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11/7/13 2:29 P

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I have a grabber, back scratcher, cane, walker and a tens unit on the way. I have suffered on and off for years but took a mis-step off my stairs in August and have had constant debilitation since. I have been for x-rays, MRI, spinal injection, on this med and that med. No constant relief to date. I treat with a PT right now and am not able to do much of what she tells me to do due to my pain. She doesn't push me very hard either. My neurosurgeon says that what I have is muscle pain not nerve pain and surgery on my back is not an option or at least not one he would recommend. The Physiatrist basically told me that I need to lose weight (duh!) and work thru the pain; also that I would not damage the structure of my back. He did not give me any restrictions, however, so I asked my primary care physician if that meant I could go to the gym and lift weights? He is now trying to find me a different Physiatrist. I found that crying at the dr. office also helps emoticon .

My physical therapist suggested a back brace/belt to wear anytime I would have to stand for prolonged times: i.e. standing in line at the grocery store, etc. She actually suggested a pregnancy belt (I have a fairly large stomach) but it is not helping at all. I need something that is a bit more substantial so will check on this at the medical supply store today.

So far, drugs have been a bust. I was put on Gabapentin for nerve pain. Apparently I do not have nerve pain so am going off that. Kept me a zombie but is better now that I have reduced the amount I take. Going to go on prescription naproxen then onto anti-inflammatory patches.

Ongoing - just want to cry sometimes. I cannot sleep lying down - have to sleep in a reclining position as I have way too much pain in the mornings if I sleep lying down. Dr told me there would be other consequences for this but that they are not as bad as the pain in the mornings.

I guess I better shut up for now. Everyone, keep taking care of yourselves.

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9/26/13 4:04 A

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Actually, a walker helps keep me at a good angle, and putting weight on it reduces the stress on my hip joint.

I've been getting calls & mail about a back brace Medicare pays for?? I'm suspicious about anything I can't see, plus foreign callers, and I'm not crazy about charging Medicare for more stuff. Do any of you know more about back braces? Drug store braces cost about $20?

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9/25/13 11:26 P

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I have a TENS unit also, and it has helped me to get through the worst-est days!

Luckily mine not only plugs into wall, but it can be attached to my waistband (when on battery mode) so I can be mobile and not just stuck in one place :)






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8/14/13 12:57 P

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My physical therapist recommended heat then ice. I also got a TENS unit. First time I have had moments without pain in 25 years. A TENS unit has 4 pads that place electrodes in pads around an area of pain. 30 minutes of stimulation can give me hours of relief. Depending on your diagnosis, even Care Source (welfare) will pay for the pads. Sometimes even the machine.

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8/9/13 8:50 P

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I can't see any change in pain from tonic water, but it sure helps quiet hunger pangs, ICANLM. .Yes,the elec bed has several benefits. If you occasionally suffer from heartburn or gerd, being able to raise your head a bit stops that. It also helps with allergies that bring drippy noses & coughing in the same way. As for the vibration massage, sometimes I sleepily get in bed on my good side, which doesn't help my hip a bit. When I turn over I can feel the pain gradually going away. If your neck hurts at night, you should go to an elec bed store and lay on it long enough to feel the pain subside.

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8/9/13 8:13 P

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Meditation and stretching does me wonders!

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There is a slight discomfort when she is doing the actual acupuncture, but the pre-massage relaxes your muscles so much it is minimal.

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6/2/13 1:09 P

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Have you noticed anything from the tonic water yet?

Does acupuncture hurt at all? I am not a big fan of needles.

A bed with magic fingers sounds heavenly.



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5/30/13 3:01 A

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A friend swears by tonic water. She says the quinine is enough to ease her back & leg pain. I bot some, and drank my first bottle today. Another friend likes the result so much she keeps a bottle on her night stand to drink before she gets up. I love tonic, so am anxious to see how it affects me.

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5/29/13 10:46 A

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I had a sciatic attack in December- my pain is not bad, back to work etc. but I don't have full mobility in my knee. Currently trying acupuncture which includes a heavenly massage. Seems to be helping. Also walking is a definite help. Currently checking into yoga and taoist tai chi. My doctor suggested surgery but I have heartily vetoed this so far.

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5/24/13 2:21 P

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My bed has a vibration "magic fingers" that instantly soothes my sciatic nerve pain. I'm thinking of getting a tens machine too. My fractured lumbar disc has healed, but the sciatic nerve is like the worst charly horse that just won't stop whenever I stand or walk. My physician shows no sympathy, and just seems to hate prescribing pain rx. The orthopedic surgeon was wonderful, but I guess I can't keep seeing him with my ins. My GP did prescribe Cymbalta for my chronic fatigue before my fall, which is a wonder medicine for me,

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5/20/13 10:33 A

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I love back scratchers, too! So, back scratchers, a hot rice sock (I used jasmine rice. Makes it smell pleasant), I lay down and use the wall to help stretch my hamstrings, epsom salt and oatmeal baths and then, at night, I arrange pillows under my knees and behind my back to take pressure off of my lower back. I can't so much go to the doctor so it's a lot of home remedies.

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5/14/13 9:45 A

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I like heat too. My therapist always thought cool packs would be better, but heat feels good to me. Today we are supposed to go from low 40's to a high of 93. Crazy swing in the temperature. Usually I can get used to the heat outside gradually. I don't like hot weather but I do like heat packs. Is that weird. The hot and humid makes my lymphedema worse.

