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Old 10-07-2016, 08:21 PM   #41
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Update: Pain is very manageable. I have to take some Norco at night to sleep, but daytime all I need is a bit of Advil and Tylenol gets me through the day.
The scary part is the weakness in my right leg. PT is working on it. They want me walking as much as I can, and I like to walk, so I'm walking a few times/day, about a mile each time. I use my 8-iron as a cane.

Assuming no big set-backs, will confer with doc in 3 weeks to consider progress, and how to proceed.
Hang in there. Hopefully it will get better.

You know what finally broke me? I couldn't cough or sneeze anymore without crumpling in pain. Actually, sneezing in the car while driving became downright dangerous. I couldn't see straight for about 5 seconds from the pain of a sneeze.

When that didn't resolve and it got worse, I cried uncle.

I hope you don't go there. But do watch your weakness. It needs to be watched. I suggest you start a pain/symptoms diary so you can track things. I helped me, especially when I had episodes that I could refer to much later (like years later). Helps you keep perspective on your improvement or decline.
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Old 11-14-2016, 07:26 PM   #42
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update: pretty much pain free. I haven't taken a hydrocodone in 2 weeks. I do take a 400mg ibuprofen once in a while, maybe 2/week. Strength is returning, although not all the way back...maybe 75% back? Am walking 3 miles/day, have PT 2/week.
The pain doc seemed surprised i was doing as well as I am...for what that's worth.
I feel as if I could swing a golf club, but since the season is just about dead, I might as well wait. I'm not lifting anything very heavy. PT guy is starting to move me from exercises to reduce symptoms to exercises to make me stronger and more injury resistant.
I am pleased, and surprised.
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That's great news!
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That's great news!

yes it is.

THANKS!
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Wow! So great that PT is working so well!
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Glad to hear you are doing well. Sounds like a great sign that the PT is moving to strength building exercises to prevent future problems.
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Received a call today from a specialist's office, (about 50 miles from here); following a referral made by our new doctor I have a preliminary appointment this Friday afternoon.
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Nemo, Got my fingers crossed for you, good luck!
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Nemo, Got my fingers crossed for you, good luck!
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Received a call today from a specialist's office, (about 50 miles from here); following a referral made by our new doctor I have a preliminary appointment this Friday afternoon.
So, how have you been doing? I gather not all that great since you are pursuing more treatment? What are your current symptoms?

I was released from PT around Dec.1. I am doing pretty well. Really well compared to when I started this thread. I'm walking a lot, even playing a little winter golf. 9 holes a few times a week, pushing my cart. I tried carrying a bag with half the clubs, but that didn't feel good at all.

Some days I feel quite good, other days it's still a struggle. If I don't do my exercises I feel not that great, but if I overdo it at all, I feel not that great. It's a fine line.
Not taking many drugs. No Norco for months, but I need 400mg ibu now and then, and Neurontin most nights.

Keep us posted, Nemo...wishing you all the best of luck!
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So, how have you been doing? I gather not all that great since you are pursuing more treatment? What are your current symptoms?
Actually I'm waaaay better than I was when we returned from Spain last Spring....it's just taken me this long to get an appointment with a specialist.

I take one extra strength Tylenol with breakfast for the arthritis in my lower back; this gets me mobile and it's rare that I need to take another one.

Hip pain is vastly improved, (although I do still get moments when my right ankle spasms), and I'm back to doing about 45 minutes a day on the elliptical.

One problem, that may be unrelated, or interrelated, is an anticipated one from when I was knocked down and my left foot was run over by a large truck almost ten years ago.

Although I wear orthotics, my left foot seems to be supinating to a greater degree, which of course throws everything else out of kilter. In fact, after some contemplation, (I didn't want to get new orthotics which would 'solve' the foot rolling outwards, only to have that negatively impact the rest of the skeletal structure), just hours before the surgeon's office called I had finally made an appointment with the podiatrist......which I subsequently postponed until I receive more input.

So...I'm hoping that somebody can look at the interactions between the whole unit rather than 'fixing' individual symptoms.

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