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Offline John Mc

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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2018, 04:05:46 PM »
Half of Level 2 is just saw maintenance. You can probably get by without picking up a saw for that part - just screwdrivers, sharpening tools, etc.

For the tree felling part, you might ask someone else in the class if you can use their saw, so you don't have to carry your own around all day. If I recall, in my level 2, we each just dropped one tree. If you have to drive a wedge for your felling, ask if they will let you make the cuts, place the wedge, then have someone else do the hammering. The impacts involved with that will probably aggravate your condition.

Being in severe pain is not exactly a condition conducive to learning. I hope you are able to make it, but take it easy - it's not worth hurting yourself worse.


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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2018, 07:59:37 PM »
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Being in severe pain is not exactly a condition conducive to learning. I hope you are able to make it, but take it easy - it's not worth hurting yourself worse.
Being is severe pain is a familiar way for me to work, been doing it for years, however I am concerned about going down and needing 2 guys to get me up and carry my gear. I've waited 6 months for this class and I am going to get it done. It just dawned on me today that starting the saw would be my big challenge because that presents quite a load to my lower back. I just went out to the shop and piled my gear for the class, took a few file swipes on the chain and then fired it up. It wasn't a lot of fun, but I could do it. I My next concern is that I get a tree they want flush with the ground, that bending is nearly impossible for me to do. But I will get through it. I know the instructor well enough to know that if I am straight with him, he will pick a tree I can work with. He knows my skills, ability, and confidence. It's not really a test for me. (Plus, I am in the process of booking 3 classes for him for next year level 1-3, so there is that.) 
 I finally got back to the day job today and put in a full day, walked a couple of miles on the shop floor (slowly) and got everything I needed done. Tomorrow I see the chiropractor again for some tweaking. I think I am good to go as long as I don't do something stupid, like pick up a dime off the floor. :) And if I do get make it worse, oh well, that my choice, as long as I don't mess things up for anyone else in the class it will be OK. (The wife, on the other hand, is maintaining a slightly different opinion on the matter and just can't wait to say "I told you so".)
 It will be what it will be and it will all be fine. Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions and help.
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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2018, 11:20:01 AM »
Be careful. I've been fighting my back for 1 year now. Very frustrating. It's hard to stop yourself from doing things you want to do. I try and ask myself if it's worth it. "Is it worth doing "xyz" if the result is me being laid up an extra 3 months (or worse)?" It doesn't always work but it does make me think twice about what I'm about to do and how I'm about to do it.

If I could go back in time I'd do anything possible to keep myself from trying to lift a couple of those oak rounds last December. But at the time it was only a few real heavy ones and nothing I hadn't done before. Why did I think it was so important to load them right then? Why not split them into smaller pieces before loading or wait until I had someone to help or use the loader? There is no good answer. It was stupid and now I'm paying for it (mentally, physically, and monetarily).

If you think you can do the class then great but I can guarantee you if something gets aggravated from the class and you're still limping around a year from now you won't be saying to yourself, "well, at least I took that class."

I started by going to a chiropractor with no relief. He suggested going to my regular doctor but instead I found someone who specialized in back and spine issues. He started by ordering 5 weeks of physical therapy. When that offered little/no improvement he ordered an MRI and found some discs that were bulged. Not severely bulged but apparently, in my body, enough to impinge on some nerves. He hoped it would calm down on its own without surgery. First round of cortisone shots helped for a few weeks. Second round did hardly anything.

Tried another chiropractor who spent a lot of time massaging and working muscles and joints before doing any adjustments. He spent some time pushing and prodding in different places and seemed to confirm the pain is a result of those nerves being pinched by the bulged discs. After half a dozen visits I was in worse shape then when we started. Not blaming him. I'm happy with what he did/tried but things got aggravated in the process.

Still have to wait another month to get in to see my back doctor for another follow up.  I've read up on bulged discs and pinched nerves and most people seem to get relief in relatively short order with rest and maybe physical therapy. I don't know what's different about my problem but that doesn't seem to be getting me very far. As much as I don't want to have surgery my improvement seems to have halted and I can't do very many of the things that bring me enjoyment. I'm realizing that people with chronic back pain have a good reason to complain about it. Do everything possible to avoid it.

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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2018, 09:12:55 AM »
Very well said.
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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2018, 08:37:32 PM »
Just a followup: I was up at 4:30 to walk a little before the 1.5 hour drive to my GOL 2 class. Got through it just fine. My biggest problem for the day was that I was pretty much standing for 9 hours. The pain was basic torture. The funny part was picking up the saw and doing the work was easy and felt good. No, I could not pound wedges, but other than moving carefully and a little slow I did everything that was asked. (in fact, it's embarrassing to say, but I wound up with the high score for the class. I beat out the young gal I thought was the best cutter by a few points.) The drive home on rural roads in the dark was very long and I didn't know hard hard it would be to get out of the truck, but I feel just fine but tired. Walking was easy, working was fine, but bending is slow and standing is barely tolerable and very painful. My thanks to the folks in the class that understood my slowness. The instructor said he gave me a lot of credit for showing up, working through it, and not bailing, he had been watching my face all day I think and could see the pain. It was hard to hide. I confess, about 3 hours into the tailgate talk, I was wondering if I could make it through the day. But I survived and there is no further damage, yet probably a little more strengthening. Tomorrow will tell the tale (if I can get out of bed :)).
 Again, thanks for all the input.
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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve?
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2018, 06:33:31 AM »
Good for you. I think.  :)   Hope it does not set you back too much.
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« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2018, 07:16:51 AM »
I don't think it 'set me back' at all, although I pretty much expected it would. I think it actually helped with the healing quite a bit. I was very careful and didn't make any stupid moves but it would have been easier without all the standing. I am a little stiffer this morning and not as flexible as I was last night, but I think that will ease up as the morning goes by. Still using the cane to get around, but am no longer depending on it, just have it for security to lean on in case I cough or hit a wobbly spot. This shall pass as it always does. In fact, if it weren't coming down in a steady shower of sleet right now I would probably venture over to the neighbors hot tub. Today is for resting, I think, but I might go catch a Tony Trischka holiday concert tonight. He's an old friend and I haven't seen him in about a year.
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Re: Self help for a pinched nerve? Final followup
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2019, 04:57:29 PM »
Just thought I would close this out. It's now almost 5 months in and I have been going to the Chiropractor regularly, in the beginning once a week, then every two weeks, now once a month. He has found and worked on injuries I incurred over 30 or 40 years ago and long forgot. My recovery time from hard work days is either very short or non-existent. I feel better all the time and am able to do more back to back heavy days than I have in a long time. I am not superman, but I am sure able to work within my capabilities much more than I have in many years. Getting the right treatment from the right provider is the key here. ON a physical level, I am a very happy guy.
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