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Neck arthritis pain, blurry vision....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I was most worried about the neck pain I had yesterday so I went to see an orthopod in the evening at an after hours clinic and he said I am having symptoms from neck arthritis (every level, especially the C7. He said the blurry vision was probably not related to the neck and I should get checked out by my eye doctor and a neurologist. I still have blurry vision and the neck spasms so I have to call in sick which I hate doing cause I always think I sound so lame on that recording. I was hoping I could feel good enough to go back to work today but if I can't make it through a whole day of work I would get 2 incidents and I am already over the maximum incidents.... (I went home yesterday after about 4 hours of struggling to see and straining my neck to read the computer screen and making my neck hurt worse).

Today I will spend some time on the phone to make those 2 appointments plus set up my first physical therapy visit for my neck (the ortho doctor did prescribe some physical therapy for my neck spasms/pain).

Yesterday morning when I went to work I thought I could "tough it out," but I was wrong and my production grid wasn't looking very good, either, between the neck pain and the blurry vision. I hope having this week to get to all my appointments and resting and therapy will help me feel better. emoticon

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ERMASAYLES 1/10/2011 11:34AM

  Thanks for sharing. I am having similar problems. I appreciate knowing there are others who are proactive and don't give in or up. We can either let it dictate the way we live or we learn to truly live in spite of it. Thanks for inspiration.

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GRAMMACATHY 12/28/2010 2:34PM

    I am sorry for the pain and that this is affecting your job and life style. Hopefully, the neurologist will have answers.

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DJS-DEBBIE 12/28/2010 10:15AM

    That sounds terrible! I hope you are feeling better very soon.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/28/2010 10:03AM

    Good Luck!

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LINDENSGIRL 12/28/2010 7:29AM

    I can so relate to your neck pain. I also have arthritus in my neck and shoulders and it's really flaring up right now. I also have TMJ. Not much fun is it?

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MARPET44 12/28/2010 6:50AM

    So sorry to read that you are having so much pain and problems. I will say a prayer for your speedy recovery. Rest and relaxation for you!

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Merry Christmas....yule log on t.v. is burning...but the music is Pandora.com

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Right now the music is muted on the t.v. from the Yule Log....there apparently are a lot of bad Christmas songs....e.i. I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.....

I might have to put on some Christmas DVDs or my favorite radio station (KBEM, jazz station)....

Hope you are having a nice Christmas. We are staying home until the gym opens at 3:00 this afternoon....can't wait to go as I missed yesterday and my joints are stiffening up.

My right ankle is bothering quite a bit and even though the foot specialist said my ankles and feet were okay I am having some doubts about that. I am pretty sure getting into the swimming pool and exercising will make me feel better.

I think at Christmas we should think of the good things in our life (like Thanksgiving) and so I will make at least a short list here:
1. Quiet home life...generally.
2. Enough food (too much, usually).
3. A warm place to live (and warm jammies).
4. 2 nice cats.
5. A reliable car to drive to my job with great benefits.
6. A few friends who are thoughtful and nice to spend time with.
7. SparkPeople for support and great information.
8. A gym membership where I can go daily if I want.
9. Phone calls and emails from my daughter who moved 1000 miles away a year ago (miss her).
10. My husband who is happy to get two nightshirts for Christmas and a ride to the gym this afternoon.

This next week I will work on New Year's Resolutions and post them on my bulletin board to remind me....but will call them my Spark Goals, instead....

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TEDDYTEDDY 12/25/2010 12:04PM

    Thanks for reminding about Pandora.com the radio station. I learned about it from The Colbert Report this past year. I made a new "station" on my connection and specified Mantovani Holiday music and it is fantastic. I left the t.v. on mute with the yule log burning..... Sometimes we have to be creative to get what we want.....

Thanks again for reminding me of the Pandora.com radio on my computer...it's great.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHINAGAL 12/25/2010 11:47AM

    I'm listing to Pandora internet radio, where you can specify what music you want and skip anything that comes up that you don't like!

Merry Christmas!

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GAILRUU 12/25/2010 11:21AM

    Enjoy the day. Merry Christmas!

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BILL60 12/25/2010 11:18AM

    And a happy one to you too.