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5/13/13 11:22 A

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ICANLOSEMORE, yes, you sound quite attractive!! We're all gorgeous, and John must be quite handsome, I think he'd get upset if we called him gorgeous he he heh!!

It's Monday, It is also already quite hot outside, here in Arizona. My neck hurts most mornings, I usually use a rice sock heated in MWave around my neck but it is too hot already. When I ache all over during the winter, I get into bed and turn the mattress pad on HIGH and cover up with my down comforter and stay there til I get hot. Then get up and I feel better. I also use the microwave rice sock for other areas on my body that are in pain. I also use a heating pad draped over my right side hip joint and butt area that get's sore and will keep me awake at times.
AND, if I walk on treadmill and get my blood flowing I will usually feel much better. But I haven't been doing it regular, sigh.....

I still rely on Vicodin for chronic pain. THe ONLY SIDE effect for me is an itchy nose. I don't get high or muzzle headed from it at all.

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5/11/13 12:31 P

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I have a home traction machine for my neck and lymphedema stocking for my leg, orthopedic inserts in my shoes, and a splint for my teeth to wear at night. Sounds attractive don't you think. I recently made my own lotion, I am mildly allergic to lanolin. I have extra pillows to separate my legs when I sleep, Hurts too much for the one knee to touch the other, I have to sleep on my side or my legs go numb. I have one of those curved pillows to support my head and neck which I love.

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Martha...A substance called Benzoin will keep your pads on...it has a sweet sickly smell that goes away after awhile and we used it in the NICU on our sick babies to keep things stuck to them....you can probably find it at a medical supply place.

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L2 replacement, L1 to L3 fusion, nerve damage resulting in chronic pain. injury occurred 4+ years ago. I've regained a lot of range of motion. Still learning to deal with limitations and listening to my body/my body not being the enemy.

I've only had one tens unit so far but it's now time to get another one. This one finally gave out.
There are a lot of different tens units, including some that use ultrasound and electric stimulation. Only used the electronic stimulation so far.

It can be a pain to carry around all the time plus the cords get in the way.
I've found that the paper medical tape is helpful for keeping the tens unit pads/electrodes in place. I stick the electrodes to my skin and then put the tape over them.
I've read about some sprays that are supposed to be helpful but haven't tried any yet.
Also I use the tape to attempt to control the cords.

I found one a tens unit on amazon that is more like a belt, which looks tempting. It's made for the lower back and doesn't have any cords hanging around. I want to try this one but it's pricey.

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12/28/12 11:52 P

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PS: shoe horns also make good back scratchers when you can find anything else ;)

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12/28/12 11:44 P

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Martha, can you please share more about your injury with us? I have a TENS and have given it 1/2 hearted attempts as it is a pain in the bum to keep on but I may need to rethink this.

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12/28/12 6:34 P

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TENS Unit - a hassle to get on and to stay on sometimes but it makes my day so much better - my husband has to prod me to use it but I'm happy when I do.




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12/10/12 10:13 P

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The shoehorn with the long handle comes in handy.

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12/10/12 10:57 A

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I slept on my side all night and didn't wake up all night.

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12/9/12 3:52 P

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Beth, I'm with you on the back scratcher. I have a cane one.
Sarah, I sleep on one that is like the Tempurpedic, it's great.

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I sleep on a cuddle ewe underquilt which is a thick wool batting mattress pad made for those with fibro or who are in pain. I love it. I have a temperpedic mattress in my guest room but love the underquilt much better.

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I found some packs cannot wait for them to come in.

To much pain med and I am so scratchy! I take a dollar store benadryl.

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12/3/12 12:46 P

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Lora, hopefully slimmer will post some more info for you about the wheat packs.

I love my grabber tool too!!! :)

My wooden back scratch-er! lol I have several of them in different rooms. My meds makes my skin dry & itchy and often I can't bend/reach the spot, so I really depend on my scratch-er. I found mine at the 1.00 store made of real wood :)

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A grabber, a tool that helps me pick things up.

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I need it can you please tell me where I can them??

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Mine would probably be wheat packs. I have 3. One is long and as I have to sleep on my side, I can lay it most of the length of my spine.
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12/1/12 12:10 A

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I have many tools that I will be sharing over time. Right now I want to share my most recent 1 that has been very helpful with my pain.

Those heat patches! What a HUGE help they are to me!!!!

I buy the off name brand ones, even have bought the ones at the 1.00 store. I have not bought any one that has not worked just as well as the costly ones do.

I buy what ever is the best bang for my $$$ ;)

I have 1 very specific area of my lower spine that goes into a state of pain that is agony each & every day. It is about the size as the palm of my hand. So I buy the patches that are meant for knees and it is large enough to cover the needed area very well.

I recently even bought the hot hand warmers. I got 4 of them for 1.00 !!! I put 2 of them in the pouch from the knee one and they worked for 10 hours.

These are very helpful with my pain no matter what I am doing. However if I get cold that same area of my back gets MUCH worse and goes into spasms. So with the colder weather setting in I am sure to wear these when I go outside :)



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I think that each member here has a wealth of knowledge regarding tools (as I call them) that they have figured out helps them in some way.

Let's share them please. NOTHING is considered too small!!

We never know who will be in need in a area of their life and come here & read the list and find the tool that will help fill their need. :)

As you find new tools or remember ones you already have please come & post them.

It can be a new med, a new piece of equipment, a new type of pillow, a cane, a item that helps you get a job done around the home or on your job, it can be a saying that inspires you & keeps you going when your having a rough time. Of course it can be about exercise and/or weight loss.

Let's Fill The Tool Box!!!! emoticon

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