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Hello ladies,
How are you all? Thank you for the birthday wishes ladies. As of yesterday I was 3 months out from my surgery. Just 2 weeks into physical therapy...had to hold off due to swelling in my neck but its moving right along now. I am also down 62 pounds..still have not gone off my new healthy eating lifestyle since January 6th. I’ve never lasted more than 2 months on a “diet” before. But it is so true when i tell you..I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Now i am feeling wonderful internally, my blood pressure is normal for the first time in years. I threw out all my old clothes over the weekend now my bureau is empty and i will gradually build a wardrobe cant do it all at once because I’m still losing weight, haven’t hit a plateau yet. Now if the structural part would catch up i’d be great. I am still using a walker and in severe pain a lot of the time but the docs say it is all normal as my spinal cord and nerves were compressed so long that it may take up to a year for all the severe pain and spasms to stop. They keep upping my pain med dose and even changed me to a stronger more concentrated version of it. they say if the pain and spasms are there, it will pull my neck the opposite way than they want it to fuse. they did reconstructive surgery, removed 2 discs, shaved 2 down, set my neck back to its normal shape and put in 2 plates and 6 screws and synthetic bone along with metal coated wire to help it fuse. It hurts. they went in through my throat and that still gives me problems swallowing, i can actually feel the screws in my throat. Both of my main surgeons told me I should apply for permanent disability so my husband is taking me Friday to apply. I cant turn my neck to drive and i may be on pain meds the rest of my life. I know there are alternatives and i will seek them out when some of the pain starts to die down but for now if i don’t stay ahead of the pain it is so hard to get it under control. So here is my prognosis.... the damage done is done, it may not get any better but it wont get any worse. If it does get better it wont be complete as there is arthritis in my neck. I also have rheumatoid arthritis in its beginning stages but it is so painful..my hands wake me up every single night...it feels like a toothache in my hands, wrists , shoulder and hip...all on my right side so far. So, I need to find alternative ways of dealing with this stuff...I know that and i will when i can. So how are you all? I am hoping this finds you all well. I am going to be back more often now again that i cn type and look down without too much pain.
have a great night.
Friends,
Ree



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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 14, 2012
    • Hey Ree, so good to hear from you.  

      It sounds like you had pretty much the same surgery that my hubby had, except his was all in his lower back (he needs to have surgery on neck, but won’t).  So, I can saw with the voice of experience, keep up on the therapy no matter what and do what the drs tell you.  

      That is amazing on the weight loss.  Good for you!!!!!  Good for your heart, joints, blood pressure!!!!!  Hope things keep progressing well for you.



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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 15, 2012
    • Wow Ree, I cannot even imagine what you have been through. I hope that you will continue to heal and feel better, and that the pain eases off for you soon. What kind of diet are you on? Congratulations on your success with that, wonderful job you are doing! Take care Ree, and keep in touch, you are in my thoughts.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 15, 2012
    • Get better soon Ree, being in any kind of pain is no fun, I know I suffer with arthritis and it hurts.



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      Butterflyrose wrote Jun 15, 2012
    • Ree, may your health continue to increase.  I pray for joy, lots of love and peace in your life.heart

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      #enjoylifeheart



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 15, 2012
    • I hope your recovery continues to be an amazing and wonderful journey.



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      Linda L wrote Jun 16, 2012
    • Thank you for the update. You’ve been through so much and I hope you continue to get better. All the best. heart



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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 17, 2012
    • Sending you big hugs and continued relief for your pain..the RA is very difficult to live with, so I pray you get relief for that also.  Congrats on your weight loss and blood pressure results.  Has anyone mentioned to you about Fibromyalgia?  The areas you mentioned are also trigger point areas for that condition.

      Continue to heal, Ree!heart



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Jun 22, 2012
    • Mary..Yes..as a matter of fact I went to my husbands rheumatologist Wednesday and he said  I have Fibromyalgia. So relieved to put a name to the pain. The doc even said..you don’t want to have a disease but you are relieved when you know you‘re not crazy. and he couldn’t be more right. Now he is still testing for RA because , as i said, I have symptoms of that as well. My surgeon seemed convinced that I had it even though blood tests were negative. We’ll see. Have a great day!



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