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YES - I Slept Like A Log!

Friday, March 27, 2009

I slept like I was dead last night until about 3 a.m.! WooHoo! The doctor gave me a new medication for the muscles in my back and it knocked my young (lol) butt right out! I think the easing of the pain let my tired body rest for a little while. When I finally got out of bed this morning, some of the knots in my neck were gone. Hopefully as I take the meds each night, it will work it's way down my spine a bit more. I just hung out at home today, afraid to push myself too hard. I am really watching what I eat and drink as I've had to cut back even more on exercise with the exception of doing some walking. I'm still tracking everything on the SP food tracker; this includes protein, fat, carbs, sodium, vitamins and minerals. Still no word on when the MRI will take place but that's okay. When I feel a little better, I head back into the water.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of their positive and supportive comments. Without all of you, I don't think I could be as positive!


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PEGGYANNSCH 3/28/2009 8:58AM


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L*I*T*A* 3/27/2009 9:45PM

    glad to hear you are feeling better and the medication is working so well.............have as relaxing weekend.................blessings and hugs..............lita

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MOTHEROFANGELS3 3/27/2009 4:55PM

    emoticon sleep is always good, and lack of it can so severely impact your body physically and mentally. Hang in there and I will keep you in my prayers. you know your limits and will do accordingly from your needs.

Sending you healing light my friend,

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Doctor's Appointment

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I finally got to see my pain management doctor today. (She is an amazing, compassionate human being) I suffer from the chronic pain, produced by degenerative disk disease, which is usually at least somewhat under control. (I have one fusion and have had 2 blocks on my spine so far.) Coupled with my two knee replacements, managing pain can often times get a little tricky. Sometimes I can exercise and function for a few months with tolerable amounts of pain. (Of course over the years this has upped my pain tolerance significantly) Water exercise, a TENs unit, PT, hot/cold packs, prescriptions and therapeutic massages are all very helpful. Sometimes the pain gets away from me and I need a little medical intervention. I often wait too long to seek medical help because I first want to see if I can get it controlled myself or I wait to see if it goes away by itself. Yeah, right like that's going to happen. I should know better! emoticon Anyway, I paid my doctor a little visit this morning. She was surprised at the current shape of my back. You could bounce a coin off just about any place on my back because the muscles are so hard and bunched. Thank goodness the good doctor didn't give me a lecture about coming in sooner - she knows me fairly well by now! She gave me some new meds to take and wants me to have an MRI of the thoracic spine in case I ruptured a disk. With my high pain tolerance this easily could have happened last October 28 when I felt my back stiffen while I was doing my weight routine. I did go to physical therapy for it but it only worked up to a point. Right after that, I broke my foot and irritated my Achilles tendon (which caused me to waddle like a duck). I'm sure that didn't help my back any. Perhaps I should turn the waddle into a new dance that they could do on Dancing With the Stars! lol

A long time ago I decided that I could be positive, upbeat and hopeful or I could have a pity party and wallow in pain, which to me isn't a life-long option. Those of you who know me, know that I decided that being positive is preferable to any other option. Consequently, I'm not all that bummed about my current situation. At least it takes my mind off my foot! lol The doctor said she was very surprised at how I look and at how much weight I've lost since the beginning of 2008! She could see that I now have muscles and was impressed with my attitude. Of course I had to tell her I owe a significant amount of my progress to Spark People! emoticon She also told me that water exercise is a good way for people with knee and back problems to exercise, so I'm doing the right thing. Don't you just love it when you're doing the right thing? I know I do!!! emoticon

So, I will patiently or not so patiently wait for the MRI office to tell me when they have scheduled me to come in for my MRI. Meanwhile, I will paddle around in the water (I seem to have a duck fixation today) until I start quacking up. lol I will do what exercises I can and see what shows up on the MRI. Life goes on....... and........ I will prevail!!!!

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CINNIEMAY 3/27/2009 3:38PM

    I hope that you find some releif! Take care!

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    Good luck toyou. Sounds as if you have had a tough road. I will remember you in my prayers. Hang in there. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/27/2009 10:12:01 AM

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EDNABP 3/27/2009 8:11AM

    Best of luck to you in thoses visits. I know what you are going through as mom is doing the same thing. She just had to go for an MRI of the cervical area. I can only hope the best for her and you both. You know we really both need to get back in order to go walking again.

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L*I*T*A* 3/26/2009 11:47PM

    pain management is such an individual nice to hear of a compassionate dr............wishing you good luck with the is hoping and praying you don't have to wait too your attitude...............blessings and hugs................lita

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/26/2009 5:42PM

    SparkPeople is benefited by having members like YOU here! It is having good members who inspire each other that makes this program so beneficial for all of us.
the tools here are great but the people working them and sharing are AWESOME!

