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For years and years, it's been me

j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
With the lower back problems. Having my wife by my side through all the tests, procedures, surgeries, recoveries, etc. And she's been a "ROCK"!
Now it seems what we thought may just be arthritis. Is more likely to be lower back issues. Exacerbated by bringing in firewood this winter after my last surgery. (I kinda feel like crap!) because of this. :<
She has pains in her lower back, w/ pains going into her hips and radiating down the back of her legs. Right now, for the time being, I have her taking OTC NSAIDS, Ice, and my muscle relaxers.
I have 1 more small surgery on the 14th of April. And then we will be concentrating on her seeing a specialist. I wish it could be my surgeon, but my lower back issues were work comp. And our insurance is "HELL" net. w/ John Muir. The good news is, John Muir is one of the top 5 spinal institutions in California. And she was very pleased with the surgeries on her shoulders. And her care was excelent.
I've been teasing her. We live in the mountains, so I told her we need to find four wheel drive wheel chairs. So we can race up and down the roads when we get older! =))
She will probabley rely on the experience that I've gained over the many years. But who knows, we may be getting a new member soon..NO! thats no good :jawdrop: she can probably tell all kinds of crap on me! image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" />
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You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!


  • Sorry to hear your wife has back issues also. Hoping she will have success with her tests and treatments also. 4 wheel drive wheelchairs that's too much. Thank goodness to have such an understanding spouse. Best wishes for both of you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I hope your wife doesn't have major back problems too. You must be so worried about her and I know you'll take good care her and guide her through doctor's visits, etc. No 4WD wheelchairs for you both okay? :D Behave now, and tell your wife I hope she feels better soon. :) Hugs, Meydey
  • Awww Jim, I am sorry to hear your wife is having problems too. But who better to help her out than you?? You know all too well all the ways to keep her out of surgery. Hopefully it won't come to that and she will be fine and dandy. Wish her the best. And really, if she becomes a member, we can get all the "real" dirt on you and the red pumps!! 8>

  • Will keep your wife (& you) in thoughts & prayer-keeping fingers crossed for the best for you both!

    The bright side is that she has someone there for her, as you've had-& she knows that you'll understand what she's going through, if, Heaven forbid, she does have more serious issues. It's not a cure, of course, but it surely HAS to be of comfort! (I wouldnt know-lost my last husband when I had cancer & lost my last b/f due to the back problems/pain...Many of us would love to have someone as compassionate & understanding as you in our lives during such a time & I'm certain your lovely wife is feeling that way) :-)

    Take good care...both of you *hugs*
  • The 4wd wheelchairs are perfect. My wife and I want some. She and I have been taking turns with surgery. Hers have been knee and Hip replacements. When I told her about the 4wd wheelchairs, she was laughing and said she wanted some.

    It always amazes me how you can find humor in the worst of situations. Hopefully hers are just a flare from doing to much.
  • I hope you didn't give those Ruby Slippers away yet.
    I'm sorry to hear your wife is having back issues but like you said, at least you can be there for her and completely understand what she's going through.

    Please keep us posted. I hope it's nothing too serious. Sounds like it's time to hire a house-keeper b/c clearly she is working way too hard.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    My wife (Patti) was 3 days into the pain. And was already taking the anti inflamatories, muscel relaxers and ice 20 min. on and 30 min. off. From 2 days before I posted. I'm happy to say, the inflamation went down and the nerve has simmered down already! She's much better tonight. But I think once that happens, youre a perfect candidate for more back problems whith any kind of abuse. If it should happen again, I would like her to have a MRI rightaway. In the meantime it will be my job to make sure there is no more abuse!
    Thanks for the concern, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    My wife, Patti, was good yesterday. Today she drove down to the valley to have Easter w/ the family on these wonderful California roads. And by the time it took to get there (2+hrs.) She was right back where she was on day one. She was in tears. We were so hopeful that she had dodged a bullet. Now she'll have a miserable Easter too! (I didn't want to suffer the ride) so I stayed home.
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    This sounds like something that may be beneficial to my wife, as she is very early on in her symptoms. I personally don't believe in Chiros, they hurt me, did damage, and still insisted on more treatments, for more money! I had DDD, and they had no business doing anything other than referring me.
    I've heard more and more about Physio lately, and it's all been positive. My wife's primary is Health Net of California. So I hope her PCP will consider this. And I think an MRI would also be a must.
    Thanks again, Peter for the information!
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Jim, what your wife has sounds similar to my symptoms.
    Sore lower back, sore hips, pain down one leg, knee twinges.
    I see a chiropractor regularly, but this came on between visits.
    I asked my GP about it and he said it wasn't the hip joint, as the pain from that is really inner groin, whereas mine was outer. He said it would be muscular.
    I was researching a shoulder problem on the net and came across a medical site offering free advice on such things.
    Upshot was that the respondent gave me a personal recommendation to a close by physiotherapist.
    I went to see him, and had a treatment quite different from any other that I have had.
    He firstly listened to my story, then spent about 20 minutes going up and down the spine gently checking and loosening each joint.
    He said my lower neck had 2 joints that were locked up, and the hard muscle mass in my shoulder was a direct result as it tried to protect these joints. I was getting awful headaches.
    He found similar stiff joints in the lower back.
    My pain went immediately from both areas, and after nearly 2 weeks hasn't returned.
    So I'd say he has fixed the problems.
    I was having regular massages which were a great help, but the shoulder/ neck pain always returned.
    So...I'd suggest that you try to find a really good physio and have your wife's spine thoroughly examined for locked joints.
    It's a very simple fix in the right hands.
    I still can't believe , after all these years, that it was fixed so easily.
    I really think that so many of our problems are very common and well known, and also can be readily fixed.
    Just find the right people.
  • Hi Jim, my pleasure.
    It may take a few visits until you find the right physio, as I found, or you may be able to get appropriate attention the first time if you ask for a full spinal examination initially.
    So many physios just do what they have always done and don't really bother to diagnose thoroughly.
    Always ask questions about what they say is the cause, and what you should do to minimise a repeat.
    The one I had success with was very easy to talk to, paid attention, and explained it to me.
    His aim is to deliver a service above expectations, and I'd say he certainly did.
    So if you find a physio not so good, keep trying and don't give up.
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