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To All my Friends and Acquaintances Answered

At this moment, I am awaiting for the doctor's office to open so I can give them another call.

My back has been hurting me since the Friday before Labor Day weekend, and getting increasingly worse since. The insurance I have was only allowing for pain medication, and then finally approved an X-ray which, of course, did not show anything concerning my formerly herniated disks.

I have been awaiting the insurance company's approval to get the MRI that will tell the doctor what is REALLY going on with my back. If this gets delayed until I am paralyzed, the insurance company will have to be held responsible, as it would be because of their delay.

Since I am having difficulties even sitting here in front of the computer, I will keep this short.

If I stop posting for a 24 hour period, you can assume I have gone to the hospital for an operation (which will not happen before they examine an MRI).

I don't know what else to do......but at this point, the pain meds don't even work well enough to allow me to sleep.

Just wanted to get an FYI out here, so you didn't worry if I do become unable to get to a computer for a few days or weeks.

BTW: I will be going completely crazy without being able to get in here, you all are like my extended family.

First update:

MRI has been taken, but will hear nothing before Friday or perhaps *sigh* Monday.

Second update:

MRI showed a definitive bulge (herniation) pressing heavily against my spinal column. This time around, it will probably have to be removed and the bones fused to keep me going...

UPDATE 2.491 - Supplemental

Nothing will be accomplished during the weekend, as far as my back is concerned. At least we have found a reasonable combination of meds to keep the pain at bay until I get to see the Neurosurgeon (and hopefully, there will be no need to see the Oncologist).

UPDATE 3 - :

It is very early in the morning (5:16 am) and I can not sleep. I have to await the doctor's call hoping it will come before my pulmonary appointment ( C-pap refitting). And if not, hoping I can get a refill on the pain meds that have been just barely keeping the pain below the screaming all the time level. So I can tolerate the wait until I get to see the neurosurgeon.

UPDATE 3.274 - supplemental:

I will be out and about (different doc appts.) most of this morning and into the afternoon. I will check in as soon as I know something.

UPDATE 4:


I have an appointment to see the neurosurgeon's BUT it isn't for another 6 days or so. This is very aggravating that something this painful and this life-invasive (keeping me from work) can't be taken care of sooner.

UPDATE 4.129 - Supplemental:


A followup letter from the doctor informs me of another reason the pain is greater this time, then last time: I have two herniated discs. *sigh* The fun of aging just never ends, does it?

UPDATE 5:

The therapy IS helping relieve the pressure on the disc by  supporting the spine through stronger muscles.  I am getting relief finally, and should be back to work Nov. 6th, at the latest.

UPDATE 6:


I had a minor relapse on Oct. 30th, on the right hand side, but things seem to be back on track now again.

Thank you all for your support !


Some information about what MAY be done next.

Final link

Below is an illustration...

 
 
 

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Kryptonite (author)2009-09-27

Oh my, I can't believe I hadn't seen this before! Sorry, slow.

Hope you feel better soon, although it's gotta be a pain waiting that long, you're the spine of Instructables so I hope you'll be back before long.

:D

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-09-27

Yes well, it is a bit of a pain, but the pain meds and muscle relaxers help to some degree. I am definitely not the spine nor backbone of Instructables, just one of the joints therein but, as I have experienced, a single joint can have some impact, both when working correctly and when not. :-)

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Goodhart (author)Molten Boron2009-09-27

Oh that just shows how much pain I am in....I missed your pun *sigh*

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-09-28

Snap out of it man, now you're worrying me.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-09-28

It seems to come in waves......I probably was sitting at the computer when I shouldn't have been and that was why I missed it :-)

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-09-29

Ahh fair enough. How'd the neurosurgeon go?

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-09-29

Called this morning (my appt. WAS this afternoon), and canceled it as the doc had a call to surgery... *sigh*

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-01

Yow, alright how did the surgery go? Your other comments are slowly filling up with :-) again so I hope it went ok.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-01

I have, just last night, had a discussion with the surgeon. Nothing has been done yet. I might not even have the surgery.....I may not need it. I need a few answers to some questions, first.

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-01

Sorry I read the comment wrong. It's 10 to midnight so I'm a bit slow. Hope what ever goes, goes alright.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-26
I almost felt like one of these guys.....

 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-29

 I hope they bury you with a laptop so you can keep on Instructabling.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-29
I doubt I will have a wi-fi connection in Sheol :-)
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-30

I'm going to Valhalla, all my Japanese buddies are going there, they reckon it's like 90 years in the future in terms of technology!

