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Pain clinic appt. today, more injections

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I had two appointments at the pain clinic today, at 10am with the PA, and 3:45pm with my doctor. The PA went over the MRI results with me. It did not show any new cancer in the lumbar spine, and the mets that were already there are old ones that are stable, and it did not show any nerve compression. I do have some arthritis there and degenerative discs. It also showed some damage to the bone marrow; most likely it's just from the chemo drugs, which are hard on the marrow, but he is going to call my oncologist and talk to him about it and make sure he sees the MRI also, just to confirm that that is what the damage is from.

He thinks I could benefit from a TENS unit, so he set me up with an appointment to talk to someone there about getting one on June 23rd. I am looking forward to that, if I could get some pain relief without drugs that would be great!

He also talked to my doctor, to see if he could see me while I was there instead of having to come back later. He discussed my MRI with my doctor and also what I had told him today, and my doctor decided to squeeze me into the morning schedule for nerve block injections to the lumbar spine. I had to wait for a little while, but I didn't mind; it was better than having to come back later, and I had my book with me to read. It also saved me from having to pay for a 2nd office visit in one day.

I was given some sedatives then had 3-4 injections (not sure exactly how many, I just knew it felt like I was being poked a lot, and being kind of fuzzy from the sedatives, not really able to count, lol!) My leg was a little numb after I got out of recovery, but not as bad as the last time. I had to lean on my mom to get to the car, but by the time she got me home I was able to walk unassisted, though I went slow and careful.

I got home around 1:30pm; I was so glad not to have to go back the pain clinic a second time, especially in the heat; very humid today and it got up into at least the upper 80's. I waited a couple of hours after I got home for more of the numbness to wear off before walking over to get the mail, then I got into my pajamas. My lower back was hurting so I sat down in the recliner with an ice pack on it. Did some reading but dozed off a few times too. But the ice did get my back feeling better. I need to get into the habit of using it more often. I usually just use my heating pad, but I can't use the heat on the injection site for 2-3 days.

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AMYBINTN 6/8/2011 12:37PM

    I had a tens unit about 10 years ago for back pain after my pregnancy. (I think my stomach was so huge that it was hard on my back.) But I remember liking the tens machine and that it did help with the pain. I hope you have good results with it. And I hope you get some relief with the injections you had.
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SCREWIE 6/8/2011 4:15AM

    Well, all in all it sounds like you had a productive day. I hope you can find some pain relief soon.

I used TENs after breaking my leg, the physio rigged me up to it during our sessions. It's a very weird feeling but I loved it, I could feel my muscles and tendons and whatever it was being worked up and relaxed. I'd walk on air for ages afterwards!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/8/2011 12:06AM

    Good thing they got you in right away. Nothing worse than going to an appointment, having to waste an hour or two, then going to another appointment. I hope the new injections help.

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/7/2011 10:38PM

    I hope you get some relief from the pain.

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CARRAND 6/7/2011 8:07PM

    It sounds like a productive day. I hope the shots do their job!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/7/2011 8:04PM

    I am sorry you are going thru all this- but glad you got two for one.. and pain shots..

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KERRYG155 6/7/2011 7:53PM

    I'm glad you got to see everyone today with no extra visits. The Dr wants to do the epidural pain shots in my back but I haven't gone back for them. I'll have to look up the TENS units or ask my daughter the RN. I'll pray for your healing.

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NURSNANA 6/7/2011 7:42PM

    Hey Shari, Glad you got everything taken care of in one visit. TENS units have been around for quite a while, I remember having patients that had them when I worked in the hospital. I hope it works out well for you. It would be great if you no longer need pain pills. If you still need pain pills, you may be able to use something less strong for your pain. It was hot and humid here today. I enjoyed being outside this morning before it got really hot. Hope you have a good nights sleep my friend. ~hugs~ Nancy

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ELLFIN3 6/7/2011 7:14PM

    I have heard of the TENS Unit, but I can not remember where I heard about it or anything about it! Senior moment!!! emoticon I am anxious to get my Kindle!! I should have it the beginning of next week! Was it hard to figure out how to use it?
I hope you can rest well tonight! Love you emoticon!!!

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The humidity is not helping with the pain

Monday, June 06, 2011

It's Monday, so you know what I did today; my grocery shopping! I left around 9:30am; it felt nice and cool out then. I was in the store maybe an hour, in that time the heat and the humidity went up quite a bit. Once I got home, I didn't go out again til late afternoon when it was time to get the mail.

Even though I am inside where it's air conditioned, the increased humidity still makes my pain issues worse, and it doesn't look like I will get much relief for the next couple of days either, it's supposed to get even hotter, into the 90's. I know I'll be needing my pain pills for sure during the day. I just wish they didn't make me so tired, I can deal better with the pain when I can keep my mind occupied, but with the fatigue it makes it hard to enjoy doing things like playing games on the computer (I really like Gardens of Time on Facebook!) or reading; I love to read, but the past few nights I haven't been able to read more than a few pages without getting very sleepy.

