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Back pain is the pits

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After I posted the blog yesterday, I called the doctor and got in immediately. Shockingly even though it was a Monday, I had a 950 appointment, got to the back at 10 am and saw the doctor at 1010. That shocked me even more.

He did not do any xrays to see if I reinjured the area from my car accident in 2006. Just had me bend over a bit, put me on lovatab and said if I did not feel better soon, call the pain management group for an appointment. My problem with the pain management group is that the one doctor I trust is still on maternity leave and the nurse practioner, Lisa, who I have been with sine 2005 left the practice and did not even say bye at my June appointment.

The pills knock me out but do not ease the pain at all. I just feel constantly in a fog. So driving is out for a while. walking is something I still can do since it does not involve sitting.

It just popped into my head.. I can call my other pain doctor who I only see when in extreme pain, like now. Hopefully he can see me.

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/14/2010 12:19AM

    I really dislike back pain! I used to deal with that for years before I lost my weight. However, I don't think my pain is totally due to that. It seems to me that in our family, people seem to need new hips as they get older. My sister just had a hip replacement last year. I hope that doesn't happen to me, but the pain seems to be down towards that area, and they can't seem to find anything else that is causing it. Go figure!
I hope your pain eases up soon! emoticon

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CHARLIESANGEL10 7/14/2010 12:08AM

    I hate back pain!!!! I hope that other doctor can help you---hang in there!

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/14/2010 12:06AM

    I really hope you were able to see someone and get some help. Back pain, or any chronic and/or severe pain is the pits! Feel better soon!

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KNITTABLES 7/13/2010 11:56PM

    good luck and i hope this doctor can see you. I hate back pain. Get better soon.

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CROWHIKES 7/13/2010 9:15PM

    I can certainly empathize with your pain and experience with meds. I am hoping that you can get help with this soon. emoticon

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JTREMBATH 7/13/2010 2:24PM

    Hope you feel better soon I know what back pain is like as I have had it for quite awhile to but have to put up with it as the surgeon said from my xrays that it was osteoarthritis.

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MICKEYMAX 7/13/2010 12:07PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I'm sorry that you are not feeling up to snuff!

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He is back to work and I am on the couch

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not that all his projects tired me out. Actually all he managed to do was build the cabinet for the mini fridge but never put the hole into the upstairs wall or installed it.

What we did yesterday was me cleaning out the attic over the garage with thing he put in their 5 1/2 years ago when we moved in. Found the Christmas ornaments I purchased and were missing, a box of gift wrap, a cotainer of greeting cards (that I am going to donate now to the nursing home), and lot of yarn and things.

As I was going through the greeting card container, I was sitting on one of the chairst that goes to his polka table. I remember reaching for some cards that were on the floor and next thing I knew I was on the floor. I fell straight down.

Tried to take a hot bath last night to help but think that only made it worse. Trying to get out the tub, I had two charlie horses in both legs, then could not turn my left foot to get up as it felt that I could pop the screws in my toes. Finally after sitting in the empty tub for about 20 minutes, I was able to get out.

Pain is really bad when I sit down. So standing up has become my option of choice this morning. Even if I go to the doctor, they can only give me certain things since my kidney's are cleansing from this other mediciation.

Sleeping last night was HORRIBLE. Honestly how sure how much of it I did get. I finally got up and just went outside and walked for a bit, but I am sure I am going to pay the price for that later today.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/12/2010 11:34PM

    Oh Pam, Don't overdo it, take care of yourself my friend

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/12/2010 11:13PM

    Oh no! I hope you feel better soon Pam!

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CHANSEN_20001 7/12/2010 9:10AM

    Take it easy and don't overdo today!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/12/2010 8:49AM

    I sure hope you have a better day today.I would think the walking would help a bit to loosen you muscles up a little. Feel better soon.

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Busy day

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yesterday we went to the rib fest in Asheville NC. Nothing at all like I expected it to me.

One place had "exotic" food. It was supposed to be from Jamaica. Trust me, the patties were purchased from a company called Tower Isle, defosted and baked. Nasty. The onion rings, chicken and fish were all fried in the same oil and tasted really gross. With the onion rings, they acutally used the batter they dip they fish into and fried them. One bite and that was history.

