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Unexpected Culprit

Friday, September 18, 2009

I finally had my orthopedic appointment yesterday afternoon. The moment the Dr. set foot in the door, my mouth fell open. He looks just like my oldest son! I see people all the time who look like my younger son. I guess he has a common body type/face. But I've only met one other person who looks like my older son, until I met this doctor. Really surprising.

I was there a long time and asked a lot of questions and covered a lot of things concerning my chronic pain. But the main issue is this hip pain I've been having that has brought me to a complete standstill for the past 3 months. And right there on my MRI where even I could see it, is a very long bone spur, growing off the top of the ball and socket joint that is my right hip!

If you point your index finger, then crook it downward, the side view of it is what the spur looks like. Like a FANG from some wild animal, and it's biting me in the . . . hip. lol I feel like Phyllis Diller, complaining about Fang. lol

The cartilage in my hip joint is fine, except where this spur grows downward off the top of the socket. It curves and narrows so that it is scraping away any cartilage there, and restricting the movement of my hip. My hip can't move properly, so everything else compensates or tries to, anyway. Muscles in the back, side and front of my leg all the way down to my knee, compensate, trying to keep my body moving the way it should even when my hip isn't working properly. Lots of muscle knots and pain.

First option - a "guided injection" of cortisone into that area. That should relieve the pain right away and last for 3 months. If not, I'm to call my Dr./son-look-alike right away and he'll refer me on to a surgeon to remove the spur. He even wrote his name, his secretary's name and phone number on a card and handed it to me. A very big plus in this huge hospital system that is my HMO.

I stay away from drugs all I can and am usually completely drug free. But I'd rather try the cortisone than have surgery. Also, if the pain persists, then it means something else is causing it, and maybe I'll see the nerve and muscle specialist next.

I have his blessing to exercise even while in pain, as long as I don't do anything outrageous. I'm never sure when to work through the pain and when to stop. So he gave me a better understanding of what to do in that respect.

Now I wait for them to call and schedule me with my consult for this injection. Everything takes time...

Not moving hasn't been my only problem. Why is it true that -

The more we HAVE on our plate, the more we PUT on our plate?

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JUDY1676 9/20/2009 11:45PM

    It's always good to know why--even though we don't always like the why! Good luck to you and I hope the injection will help. I'll be anxious to hear as I'm going to the Dr. next week and hippain is one thing on my plate,also!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2009 9:59PM

    Sorry I missed this blog. It is good to know there is a reason for your pain. I wish you the best in getting rid of it.
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LADYNLI 9/18/2009 1:25PM

    A least now you have a diagnosis. I don't know what that injection is like, but I have arthritis in both hands in the thumb area. I have had injections several times for the pain and it really helps. It stings like the devil when I get them, but after a day I am pain free for quite awhile. Hope your injection works for you. They say I will need surgery eventually, but they consider me too young for it now...who ever thought 60 would be considered too young for anything!!!

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SERENITYSEL 9/18/2009 10:05AM

    I know this is not a good diagnosis, but at least you have some options.

Thank you so much for sharing, and I know you will do great. I've had many cortisone injections.

I'm glad they found something that is not life threatening. You are always in my prayers! Good luck and the injection will hurt a little, LOL

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NANCY- 9/18/2009 9:54AM

It good to know the reason for your pain. Having a "Fang" in your hip would explain a lot of the pain.


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--KREN 9/18/2009 9:18AM

    Linda and Martha, you're both right. KNOWING is worth a lot! Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/18/2009 9:16AM

    You must be relieved to have an answer to what has been your problem. It is also a relief to know there are options.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/18/2009 8:55AM

    Sounds like you have found a great doctor with the added bonus of looking like your son. I'm glad they have finally discovered what is causing your pain and hope the injection will let you have months of pain free living. Knowing is one-half the battle as we tend to imagine more than is really there. Here's to Sparking without any pain! emoticon

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Does your cat do cute things?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mr. Harry Kitty, aka Jungle Kitty, who has passed on and can be seen on my photo page, was a very handsome fellow, always ready for a special occasion in his black and white tux. A police officer friend rescued him from a very busy highway! I guess the first 4 weeks of his life were very traumatic. Who knows what happened to his mommie?

This explains, maybe, his habit of sucking his tail, lol. He'd get on my lap, start that circling pattern, going round and round until it felt just right and his long tail was trailing behind him enough so he could get it in his mouth! Down he'd plop and suck happily, like a contented baby with his pacifier! He'd also get under the covers with me and do the same thing.

If you petted Mr. Harry, you had to watch out for his soppy wet tail!

Rosie, my current kitty, gets on my lap, stretches out on her belly, and scoots up towards my face a closely as she can. Then she settles down and looks me right in the eye with a look of utmost adoration, lol. Makes me feel like I'm the most important person in the world.

She's also a licker! Licks my hands, my arms, my feet, my face... Will NOT lick anyone else, thank you very much, so there!

Care to share any cat cuties of your own?


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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 11:14AM

    That was so funny. Yes she does suck on my earlobe. Onry did too, but I got her to stop by "growling" at her and she would stop.

The one good thing about Lucky, once she falls asleep, she is good. But we play a regular game when I get into bed. She will jump on my arm until I put it under the covers then she will lay on my hip and swat at my hand. Or she climbs on my headboard and dive bombs my head!!!! But I honestly do love her and wouldn't get rid of her. I get her spayed the 29th of Oct so I am praying she will calm down then.

As soon as I get in from work, she is waiting and mewing, so I have to put my stuff down and pet her, then feed her. We do play some, but the minute I stop, she wants more attention. I think deep down she has some separation problems from being left in the dumpster. (Is that a good excuse) Thanks, I love your kitty stories.

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--KREN 9/16/2009 11:00AM

    Sharon, I LOVE the part about her sucking on your ear!!! LOL.

We had a cat like that once. A stray. Don't remember how he got to us. Solid black long hair. Lots of good names for him, but he quickly became.............KITTY MONSTER!!!! He deserved every letter in that name, lol. He'd sit by the bed, like an angel, and wait for us to sleep. Then SUDDENLY, he'd jump on any part of us that twitched even a little and you'd have to fight him off, lol. Many more stories, but he disappeared one day when he was only about 6 months old. We lived in a very rural area... have no idea what happened to him.

I'll think back to some of my ex-friends I don't like so much, and see if they want a KIND, LOVING kitty, lol. - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 10:50AM

    Rosie sounds like the cat I would LOVE to have. I had a cat, named Onry, for 14+ years. She was a calico and I loved her dearly. She was my friend, my companion and my baby. She got an aggressive form of bone cancer, which spread rapidly, even after having some of her toes removed.

I had to put her down November 2006. I swore I would NEVER EVER have another cat. Well, I was lonely and got a black mixed kitty that was found in a dumpster with her brothers and sisters.

Her name is Lucky. I named her that because she was lucky to be alive. Now I am going to have her name "legally" changed to either Diablo or Spiteful.

She IS the cat from hell. If you could see my arms and legs you would think I had some kind of skin disease, because of her. When she is loving, she is very loving, HOWEVER, that is far and few between. She will sit on my shoulder (after climbing up my back as I am sitting, with her claws OUT), and will sit there like a bird and sucks on my ear lobe.

She has more toys then the kids down the street. LOL What does she play with? My arm and fingers. She is so spiteful, if I am on the phone or computer, she can't stand it and will jump up and bite me or knock everything off the desk. Sometimes I will be loving her and petting her, and all of a sudden she will turn on me and spit at me as she bites me. It is a very quick motion.

She is constantly walking on my table, and I detest this. Onry NEVER did any of these things. If I told Onry no, she went about her business and just figured "oh well, mommy said no". Not Lucky, she actually lies in wait for me. My biggest fear is I have severe varicoise veins on my left leg and I am scared she will rip them to shreds.

I've tried everything I can think of. I even bought Good Cat from PetSmart, which is supposed to calm them down. Oh NO way, it made her worse. Last night I was eating a piece of turkey and I swear, she flew up at me and grabbed it just as I was putting it to my mouth. Well, the spray bottle was out and the newspaper and she got BOTH.

I am seriously ready to throw in the towel. I have always loved cats and I miss Onry so much. She was a 28 lbs big old calico with so much love and life.

I love Lucky, I just don't know what to do anymore. The vet said to spray her with vinegar water, but she doesn't care. Like I said, when she wants to be loving, she is and purrs so loud.

