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   Posted 2/7/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all my HW Family....I hope you are enjoying the Super Bowl today.... These past few weeks have been soooo hectic for me.  My son is still getting over his surgery....we are trying to get over that Funtastic Snow we had....and now my entire family is coming down with something....Fun Fun Fun...
I'm not doing so great....maybe it's just that everything is getting to me....I don't know.  All I know is that I am hiding out from everybody....don't leave the house much unless I absolutley have to.  I sleep too much and stay up too late.  Sounds like Depression...... I haven't seen my PM Doc since before Xmas so that's a little odd.  I go back on the 18th and I have so much to talk about.  the pain is bad.....really bad.  Depression will do that. 
I hate it when I go through this.  It hasn't been this bad in so long.  I'll be ok, I know that.  I just feel so guilty that I haven't been on here in this long.  I feel like i"ve let some people down.  I also feel like I've been missing out.  I have no idea what's going on with everyone....so fill me in...

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   


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   Posted 2/7/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda,

Good to hear from you. I'm sorry that you're not doing so well. I've been fighting really bad depression lately as well. It definitely doesn't help things & probably makes everything - stress, pain, sleep - worse.

I haven't been doing so great pain wise either. My doctor & I decided to put me back on pain meds at night. They don't do much for me, but now that I've been off them for 6 or 7 months I realized that maybe they were helping a little more than I thought - at night, anyway. I actually got 5 hrs of sleep the other night thanks to the meds, so that was fantastic (I usually get about 3)! I don't want to mess around with them during the day though, been there, done that for a long time & I don't think it was worth it.

Other than that I'm still waiting on the appeal for my stimulator trial. I'm really frustrated because I got everything together on my end, but the surgeon's office is taking their bloody time! I must have put 10 phone calls in to them in the last two weeks just to verify that they got everything I sent them & the lady never returned my calls, so I have no idea whether they got the info I sent or didn't, or if they have submitted the appeal yet, or not. I only have 60 days to do this, and it's already been over 30! I'd just submit the appeal myself, but I'd STILL need to speak with her in order to get the surgeon's appeal letter! Hopefully I can get the ball rolling this week.


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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/7/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Rhonda! Yes we have missed you. I hope the PM can give you something to relieve your pain. My surgery is on the 1st of March, to have the fusion done. I'm really ready for it too! How much snow did you all get there?


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   Posted 2/8/2010 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda

You have been missed, I think everyone is suffering from a little depression about now so you are definitely not alone! But hang in there we are all here and you know you have our support! How much snow did you get anyway? I guess it is our turn now, we are under a winter storm watch, and they are saying beginning to tomorrow night we could get 10 or more inches followed with high winds and drifting, suppose to go through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. We just had 4 or 5 inches of the nasty white stuff last Thursday and Friday. Will some one please tell me where that global warming is when you really need it! smilewinkgrin

I am glad to see you post Rhonda, hang in there we are all here for you!

White Beard

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   Posted 2/8/2010 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to see you back, Rhonda. Just hold on there girl. Maybe you can start a pain journal now to take to your doctors appt and don't forget to write down your questions so you don't miss anything.

Are you seeing anyone to keep your depression in controll. If not you may want to consider this too.

This winter is doing a job on my pain levels also. It seems to be one front after another coming through and this just sets my body off to no end.

Let us know how the appt goes.
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

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Rhonda,
       Good morning *warm huggs!!* I am so glad you stopped by! I have to admitt, I was a little worried because you had mentioned that you were trecking up and down the stairs alot through the day! I know that had to hurt terribly bad and cause alot of flares. Needless to say, It is a huge relief to hear from you *hugg*
      I am glad your son is on the mend. Oh it must be a huge relief for you. But, I was thinking about the depression you mentioned? Well, you have been going 24/7 tending to your son for WEEKS now. I can only imagine how exhausted you are mentally and physically. The amount of stress and strain you have been under these last few weeks would have done me in if I were in your shoes! So, please don't feel bad for not being able to make a 24hr day, a 30hr day!
      I wont steel all of your time, but please know we sure did miss you! And I for one am very glad to see you again. Stay strong!!!!



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 2/8/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry you are having a rough go. I hope you can get some relief asap!

I have strep throat, and feel lousy. very tired. My pain and depression is also on the rise. My pm doc wont change anything. I am going to do aquatherapy, trigger point injections and a few other things to try to help myself. I also had to start a cholesterol med at the age of 31. sigh...

But on a good note my son is starting preschool tomorrow and I will have 3 days to myelsf every week, and my family member is paying for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hooray~

so I really hope things start looking up for you.
thinking of you
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Rhonda, glad to see you back among us. I think alot of people suffer with depression this time of year. Maybe it is the cold weather and stuff, not being able to get out as much. We have been having cold dreary days and I just do not do well in that weather. I need sunshine to get my batteries recharged.

I was thinking you were going to try one more time to get off of the Methadone and try Opana and something else. What has happened with that? Sending you hugs and good luck on your medicine change.

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.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Rhonda,
I actually did enjoy the Super Bowl yesterday! It was such a great game (I'm not a football fanatic, but did think it was neat for New Orleans). But I'm also bummed out these days like you, and I really think part of it is the cold and lack of sun for too many of us. We are up to about 10 hrs. of daylight here, which at least means the sun isn't setting until closer to 6pm. That's a big deal! LOL

Anyway, I hope you do ask your doc about the depression, but I'm glad you've come back out of your hibernation cave to chat with us!

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