Had two ribs, a few forks of baked beans and a 1/4 of a slice of corn bread. That was it for me.

We did walk a lot though.

Today I am dealing with a printer that refuses to print, laundry and getting things ready for the mail this week. Also dealing with our dog who has gone insane because our son's rat terrier is now in heat (luckily she is leaving this evening) but the rest of the week I will be in my sons room laundering sheets and stuff to try to kill her after scent. Most likely will not work, but going to try.

Tomorrow hubby goes back to work and now I get to do those things I normally would have done if he was not home, plus cleaning up the mess he is making with this woodworking project.

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CAROL3SAN 7/11/2010 4:00PM

    I hope you can enjoy your Sunday evening catching up on some well deserved rest. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 7/11/2010 3:07PM

    Hope you get to relax some.

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AVONWITHJENN 7/11/2010 12:53PM

    That sounds like my Sunday.....yawn. LOL

Enjoy your day none the less and try to take a little time to just relax.

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/11/2010 12:46PM

    Sounds as if you are the only one cleaning up things. Why not have the people that make the mess clean it up. There are only two in our household and we both share the responsibilities. Seems only fair to me. That way you have a little spare time to yourself. You could just relax and read, or take a walk, etc. You have to have "me time"

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Two steps forward, one step back

Saturday, July 10, 2010

As great as I felt feeling Dr C yesterday, I came home to an email from a well known doctor who specializes in hyperadolosterism to find out that even though my renin and aldosterone are in normal range separately, the percentage of both still means I have primary aldosterism. He suggested that I do a trial run of a different drug but I am so afraid these days.

Of course, I tried to print out the messages from his doctor along with the reports backing it up so Dr C could read it, but my printer has decided it does not want to feed the paper through without jamming it.

I am going to try cutting, pasting and attaching and sending Dr C an email over the weekend we were both so happy yesterday at the numbers and then this.

Dr C actually has me scheduled for more labs in 3 weeks and then we were going to change meds depending on those numbers.

Now I wonder what is going to happen.

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KNITTABLES 7/10/2010 4:23PM

    I do hope things get sorted out for you. Good luck.

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JTREMBATH 7/10/2010 4:17PM

    Hope everthing works out for you. Idon't know how to cut and paste I will also have to learn.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/10/2010 1:50PM

    I still have to learn to cut, copy and paste. I guess I will have to get my techie guy over here before he leaves for college.

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YAFENELRA 7/10/2010 1:12PM

    Hope things work out. I sent a prayer up in your behalf!!


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Now the fight begins

Friday, July 09, 2010

I just returned from picking up the last of the newest labs since I got off the triamentene HGC on June 24. After two weeks its clear, it was the pill that was doing this to my kidney function

My aldosterone levels from from 60.9 to 13.8, my renin activity from 2.39 to less than 0.15.

My potassium is up, my kidney numbers are getting closer to within normal ranges. YEAH

Now the fight begins with the nephrologist. He has on my records that I am in stage four kidney failure. Not true. They also submitted the bill to my insurance company showing I was also on medicad when I have BCBS and Tricare and they are holding up paying until its cleared up. Even thought I spoke to the insurance company, they are not really being cooperative.

After one more set of labs next month, the numbers will improve and I am going to go into his office and show him he was WRONG about leaving me on this drug and also not prewarning us (me and my two doctors) of potential kidney failure at the end of April. I could have stopped this drug 6 weeks sooner and life would have been so much easier. i would not have had nightmares about seeing a surgeon and facing dialysis over a medication.

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KNITTABLES 7/9/2010 2:26PM

    I am so glad things are improving for you. That is fantastic news to hear. I am so happy for you. Keep fighting and show that doctor how wrong he was. emoticon

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MINDYJ1 7/9/2010 10:49AM

    I am so glad things are starting to improve! It is so scary what medication that doctors prescribe that are supposed to help us can cause more problems for us!

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WINTERNITES 7/9/2010 10:27AM

    emoticon hang in there and keep up the fight,You seem to be doing really good

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KATHRYNLP 7/9/2010 10:24AM

    You GO Girl !!! We have to fight for everything it seems.

Congrats. on your improvements.. emoticon emoticon

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