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  • Thanks so much!

    I am glad you are enjoying the weather I sent you... I'm getting reading to take a walk real soon. I just have to! I haven't experienced what "no tailbone pain with walking" feels like, in such a long time.

    We are in the 80's today and tomorrow!

    I'm not going to walk far... just about 2 miles up the mountain. (JUST KIDDING... I will behave).

    It still feels funky when I sit... I really caught that flyball with all my "cheeky" might. ;) (Refer to above for my flyball comment).

    I'm so glad you're feeling good, Jim. Makes me smile. :)

    Bye for now and thanks again!

  • I hope it works for you. I took it easy for 3 days after to give it a chance to work. I hope it has lasting effects.. I occasionally feel a twinge at the ESI site as if the needle is still there though I know it's not! Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Thanks for the info regarding feeling like the needle is still in the site areas. If I start to feel that, I'll know that others do too.

    I still have a bit of a headache, but it's worth it to have this pain relief. The soreness in the site area is the size of a ping pong ball now. It really is nothing to gripe about, but just wanted to share what I feel... for anyone else who may be getting blocks or injections in this area.

    I am only allowed to walk on our front porch for the next two days, per Mike. And, that is fine. I'm going to let the medication settle in and then I will be walking around the neighborhood again. This time, with no tailbone pain, hip pain or thigh pain.

    I can't believe this pain relief. I was expecting some pain relief, but not 100% relief. It's absoultely amazing.

    I was told from one of the nurses that my doctor gives thoracic injections, too. That wasn't discussed at our consultation, but I'm going to ask if I'm a candidate for those. It never hurts to ask.

    I'm seriously thinking of sending my doctor some flowers, to thank her.

    Hope you are doing well and are able to get out. Is the weather still cold?

    Take good care,

  • Wow, I'm so excited for you. I remember once being totally painfree almost a year ago - that numbing agent, if only we could give ourselves shots daily to numb everything out.

    I'm so happy that you found the right doc, you got the injections, you're feeling better and mostly, that you're now hopeful for some relief. I'm anxious also, to hear what she says about the thoracic shots. You just might've hit a gold mine here! :-)

    Mike is very smart - you need to take it easy so the meds can travel to the right place.

    Take care, Tammy. Good things come to those who wait and now it's your turn. Congratulations. (knocking on wood)

  • Yes, I agree. I wish there was a numbing agent we could all use throughout the day and night for our most painful areas. I've been using the Lidoderm patches on my big knots, which are located in the area from the bottom of your neck and extends to the top of your shoulders. I think a lot of us build up tension in these areas and I seriously have imagined just going to the dentist to have the knots numbed up. I do get relief from the patches, but one of these days... I will start gentle massage from a professional.

    I did purchase these devices called "bongers", a while back. Seriously... they are called "bongers"! I don't know if anyone else uses these... but they do help the tight muscles in my arms. Mike and Zach use them on their back muscles. They are these hand- held devices with one stationary racket ball on the end of each device. There is a metal bar that allows the ball to bend and you just hold the bottom (which is wood) and "bong" whatever muscles are hurting you. You can do it to your own comfort level. My arms get tired very quickly, so Mike and the kids will "bong" my arm muscles when it becomes too tiring. They are great conversation pieces, too. You can use them anywhere you have tight muscles.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and good wishes. You are such a sweet, knowledgeable and caring friend, Cath. It's very comforting to know that I can share with you my trials and successes I find along the way. What a wild 16 months this has been for me. In a matter of seconds, I entered the chronic pain world and narcotic medication world. Never imagined that ever happening with myself! I am determined to keep my head above water and I know you'll throw me a life jacket during any times of turbulent waters I may face. What a blessing. :)

    Thanks again, Cath. :)

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  • Your words were so sweet and really touched me. But, you need to wear the life jacket, but I'll throw you a life preserver whenever you need it.

    My husband and I have talked about the suddenness of all of this, too. If someone would have told me two years ago that I'd go through what I've been through in the last two years, I would've just laughed at them, while I hit a golf ball off the tee box.

    Now, my whole life has changed and I know I'll never be who I was again. I don't know at what percentage I'll land, but it won't be 100%, 90%, or probably even 80%.

    However, I truly believe that things happen for a reason and that there's a plan here somewhere, so we just have to go with the flow and do what we can do. It reminds me of the Eagles song, "In a New York Minute." Isn't that the truth?

    Here at home, I was always the strong one and it hurts me to see that my hubby and my roles have changed. I used to take care of him (just because that's the way I was, not because he has any health problems), but now he takes care of me. He's always so kind about it.

    I remember once fairly soon after my ACDF that I asked him to do something for me on his way home from work that was an inconvenience for him. Of course, he did it and when he got home, I said, "I'm sorry, I'm sure that's the last thing on earth you wanted to do." And he said to me, "Well, the last thing on earth I'd want to do is have neck surgery," then gave me a big hug. The good thing is that he sees me trying to do more and more things for myself, the house and our little Wally, but he's always there to help when I need it or, if I don't, he wants to help anyway.

    So, my friend, I have no idea why I just went on that tangent. I guess I just got to thinking about the people in our lives and how important they are. And they're not just the ones we see, it's also our fellow spineys here on Spine-Health. You've helped me and others many times in the past and I know you'll continue to do so, like I will. But you're also not afraid to ask for help and sometimes I respect that even more. When someone is living in their own pain but willing to give to others what they can. It's an inspiration to many.

    Take care Tammy.
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