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Old 10-23-2019, 08:56 AM   #3421
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Didn't think I had old people pains until last night! 3 14 hour days clearing out all this paint and mixing equipment will do that.
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Old 10-23-2019, 06:35 PM   #3422
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Gotta weigh the good against the bad. The side effects are definitely better than organ rejection.
This is so true!
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We didn't talk about the length of being on them, the next step would be a series of 3 epidural shots, although everyone who gets a transplant of any kind is on steroids for the rest of their lives.

I had a consultation with the injection doctor a couple of days ago. I felt pretty comfortable with the doctor, the procedure, the type of steroid, and at what facility it would be performed. Now I'm just waiting for the insurance to OK it.


I hope the prednisone works for you. I also hope that time, although long for us old guys, will eventually give us relief.
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Is it time for us old guys, or lack of it? Hopefully, time is on our side, yes it is...
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:18 PM   #3425
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It sucks getting old!
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It sucks getting old!
Good to see you are still around - and getting old. Always better than the alternative.
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Thanks RH. Still 6 foot above. Got married, have a new 14th month old boy. My older boy is 9. Life is pretty good.

Hope things are going well for you RH. Are you still putting on paint these days?
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It sucks getting old!

There's a right way and a wrong way to getting old. I did it the wrong way. Being too eager through my 50's when I should have been dialing it down was one of the problems. Trying to keep a pace that suits a much younger and stronger person was the other.


I have now been humbled by age, and find my purpose to be more about supporting those younger than me. Setting the table for them to transition into my place is more important to me than competing with them.


Welcome back TJ! It's good to see you on the board. And congratulations!
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Thanks RH. Still 6 foot above. Got married, have a new 14th month old boy. My older boy is 9. Life is pretty good.

Hope things are going well for you RH. Are you still putting on paint these days?
Great to hear about the changes in your life - congratulations! We have a “new” grandson who will be a year old next month.

Yeah, still throwing a brush around, but have cut back on the number and scope of jobs. Very picky-choosy and a fair amount of time off when I want it. As of now, final retirement date is set for next April. We’ll see.
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Hey folks...dropped in for a visit which I usually do at least once a year . Lots of snow here in PEI Canada . I can't really enjoy it though because of med issues . I had been treated for bronchitis for a few months...actually quite a few months and running for lung testing and what have you figuring it must be all paint related and then it turns out to be heart disease . Anyways to make along story short they discovered the widow maker[which I always considered our 36 ft ladder to eventually be] artery was 100 % blocked and the other 3 were 60-50-40 % blocked . They can't do a bypass on the widowmaker because it has damage since it happened probably 18 mths ago or more and they figure it won't graft correctly . I had no clue...I had no pain . I have had no wind leading up to this for well over a year . All in all it set me on my ass . I also just had a Cathoder Ablation done and it has helped out the wind problem . I had some irregular rythm happening too . They won't fix any of the other blockages until they hit 70 % . So...I am waiting for that and hope I survive it . I have been a diabetic for 17 years . It is under control as much as can be I guess with pills and needles . Other than that I feel fine these days and plan on working 3 days a week starting in a couple of weeks picking my spots . I had some money saved for a rainy day which I was happy to have as so many don't . I don't have insurance or a med plan....which I urge all young contractors to seriously look at and investigate . It gets expensive . Anyways....I am hoping for the best . Take care everyone and hopefully I can pop back sooner rather than later .
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I had a consultation with the injection doctor a couple of days ago. I felt pretty comfortable with the doctor, the procedure, the type of steroid, and at what facility it would be performed. Now I'm just waiting for the insurance to OK it.


I hope the prednisone works for you. I also hope that time, although long for us old guys, will eventually give us relief.
The dose pack of steroids only really worked for a week, then it was worse than before. My Doctor had me get an MRI which showed spinal stenosis, he then sent me to an ortho back specialist, who showed me the MRI and it showed I have a bulging disc between L2 & L3 which is pushing into my spinal canal/nerve.

He went on to tell me that he wants to shave the disc and attach two steel rods between L2 & L4, that it would be a 2 1/2 hour surgery with 2 to 3 weeks in rehab.

I said what about me trying epidurals? He said we can try it and sent me down the hall to the pain management specialist whom I have a consult with tomorrow.
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About two weeks after I posted about my impending epidural steroid injection (10/25/19), my pain leveled off and I deferred the injection. I also ceased all medications with the exception of the Gabapentine. Which, they wanted me to ween myself off through a months time. Since then, I have improved substantially. I continue stretching every day and still have symptoms, but not even close to the pain and discomfort I'd been experiencing since March 2019. Time is really a healer.

I also believe that the traction helped along with massages I was receiving twice a week for eight weeks. The cross over stretch has really been pivotal in my recovery.
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About two weeks after I posted about my impending epidural steroid injection (10/25/19), my pain leveled off and I deferred the injection. I also ceased all medications with the exception of the Gabapentine. Which, they wanted me to ween myself off through a months time. Since then, I have improved substantially. I continue stretching every day and still have symptoms, but not even close to the pain and discomfort I'd been experiencing since March 2019. Time is really a healer.

I also believe that the traction helped along with massages I was receiving twice a week for eight weeks. The cross over stretch has really been pivotal in my recovery.
Did the Gabapentine make you dizzy? I had to stop using it because it got so bad. My wife has been on it and experienced of the same issues but not as severe as I experienced.
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Did the Gabapentine make you dizzy? I had to stop using it because it got so bad. My wife has been on it and experienced of the same issues but not as severe as I experienced.

I took it with a glass of whiskey, so I couldn't tell.

But seriously, I was only taking 300 mg's once in the evening. I may have felt the dizziness if I had taken it during the day.
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I've had my share of back and shoulder pains over the years. Some that have lasted for months, even over a year. Contemplated surgery several times, but time always seemed to mend the hurt. Since retiring I've had zero issues with back or joint pain.
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