Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #5: Just because the Tramadol says it doesn't hurt, doesn't make it so!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-05-2010 06:10 PM 1282 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oh I was feeling sooo good yesterday. Nice and flexible, no pain, lots of energy, I must be all better right? So being me, I just sort of dove right back into it as it were, and finished up the fencing. Now this did NOT involve much in the way of lifting. The hardest thing I did was to roll the air compressor out to the back yard, and hook it up. The rest was picking up one picket at a time.

On the positive side, all of the pickets are up, the latch is in place, the fence is done, and the dog is loving it…

However in my feeling so dandy, and getting excersize by hauling that compressor around, and not taking my meds the way I should, I am now paying a steep price… This morning I pretty much felt like my muscles in my back were hard as iron, and I could barely move. The side effects of the meds means I really need to be at my desk, and not operating anything that drowsiness can impact too badly.

I honestly would be taking the meds more regularly if it weren’t for the drowsiness side effect… But then again, if I had a brain in my head, I would pay attention to that and call the side effect a BENEFICIAL one, because I REALLY need the rest…

I really need to mend up well, but this is going to drive me insane. I have so much that I want, and need to get done, not to mention a wife that doesn’t quite get the concept that I need to rest as well…

At this point. I am going to do nothing after work tonight shop wise. I will likely just go home, take the dog out to fetch a ball for a while, spend some time with my wife, and go to bed…

I could REALLY use some help in cleaning the shop up, and somewhat wish I could get the cleaning done as I mend up so that I can move forward with the rearranging once I am healed up…

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 06:38 PM

If I were closer, I’d help.

Tramadol … really did nothing for me … except seemingly jack my heart rate up to dangerous levels, once. THAT was pleasant ;-)

I know one thing: it absolutely sucks to be trapped inside a body that simply will not do your bidding without exacting its revenge.

I tell you “patience,” though I know it’s the single biggest struggle in my life, and much more easily said than done.

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 07:09 PM

I think Neil said it all. Limits are hard to set without experience, so now you learned your limit is lower than you wished. You do not have a simple problem, there is the exacerbated old injury, and perhaps a new injury. It will be hard to figure out how much you can tolerate…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 07:43 PM

this is a song that gets played all the time at my house…so when i saw the title of your post…it was …oh fun..lets play name that tune……so i can insert here…when will you learn…......and i can almost gaurentee that you will play this tune again…..and again…..its a hard thing to bear…and i really do understand how your feelings…you really need to watch what you do…but yet,,,get some gentle excercise…i hope your walking…and doing it for as long as you feel you can…thats the as much as you safely can…dont bend down to do things…crouch and use your knees…...feel better…glad you got the fence up…happy dogs are good dogs…grizzman

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 08:01 PM

happy dogs are good dogs


And UNHAPPY dogs … live five feet from my bedroom window, and can shoot a HUGE hole in your quality of life ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 08:06 PM

I think the bending was my problem… I caught myself on a couple of occasions bending over to pick up the nailer. Most likely that was the WRONG solution to the problem at hand…

The PT excersizes the doc gave me to do help a little I think, but can be in and of themselves quite painful. Overall not an experience I am enjoying.

We have solved a couple of problems though. I haven’t walked the dog much since I re-strained my back since he is a BIG puppy, and pulls on the leash, or at least he DID pull on the leash…

We tried using one of those head collars, and dummy me could just never figure out how to make it work. So I went and grabbed one of those no-pull harnesses from the pet store. It worked EXACTLY as advertised, and instantly stopped the pulling.

In case y’all weren’t aware, I am doing Weight Watchers trying to get the weight down. It works when I pay attention to it. I slipped and stopped tracking etc.. for about 2 weeks and managed to pile 5 lbs back on. So I have been back to tracking pretty dilligently. Those 5 are going, but not gone yet…. Getting back down to a healthier weight will go a LONG way to making my back MUCH happier. And these walks with the dog are a big part of controlling that.

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#6 posted 10-06-2010 03:26 AM

The song that comes to mind is the scarecrow’s song in the wizard of oz. lol j/k

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#7 posted 10-06-2010 05:00 AM

Us chronic backers….....hmmm…......that might refer to a bunch of things, all have our two bits to add, but everyone is different. Chronic painers…......hmmmmm…...that might refer to a bunch of things, also all have our experiences to add. Same deal, but there is a lot in common between all chronic pain sufferers and chronic backers. We have to pace, change our expectations, and watch out constantly for something new that will upset the balance.

Now let me tell you about being 69 years old with pains in every joint, infirmities too numerous to count….........well, same deal. It is about pacing, changing our expectations, and being very wary about anything new. I can do a lot a things, much of them better than I ever have done them, but I don’t do as many things, as physical things are really limited.

You are participating in the aging experience…..........ain’t it wonderful….think of all the things you are going to learn and experience…...........(-:

Those old injuries never go away, they are just waiting for the next opportunity…...........

Just keep thinking on the bright side….....what else is there to do?


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 02:12 PM

I have chronic back pain. Stooping will cause harm quicker than anything else. There are days that I move heavy wood around with little to no problems, but bending over just to pick up a dropped pencil will send me to the medicine cabinet crying for pain meds.
The best solution I have found to my problems is to try and make sure everything is put at a height to where I can reach it. For example, your nailer you said you kept bending to get, I would have made me a make-shift hook to go on my belt to keep it within reach. As for things on the floor, I find myself often just leaving them there until my wife or sons come to the shop. Then I get them to pick up many things for me since I am also clumsy at times due to arthritis in my hands.


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