Sorry Karen, I think I just overcame your blog. Thanks for asking and if you know of anyone who wants a very LOVING KIND kitty (5 months old) let me know!!!!! LOL
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HOPE2BE 9/16/2009 8:49AM

    I was never one to keep cats long because they all got killed but one day I went to the Humane Society and bought a blue Russian kitten. He was strange to begin with. When he got older he always climbed up to the window of the room I was in and wanted in. At night I had a coverlet that had little knots on them and he'd suck on those knots before going to sleep. One day I came home with a new boyfriend and he was 2 blocks away and when we passed he headed running for home and when we got there he jumped in the car. I called him pyschic. I had him for 7 years until a tornado killed him.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009




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SHASTA11 9/15/2009 10:42PM

    A very Happy Birthday to you Linda. May your life always be filled with good things or things that are easily fixed.

Hope you had a great day!

Hugs, Joan

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KOOCH4 9/15/2009 3:22PM

    Karen, thanks for sending the birthday reminders.
Hope you enjoy your massage, I had one last week, and am ready for another.
Have a wonderful day!

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BELTONWALKER67 9/15/2009 2:28PM

    Thank You Karen and all you lovely "Over 60's" members for a very lovely birthday. I just finished a lunch catered from Applebees here at the office. Had Brocolli Cream Soup which is a NO NO..but very delicious and an Oriental Chicken Salad. For dessert we had a Chocolate Ice Cream Cake to die for! My waistline on my pants is tight! Now, to get through Jose Peppers tonight with miminal damage. Tomorrow is back on track!
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FISHINGLADY66 9/15/2009 12:24PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday Linda!! Your the Best!!
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MRI - More than Really Intended

Monday, September 14, 2009

My orthopedic appointment is Thursday afternoon. Joe is taking me in case the parking lot and hospital hallways are too much for me. I have a list of questions, including some about physical therapy, so I can learn when the pain should stop me and when I should work through it. He's going to look at my MRI also, concerning my hip and leg pain.

Hoever, I received a letter from my personal Dr. on Saturday, regarding my MRI. It shows I have a "small cyst on my right kidney" and should call for an appointment for a renal ultrasound. I'm going to do that ASAP. I have no symptoms that could be related to that at all. I'll call today and make that appointment. Don't you just love surprises? The MRI was for my back and hip. I guess my kidney felt slighted, lol.

I've been on an aggressive stretching and strength training program - aggressive for ME, wimpy for normal folks. But it does feel good even though it hurts, too.

I've decided that no matter what, I'm going to move. The workout I've selected from Sparks is 55 min. long, but it takes me most of the day to get it in. No matter, at least I'm moving.

I went to Joe's house yesterday and got on his treadmill. Solid even ground, and I don't have to worry about getting home once I wear out or the pain becomes too bad. I also have a lot of muscle fatigue in my right leg and hip, which is a very uncomfortable feeling.

So, I walked, slowly, for 4.5 minutes. Got off and stretched my leg and hip as best I could and got back on. Then I walked another 2 minutes and knew that was enough.

You can see how bad off I am, even though I look fine and healthy! To think I used to do an hour long step aerobics class twice a week and walk 4 miles a day up and down some pretty steep hills.

And yet, I'm feeling better. More hopeful and optimistic. Life is good and I'm always thankful for that.

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SERENITYSEL 9/14/2009 6:38PM

    Karen, you are one heck of a trooper!!!! Kudos to you. You never give up! You are definitely a delight to "know"......

I am praying for you and the pain. Please let us know what all your results are. I go for a follow up on Wednesday for my breathing problems. Huggs to you!!!!!!!!!!


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VANDALEE13 9/14/2009 5:03PM

    Karen, you are in my prayers. I find that keeping a positive attitude is what can help us through difficult times. I have been through many MIR's myself. Be thankful that they spoted the problem before it became a real problem. That'a good news. Take care. emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 9/14/2009 8:52AM

    HI Karen, Keep that positive attitude and continue to see the humor in life situations! Both will go a long ways in helping you cope with the day to day pain you are experiencing. I hope that you soon will get some relief through your doctor's treatments. Know that you are thought of daily and prayers are going out to wish you less painful days.

