Asking for your thoughts and prayers for our dear Tina and Michael (SE).

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   Posted 12/7/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Please keep our two dear members in your prayers and thoughts. Tina has been in the hospital again and her husband is very worried. And Michael is suffering terribly with his pain (and he works daily at a very physical job).
Both Tina and Michael have been so supportive here to the members. It is now time for us to help them.
You're always in my prayers Tina and Michael.
Keep the faith.

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   Posted 12/7/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know Suzane, but I'm sorry to hear that both Tina and Michael are having a bad time. My thoughts go out to them both.

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio

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   Posted 12/7/2011 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts and prayers go out to Tina and Michael.

Hope you both are better soon.

Take care, Amy
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others

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   Posted 12/7/2011 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know. I knew that Michael is suffering terribly, and I've been praying for him and chatting a bit with him.

I had no idea that Tina is in the hospital. Do you know why? I thought she was doing better since the procedure she had a few weeks ago. I will definitely be praying for her as well.

Take care Suzane.

Hi Michael and Tina I am thinking about you both and praying for you both. Take care.

love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 12/7/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina came out of the hospital today so perhaps we'll hear from her in the next week.

Hang in there Tina and Michael.


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   Posted 12/7/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My prayers are w/ both of them. They are the BEST and don't deserve the awfull pain they are constantly having!! Dear Sweet Tina, Thanks for letting me know Suz!!!
Love too all!!!!!

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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina and Michael, I am thinking of both of you and hope you both start to feel better soon. I hope whatever put Tina in the hospital is not serious and she recovers quickly. And I hope that Michael's pain lets up.

We miss you both, and your Healing Well family is thinking of you.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Many Prayers to Michael and Tina,
Sure hope situations for both of you improve soon and that you know we are here,
with prayers, well wishes and for support...I kinda knew before you posted Michael that things are
rough for you and your family, so many blessings to you in those situations.
hopefully things will get better for you both....
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 12/10/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I just now saw this post, and only after a member told me about it. Thank You all for thinking about us.

I do know Tina is out of the hospital, but have yet to speak to her, and I'm assuming she is resting and catching up with children and family. My heart and blessings go out to her as always!

It is true that my back pain is getting to a point that I struggle more than I wish to accept. However, I'm not at a 9-10 on the pain scale, but really at a very strong 6 to a solid 7 at the end of my med effectiveness schedule.

My wife and I saw the Dr just this last week, and he gave me a whole hour of quality time with him. I have had two increases in my med's in the last six months, and he again in creased my med's for me. However he feels that I'm a possible candidate for the Pain Pump and is starting the process for me. While the pump sounds like a for sure pain fix…I realize that it can be anything but that for some.

Also, it does not mean that I will be the ideal candidate for this as well, as there are a few test to pass first. I absolutely do not like taking oral med's for pain, especially when they reach the higher levels with little or no relief. The Dr said it can take several weeks and or months to get through the process. The first thing he wants to do, is to see if I'm able to get an MRI. We are unsure if there is any metal that will keep me from that process, but they are contacting the surgeon who did my fusion to see just exactly what material was used.

If that works out good, and the MRI is done, then I believe we will have to check and see if the Ins will cover the cost of the pump (that's a big worry)….and if so then a trial med test with a temporary external pump will will be done. If I pass that, and they find that the med's reduce my pain….I will then have to pass a physiological test…and the pump implant will be scheduled if I pass that. (big worry too)

I really believe my Dr is somewhat jumping the gun here, as I do not believe he has tried all medications. We talked about this, and he is aware of it and said it is not a worry as he believe he can show failure with my current med's. Right now, I'm at 30mg X3 Oxycontin and Perc's 7,5 X3. That may not seem like a lot for a CP patient, however when I go up a dose on the Oxy, we have to remember that my intake is X3….so with each raise is dosage I gain 30mg. So far the raise in dosage has failed to last any length of time.

Thank you all for your concern….I'm not in a great place at the moment and it makes it very difficult for me to work. Family life is pretty much nonexistent as I spend most all of my time in bed. I did make a trip to the local Humane Society with my wife…and for some odd reason we happen to find a puppy we liked. He now is here at home with me, and lays right beside me here in bed. We got very lucky finding such a wonderful dog, and I just love him to pieces!

Also, if any of you are interested, I have made a FB page for CP members only. Please let me know if you wish to join it. It is completely private, and no one can view the content. It is for your use as you seem fit, and so far there are 9 members who have joined. It is wonderful place to share family life and other personal facts of your lives.

Take care,

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   Posted 12/10/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
awe Michael, sure will keep you in my prayers...I wish your doctor would work harder at finding other meds that
might help you, I'm not a big fan of oxycontin and hated it and I think they should take that med
off the market...but that's my opinion (please don't argue this is just an opinion) but maybe the pain
pump would benefit you, look at all the info you can find online about these and Straydog/Susie can give you further
info on those.
Glad you found a dog...sounds like you needed the dog as much as he needed you...have fun
with him and what's his name...
I wish I could do face book maybe put me in as a maybe on that...
Many well wishes to you and your family and do try to have a Merry / blessed Christmas....
Hope your doing better soon...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...
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