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Saturday.....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I developed a dull throb in the back of my head yesterday afternoon and it is still with me today. I decided that working out would do more harm than good so I'm laying low today. Hubby and I drove to his sister's house and met some other family members who have been visiting this week. We all went out to breakfast and had a nice visit. I still had a dull throb so we left and drove home. I took my headache medicine and went to bed. Tomorrow I will be much better, I know. I think I even know what exercise helped to cause my headache. I will be more careful in the future and avoid similar moves.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/18/2012 5:52PM

    I'm sure hoping you enjoy Sunday and feel great!

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PHATPAT18 8/18/2012 3:37PM

    May you feel better soon.

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SUNSHINE99999 8/18/2012 3:36PM

  Here's to tomorrow being much better for you indeed. emoticon

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Radio Frequency Ablation

Friday, August 17, 2012

I had my appointment with the specialist doctor yesterday. We discussed several options to treat the residual pain - left from my problem last year with my neck. I'm still having migraines which this doctor said were both cervicogenic and regular migraines. This is the same thing that both my neurosurgeon and neurologist told me last year. Because the spinal opening is so small, there is a big chance that I will need further surgery. This limits my options for now. That is okay with me.

The first option is to have a RFA (radio frequency ablation) in the occipital and sub occipital areas on both sides of my head. In this procedure microwaves are used to make the occipital and sub occipital nerves vibrate so quickly that the cells on the nerve receptors slough off and the nerves are dulled. This causes a big reduction in the ability of the receptors to feel pain in this area and thus reduces migraines and muscle pain. There is a small possibility that pain will increase right after the procedure while some of the receptors are moving and being sloughed off. This would be a good procedure for me with few limitations and very little "down" time.

The second option is to have a nerve stimulator implanted in the occipital/sub occipital areas on both sides of my head. The is a new procedure that has been FDA approved for the thoracic and lumbar spines and is waiting for approval for the cervical spine. The device itself has been FDA approved for the spine in general and is safe for use in the cervical spine. The FDA just requires separate approval for every area of the spine but since they approved it for the whole spine I could safely have it implanted. The down side of this is that you can't have a regular MRI with this implant. This device requires a special type of imaging that is very specialized and expensive. Since I may require more surgery on my cervical spine and as such will need to have additional MRIs, this is most likely not a good option for me at this time.

The third option is to discuss my issues at my next neurosurgery appointment in September and have a new MRI done to see if and when I can have more repair done on the cervical spine. This option is kind of a wait and see option. I am anxious to see what my new neurosurgeon has to say. (The neurosurgeon who did my surgery in September 2011 has since moved to Ohio state. Bummer!! emoticon)

I have too many variables at this point in time to even consider any option other than option one which is the radio frequency ablation. This procedure lasts 6-12 months and will keep me from having to drive 120 miles (round trip) to have repeated occipital blocks which last 2-4 weeks at most.
I am currently waiting to hear from the scheduling department at my doctor's office to see when I can have the RFA procedure. I agree with my doctor that this option will give me relief while I am waiting to see my neurosurgeon.

Throughout this whole process what struck me is how amazing technology is! The doctors at the Moffitt Pain Center were very kind and gentle. They took their time and made me feel like I have options and they made me feel like they care about me. It was a very promising experience!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 8/18/2012 9:17AM

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CHRIS3874 8/17/2012 10:37PM

    Good luck .

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MZZCHIEF 8/17/2012 8:52PM

    hey Aqua!
Looks like you have a lot of options open to you.
Best of luck with your decision... may you be on your way to pain free healing, soon!

: )
Mzzchief

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DONNABRIGHT 8/17/2012 8:08PM

    Awesome!

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Ready For Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm ready for tomorrow. The alarm is set, healthy snacks/food are ready, my packet of information is completed and in the car, directions to Moffitt Pain Clinic have been reviewed, gym bag is packed and in the car, water to take with me is set up and I've reviewed my plans with hubby. I made enough dinner tonight for leftovers tomorrow. I love the feeling that being ready gives me. I'm more relaxed and hopefully I will sleep good tonight. It will be a long drive in rush hour but I am prepared!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 8/16/2012 9:41AM

    Good luck

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    Good luck!

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Planning Out My Week In Writing Made A Difference!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Yesterday I posted a blog about how I schedule my exercise like a reoccurring appointment every week. I also added in how I organize, squeeze in my water and snacks and schedule meals. My intent was to help others who might need an example of how to incorporate these things into their daily lives. What it did for me was make me think about my own time management skills and all of the other daily skills I have acquired here at SparkPeople. I actually printed off a copy for myself and put it on the breakfast bar in our kitchen. Then I started checking off things as I completed them. Since I am fairly busy most days, it made me more aware of what my schedule will be like for the week. It also kept me from forgetting to do certain tasks as I am prone to do as I tire later in the day. Spark People has a calendar that we can use and print off that does the same thing in a more general way. Thanks Spark People for helping me on my journey to health!