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NANCY- 9/14/2009 7:40AM

    Karen you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is great that you are remaining hopeful and optimistic. Positive thoughts yield positive results.

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GRAMSIECAKES2 9/14/2009 7:10AM

    I am having my third MRI on my right knee tomorrow. It has been operated on twice now and each time it just tears again. I walk with a cool walker with a seat on it and can actually go two miles on my good days with my leg brace on. I guess we just can't give in can we. I have this arthritis ( one of four) called Sjorgrens and that is the one that is giving me the most trouble right now. Even my Lupus isn't as bad...Merri

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PASTORJEFF2 9/14/2009 7:09AM

    Keep up the positive attitude it will pay off. Yes we do get surprises sometimes. But I just try to remember that God is never surprised and is always in control. Keep ut the great job.

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ROSILEIGH 9/14/2009 7:00AM

    Hi Karen it's good that you keep so cheerful,i think we all take our health for granted till something goes wrong,i hope all goes well for you.
my son who is 40 suffers with rheumatoid arthritis,to look at him you think there is nothing wrong with him, he even ran the London marathon 2 years ago but he does have quite bad flare ups sometimes,he is like you he tries to keep as fit as he can he cycles a lot and swims regularly.

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Size of Type/Print here on Sparks

Sunday, September 13, 2009


The link is to my post on the tech boards addressing the size of the type/print here on Sparks.

I printed my exercise plan and had to read it with a magnifying glass, lol. Really.
It would be great if I could control the size of the printed type. I also have trouble reading the forums and articles and can't adjust the size there either.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem? With so many thousands of members from all age groups, you would think an option for personalizing the size of type and print would be a needed option, hmmm? We are all so different and unique!


WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT VIEWING PAGES: Look at the bottom of any page, on the task bar at the bottom of your browser, in the right hand corner. You may see a small number with a plus + sign in front of it and a percent % sign after it, like this: +100%

You can put your mouse on that and change it to +150% or anything else and view your page with larger print! Doesn't work for printing exercise plans, though.

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ADIEOFTEXAS 9/14/2009 6:10PM

    I'm using Windows XP with Firefox. I believe this also works to enlarge the screen on Internet Explorer. Just try holding down your Control button while pressing the Plus (+) key. Each strike of the key enlarges the screen and you can adjust it as much as you want. To make it smaller again when leaving SparkPeople, just hold down Control and strike the minus,(-) key. Works great for reading, but doesn't transfer over to the print process, dang it.

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    I use FireFox so that trick didn't work for me. But I am really glad it works for you!!

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DTRMNEDME 9/13/2009 1:22PM

    I totally agree as I can't read it either and I don't see the place they are talking about with an arrow to make it larger.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 12:24PM

    Linda, I never noticed that zoom feature down there! It DOES work on displaying pages, THANK YOU!

I can't get it to work in printing out my exercise plan, though. I can change it on the screen, but when it prints, it prints in tiny type. Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 9/13/2009 12:16PM

    Have you tried changing the font size with the little thingy to the right bottom of this screen? Not sure if everyone has this? Mine has a little down arrow and I click on it and it goes from 100% to 125%. I changed the size of this type on your page. Hope that helps. Yes, I have a hard time reading a lot of things lately and recently purchased a magnifying glass to aid in books and magazine. Good Luck and hope you find a solution.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 11:08AM

    KIMBERLY - THANKS! That did work. I guess I expected to be given those options when I just clicked on PRINT. But the PREVIEW pane did give me options I was looking for.

By the way - I LOVE the quote on your page! LOL. It takes a great sense of humor to survive in this world, and you've got it!


PS - While that worked on printing an article, I can't seem to get those options on printing my exercise plan. Can you make that work on printing your excercise plan?

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MYSTICRAINS 9/13/2009 10:56AM

    When you go to print something out online go to Print Preview and there should be an option labeled "Scale:" Simply choose a larger percentage and the size will be larger when you print it out.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 10:55AM

    I've tried using my IE toolbar, VIEW, LARGEST, and it doesn't seem to make a difference here. If anyone finds a way, please let me know! - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/13/2009 10:51AM

    I did the same thing!!!!! I know you can go to tools and change your font size there for everything. I'll have to try it!

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