xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
I was talking with a friend about my Gym routine, I thought I'd share some of that here. It's kind of a wall of text, soI tried to organize it for easy skimming.

I keep a notepad on my phone to track what I did and what's next. End of workout, I add the updated list to MyFitnessPal in the
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So I tried to post this (appreviated) via phone at 3:10am, but I was full of fail.

I woke up at 2:11am with the second worst headache I've ever had. Or maybe the worst. I'm not sure. I apparently slept through the onset, and woke up with weird dreams. When I finally was up, I just laid there wondering if I should write down where all it was hurting in case I was in a coma or dead the next day.

I took 400mg naproxen and had a little water. At 3:10 my headache was still between a 6 and a 7 on the pain scale, but I was tired and it was enough of a drop off to go back to sleep.

This morning, I woke up and it was about a 1. Sort of like the day after an injury, if you don't move, it doesn't hurt much. Standing up was a 2, and now, 2.5 hours later, I'm at a 3+. I have some physical energy, but I feel tired and beaten.

I found out that another friend, born 9 days after me, had a migraine around 11pm last night, so I blame her for projecting the pain at me from 40 miles away.


Jun. 9th, 2007 11:28 am
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Josh 2002 Rage)
So, you know how, when you're lying on your back in bed, and want to scoot over, you'll put your knees up, lift your booty, and swing it to the side?

Well, I can just BARELY do that, and this is a major improvement over yesterday.

Right now, I'm at 2 days of being in bed. I'm trying to stretch as much as possible, but I still am getting the additional soreness and stiffness from being in bed too much.

Kava Kava helps just a tiny bit, as do tylenol and advil, but this morning I did stretches and exercises, THEN went to the bathroom, and I've been in pretty serious pain since.

I broke down and took a leftover hydrocodone 7.5 an hour and a half ago. It helps tremendously. I feel a burn where I felt radiating pain before. I'm trying to be sensitive to the pain, but also I want to move around more to help keep from stiffening up.

About 30 mins ago I stood, with the help of my trusty walking stick, and tried to move around a little.

I think in about an hour I'm going to see if I can hoist myself to the shower. It looks like I can handle about 2.5-3 mins of not being in bed before my back starts really hurting.

This all started on Wednesday. We bought 4 sheets of 3/4" OSB and 2 sheets of 1/2" gypsum board. Loading one of the sheets into the van, I moves just a tiny bit wrong and very slightly pulled something.

I was going to take it easy, but we were worried Wed night that it might rain, so we moved the panels into the garage. I had to heft/hoist some by myself due to space constraints.

On Thursday, I was a little stiff, but OK, until I started picking weeds out of a flowerbed. Aparently, something slipped out. I walked into the house, went to wash hands, but I couldn't completely stand upright. I tried to stretch it a little, and I was brought to my knees. I had to crawl, sideways, in supreme pain, in order to make it to the bedroom. I couldn't lift my legs up onto the bed; I had to drag myself up.

So, I'm better, but at this rate, I don't know that I'll be able to travel on Monday. :/


Mar. 12th, 2007 09:53 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Between top and second-from-top thoracic is the most debilitating pain I've experienced in the last couple of years. Luckily, it started AFTER we dropped off the Saturn.

Saturn was finished SAME DAY! WOOT. Unfortunately, we shelled out just under $1k. $120 for the new fan assembly, plus $180 labor. Plus $224 to replace a leaking transaxle seal. Plus $350 for 90k service (brakes, fuel injector service, engine and passenger air filters, oil, fluids, rotate, balance).

On the bright side...

I was looking for somewhere to do the Saturn headliner. I couldn't find any nearby (ie, less than 30 miles away) Auto interior places. The ones I did find were specialty custom mod places.

But google pointed me to Auto Headliners Express. I have an appt for a week from Thursday. The guy will come to our house and spend about 1.5 hours, charge about $135 (plus whatever tax). Granted, the backer board is still in good shape, so he can just scrape it, roll on the new foamed-fabric, and we're set. Still. That's pretty cool.

The drawback is that the visors also need to be re-done, and that's a stitch job or a replacement. I guess I could order them from Saturn. Hopefully not more than $60 ea.

Erica and I had some discussions about communication issues.

Khai has conjunctivitis and hates the new eye drops.

Max is nearly immune to the fact that he had surgery on Friday. Seriously. Even same-day, his pain level didn't exceed 5. Next day, all the pain meds worn off, no tylenol even. His lefticle is still a little swolen, and has a line of bruise where the hydrocele was before, but it's less purple than before, and less swolen, and no pain.

Erica came down with the 24 hour flu midday. She's got a sore throat, aches, low appetite, etc. I let her suffer quietly on the sofa and took care of cleaning the kitchen, making supper, feeding the kids, cleaning up after. I helped with bath-time yesterday and today, and got them ready for bed mostly. Tonight, Khai zonked out, and Max and I discussed bacteria rather than a Susan Swan Superhero Story.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
I was surfing through answers.google.com today because of MATT!

I saw Chymopapain nucleolysis, and thought of Jenn. Jenn had a laminectomy (and was it microdiscectomy, or ?) a few years ago for bulged/ruptured lumbar disc.

Anyway, this stuff is an enzyme isolated from papaya. Erica and the boys sometimes use it dietarily because it helps break down protein. In nucleolysis, it's injected into the bulge of the disc where it breaks down the non-collagen components of the bulge.

In success, the results are identical to laminectomy. Success rate is 76% vs 88% for laminectomy. Risks and complications are substantially lower than laminectomy.


Other options for spinal stenosis:


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