  
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Planning My Exercise For The Week

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday is a day when I set up my week. I take a look at any appointments that might be coming up and I think about when I will be able to exercise. I also do mental reminders for myself regarding healthy snacks, grocery shopping and household chores.

I thought I would share my schedule this week with others so that they might be able to see how I actually schedule in my exercise, water and healthy food. (Not exercising is not an option!)

Sunday, 8/12 (Exercise Rest Day)
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Go to breakfast with hubby
Set up my weekly schedule on SP
Complete the laundry
Read the paper and sip water
Make a healthy lunch and drink water
Vacuum the house - drink 20 ounces of water
Put together my gym bag for Monday and put it in the car
Check groceries and make list
Make dinner and complete chores - sip water
Discuss what my schedule will be with hubby
Read or watch television with hubby
Drink water to equal 64+ ounces and elevate my legs (rest) while reading.

Monday, 8/13
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 8a.m - 10a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise, eat healthy snack
Fax medical records to doctor's office
Short grocery shopping trip
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/ lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and drink water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Pack gym bag for Tuesday and put it in the car
Read or watch television with hubby
Finish water to over 64 ounces

Tuesday, 8/14
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 9a.m. - 11:15a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise, eat healthy snack
Stop to Vote on the way home!!!
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/lean protein and whole grain carbohydrate with water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Pack gym bag for Wednesday and put in car
Read book
Finish water to over 64 ounces

Wednesday, 8/15
Drink 10-15 ounces of water with a protein bar and fruit
Water exercise 8a.m. - 10a.m. Drink Vitamin Zero 20 ounces during exercise
Drink 20 ounces of water after exercise and eat healthy snack
Short grocery store trip for fruit and veggies
Eat lunch - smoothie or salad w/lean protein, a whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Complete packet for Thursday doctor's visit and put directions in car
Also pack gym bag for a quick trip to gym if possible on Thursday and put in car
Set alarm for 7a.m.
Discuss Thursday plans with hubby
Watch television with hubby and try to relax
Drink water to complete 64+ ounces

Thursday, 8/16
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Eat a healthy breakfast - egg whites and oatmeal with fruit
Pack Vitamin Water Zero 20 ounces, 20 ounce bottle of ice water, protein bar and fruit - put it in a cold pack and put it in the car
Review directions to Moffitt Clinic
Drive to 10:15a.m. doctor appointment
Eat packed lunch and drink water
Drive to the gym to do a short water workout and drink Vitamin Water Zero 20 ounces
Rest, eat snack and sip water
Make dinner and do chores, sip water
Discuss doctor's appointment with hubby and map out future plans
Pack gym bag for Friday workout
Relax and read
Drink water to meet 64+ ounces

Friday, 8/17
Drink 10-15 ounces of water, eat protein bar and fruit
Water aerobics 8a.m. - 10a.m. - drink Vitamin Zero Water 20 ounces during workout
Drink 20 ounces of water and eat a healthy snack
Run brief errands
Eat lunch of smoothie or salad with lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores, sip water
Pack gym bag for Saturday workout
Watch television with hubby or read
Drink water to mean 64+ ounces

Saturday 8/18
Drink 10-15 ounces of water
Eat egg whites and oatmeal with fruit
Deep water aerobics - go in 30 minutes before class and water jog 10a.m. do class from 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. and stay after class to stretch and swim for 30 minutes Drink 20 ounce of Vitamin Water Zero
Drink 20 ounces of water and eat protein bar
Run errands
Eat lunch - salad w/lean protein, whole grain carbohydrate and water
Rest and sip water
Make dinner and do chores
Watch movies with hubby
Drink water to meet 64+ ounces


Wow! Looking at this schedule makes me think that I lead a ready boring predictable life! However, there is enough flexibility in my schedule that if things come up in the afternoon, I can put them in the schedule. The one thing I'm not to flexible about is giving up any exercise time!
Scheduling exercise like an appointment is what keeps me consistent with my work outs.

  
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POSITIVEPAULA8 10/17/2012 1:18AM

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DONNABRIGHT 8/13/2012 8:30AM

    Awesome! Your goals are set and you are motivated - can't ask for more that that!

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L*I*T*A* 8/12/2012 5:25PM

    wow....what an awesome plan!!
what an inspiration you are to us all!!!
blessings and hugs.....lita

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QUEEN-EYDIE 8/12/2012 4:01PM

    I love it--what an inspiration!

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IDOL559 8/12/2012 4:00PM

    Sounds like you are very dedicated to leading a healthy lifestyle! Makes me think I need to really start planning my week out and sticking to a plan.

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