I too deal with chronic pain issues and use heat, ice, physical therapy and a Tenz unit to try and keep it manageable. I tried massage once. Never again. I swear she had her fingers up to the second knuckle burrowed into my neck and shoulders. she called it a deep massage. I called it hell.

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On a positive note...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good news! The rash spread a bit last night but it stopped itching and is no longer red! This means that the cream I put on it worked! Yea!!! (My sister is still miserable and using Benadryl cream) I will ask the gym about the chemicals. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I really appreciate it!

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L*I*T*A* 3/25/2009 7:39PM

    glad to hear you are better..................blessings and hugs.................lita

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SUNNY89 3/25/2009 1:22PM

    I hope you find relief soon.

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CINNIEMAY 3/25/2009 1:10PM

    I am glad that you are doing better! I hope that you will be able to get in the pool without any other problems!

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I Went Into The Water Today!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The good news is that I went into the water today. I did a deep water type workout so that my feet didn't touch the bottom. I was able to do about 80 minutes before I pooped out with fatigue. The not so great news is that I broke out in a rash again. I'm not sure why. I didn't break out last week when I went into the water. I think I may be allergic to something they're adding to the water; either that or someone may not have showered and had cream or something on that ended up in the water, and I'm allergic to that. My sister went with me and she broke out too. (misery loves company in this case - we're itching together. My husband just rolls his eyes!) Oh well. Tomorrow is another day and of course I will prevail!!!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/25/2009 12:46AM

    Mention it to the people who add the chemicals too the pool. They may be putting in too much and won't know that till someone mentions this. The fact that you and your sister both broke out points to that. Maybe they just added the chemical and being in there for an hour and a half working hard was too much exposure to it.

So, on a plus note I is not you, right? Bring out the calamine lotion. Or Gold bond powder for the itching. I hope that helps.

I hope you both get some relief and find out what caused this.

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SCRAPPYANG2003 3/25/2009 12:11AM

    I have had that problem at the pool too. Sometimes I get this and other times nothing. I think it may be the strength of the chemicals in the pool at the time you are swimming.

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L*I*T*A* 3/24/2009 11:47PM

    sorry to hear about the rash??????hope it disappears as quickly as it came on...........great work out...........blessings and hugs................lita

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CINNIEMAY 3/24/2009 11:18PM

    I am glad you got to go to the water! Sorry about the rash! I hope that you both are not itching soon!

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I'm Back

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I'm back after having had my colonoscopy on Friday. I really missed everyone! The doctor removed 4 very little polyps so I've have to take it easy until Tuesday. No bending over, lifting or prolonged standing. The good news is that my colon looks healthy thanks to the way I've been eating since I joined Spark People! I've been tracking my vitamins, minerals, sodium and fiber and it's paying off. I still have to wait to see what the lab results are, but I'm feeling very positive. I felt a little rough on Friday and Saturday but today hubby and I went to the mall to get him a haircut. I was able to walk around a little but I have to admit that I got fairly tired after about 45 minutes and had to sit down. My abdomen is still very tender but it's getting better every day. I lay down for a while once I got home today and I felt much better. The doctor said that I can go back into the water on Tuesday and I can't wait. Another positive side effect is that the tenderness in my foot disappeared. I hope that it remains gone so I can return to regular exercising! My weight has been bouncing around quite a lot but I know that it's just a side effect of the steroids that I was on coupled with the prep for the colonoscopy. Now that I'm feeling better, I can go back to my regular eating habits and the weight should even out and start to drop. My journey has been very rocky since Thanksgiving with deaths, broken bones, allergies and health problems. I have learned that I am strong, determined and will be successful if I just stick with it! If I continue to maintain a positive attitude, pay attention to the signals my body is giving me,keep a balance of my mind, body and spirit - I will prevail!!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/23/2009 7:59PM

    sure can understand how you are feeling...................been there are resilant and have a wonderful have overcome so many things in the past......this too you can overcome...............have a great week........blessings and hugs.................lita

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CINNIEMAY 3/23/2009 2:49PM

    That is the best way --to stay positive and you will achieve alot!

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/23/2009 5:48AM

    You have had so much happen and really show what you are made of with how you are dealing. I know this has been so hard on you, yet you remain postive and look for solutions. I have no doubt that you will become a success story here. You already are!

I hope you are feeling better tomorrow and back on your feet soon. Rest and heal. Hugs

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