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cogito
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   Posted 12/28/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I work from home most of the time -- and pretty much spend 10hrs or so at my desk.

For the past year or more, I've been working from a recliner, with monitor arms, etc. all set up to help me survive the hours. But I've been tempted for a while to get a "zero gravity chair". I've tried them out at my local relax-the-back store and finally gave in to temptation.

Fortunately, my store was out of the color I wanted, so via an online search, I found a significantly discounted refurbished model. It arrives today and I'm very excited... sometime in the next two hours. In case anyone is curious about the design:
http://shop.humantouch.com/media/wysiwyg/pc-6-brochure.pdf

I've been working through every alternative to opioids I could think of -- and actually bought some of those dumb pain-relief magnets too. I figure they are hogwash, but they shouldn't hurt. I'm, however, more hopeful about my new chair.... hopefully the delivery guy is willing to bring it upstairs.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/28/2011 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello cogito!

I too have been looking at these chairs….but the one I have had my eye one is extremely expensive. Please let us know how it works for you….it sounds like a good idea!

I lay in my Tempur-Pedic all the time…and I'm glad I spent the extra money for the motorized tilt it has. Ergonomic devices can, and do bring some relief…and that is what they are made for….Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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tmjpain
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   Posted 12/28/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure hope this chair helps you. Let us know how it goes.
 
Suzane

cogito
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   Posted 12/28/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
The chair has arrived and the delivery guy was nice enough to bring it up to my office. I assembled it -- went smoothly enough, but I'm now in a fair amount of pain. Thank goodness I have a nice chair to help me recuperate :p

It is comfortable, but the real test comes from sitting on it day after day. Since I'm using it as a desk chair, one problem so far is that I can only raise it up 75% before my knees get pressed up against the underside of the desk. But I anticipated that... 75% gives me as much recline as my recliner did.

I bought a table attachment with the chair but the shipper neglected to include it. A call has been made and I'm waiting to hear back.

I guess one more thing --- I sit about 2 inches lower on the chair than with my recliner. When in the upright position, I'll need a pillow so I am high enough above my keyboard.

Hopefully it will help. At least it looks pretty (cognac leather with dark walnut base).
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Chartreux
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   Posted 12/28/2011 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Many well wishes on the new chair working out for you...anything that can help
is always a good thing...even if it is a chair, or bed or cane, ect...don't forget
to post frequent updates on this chair...so will be looking forward to good updates
and hey maybe fit a heating pad into your chair instead of a pillow....
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flower123
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   Posted 12/29/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cognito. Congrats on your chair:) Thank you so much for posting this. I had no idea these chairs even existed, and I have been looking for a new one. I'll wait though until I have the baby, because right now I can't really go trying them out, and I'd like to try one out first.

I looked at them online and they look so interesting!

Thanks again, and I hope you LOVE your new chair! Please keep us updated.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/29/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
…there is one called Human Touch….but again very expensive. I'm sure they would be nice to have…especially with back problems.

Did yours come with vibrator controls on it?

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cogito
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   Posted 12/29/2011 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Screaming Eagle,

This one is a "Human Touch" which is a brand name rather than indicating that it has massage. The one I purchased (PC-6) doesn't have any extra features (aside from the full grain leather -- the bonded doesn't last I was told). It also reclines manually vs. with an electric motor. Manual works fine for me -- it is actually faster too and I don't have to worry about an electrical cord.

The same brand does have other chairs, including massage chairs. If there is a "Relax the Back" store near where you live, they carry the brand so you can try them out. Or, here is the company web site: www.humantouch.com/

I bought mine from vitalityweb.com, which sells refurbished models at a considerable discount (restored base, new leather and pad).
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/29/2011 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your new chair. Please let us know if you get relief from your pain and how the chairs durability is holding up..

Thanks for letting us know abput the chair. Take care of yourself and we will be thinking of you.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/29/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Good choice cogito! I have had my eye on that brand name for quite a while, and actually the same PC-6 model. It's good to know you can get a refurbished one and a lower price, as they are very expensive chairs…costing into the thousands depending which model you get. Betsey, I'm willing to bet the durability is excellent….as they use top notch materials in them. You just cannot beat leather, especially the cowhide. Is there a possibility of writing it off on medical?

