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Author Topic: A rant, of sorts . . .  (Read 3650 times)

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Offline aztecan

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A rant, of sorts . . .
« on: September 13, 2011, 01:42:17 PM »
I so loved going on vacation to Seattle. Two glorious weeks when I could forget about work, etc.

Of course, now I'm back.   :'(

The day I returned, I found I had five new clients, including one in his early 20s who looks much younger.

((((((SIGH)))))

But, that isn't my rant. My rant is ever since I have returned, the leg pain has been gradually worsening.

They were terrible last night. I went to the gym just to sit in the jacuzzi. It helped a little, but it was temporary. As soon as I got out of the hot water, the pain returned.

I was in the recliner last night trying to find a way to sit comfortably, to no avail.

Today, my feet and calves are aching. It helps if I walk around, so I have been been pacing my office when I can, especially when on the phone.

There is nothing much I can do about this except complain. I have tried just about everything aside from narcotics, which I refuse to take.

So, I will just bitch about it.

Thanks for letting me rant.

It could be worse, I could have eaten tainted cantaloupe. Three deaths here so far, but none locally, thank goodness.

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: September 13, 2011, 02:22:46 PM by aztecan »
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Offline denb45

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2011, 02:22:40 PM »
I'd massage your legs if I could, I have great hands, only if you promise to get into that HOT 106 degree jacuzzi with me, it's always better with a friend Mark, tell your doctor about THIS, you could have blockage in your arteries   hang in the Mark  :-*
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Offline aztecan

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2011, 02:26:07 PM »
Thanks Dennis,

I have spoken with the doctor about it. He's pretty much stumped about what to do.

Between the neuropathy and the elevated CPKs causing the muscle pain, I am pretty much stuck unless I want to take narcotic pain meds.

I just don't want to go down that path. Besides, I already can sleep at any time and any place. The pain killers would probably make me comatose.  ;)

Thanks again.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011, 02:46:21 PM »
Mark, I'm so sorry to hear about the leg pain. Have you seen a neurologist? I ask this because Stephen has horrible leg pain and he found some relief with nerve block treatments. I don't know if you have considered this and hope it helps.

Feel free to bitch and moan all you want.  8)

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Offline bear60

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 01:33:41 PM »
Mark
Sorry to hear about the leg pain.
Tell us about Seattle....or am I missing that thread?


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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 01:39:31 PM »
sorry to read about the issues.  Perhaps you need to live a Seattle existence in New Mex?  It appeared to do the body good.  Hope you get some relief soon.

Wolfie
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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2011, 01:48:52 PM »
Perhaps you need to live a Seattle existence in New Mex?  It appeared to do the body good.
hills. Mark needs hills LOL  :D

feel better soon, Mark! :-*
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Offline BT65

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011, 05:11:52 PM »
Mark, I am so sorry to hear about this.  The client issue also.  There's so much fucking paperwork with new clients, and seeing what they need etc.   Not that I get pissed, it's just a lot of work, to have 5 dumped on you all at once.

I wish I knew some magical answer for the pain.  It would seem like medicine could have something for you.  I hope you get some relief soon, and that it's painless.
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 07:07:16 PM »
Mark   ,sorry  about  the leg pains...  when mine  got  so bad  I  couldnt  stand up  , one of the Rehab  Drs   suggested  the old  "pillow  between the  knees"  trick   it  reduced the  pain more than 50 %  dont know  why this  works  and there are probably  some  medical treatments that may "kill" it.... but when ever  the neuropathy/leg pain gets bad    I use  the  pillow    trick...helps me a lot   with no additional  drugs


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Offline aztecan

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2011, 12:18:39 AM »
Hey all, thanks for the support and tolerance of my rant.

Maybe I do need hills! When I am active, my legs feel better, When I am stationary, or when I first get up, that is when they bother me.

When we were walking around Seattle, there were times they bothered me, but they were pretty much OK, most likely because I was doing all that walking.

They were somewhat better today, maybe because I was moving around more.

Hey Joe, I will ask about the neurologist. It might help, it certainly couldn't hurt

Nick, I remember someone telling me about the pillow between the legs trick, but it was some time ago and it slipped my mind.

I will try it tonight.

Thanks again, all of you.

HUGS

Mark
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2011, 07:59:26 AM »


Maybe I do need hills! When I am active, my legs feel better, When I am stationary, or when I first get up, that is when they bother me.


HUGS

Mark



Well, no hills here but...

This sounds a lot like what I am going through, and I explained it to the doctor that exact way.  When I am active, ( as in walking a lot) I have fewer problems.  That's one reason why I walk everyday.

And pillows,  yes,...  I have about a half dozen on the bed, different sizes, some firm, some soft, that seem to help.


(hugs)----Ray
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2011, 12:39:54 PM »
Mark,

I am sorry about your pain honey; I am with you on the 'no narcotics' thing too.  I would just deal with it the best way I could.  I agree with Joe, see a neurologist;  it can't hurt.   

I am not going to take the Neurontin anymore for foot/leg pain....I'd rather deal with the pain.

I have some cream that does wonders for all my aches and pains, muscular and joint....Voltaren.

Many hugs,
Alan  :-*
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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2011, 01:07:25 PM »


And pillows,  yes,...  I have about a half dozen on the bed, different sizes, some firm, some soft, that seem to help.


(hugs)----Ray

Ray, I have been putting a pillow between my boney-ass legs to sleep with  for the last 15 yrs. Mark, you might wanna try THIS, like Ray said, it works well  ;) damm aint old age hell  ???
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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2011, 04:14:40 PM »
You rant as much as you want  to ,Mark having pain day  in day out is hard work .
theyer
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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2011, 07:34:55 PM »
sorry to read about the issues.  Perhaps you need to live a Seattle existence in New Mex?  It appeared to do the body good.  Hope you get some relief soon.

Wolfie

       Hope you are doing better Mark .

          I could live the Seattle  or  Saint Louis life in a New York Minute  :o

           I personally felt wonderful around  the group and all the LIVE people in the city .

         I love to walk when there are things to see other than Blue Birds of Happiness  :-*


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Offline wolfter

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2011, 07:50:28 PM »
 

         I love to walk when there are things to see other than Blue Birds of Happiness  :-*
                                                               

Not sure why, but that struck me as funny as hell.  Sounds like an Anne Murray song.

Wolfie
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Offline weasel

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2011, 09:27:56 AM »
Not sure why, but that struck me as funny as hell.  Sounds like an Anne Murray song.

Wolfie

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2011, 10:46:34 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTJ3ThCVKXk

I thought she wrote a song about bluebirds.
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Offline harleymc

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Re: A rant, of sorts . . .
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2012, 03:07:59 AM »
Mark hope you get pain relief soon. I noticed that you mentioned that activity seems to bring some relief... so here's my bit of anecdotal/ unscientific observation.  I had  full on neuropathy back in the late 90's (I was on d4t & PIs).  I started cycling each day (weather permitting) a little at first and slowly building up my distances, after a few months the neuropathy was gone. It was very gradual process, not a quick fix. Maybe it's worth a try?
Anyway hope you're feeling better soon.

 


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