New Doctor

grammypJuly 8, 2007

My shoulders and neck have finally reached the point I have trouble sleeping and getting out of bed in the mornings, and somedays cannot raise my arms over my head. I have an appointment with a new ortho dr in the morning, please keep me in your prayers.

beverly

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love2sew

You are in my prayers and I hope your appointment goes well and you get some help.
Jean

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 10:10PM
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glassquilt

My sympathies. I have had mornings like that when my back was out.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 10:20PM
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kathi_mdgd

Sending up lots of prayers and good thoughts.Hope they can do something to help you.
Kathi

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 10:34PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

You're in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us updated.

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 7:52AM
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csackett

Your in my prayers. good luck with the new Dr.
Carolyn

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 8:58AM
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nana24

Beverly,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Are you able to sew at all? I know you ride bikes. How is that effected?
Hope you find relief soon.
Sally

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 9:31AM
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biwako_of_abi

That's bad. I hope the new doctor will be able to suggest something that works. Another thing that might help some is to consider the condition of your mattress. I once brought on a lot of trouble by sleeping for a prolonged period on a sofa bed (there being no bathroom upstairs) and was so surprised when I went back to sleeping upstairs and my neck and shoulders got better. I'll be thinking of you. Let us know the outcome.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 10:34AM
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mayme

Thinking of you and praying you find relief.
If I do a lot of sewing or gardening I take a
couple of Ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer
going to bed. A DR told my daugher to sleep on
her back with her hands down at her sides and thumbs
tucked under her thighs. It really helps take the
stress out of the shoulders and neck.
Mayme

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 4:24PM
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grammyp

Thanks everyone. Mayme, that is the only way I can sleep, and it does work, thanks. I have trouble turning over with any pressure on my shoulders. Hurts up into my neck. I have trouble doing any repetitive things, like crochet or hand work. I can ride the bike as long as DH doesn't mind me shifting my weight around some. We have the handlebars set so I can sit fairly straight and oddly enough that doesn't hurt as much as operating the mouse on the computer. I can sew, and do most anything as long as I don't do it too long. I have to get up every 10 minutes or so and move around. Makes it hard to get much done. Can't mop the whole house at once, just a room at at time...

The doc thinks it is due to cervical strain. There is narrowing between all the cervical vertibre, but not enough for surgery. I start physical therapy in the morning. I have to go 3 days a week for 3 weeks and take 800 mg Ibuprofen 3 times a day, non negotiable. He asked why I haven't seen an orthopedic before if this has been going on for 10 years, and when I told him I had been to 2 and all they did was say arthritis, shoot Kenalog in the joint then send me home, he was not happy.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

beverly

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 11:03PM
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biwako_of_abi

It sounds like he knows what he is doing. I hope it makes a big difference for you.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 12:04AM
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colleenny

Beverly, That is a lot of ibuprofen. Make sure that you take it with food. It can cause stomach problems. I am sure that the doctor told you that and if he didn't he should have. I hope it helps the problem. Colleen

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 7:32AM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Beverly, Glad to hear you're getting some help, now. Hope the therapy helps and surgery isn't in your future. Are you taking that much Ibuprofen just for the 3 weeks of therapy?

Let us know how therapy goes......if you're able to move afterwards. @:)

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 8:17AM
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glassquilt

You might want to look into a different mouse. I got the mouse that's in the left picture at one of the local computer stores. I can move the ball with my thumb or with my forefinger. I have put it on my lap when using it up high hurts.

Here is a link that might be useful: ergonomic mouse

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 8:45AM
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rosajoe_gw

Beverly,
My DD has RA and she was seeing quack (the only DR her insurance would cover) that was giving her only hugh amounts of aspirin. After going through 4 more docs she finally found one that helped her. And the really scary part is they were all specialists.
Through diet change and massages and meds she is now feeling much better.
Sounds like you have finally founds a good one too.
Rosa

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 1:47PM
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grammyp

Glass, I would love that mouse, but the only place I use one is at work and they "issue" what we can use. At home I have a touch pad on the laptop.

beverly

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 10:29PM
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glassquilt

Work related injury - Workman's comp.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 9:40AM
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grammyp

Ahhhh, Glass, I wish it were work related, but it has been going on (off and on) for many years now, just gets works with the little mouse movements. They have gotten me a nice chair with better support and let me go the the physical therapy department to do my exercises today. I can't complane too much.

beverly

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 12:40PM
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marti8a

Oh Beverly I feel for you. My dh has a compressed disc and has a lot of pain. I'm glad this dr seems to be doing something for you.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:08PM
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lots2do

I am so sorry to hear of this, grammy. I hope that things are getting easier for you and that the therapy is helping. I know that you prefer to be active so it must be hard. Glad to hear that you have more confidence in this doctor.
Take care,
Kelly - NH

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 1:42PM
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kathryni

Beverly,
I'm so sorry to hear about your problem. I hope the physical therapy helps you.
Kay

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 5:01PM
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anjea

I just saw this thread - sorry to hear you're having so many pain issues! I hope the physical therapy helps. Sounds like the new doc is a good one, too.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 2:25AM
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