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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
1/5/12 1:29 A

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I have disintegrating vertebrae, L1 thru L5. I'm still standing up straight, but sometimes it feels like there's an earthquake (slipping discs) back there. Wish I could exercise, but I haven't found anything I can do that doesn't require either bending or twisting. I did find that riding long distances was painful. I bought a Tempur-pedic cushion made for the car, and it is wonderful. No more problem riding as long as we stop every now and then to stretch.

It's the end of a long day. Night all
Fran

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1/4/12 8:00 P

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Hi to everyone. I am 60 years old and I retired last year from nursing. In January, last year, I developed severe lower back pain with numbness in both legs. I was retiring anyway in mid-February so I took a few weeks of sick time thinking that the pain was temporary. We had already planned a vacation to Yuma, Arizona, so we went anyway. I could not stand straight so walking was very uncomfortable but we rented a wheelchair. I have severe arthritis in my lower back according to the tests. Tomorrow, I see a neurosurgeon. My pain is controlled by exercises and drugs. If I try to reduce the exercises or drugs, the pain returns. I have gained a pile of weight from the drugs and moving less but I have lost 8 pounds in the last month. I am appreciating knowing more about the food, I put in my mouth. I am also more likely to do aerobic exercises. I do the stretch exercises anyway. Thank you, spark people. After doing so well through the holidays, I bewildered by my lack of enthusiasm today. Hopefully, this will pass.

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1/2/12 4:00 P

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Welcome to the team!

Vanessa

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Confucius

"God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ?


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12/31/11 11:10 P

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Welcome to the team!

Phil


Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
12/28/11 12:12 P

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Anybody who has a BFF is a friend of mine. Welcome back Lynn.
Fran

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12/28/11 10:52 A

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emoticon Lynn!

Blessed be.
Becky

May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery



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12/28/11 10:08 A

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Even though my start date shows sometime in the past, I am officially starting my SparkLife this month. If you look at my SparkPage you will read why I am finally getting on board. Right now I am taking baby steps by lurking on the board and weeding through all of the many options and activities there are in SparkPeople. That's what I love - something for everyone! And it keeps me busy rather than eating. But as I get more active in managing my life, I will also get more active in the boards. So here's to Sparking! I plan to start a blaze!!

Lynn -- Toledo Ohio

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It takes only one Spark to start a Blaze!



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