Shouldn't have done it... vent

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   Posted 4/20/2012 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had two landscapers fail to show up.

Raising my left arm over 90 degrees is tough, but last night, feeling the benefit of the Lyrica and my new hydrocodone regimen, decided to go to Lowes and buy an electric pole saw.

I let the batteries charge overnight and about an hour ago, got started. Big mistake... excruciatingly big mistake. I called my wife to vent, but she was busy dealing with a deadline. I called my friend and I never had a chance to get a word in as he was stressing over his own issues (whether or not to try the Butrans patch his PM prescribed, that the dose was too high, etc.).

So, I'm venting here. Ten minutes work, at the most. The pain is intense and I can barely move my left arm. I often keep it right up against my side or crossing my body. But typically, I can move it 45 degrees without a problem. Now, to move it just a few degrees is a struggle -- both stiff and causes shooting pains.

10mg of Oxycodone, reclined in my zero gravity chair, if I get the strength, I'll get up for some ice. Too bad my dog doesn't know how to open the freezer. Ug. I thought It would be a nice little break from writing (which was going well this morning). But now the afternoon is shot.
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Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg & 2-3x 10mg Hydrocodone daily. Oxycodone 10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 4/20/2012 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Cognito

I am so sorry to hear that you are miserable now. It is so hard to keep yourself from doing more things when you are recovering.

I to am dealing with uncontrolled pain even when I take my meds as I should. Waiting for pain clinic to call me today.

Call your doctor before he leaves for the weekend. Let us know what transpires.

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   Posted 4/20/2012 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I love that you came here to vent because we will all understand, lol. Sorry not laughing at you just knowing that others push their limits on here really helps me feel better about some of the things I have attempted in my recovery.

I"m sure the oxy will kick in soon so you can get some ice or maybe you should surrender yourself to a little nap. I do the nap thing a few times everyday. I hope you have not any actual damage and it's muscular.

I managed to go downstairs on Monday I made 4 trips up and down and Monday night my hubby asked what was wrong I was in so much pain I was crying, I did not hurt my back but the muscles I used doing the stairs it was like I had been spanked hard, or what I imagine a spanking would feel like.

Hope this settles down quickly for you.
Take care

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   Posted 4/20/2012 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I think if any of us had a dollar for every time we have done something we shouldn't have done or overdid something none of us would have to worry about income or insurance matters ever again.

It has been almost a week and I am still feeling the effects of manhandling 7-8 bundles of shingles last Sunday. I had to go get them and get my roof fixed before the rains started in again. I managed to get lucky and 3 people donated them to me, but one place I had to lug them across a large, lumpy yard in a wheel barrow which is the stop that really did me in. The other 2 stops it was just a matter of picking them up and throwing them in the back of the truck. Still bad enough.

At least I didn't have to climb up on the roof or move them again after that. I got my oldest kid and one of his friends to do that and the work for me for a really good price. I fed them hamburgers and chips....LOL
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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   Posted 4/21/2012 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I've so been there, done that.

I can think of a recent incident in which I was helping someone change a flat tire. 10 minutes of sweat and work that "pulls" like that is all it takes.

Working out, I try to be careful, but I also try for some lower end weight lifting. For the chest, just straigh push-ups, and low end weights for the arms. Some crunches to help stregnthen the core and moderate cardio (I have to be very careful here to as low-moderate cardio is usually fine but even something like running 2 or 3 miles, instead of power walking it = PAIN).
I am sorry for your pain and can completely relate. I like to not feel helpless and well I'm 32 so I like to consider myself mobile. Then of course I over do it and realize that the pain meds have their limitations and that my crushed disc is not something most 32 year olds would have.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.
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