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mallardmark
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Date Joined Sep 2013
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   Posted 3/11/2018 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
well hello everyone. thought i'd stop by to say hi and an update. i hope that everyone is doing as well as can be and a prayer for one and all for any kind of relief from the aches and pains.
for starters the good news. for the last 13 years i've had my share of lower back pains and surgeries.
two laminectomies and two fusions. (l-4/l-5/s-1) so have kept the doctors busy. anyway in 2013 and on
my birthday i had my pain pump implanted. (birthday gift from my doc i guess)LOL
well for the last 8 months i have been having the pump dosage reduced 10% every two weeks to see
how my back would respond and knock on my hollow head(and wood) the pain has been in check.
if all works out well they can replace the meds with a saline solution.reason being if i don't need it,why
have it. also if god forbid i need pain mgtment in the future i won't have a high tolerance to it.
so fingers are crossed.
now the not so good news. not sure if i had mentioned this at a prior time but have some issues with
the rt.foot. so two an a half years i've had 4 surgeries on it. first surgery was an exploration to see basiclly
what was going on followed but two fusions(first fusion resulted in broken screw,second infected hardware
and last surgery to remove it) all started with a sharp stabbing pain at the right side of the ankle.
also here is something weird, my left foot is fine and pointing straight ahead but the right foot points out at a 45degree angle.
so couple of weeks ago i returned to my old foot doc(should have a couple years ago) ad he pointed
out a couple things the surgeon did wrong. but in the mean time i'm nursing a pressure ulcer on my
right heel (2nd time) i wish i was making this up. so i wait some more.
guess it's a good thing i've developed being patient about things like this. oh well,not much more you
can do but wait it out.. sorry for the bombardment here
wishing you all a good day and healthier tomorrows..

Abilene
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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 3/12/2018 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on the decreased need for the pain pump. I certainly hope that continues! And another congrats on being patient. That seems to be so very necessary, but I do hope you get some foot relief soon.

Thanks for the updates and good wishes. Stay in touch. We care.
Posterior C3 - C7 laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 10 screws, local bone graft from surgery site-lamina and other bony tissue 12/17/2013; Hyperthyroidism; Sleep Apnea-update-it's gone after a 25 lb weight loss; Total Knee Replacement 2012 and 2017.
Thankful for my husband of over 40 years

Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2018 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Great News on the reduction on the pain meds. Sorry about your foot troubles, hope the foot issues can get taken care of, Prayers and well wishes...
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