Back problems, medical info and sharing advise - Page 3 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-05-2010, 02:48 PM   #31
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
Thanks Behj......you answered my question. I did do the right thing.

I was afraid at that time. Of the possibility of surgery. Our insurance said it was elective. But, if things had become worst. JH wouldn't have hesitated to treat me. With or without coverage. And their financial counselors would have helped me to get some type of Medicare/Medical Assistance. My disc didn't "blow" and as you know it was sudden onset, caused by an accident. Which, of course. I blame no one for. Injuries happen all the time in sports.

I understand now. That I also, had pulled muscles and ligaments in my leg/hip to deal with too. Which, of course, caused some of the pain and stiffness. Slow stretching really is the best remedy for this. Repeated Round house kicks to a heavy hanging sand bag, being tossed around like a rag doll on thin mats. Two hours at a time black belt classes, three times per week. Plus, full contact sparing. I was the smallest person in my class. I am a little over 5'4". A petite woman. Three of the men were 6' tall and counting. All out weighed me by at least fifty pounds. Solid muscle.

Kiddies, do not try this at home!

As far as Martial Arts. I am very proud of the level. I achieved. 2nd. Dan. Black Belt.

But, now at 53. I love walking and especially swimming, even more so. These sports/exercises are much better suited for me. Plus, they keep my blood sugar, blood pressure in the normal ranges, without any meds. A triple bonus.

Thanks again, Benj!
__________________

__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 12:09 AM   #32
Blue Crack Overdose
Get me off the internetz!
 
Carek1230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: wishing I was somewhere else....
Posts: 114,480
Local Time: 12:14 AM
Another Interferencer my same age!
__________________

__________________
Carek1230 is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 01:14 AM   #33
Acrobat
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 459
Local Time: 04:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by A stor View Post
Thanks Behj......you answered my question. I did do the right thing.

I was afraid at that time. Of the possibility of surgery. Our insurance said it was elective. But, if things had become worst. JH wouldn't have hesitated to treat me. With or without coverage. And their financial counselors would have helped me to get some type of Medicare/Medical Assistance. My disc didn't "blow" and as you know it was sudden onset, caused by an accident. Which, of course. I blame no one for. Injuries happen all the time in sports.

I understand now. That I also, had pulled muscles and ligaments in my leg/hip to deal with too. Which, of course, caused some of the pain and stiffness. Slow stretching really is the best remedy for this. Repeated Round house kicks to a heavy hanging sand bag, being tossed around like a rag doll on thin mats. Two hours at a time black belt classes, three times per week. Plus, full contact sparing. I was the smallest person in my class. I am a little over 5'4". A petite woman. Three of the men were 6' tall and counting. All out weighed me by at least fifty pounds. Solid muscle.

Kiddies, do not try this at home!

As far as Martial Arts. I am very proud of the level. I achieved. 2nd. Dan. Black Belt.

But, now at 53. I love walking and especially swimming, even more so. These sports/exercises are much better suited for me. Plus, they keep my blood sugar, blood pressure in the normal ranges, without any meds. A triple bonus.

Thanks again, Benj!
No problem at all.

Surgery isn't faster , except to get the problem out too prevent further damage . Then you have to go thru the PT as you know , and that 10 % mght be higher as you are recovering from the surgery and have to do the Pt any way. So, one way or another it is the same thing , except with the surgery, to use your 10 % , it might be 15 % -30 % .

Mine ended up I think 24 % approx, and I will always have some pain . As I said, I can litteraly feel each screw in the 2 plates. Bone graft I don't feel . With a c-7 injury, it is right where your neck bends, and that's where motor function begins. If I drink moore than 2 glasses of wine, it is lke someone hit me with a baseball bat, right where the plates are, and goes right to a headache. The muscles tighten severely , down from your neck , and that creates pressure that cause it to be stronger. Wine intensify's that, so I really dont do that any more.

The other option was to continue to wait, and it could have "poped" at any moment.I could have just crumbled to the ground, with respitory failure, and most likely gone . So surgery it was. All in all it is better, but when it hurts, it does. Especially when I am 8 hours with my head bent down. We were are textbook for having it, or not having it.

It is good that in both cases, it worked for our respective lives. Thats what is Ultimately the goal.

My wife had a car accident and it was severe. Rods, plates grafts. No choice. Then not 8 months later another rear end, and repair of the first, then more plates, rods etc. She does well, but she will be on some pain regiment for life. The strong stuff, but it doesnt affect her daily life, but she will get the nerves going in her leg, or spasm. It hurts to watch. We are doing studies on a new one,surgery that one day migt help her. Will see how it goes. So either way there are some consequences.

Yours was a 90%, really 100 % as it could ever be. I say as a rule, if there is any question, second consult always. If it is a just a disk, PT always first. If one has a good therapist( don't like the Chain PT places" they usually can get it right .

We like happy endings.
__________________
Benji2112 is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #34
Blue Crack Distributor
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 52,117
Local Time: 04:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by A stor View Post
Laura, do them after work as well. They won't hurt or strain, if done properly. The stretches should be done very slow. (Think yoga). It really does help to strengthen those loser back muscles. I do these every day. Another exercise I do is too sit cross legged on the floor. Ankles close to the thighs (Indian position). I sit with my back straight. I stretch my arms out in front of me. And I slowly bend my back and reach with my hands and touch the floor in front of me. I slowly, with my back relaxed and one vertebrae at a time. Straighten my back. This is good for the upper back and neck, too.

If you are not sure, what I am saying. It can be confusing without pics. Google back strengthening exercise. Websites will show pics of the proper techniques.

