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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 07-16-2010 06:53 PM 968 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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07-16-2010 06:53 PM

Greetings all you back-pain suffering Jocks,

I did a forum topic on this problem we all have with back pain. As some of you might know, when I went to Texas back in May to visit with Kent Shepard, I also went to a back doctor while I was there. They did an MRI and x-rays, and found I had one disc that was “bulging out”, and 2 herinated discs, also.. The shots lasted about a week (I had 11 total), then right back to where it was as far as the lower back probem…. Since then, I’ve been having major issues with it again. I’ve had to practically cut out any shop time, put off doing any work for customers, and no yardwork, or riding the tractor…..I can tell you it really sucks bad to have this….. It got so bad I went to see another, and along with the others mentioned above, now I have a ruptured disc, also.. I’ve already had 2 back surgeries, and they did no good…. So now I’ve got to decide if I want them to cut on me again, for fear it won’t do any good either….... We discussed this topic in great length on the other forum, and there are so many of us out there with back problems of all kinds… It’s a real drag for us to be in such bad shape when we love to work the wood. So it becomes a question of “do or don’t”. Doing something just like traveling very far is out of the question for now, and I’m just about “nil” on a lot of things. It’s even tough just setting at the puter doing this. But…. even though I may have to give up the shop for awhile, I’ll still manage somehow to get on here and converse with my LJ friends, if I can. Take care of all those bad backs out there if you can… It’s a tough row to hoe, but I’m still here…. for now!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......


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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 07:02 PM

Rick,

Sorry to hear you are not better. I have had numbness in my right hand for over 3 years now, Fortunately it doesn’s stop my woodworking, but makes some things unpleasant. I’ve had some back problems in the past, but have managed to take care of it to the point that it’s not a real problem. If I had not done lots of stupid things in the past, maybe I would be in better shape now.

Hopefully, we will hear of improvement in you soon

Take care
Kent

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 07:31 PM

Bummer, Rick

Does this mean you’re not going to come over and help me move everything out of the shop and repaint?

-- Joe

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 07:50 PM

Kent,

Thanks for the thought…. At first I thought I was getting better, but boy it did a double-take. In the past, my back hasn’t stopped me too much from doing things, but it’s slowed down now. I sure hope you don’t have much back trouble….. it’s no fun, buddy. How did you get the numbness? Isn’t it funny how we wished we hadn’t done some of the things we did when we were younger.. I told my wife she could shoot me like a horse with a broke leg…. lol. I know I’d feel better…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 07:52 PM

Greetings Joe,

If you would have just let me know ahead of time, I would of put off having this crap and came and helped you….. I’m pretty good with a roller and brush…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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patron

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 08:02 PM

sorry to hear this rick ,
as a sufferer myself ,
i never know when it is going to ‘crash’ ,
i do have to be careful ,
as it’s me that makes it happen mostly ,
doing ‘young’ things without thought !

take it easy , it’s all we got .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 08:07 PM

Hey David,
I know exactly what you mean… you just never know, do you?
I’m feeling good one day, the next I can’t hardly get out of bed.
I know I’m not young anymore, so I have to do old things…. lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 08:07 PM

sorry to hear that Rick what a bummer :—(
I realy do hope you find a way thrue it and get on your feet again, fast
I know what back-pain is, that´s not for children
and no one understand how a little wrong move can take you out for month
before they tried it

maybee you shuold try some chipcarving to kill some time with in the bed
I´m sure your better half wooooood preciate it :—)

best thoughts from Ærø

Dennis

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 08:15 PM

Greetings Dennis,

Until a person has real serious backpain, they don’t have a clue as to how it feels.
I really envy a person, like my wife, who’s never had any pain at all from hardly anything.
My wife wooooodn’t care….. I’m the one that has to make the bed….... lol.

As far as the chipcarving goes… I’d probably cut off a finger or thumb, bleed to death before I got to a hospital…... Wait… you’ve given me an idea….bleeding to death can’t be all bad….....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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patron

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#9 posted 07-16-2010 08:19 PM

now that’s looking on the bright side !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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UnionLabel

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#10 posted 07-16-2010 08:39 PM

Rick, sorry your relief was short lived. I have had back surgery to relieve my back pain. While the surgery did remove the pressure on the spinal cord, I have good days and bad days.
Mainly due to arthritis in the spine. I would however go under the knife again compared to the intense pain and paralysis of the severely herniated discs I had before the surgery.
I have rubber mats I stand on, I am in the process of raising all my work surfaces to avoid stooping over as much as possible. I have brought in a stool into the shop about 30” high. I just set down on it to take the pressure off the back. Also, my doctor put me on Meloxicam for inflammation, that has really helped. My big thing was getting the rubber mats to stand on. Right now, it is only 2-3 hrs a day but I look forward to more time as I adjust.
I have to agree with Kent, it is what I did in my past that has me where I am today. But hind sight is always 20/20.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 07-16-2010 08:57 PM

Greetings UnionLabel,

I have osteoarthristus in my back and joints, according to the doctor…. That certainly doesn’t help matters any. I too take antiimfammatory pills, muscle relaxers, and one that is Codone, or has codine in it… I hate that sucker…. Makes me feel like I’m on a “high”, so I stop taking it…. Couldn’t sleep at night, and just felt “wired”. I have thick rubber mats in my shop,also, and they do help to a certain degree. If I try to sit on a stool….oh brother, what a killer….. That half-stoop tears me a new oriface….That’s why I do no hand planeing or scrapeing, etc. What used to kill me was making a bed, or washing dishes (I try to help my wife who is a working stiff). But I’ve had to quit that… I’m looking for a maid about 25, blonde, big….I better quit right there. I know my wife would go for that.. (yea, right)................

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 07-16-2010 09:02 PM

maybee if that blond maid was a viking from Skandinavia and male
she would go for it …...........ha ha ha ha

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 07-16-2010 09:08 PM

Dennis,

She might got for it, but I certainly wouldn’t…..Now the Viking beauties would be a different story.
My wife always thought I was a Viking, since I had blone hair when we married 33 years ago…now I”m just
an old fossil…... grey and petrified….....lol

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 07-16-2010 09:14 PM

well Rich as they said the most beautyfull flowers fade out quickly

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 07-16-2010 09:17 PM

Dennis,

I’m afraid I’ve faded and am now wilting… I can’t even hold my head up…either one of them….lol

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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