The only other chair I have been pondering are the lift chairs, that will almost stand you up semi straight, and would be wonderful for bad backs. My sister has one, and when I visit….that chair is mine while I'm there.

Those chairs, and a walk in tub are on my wish list!…..and the list is getting bigger the older I get! smilewinkgrin

Enjoy!….while I can only wish for one someday. wink

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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/29/2011 10:05:17 AM (GMT-7)


cogito
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   Posted 12/29/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
As for durability, time will tell. The wood base is solid and the leather is a nice full-grain. But seams can tear and the cable that runs from the arm switch to the recline device may be a weak point. I read on amazon some complaints about that breaking. I can see if one does not fully raise the switch when trying to recline, that could happen.

Also, the arm rest bottom doesn't fell particularly solid. The wood is screwed on well, but there are a few plastic bits that go between the wood and the leather. I doubt, though, that they will undergo much wear and tear.

Regarding whether it is tax deductible, I checked IRS pub 502 and it is not obvious one way or another. It may be understood as an adaptive device -- since I'm using it as my desk chair -- where I spend most of my work hours, I might be able to get away with it. Lift chairs are mentioned here:
http://arthritis.about.com/cs/dollars/a/deductarthtax.htm
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

misterkatamari
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   Posted 12/29/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
How does it work out as a desk chair, exactly? As in, how do you sit in it while still being able to use your computer? Just curious, because right now I am sort of like you and I am using a recliner because I can't sit in my normal desk chair.

Hope it works well and lasts for you! :)
--Patrick, aka Misterkatamari

I'm active on several boards. Main issues are: Chronic Pain due to Scoliosis & 2 Herniated Discs, possible DDD and arthritic facet joints. Also active in the Depression/Anxiety boards. Meds include: Prozac 40mg, Xanax .5 mg, Tramadol 50mg

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cogito
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   Posted 12/29/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a fairly elaborate set-up. I use two monitors on ergotron arms:
http://www.ergotron.com/Products/tabid/65/PRDID/351/language/en-US/Default.aspx
One of them has an extra articulation so that it can extend far enough. The bases for both are on opposing sides of a 60" staples table. I have two other tables of a similar sort creating a U shape, with the chair in the middle.

I use a logitech wireless keyboard and trackball. The former sits on my lap when I'm reclined, the latter on a small mouse tray that rotates out from under one of the desks.

I also have devices so that I can reach everything I need without getting up from my chair: currently about 50 books and 100 articles -- plus notepads, kleenex, coffee, phone, etc..

Because of the set-up of the monitor arms, I can bring them forward when I want to sit upright and pull them back when I want to recline. The monitor cables are attached to the ergotron arms and so don't get in the way. They are all then held with cable ties under the desks and run to the computer.

I'm very happy with my logitech "wave" keyboard and my logitech "trackman" trackball. I much prefer a trackball over a mouse -- I think it is just a quirk of marketing that mice vs. trackballs became the norm.

One more thing -- when I sit upright, I want the chair to be closer to the desk; but when I recline, I want it farther back so my knees don't get crammed under the desk. Thus I need to slide the chair about 1 foot back and forth (which I didn't have to do with the recliner). Fortunately, it works out well since I have a chair mat underneath and can easily slide the chair as needed.

Typically, I'll start the day sitting upright, with my monitors and chair all forward. Then as the morning progresses, everything gets pulled back (takes <1 minute). In the evening, I sometimes return the monitors to their forward positions, in preparation for the next day; sometimes, I'll do it when I first sit down.

I have a picture of my old setup, using my former recliner and a few other things that are different. But it gives the basic idea. Excuse the blanks -- I edited out places where my name could be seen.

http://www.picvalley.net/v.php?p=u/2347/180913424019238803531325189514kQMB1igsOwc6WSWDak42.JPG
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray
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