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Spirit FireSSpirit Fire Posts: 4
edited 10/24/2015 - 9:10 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone. I have been lurking to read some of the threads for a few weeks to get used to how things are here. Back 6-22-12 I found myself at a weight loss surgery seminar after being overweight my whole life. I had by that day ballooned up to 409 pounds. And as you can imagine had all the aches and pains that went along with hauling that much weight around all the time. I had an RNY-gastric bypass 10-7-12 and after recovery from that surgery I went back to the only exercise I ever enjoyed, a Tae Kwon Do class that the instructors had been brave enough to take me on as a student when I was rapidly gaining weight and losing hearing at the same time. I had over time lost 130+ pounds and decided to add my classes stretch and pre class workout at home to lose weight even faster. Because with RNY there is a honeymoon period of up to 2 years that the person loses very rapidly and does not HAVE to exercise to lose. The tiny stoma pouch left by the surgeon limiting amount of food does the majority of the work. But I wanted to get as much weight off as possible. I started the exercising at home, and push ups pinched a nerve, I thought. Not being able to get into my primary care doctor, I went to chiropractor. When pinching the same nerve 2 other times, he helped pain leave where even shots and powerful pills from the ER did not. It tool many visits, but he helped about 75% of the pain to ease up. For the most part I was functional. The pinching happened in January 2014. My primary finally got to see me 2 months later when I was past the worst. But never improved and still had nerve symptoms. To which there was a scrip for the weakest codeine/APAP and some muscle relaxers that helps much more than the pain ones. I had seen that doctor a couple of times through that year and finally after I had the symptoms getting worse and had on record for over a year of problems, she could send me to a specialist. MRI test showed bulging discs affecting C5-7 that were up against the nerve. After EMG (which I never ever in my life wanted to do again as being phobic and hyper sensitive of any size needle) ACDF was suggested. I had it 7-15-15. My pain level has worsened. In the hospital for 1& 1/3 days I was screaming, wailing, weeping, and sobbing in un managed pain, Begging for help, any help. They were trying so many different drugs IV and oral. But it took SO long to find anything that helped at all. As soon as a combo helped I was up walking the halls to keep the blood clots away. Once they seen I "was al better" I was released. The meds helped to bring pain level on good days to a 6, as long as nothing had to be done. But to do anything the pain level went up. Riding in a car KILLED me. I tried walking, well after I should have recovered. And barely able to do it. Before I had worked up to 10 miles a day, after on my best day I can do 2-3 miles. Doc changed meds yesterday at appt. and these new ones "the strongest percecets" last only 2-3 hours and bring level down to 7-8 on their scale. I try NOT to exaggerate the scale, but when I am sitting there literally weeping the 10 scale seems a joke. He upped the times a day for my muscle relaxer and was supposed to with my valium as well, but the pharmacy said could not refill that until the date it was already set for. I get a CT scan of my neck to see if it is fusing. and he is going to set up another EMG for my nerves to see if surgery damaged them. The surgery, EMG, MRIs and such have traumatized me. When I read about the EMG I busted out from just occasional tears from the pain of the ride there, to full on bawling like crazy. He was trying to reassure me it was not surgery or MRI. But does not understand that the electric needles are pure torture to me. They are not for most people, I know. They are "uncomfortable" but for me they fall under pure torture. I would rather someone hit my leg with a sledgehammer than face the EMG again. But I have to do it. Anyway that is what brought me to this site.


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