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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
First off the kitten, Dimitri is doing good, but my 2 older cats are going to take
awhile to get used to him...Dimitri goes to Vet tomorrow, finger's crossed, please...

My Pain Management Doctor took sometime with me as to what is going to be done,
after he went over the MRI results, I'll be getting injections, both left and right side
of the cervical spine from C4,C5,C6,C7 & C8 on the 12 August and then on the
19 of August Radio Frequency Ablation, finger's crossed that those being done
back to back will help me,,..
Had a medicine change from 15 mg of MSIR 3x a day to 15 mg of Oxycodone IR 3x a day,
plus a muscle relaxer to try Zanaflex with hopes it won't dry me out, so fingers
crossed for that too..Something has to work eh...

WhiteBeard, ask your doctor about the radiofrequency ablation to see if it might help in
conjuction with the injections... Usually my injections are not steroids as I have variant
reactions to steroids and then also get roid rages as well, but the steroids do help better than
the non steroid ones...
FatherJohn, I need a ride home from the clinic on the 19 August as my daughter and husband will be
at her college drop off, or any suggestions for getting a ride any thoughts...My church used to do rides but stopped...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines


White Beard
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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks I will talk to my Pain Doc about it after I see the neurosurgeon! I know he does the radio frequency ablations, he does all the stuff. He even admitted to me he really didn't know if the neurosurgeon could even do anything, but he wanted to make sure, before going ahead with anything else! I really trust this guy, and I know he will only do what is best for me! Yea the steroids are really a double edged sword, they can do so much good, but the side effect can be devastating!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, 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

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   Posted 7/28/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was going to ask you about the new kitty!! Awe!! Crossing my fingers for a clean bill of health at the vet. Don't we wish that for ourselves, too!

Do you usually have so many injections at so many sites, and then an RF a week later? I don't know - just curious. Maybe Frances knows because she's had these. Anyway, I sure hope all the procedures help!

Hugs and purrs!


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   Posted 7/28/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hey Chart!
     *huggs* My old boy Bubba didnt like out new little edition either.....*looks behind me* Now they are like two peas in a pod. Though I suggest you get some "Bitter Apple" is you havnt already. I could have fainted when my cute little ball of fuzz tore up my brand new second hand dining set..  smhair    Next time we go out of town, imma let the dog lovers next door baby sit her... devil
       Hey! Your new med combo sound promising. Literally sounds like just what you needed. I sure do hope it works. I have to have multiple ares done aswell now. So, now I just give myself a whole day to be lazy. Maybe you will need to play lazy day too. :-)
     I dont know why I get so jelous when someone mentions RF burns? Ugly little jelousy bugg! shakehead
He he okay, ill stopp chattin your ears off. Keep us posted on little Dimitri :-)
*warm huggs*
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And sorry I could not travel both  
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   Posted 7/28/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Please tell me what type of injections are being done?  I am looking for something as well. 
I hope this all works out for you.  I am googling radiofrequency ablation.  Good luck! 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chart,
Sounds like you have a plan and I'm sure it will help along w/ your new meds. I take Zanaflex before bed at night and it helps me relax, loosen up and sleep. I don't usually take them during the day because they make me too tired and I already drink way too much coffee a day already! I also am prescribed 5 x 15mgs of Oxicodone a day although I usually take between 3 - 4 and only 5 on really bad days! I use them for break through pain with Methadone and they do help me most of the time! I'm sure they will help you too, most people who use them have been through alot of other pain meds and think that they work best! I have tried just about everything from fentenal patches to morphine before ending up where I am now w/ this combo of meds and it's the best I've found. I also hate steroids! I really hope these theropies help you in the coming weeks, the cheering section here will be rooting for you and praying too!
Hang tough> I know you will>>
Big Hugz,
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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I took my new prescriptions in to the pharmacy and was told it'll be next wednesday 5 August before I can get the
Oxycodone, so I'm seriously thinking calling my pm doctor to ask about using another pharmacy...
It's on my contract to use just this pharmacy, so I'm just trying to think up ideas...

Dimitri went to the vet this morning, he was very very playful and his tapeworms are gone, but they
think he has a mild resportory infection as he has a cough, and so he got an liquid antibotic for a week,
which is being kept in the refrigerator, other than that he is very active, eating and drinking good, my one
older cat Remington wants to play with him, but we'll keep the contact limited till Friday, so the kitten gets over this
minor infection...Chancellor is being mean still, it's his house, so it might take awhile for them to be friends..

Finger's Crossed,
soft hugz to all

If Oxycodone is a generic why the long wait and which maker should I ask about???
all confused....

Gretchen, it's on the tip of my tongue so to speak, but I forget which type, all I know is it's usually not a steroid
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines


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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely call your doctor's office and ask to use another pharmacy and explain why - as I'm taking it the reason is your pharmacy is out. But I'd call around to your local pharmacies first to see which one has any in stock.

I wouldn't worry about asking for a particular manufacturer of oxycodone. You'll likely just have to take whatever generic the particular pharmacy gets.

There was a shortage of oxycodone for awhile as I think some of the generic manufacturers were cited for problems (there was a thread on this awhile back, but I can't remember exactly). However, my guess is now with what's going on with the products that contain tylenol like percocet, some doctors may be switching their patients to the oxycodone and that could make for another shortage.

If the pharmacy you use regularly is one that you like, I'd talk with them about how they think their supply is going to be in the future. It is worth asking the same of other pharmacies. But I'd let your doctor know and maybe you can get your contract amended slightly so that, as long as you notify him, you can use a different pharmacy if it's because one pharmacy is out.

You might also check the website for alerts. I don't follow it, but I know others here do and may be able to add more current info.

Hopefully, Dimitri will be well soon, and be able to integrate into the household without too many "issues" with his new family!!



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   Posted 7/29/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   

You got a kitten?!! Boy, I have missed a lot!! What kind of kitty? How old is he?! I find the timing of this kind of amusing (or suspicious). Your daughter goes off to school, you come home with another cat! smilewinkgrin I think (okay, I know) that the dogs "replaced" my sister & I when we went off to school.

I'm glad that your doc has a nice new plan all laid out for you! I hope those injections, etc really help & that the med change makes a big difference too! Isn't radio-frequency ablation supposed to last up to several months (if helpful)? That would be fantastic! Maybe by the end of August, you'll be feeling much better! Fingers (and toes) crossed!


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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Char so glad to hear your dr has a plan set up to try and get you some much needed relief. I did very well with the RF on my neck. First time in years that I got rid of the baseballs that were under my shoulder blades. That procedure did the trick-jeez, I had tried everything else. I too take Zanaflex and really like them as far as helping with the muscle spasms. I do hope they work as well for you too.
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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. 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 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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