One of my friends brought me 2 big bags of yarn that she didn't have a use for. I was so happy to get it! I can use it for those towels I am making and also for the chemo caps I crochet.

I got a short stability ball workout in today. I probably won't get a workout in tomorrow; I see both my PA and my doctor at the pain clinic, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Hoping to feel well enough to go to Walmart for a few things in between appointments. I wanted to go today, but I knew with the way my pain level has been the last few days I could not handle shopping in two large stores in one day. My mom is driving me tomorrow, because if they give me any injections at the pain clinic I need to have a driver, because of the sedatives. So at least I can take a pain pill before shopping tomorrow.

I have this week off from chemo, good timing with those pain clinic appointments!

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HANOVERLADY 6/9/2011 1:43PM

    When I had my knees operated on, my surgeon told me I'd be a better weather forecaster than the folks on TV. Changes in barometric pressure, humidity, we all feel those in our joints. Sure wish we could give up this "gift" and just leave the forecasting to the experts!

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AMYBINTN 6/7/2011 2:16PM

    We've been having record-setting heat here too! I hope your pain improves. I'm thinking about you.
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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:50AM

    I find that in the summer the air conditioning makes me hurt - I guess it is the humidity. My poor dh has to put up with my complaining, and we have to compromise on the ac setting in the various rooms.
Hope you feel better today.

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SUNSPARKER 6/7/2011 10:18AM

  With temps in the 90's and the accompanying humidity, today may be a bit uncomfortable (is that an understatement, or what!!!!).
And to think you will need to be out and about in it as you travel to your appointments.

Hope you are able to get some relief from the pain. Try and stay cool today.

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/6/2011 9:18PM

    We have had a few days in the 90's. I think we skipped spring!

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ELLFIN3 6/6/2011 7:27PM

    That is great your friend brought you yarn!!!! You mentioned reading, don't you have a kindle or something like that? My DH just ordered me a kindle. I am anxious to see how it does. A neighbor at the lake loves hers! Rest well!!!!! emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 6/6/2011 6:40PM

    emoticonHats off to those who live with chronic pain....I don't know how you do it. I had a bad backache and was such a baby about it. Reading anything exciting? emoticon

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INITANURSE11 6/6/2011 6:37PM

    I truly understand the humidity increasing the pain I too have issues. Sometimes I have to increase my pain meds or just don't workout at all. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 6/6/2011 6:21PM

    Oh honey, hang in there. But, please don't feel that resting is a bad thing. If your body is telling you to rest, REST!! I have not ever had to deal with what you are facing, but I can send my prayers, to the ONE who understands.... Sending Prayers up right NOW!! Dear Lord, please help my sweet Friend, who is dealing with so much pain. Jesus, you know what true pain is, so you know what she is dealing with. I ask that you be with her, and comfort her. Send an extra helping of Peace her way, so she can rest, and also be able to do things that she loves to do. In Jesus's Sweet Name, I pray, Amen... Sending you my HUGS!!! Shannon

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JANEDOE12345 6/6/2011 6:08PM

    It is very oppressive here when the humidity comes creeping in for the summer. The a/c helps, but like you, I still feel the clammy air. Give me a crisp fall day anytime!

BTW, thanks again for the Leslie Sansone tip. I was sharing it waith someone just today.

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Dealing with the pain better today

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I was so sleepy last night that I could not keep my eyes open to read for very long, but that is not a bad thing; I'd rather fall asleep sooner than to toss and turn half the night. I was asleep by midnight and up at 7:30am this morning.

Hip pain was only slightly better when I got up, just more of a dull pain rather than the sharper pain I had yesterday. This afternoon, two pain pills later, it is feeling a little better. Really feeling it more in my back today, which is probably where the pain is actually coming from. I put a Tylenol Precise pain patch on my lower back this morning and it's helping a little bit. I just wish the pain pills didn't make me so tired, especially when I'm tired enough without them because of the chemo.

Hot out again today, in the 80's, but when I was outside after breakfast, it felt nice, it was still in the 70's then. I tried to do some more weeding, was shooting for working on it for 10 minutes but could only do 8. I never did get a chance to sit outside and read last night like I wanted too; I stepped outside at 7pm and it was just too hot, even in the shade. I'm so thankful I have central air, I don't do well in heat at all.

After coming in and sitting for awhile to take a break, I cleaned and vacuumed my floors. My back was a little stiff so I did the standing portion of my Tai Chi DVD. It didn't make me feel better right away, but I believe it helped with the pain this afternoon, I don't think it was just the pain pills that made me feel better. Even when my pain is at it's worst, I try to get up and move around throughout the day, too much sitting actually makes the sciatica worse.