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-30
Well, I hope you bring back some examples :-) 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-31

I'll call for my game of chess with Death after I get there.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-31
Hmm, ok you lost me there :-) 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-11-01

When you die you can supposedly have a game of chess with Death / the Grim Reaper, and the winner gets your life.

My plan is, I go to Viking and Japanese filled Valhalla, steal some technology and call for dinner with Death, bringing along a chess board.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-11-01
Oh ok, I am not sure if I have ever heard of that before or not :-) 
 

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2009-11-01

Are you up very late, or very early?

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-11-01
I had to get to bed early last night, I was SO tired.  So, at 10 PM I set all the clocks back an hour, and did my back exercises and was in bed by 9:30.  So, I am up a bit early :-) 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-11-01

Daylight savings? Ours came in 5 weeks ago.

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lemonie (author)Molten Boron2009-09-27

Health insurance is probably paying for expensive pharmaceuticals, and I should hope they're good opiate-based ones. Goodhart doesn't smoke, space-cakes might be a better sugestion? L

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-09-27

Well, they make me sleepy, and when I am sleeping I feel no pain, but I can't stay asleep longer then about 4 hours at a time *sigh*, and when I am awake, I am ok in a straight backed chair, but if I stand, I have about 30-40 seconds before my back starts to complain again....

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-09-29

How long can you go between sleeping? As in a short amount of time, not longest.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-09-29

well, I do try to sleep only at night, so as not to get too out of cycle, and so, at night, I am only awake for a few minutes between bouts of sleep. But interrupted sleep isn't so go either (this is what sleep apnea is all about, too).

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-01

I had about a year when I couldn't sleep the whole night through without waking up at least 7 times. Some times from night mares other times I wouldn't have a clue. Some how it all went away when I stopped sleeping with Blue Ted. (I was 6)

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-01

Well, at my age, it has more to do with back, leg, and shoulder pains than anything else :-)

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-01

I think this is where our paths split, my friend.

But seriously I'd laugh if you did sleep with a teddy bear.

And I just said "but seriously" when I wasn't. Seriously!

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-01


Well I DO sleep with a teddy bear of sorts (well not a bear but a rabbit), my wife is my snuggle bunny ;-)

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Goodhart (author)Molten Boron2009-09-27

no, two herniated discs pressing against my spinal cord.....

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you're at least important enough to be the right knee,kiteman the left,ewilhelm the heart,lithium rain the funny bone,dj radio the scab,timanderson the skull,oooh the pizzas here gotta go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hmmm LR the funny bone?    You have obviously not be subject to a barrage  of my puns :-)    then again, maybe you  have, and that is why you placed the title on another :0)
 

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you're blowin my mind, man!!!!      hhmmmmmm who is the brain anyway....

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Some purport certain persons to be literati but only the fervid amongst us have made it our habitude as we have a bit of a proclivity towards lexicographical dissertations.   i.e. we can talk with big words  LOL 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-29

 Yes. We. Can.

Can. Not. We?

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-09-27

I knew there was something wrong with spine, but, can't push aside a pun!

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-09-27

Aye, I was trying desperately to follow along, but it is much harder lately *sigh*

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-09-28

Aww, sad face for Goodhart.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-26
Pain-wise though, things are improving.
 

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Goodhart (author)2009-10-02

young love? We've been together for over 18 years now...

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-10-03

A joke's not funny if you have to explain it.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-10-03

I know, I have to do that with my wife all the time though i.e. explain my jokes ;-)

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V-Man737 (author)2009-09-22

>_< Jeeze. I hope you get back to normal. heh. Back to normal.

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Goodhart (author)V-Man7372009-09-22

As soon as I can get audience with a neurosurgeon, I will be on my way back. ;-)

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V-Man737 (author)Goodhart2009-09-22

audience? Is this neurosurgeon going to perform surgery?

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Goodhart (author)V-Man7372009-09-22

More then likely. The last time I had this problem, it was SO much less intense and therapy strengthened my back muscles enough to relieve the pressure on the disc. This time, I doubt that this will be possible. The pain is so great, and the herniation looks very bad, I think he will probably just suggest I get the portion pressing against the spinal column trimmed off. THEN therapy, to prevent further damage, further herniation.

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V-Man737 (author)Goodhart2009-09-23

the pain is great? Why are you trying to prevent it?
I feel awful on your behalf. I sincerely hope you are placed in competent hands. You're in my thoughts.

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