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Re: WHAT a week!! by kazzzz on 28 May 2009 5:22am
Oh handy, thanx Ken, I tried the dw liquid but it hasn't worked, there are a few I can try on that site Anne:)
Re: WHAT a week!! by Ken Dunn on 1 July 2009 4:37am
kazzzz, is your home rental problem solved and how is your back now?
Re: WHAT a week!! by kazzzz on 1 July 2009 8:32am
Oh that's nice of you to ask Ken!

We have until October to move at this stage, so the immediate pressure is off. I have contacted a few agents and am on lists for later in the year.

My back is much the same, still taking a lot of meds, and have been walking less which has helped in that it is not so inflamed. I'm thinking maybe I'll start swimming coz it's not weight bearing exercise.

The couch is still covered in ink *sigh* we gave up!
Re: WHAT a week!! by canaveralgumby on 1 July 2009 4:11pm
kazzzz, I am sorry I haven't come across this thread until today 7/1. Head up my ass.

I am sorry about your housing situation and I don't know what to say about that.

I can speak about the protruding disc. I has one between L4 and L5. It got to where I couldn't get dressed or bend enough to spit out my toothpaste.

I went to a pain specialist. Most pain specialists happen to be anesthesiologists, but they don't necessarily have to be in order to be qualified.

I had a course of 3 spinal injections of a steroid called kenelog. The pain went from 9 out of 10 to about 4 out of 10 immediately. (I think the technique for these injections is the same as an epidural before child birth?)

THEN I had physical therapy, 3 days per week for 6 weeks. The pt was not pleasant, on a few occasions I was brought to tears!, BUT it would not have been possible before the kenelog treatments.

I asked the physical therapist, "What DID patients DO before those injections? How could they possibly do pt?" And she said, "Drugs. Lots of drugs."

I feel very fortunate that I was able to get healing treatment for this, the worst pain of my life, without having to resort to Rx painkillers.

I can TOTALLY see how people get hooked. Because when you're in so much pain you can't function, and your thoughts turn dark from the constant pain, YOU DON'T CARE.

So I hope something like the steroid treatment is available to you. Ask about it. Good luck!! -- Cori
Re: WHAT a week!! by kazzzz on 2 July 2009 10:09am
Ohh I haven't heard of kenelog although I may have had it coz I did have a caesarian.

I can understand being hooked as well. You dpn't care no, you can't get enough of them just to make the pain stop. Ray has some VERY strong pain killers that the doctor has said not to take, they're morpheine, but every few nights I take one just so I can sleep, I actually look forward to those nights!
Thanx for the advice Cori :)
Re: WHAT a week!! by peripatetically on 2 July 2009 12:25pm
Kaz, be careful, Dearest One!
Re: WHAT a week!! by kazzzz on 2 July 2009 12:32pm
Will do :)
Re: WHAT a week!! by mrsteabag on 2 July 2009 5:39pm
And don't forget the creme eggs!! ;)
Re: WHAT a week!! by kazzzz on 2 July 2009 11:43pm
Oh l won't! They're very good for bad backs you know...
Re: WHAT a week!! by mrsthing on 6 July 2009 7:01pm
I find swimming aggravates my back, sadly. But I was swimming yesterday, racing Miss Thing for something, and twisted a bit and heard a sickening crunch in my back and had a sudden sharp pain. But I'm better today than I have been for weeks! I don't know what I did, and I certainly don't care to repeat it.

Morphine is really addictive. Can't you get a prescription for something better? I like DayPro (an anti-inflammatory) for my back. It works a treat, and isn't addictive.
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