I think the most important message that everyone on this site should pick up , is that
Once you have had spinal problems, especially surgery, you always need to be aware of that
I've been feel real good the last couple of years. I get used to the normal spinal problems. Like what is normal?
Normal for us is a lot different than normal for others. I had both of my shoulders totally replaced and one hip totally replaced, add on cataracts surgery due to the numerous ESIs, I still am doing goiod.
The past two weeks, I have not be doing as good as I have been. I know the symptoms and what happens. Its a thoracic flareup. Some of those herniated thoracic discs decided to wake up and start some nasty activities. I knew it, I could feel it as it happened. Lower neck stabbing burning pain, center to upper mid back pain, rhomboid muscles tight as a knot.
I had to increase my normal dosage of 4 Oxycodone 5mg to 5 or 6. Doesnt sound like a like, but for a person like myself on a normal maintenance plan, that increase says a lot. More hot tub nights, my biofreedze rubs, more lidoderm patches, etc.
Today, I went to see my Thai Deep Tissue specialist. He just felt my back and said we have some work to do.
Two or three sessions with him and I will be back to our norm!
This just serves to remind me and everyone else, that our spinal problems are always there and we need to always remember that. I can not think of anything I did to cause this flare up, but something did.
This will be over shortly, right now I am just yelling at the Beast why he decided to act up so close to the holidays.
Over the years, I have never figured out the beast, but I am getting better and better and shutting down the beast.
(For those that are new and dont know what the beast is, read some of my earlier threads. This is the definition:
The wild animal that lurks within our bodies once we have spinal issues. The beast was never invited, but is is with us and at times it comes out as an Ugly Beast causing Flare-ups and Pain. The beast is very hard to get rid of. So often, we don't know what caused the beast to start causing pain for us. It may come out anytime, when we are feeling good, when we think we are doing everything right. Some times, there is no rhyme or reason to this beast.
However, once it is active, we need to take some actions to battle it, make sure it doesn't overtake us and finally beat down the beast and make it go away, even just for now.
It is very important for us to understand and realize the beast is there. The beast is real, don't try to fool yourself. If you ignore it, you might open yourself for various problems, discomfort and pain.
Just understand that the beast is never[/u] friendly, [u]never[/u] offering help, [u]never making you feel better and most of the time, it is an un-welcomed guest. The beast is a cold, harsh unfeeling thing that we all need to understand and hate and tame it .
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences