurse2,
I have to agree with others, especially Susie. I would think most doctors would be willing to give you extra meds temporarily since you have a surgery scheduled. Seems so senseless for you to suffer for most of July!



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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
      Dear Nurse2,
  Good morning! *huggs* It is nice to see you again.  :-)   
   2 weeks is a verry long time! I am so sorry you have to endure through all of that for so long! At least with my back I can.. somewhat get comfortable or immobilize the area. Shoulder thou? How are you supposed to rest? shakehead I cant think of anything that would be of use to you. shakehead   But, if there is anyway I could help, anything... Tell me. :-)
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi nurse2,

I have such sympathy for you! I went through four consecutive years of shoulder injuries & surgeries, so boy can I relate! They still bother me today, depending on the weather & the activities I do/movements I make, but I am just thankful that they are no where near as bad as they were preop. I used to sleep in a recliner for months at a time. Is there any way that you can push your surgery date up a week? I can't really suggest anything other than lots of ice -- that is what always worked best for me, as the heat didn't get deep enough. Do you have/have you heard of a cryo-cuff? My shoulder surgeon required that all of his patients have one for when they wake up in recovery & after surgery. It is an ice/compression system. I have several & practically lived in them after every surgery, PT session & injury! I find my cryo-cuff's much better than a regular ice back, not only because of the compression, but because they make ones specifically for the shoulder (I think they also make them for the knee). The shoulder is such an awkward thing to try to ice or heat, & this device is able to ice the entire shoulder, as it kind of fits on like a glove, and then is secured across your chest & back. I hope that these two weeks pass quickly for you! Let us know how everything goes after the surgery!


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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I will chime in with everyone else. I am sure these next two weeks will seem like an eternity! But keep posting and rant an rave and vent your frustrations! Misery love company and at least we can be company for you and give you our ears to listen and provide what ever support we can give till you finally have your surgery! I do wish there was more we could do, how I wish I could take yours, and everyone elses pain away!
I wish you well! GoodLuck to You!

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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of the uplifing thoughts and for just listening. I was up all of last night but boy did I sleep like a baby today. I guess I was just exhausted and it took over. My surgeon's father died and that's why he is not in the office until the week of my surgery or I'm sure he would do something for me. He's a wonderful doctor. He did 5 surgeries on me in three and a half years once. He scoped and replaced both knees and repaired the totator cuff on the same arm that I've torn now. He acted like he was "waving a magic wand" over me as he left the room on my last visit. I told my parents that I really think that he was making "the sign of the Cross" in hopes that that was the last time he has to do surgery on me! LOL He's such a wondeful man that I trust him so much that if he told me he had to amputate my leg I would tell him to just set me up with the wooden leg!
Goodnight to all and God bless all of you who listen.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.
Find blessings in every day!

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