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Offline alan gage

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Re: Siatic nerve pain
« Reply #100 on: April 24, 2019, 10:25:45 AM »
I'm interested in the standing desk and how you like it. Been thinking of putting a couple of them in the office.
Been using the desk for a few days. So far so good. I got a tall chair with it so I can sit or stand without having to adjust the height of the desk. It's nice being able to change positions between sitting and standing.
This is the desk I got: Amazon.com: Stand Up Desk Store Two Tier Crank Adjustable Standing Desk ? Provides Enhanced Ergonomics and Additional Desktop Space (48", Black Frame/Black Top): Kitchen & Dining
I chose that one because there is space under the monitors where many of the others don't have that, making for much less desk surface. It's a good place to keep staplers, scissors, envelopes, whatever.
This is the chair I got: Amazon.com : Smugdesk High-Back Office Black Mesh Swivel Ergonomic Computer Desk Task Executive Chair : Office Products
It's ok but I'm not thrilled with it. Puts a little more pressure on the back of my thighs than I'd like. I also wish the back was farther forward. I like to sit more erect.
I also ordered a keyboard tray but it hasn't shown up yet: Amazon.com : VIVO Extra Sturdy Clamp-on Computer Keyboard and Mouse Under Desk Mount Slider Tray | 27" x 11" Pull Out Platform Drawer (MOUNT-KB05E) : Office Products
With the keyboard and mouse on the main desk it makes it difficult to write anything down on paper.
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« Reply #101 on: May 08, 2019, 10:03:25 AM »
I had my 6 week checkup with the doctor yesterday. They took x-rays and said everything looks good. I'll see him again at the end of June for another look and the way things are going at that point I'll be released from most of my restrictions and can start PT and more rigorous activity.

I continue to improve every day with less and less pain. I'm still taking it easy and doing lots of walking. That makes the dog very happy. It's so nice to feel better every day rather than worse.

The night before surgery, as we were getting ready for bed, I asked my girlfriend to take pictures of me so I could remember how it was. I was in a lot of pain as I tried to stand as straight as possible. And even if I wasn't trying to stand straight would have still be in a lot of pain. As well as being hunched over I was listing badly to the left.





Then she took these the night after I got home from the hospital. Hardly any pain at all (other than surgical pain). It was great to look and feel like a 40 year old again.





I'll try and get copies of my x-rays too for before and after comparisons.

Alan
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« Reply #102 on: May 08, 2019, 11:41:56 AM »
Glad to hear things went well and you're feeling better Alan!  8)
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« Reply #103 on: May 11, 2019, 08:00:27 AM »
 That's a big difference, I'm glad your starting to recover. Keep walking that's what I did.
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« Reply #104 on: May 11, 2019, 12:22:56 PM »
WOW!! Those first 2 pictured bothered me.  :(  :o 
Glad things are better. 
Brenda had many operations done. It's always great to hear she is in less pain when she gets home.  :) 
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« Reply #105 on: May 11, 2019, 01:56:05 PM »
Hemp oil has really helped my back pain. 1,000 mg, New Age Naturals, bought off Amazon.
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« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2019, 10:06:57 PM »
It's been a little over 2 months since surgery. Very happy with my progress and I continue to improve. Still some nerve pain if I move wrong or sneeze but not bad. Been doing lots of walking and small tasks around the yard like spraying weeds and watering some saplings. We've had a lot of wet weather this spring which has been kind of nice because I don't feel like I'm missing out on much. But now the weather has straightened out and this weekend about drove me crazy. Everywhere I look there's something I want to do but can't. Very frustrating.

Have to find someone else to carry a dehumidifier into the basement.
Can't help load the shaper and edge sander I just bought.
Can't lift the cab on my skid loader to find a leak.
Can't cut down those nearly dead trees in the yard of the house I just bought.
Can't de-sticker all the lumber that's now air dried.
Can't start leveling the pad for my soon-to-be new shop.
Can't carry construction garbage out of the basement.
Can't split firewood.

Can't wait until my next doctor appointment at the end of the month when I'll hopefully get some of my restrictions lifted.

Despite all the complaining I am thankful that I continue to feel better everyday. So nice to feel it getting better instead of worse. Now it's time to watch a couple of old Seinfeld episodes and cheer up.

Alan


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« Reply #107 on: June 09, 2019, 10:27:35 PM »
I hit a lot of plateaus during recovery, seems like you make an improvement and just a little bit more is impossible for quite a while, then you step up again. Keep your spirits up and you will continue to get stronger. 
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« Reply #108 on: June 09, 2019, 11:16:25 PM »
Swimming that's your answer. 
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« Reply #109 on: June 10, 2019, 10:56:24 AM »
Everywhere I look there's something I want to do but can't. Very frustrating.

Have to find someone else to carry a dehumidifier into the basement.
Can't help load the shaper and edge sander I just bought.
Can't lift the cab on my skid loader to find a leak.
Can't cut down those nearly dead trees in the yard of the house I just bought.
Can't de-sticker all the lumber that's now air dried.
Can't start leveling the pad for my soon-to-be new shop.
Can't carry construction garbage out of the basement.
Can't split firewood.


The good news is that I think I could do all of those things but I'm still under doctor's orders to keep from lifting anything over 10-20 pounds and to not bend or twist my lower back.
It was easier to not do anything just after surgery when I was still in a lot of pain.
Alan
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« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2019, 11:16:56 AM »
Know what you mean, but follow doctor's orders on lifting.
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« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2019, 07:14:54 PM »
After 5 months Doc raised my lifting from 25 to 50 and said come back in 4 months!   :o  ::)
Was hoping for release.
Mine was on the other end of the spine.  Glad to be doing as well as I am. 

Glad you are improving!

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« Reply #112 on: June 25, 2019, 01:05:32 PM »
Recovery continues!

Just back from the doctor for my 3 month checkup. They did x-rays and said everything looks good. At this point there is little danger to damaging the fusion so he released me on my own recognizance. Said to start increasing activity as I can tolerate. Pay attention to how my body feels during and after activity and to try not to do anything stupid (paraphrasing).

It was music to my ears!

Alan
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« Reply #113 on: June 26, 2019, 10:24:19 AM »
I've got so many things I've been waiting to do that it was hard to decide last night! In the end I hauled walnut. Last fall a windstorm uprooted one just a few blocks from my mill. The large limbs had been cut off but the main trunk was still attached to the root ball. Felt great to fire up some chainsaws (which haven't run all year) and do some real work. Got 2 1/2 trailer loads of big limbs and that trunk (36"x10'). Didn't feel any pain but was careful how I worked. The skidloader did all the lifting but it sure was nice to be able to turn around and look behind me when driving it.

After I got done I had a stupid grin and my face and couldn't wipe it off the rest of the night. Felt so good. Woke up this morning feeling fine.

Alan
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« Reply #114 on: June 26, 2019, 03:26:35 PM »
 That is great news 8).
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« Reply #115 on: June 26, 2019, 08:30:36 PM »
Glad you are back at it, great news!  Ease into it, don't over do.  


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