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LUNADRAGON 6/7/2011 10:53AM

    I usually have to do my morning stretching before getting up in the morning, unless I get up without doing it (like this morning). It usually stretches out the pain out of my low back and sciatica. I do feel your pain.

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SUNSPARKER 6/6/2011 5:35PM

  It takes a lot of determination and willpower to get up and work through the pain as you do. I hope your day has been more comfortable with less pain.

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JANNERUN 6/6/2011 12:46PM

    I really admire you for how much you are doing to keep working thru the pain. To weed, clean your house and vacuum--way to go! Keep working thru it!

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ELLFIN3 6/5/2011 8:54PM

    I am glad today was a better pain day! Sounds like you were very busy! Rest well and have a great Monday!!!!!

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LADYDARYA 6/5/2011 7:45PM

    Does the Tai Chi make a difference with your pain or does it just help you to stay flexible and/or limber. I have been toying with the idea of doing yoga but that would just be to strengthen and stretch what I can, is it like Tai Chi or is Tai Chi more like pilates? I really need to work on my flexibility and you talk about Tai Chi a lot so I'm wondering about that... Do the videos explain everything or would someone need to maybe take a class first?

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NURSNANA 6/5/2011 7:20PM

    Hey Shari, Sorry you have had pain today. It's been hot here too. I sit out in the mornings, after I water all my flowers & veggies. It is usually pretty nice in the morning. I hope you have a good sleep tonight. Take good care. ~hugs~ Nancy

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Saturday 6/4/11

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Have to take it easy today; not a good day with the hip pain.

Did a couple of loads of laundry, but otherwise mostly staying off my feet. No workout today.

Warm one today, in the 80's. If it cools off after dinner I might go sit outside with a book for a little while. Right now staying inside where it's cool.

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ELLFIN3 6/4/2011 9:59PM

    I hope you rest well tonight and have a better Sunday!!!! emoticon

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CARRAND 6/4/2011 7:17PM

    I hope you have a good night. Sitting outside would be wonderful.

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PUDLECRAZY 6/4/2011 4:20PM

    Hope you get some relief soon. Chiropractic and acupuncture have been the things that have helped my hip pain the most.

Wishing you well,

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NETGNAL 6/4/2011 4:14PM

    Take care of yourself!!

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Finally, some sleep, and ordered some workout DVDs

Friday, June 03, 2011

I was finally able to sleep last night. Feeling a little better today, but still very tired. I did just finish up another 3 week cycle of chemo, so the fatigue is to be expected. For those who have been asking how many more treatments, that is something I don't know. I will be on the Navelbine for life, or until it quits working. I have it once per week for 3 weeks then I get a week off.

I did just the standing portion of my beginner Tai Chi dvd today. I woke up with my lower back really hurting, but it felt much better after doing the Tai Chi. I really enjoy that DVD, but I need a little more variety so that I do not get bored, and right now I can't do any of my in home walking DVDs like the Leslie Sansone because of my hip. I've been researching other workout DVDs online the past few days, and today I finally ordered some from I am getting 2 more Tai Chi workouts, and yoga workout for arthritis. I'm having them shipped to the store and will pick them up there, so I won't have to pay a shipping charge. They should be here the week of the 13th.

Feeling the hip/knee pain today, but we have some unsettled weather coming again so I am not surprised. Nothing severe expected though, just some rain and maybe some thundershowers, and not something that will be all day. I'm expecting that for most of the weekend, the weather will be nice.

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AMYBINTN 6/4/2011 8:18AM

    It sounds like you got some great DVDs! I got the abs diet workout DVD and started using it this week although I have to modify parts of it. I love the icanhascheesburger cats, and so does DD--she bought the LOL Cats Bible, which is really cute. Here's a quote from Genesis: "An Ceiling Cat sez, 'I can has lites in teh skys fer splittin day an nite?' It happun, lites everywhar, liek Crismus, srsly."
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CELLOPLAYER1 6/3/2011 9:01PM

    The pictures are cute!

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CARRAND 6/3/2011 8:56PM

    I love the pictures! I'm happy that your DVD helped you.

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LADYDARYA 6/3/2011 7:05PM

    I love the pictures, I wish that I could be that flexible... I would love to be able to stretch like that.

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GOANNA2 6/3/2011 5:38PM

    I love those cat yoga pictures. Your cat is having
a bit of a twister.
Glad to hear you are doing better and just wanted
to say that your new picture is really lovely.
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ELLFIN3 6/3/2011 4:47PM

    I love the kitty yoga!!! Cats are the best!!! Enjoy your weekend!!! emoticon Dear Friend!!!

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JONAHSADIE 6/3/2011 4:16PM

    I really love your pictures that get added. The ones you find online and your kitties! Hope you like the new dvd's when they arrive. I use Walmart's Ship to Store quite a bit. Great money saver.

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