Thanks!
__________________
lauramullen is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 05:17 PM   #35
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
Benj, I am sorry to hear about your wife. And also, you. It must have been horrible. Very serious injuries. Even, life threatening. I'm glad you both recovered. It is amazing the progress surgery has made in even the past twenty years.

I really do have the greatest respect, for everyone who works in the Medical Fields. If it wasn't for you folks. We wouldn't have the quality of life. We enjoy today. Thanks to all of you! You are God's angels.
__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 05:18 PM   #36
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carek1230 View Post
Another Interferencer my same age!
Yes! Us fifty something people rock.
__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-06-2010, 11:03 PM   #37
Blue Crack Overdose
Get me off the internetz!
 
Carek1230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: wishing I was somewhere else....
Posts: 114,480
Local Time: 12:14 AM
Yes we do!
__________________
Carek1230 is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 12:47 AM   #38
Acrobat
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 459
Local Time: 04:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by A stor View Post
Thank you Unico! And best of luck with your career. I have the greatest respect for those who work in the field of medicine. You folks, are the real "rock stars!"

Carek,

Here is a little information from a website Medicine Net. Com

"As for nutritional measures, it is known that oils of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids. Which, can provide additional antiinflammatory effects that might reduce some of the symptoms of DISH. They can be purchased at any pharmacy or health food store."
This just popped up today , may be of interest.

been nice if it had worked.

Glucosamine no better than placebo for back pain - Health - Arthritis - msnbc.com
__________________
Benji2112 is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 09:24 AM   #39
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
Thanks Benj......that was interesting read! It is good that this is studied too.

We've all seen the commercials for dietary supplements, losing weight, pain management, etc. And then at the bottom of the screen. It says.....It has not been approved by the FDA. I take that as.....do at your own risk. I would rather ask my DR. first.
__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 02:51 PM   #40
Acrobat
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 459
Local Time: 04:14 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by A stor View Post
Thanks Benj......that was interesting read! It is good that this is studied too.

We've all seen the commercials for dietary supplements, losing weight, pain management, etc. And then at the bottom of the screen. It says.....It has not been approved by the FDA. I take that as.....do at your own risk. I would rather ask my DR. first.

There is a company now, who is testing all these supplements , kind of lke a UL or Consumer reports.

Companies Voluntarily send in their products, for testing. Supplements are good, and I certainly believe in holistic medicines and treatments, but there is a lot of "junk" out there . Know where they come from, as many have been found to have mercury, and a host of not so good stuff.
__________________
Benji2112 is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 08:25 PM   #41
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
This is good to know, and something we don't always think about. I take calcium with vitamin D. Something my DR, recommended. But, that is it.

For healthy weight control.....good old fashion diet and exercise. Even though, my weight has never been a health issue.

Walking is good for anyone who can do so. It really does strengthen the back. I liked when you suggested walking in water. That was exactly, what I did. As I was recovering from my injury. The resistance is just right. And the risk of getting hurt is almost nonexistent. Plus, it helped me regain my muscle strength and tone.

You are absolutely right and so are others who said the very same thing. When, it comes to the back, you either use it or lose it. Especially, when you have had to have surgery. It's not a quick fix. Always, the last option.

Note to any women who are age forty and beyond. Healthy diet and exercise are most important. It really does help us later on. Especially around Menopause and beyond. As Benj said. The spine does compress a little more as we age. Gravity takes it's hold. But, we women are at a higher risk for brittle bone disease than men. And can get tiny fractures in the spine. Remember "Grandma's hump." That is the advanced stages of this disease. Me, I would much rather prevent it. As much as I can.
__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 08:56 PM   #42
Blue Crack Overdose
Get me off the internetz!
 
Carek1230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: wishing I was somewhere else....
Posts: 114,480
Local Time: 12:14 AM
Today I bought some fish oil so I can start taking that as a supplement and see if it helps my symptoms at all.

I spent a majority of the day driving around San Diego county picking up paperwork from my doctor's office and hand delivering it to the State Disability office then heading to the post office to mail the form for a permanent Handicap Placard my doctor recommends. I did a fair amount of walking in parking lots, stores, and taking the dog out twice today so I am exhausted. I don't understand how these state and government agencies lose so much paperwork. This is the second set of paperwork my doctor has produced for SDI as they were requested on 5/25. Anyway I have 3 SDI checks coming my way which greatly improves my financial situation and bank balance (or lack thereof) and all of this helps keep the stress level in a good place which in turn keeps me feeling better.

I need to get myself into the big pool for some walking and water exercise classes now. I'm happy trying some of the suggestions offered here though. I hope everyone else is doing well.
__________________
Carek1230 is offline  
Old 07-07-2010, 10:11 PM   #43
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
That is good news Carek! About the SDI and back payment. I am so glad that you were able to get it. I know paper work can be a hassle, ready to pull your hair out sort of thing. My family went through this, when my late father-in-law, needed SDI. He had a brain tumor.
__________________
A stor is offline  
Old 07-08-2010, 08:51 PM   #44
Acrobat
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 459
Local Time: 04:14 AM
off on Vacation tomorrow. Going to the Islands for a week, then to France. Hopefully the show in Turin ... hope it happens, but I will know before then

Everyone stay safe, and I will send Photo's. A few you might really like !

B
__________________
Benji2112 is offline  
Old 07-08-2010, 09:06 PM   #45
Refugee
 
A stor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.A. East Coast
Posts: 2,464
Local Time: 08:14 AM
Have a great time Benj!
__________________

__________________
A stor is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com