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Snow again!!! Glad I can stay home today & tomorrow!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

If it stops snowing I might get out to the gym today...otherwise will use my treadmill and recumbent Ibike and get out those easy yoga DVDs I bought awhile back and never looked at.

Hubby and I will be spending today and tomorrow alone but I am glad to have some time off work and a well stocked pantry and freezer so there is no need to go out if the weather doesn't get better. The news report is saying it is slippery and should snow another 4 inches or so today.

I had to go to Target yesterday and pick up a prescription that has been waiting for me and had to drive around awhile before I could find a parking space. I couldn't get out of there fast enough as it was very crowded.

This evening I will fix lutefisk for hubby and plain cod (broiled) for me. I invited a friend over but she declined as apparently she doesn't like even the smell of lutefisk. I opted for plain cod because of the price and actually like it better than lutefisk.

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/24/2010 4:29PM

    Enjoy the fish and your time with hubby!

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MCGS62 12/24/2010 2:54PM

    "Luuutefiiissssk I am you father"
Darth Vader from starwars

just kidding around enjoy christmas I just put the ham in and scalloped the potato's now I have a small break to clown around
merry merry christmas

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GAILRUU 12/24/2010 9:54AM

    How can someone not like the smell of lutefisk! I actually like the taste but the smell is distinctive, to say the least. I have not had it in years, mostly because only my mother and I would have eaten it, and the cost has become prohibitively expensive.

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Saw doctor and it's not my feet....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Actually is soft tissue swelling in my lower legs....She (the orthopedic foot doctor) told me to go back to the vascular specialist and let him refer me to the lymphedema clinic so I can get fitted with good support hose and learn about massaging the legs for the pooling of blood that occurs in my lower legs.

For info about lymphedema, here is a link: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/1

Thank goodness she did not recommend surgery!!! emoticon

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LINDAGRAVEL 12/24/2010 2:58PM

    So glad you didn't need surgery. emoticon

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MCGS62 12/24/2010 2:49PM

    Wow so am I glafd you avoided surgery !

by the way I have no idea what that word means, lymphedema..

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FRAN0426 12/23/2010 7:46PM

    Good to hear it doesn't involve surgery, good luck.

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CHALLENGER15 12/23/2010 6:56PM

    I am glad it doesn't mean surgery!

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Up and at 'em at 4:30...going to foot doc today....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I went to the orthopedic foot doctor about 2 years ago and I think either my feet are worse or my arch supports need replacing. Sometimes I suddenly get a disabling pain which feels like it is in my ankle (same symptom I got before the diagnosis of accessory naviculars in both feet) and I just have to stop moving and take the weight off that foot. Most of the time it is just a dull ache. At night I can't stand the weight of the blanket on my feet, especially if I am lying on my back. When I go to the hospital or a motel the first thing I do is untuck the covers at the bottom of the bed so I can stick my feet out (gotta wear socks to bed or the feet get cold). [Did somebody say I am high maintenance?] Anyhoo, have to get to work early so I can get off with plenty of time to get to my appointment on time. Thank goodness this doctor is located near my home so I won't be driving all over town. We are expected to get MORE SNOW today (oh, joy!!!)

BTW: Accessory navicular is an extra bone in the foot which occurred because when one is 9 or 10 years old two bone are supposed to fuse into 1 but sometimes they don't. The resulting two bones then rub on the tendon in the arch of the foot causing irriation. About 10% of the population have this but most do not cause problems; however, I was fine until I was 62 or 63 years old. Then one night I woke up with pain in one foot and a few days later the other foot started hurting and before I knew it I had to hobble around with a cane. The custom arch supports have helped until the past few months. If new arch supports don't help, the next treatment is surgery which I hope to avoid as I have had more than enough surgeries (6 in the past 4 years). emoticon

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GALSAL59 12/23/2010 10:51AM

    Thanks for the comment on my foot blog! Best wishes for a resolution and ability to walk for your own feet!

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CHALLENGER15 12/23/2010 7:18AM

    Hope you get some help! I have had problems with one foot [ganglion cyst], so I can empathize a bit. My podiatrist is trying to avoid surgery at all costs; so am I! My custom arch supports helped a lot!

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