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Sat, Mar 30 8:54am · Sciatica in Chronic Pain

Thanks to all who replied. It seems that I'm getting no better. It is painful to walk, even with a walker. I'm trying to get new MRI to take to Neurosurgeon, who I plan to go see even if I don't get surgery. Would like to know if there are any other options for me.

Wed, Mar 27 11:30am · Sciatica in Chronic Pain

I agree that the pain from sciatica is horrible. I honestly don't know how I can live with it. I'm sorry you had a difficult time with the surgery. I am afraid of it.

Wed, Mar 27 11:28am · Sciatica in Chronic Pain

The in-home physical therapy went well. However, pain is still with me. I have called a Neurosurgeon for the 2nd time with no reply as yet. I actually am afraid of the surgery because of my age (87). I did the exercises on my own today.

Tue, Mar 26 6:37am · Sciatica in Chronic Pain

I'm still fighting Sciatica. I had my last spinal injection 3/11. This one did not work well as the two before did. I developed a steroid headache and my blood pressure went dangerously high. I spent two different nights in the ER. I still have the pain as well as weakness in my leg. I have fallen a number of times and now using a walker. I plan to call for an appointment with a neurosurgeon this morning. I'm hoping there is an answer other than surgery because I am 87 years old and do not want to face surgery. A physical therapist is coming to my home today and I am looking forward to whatever he has to suggest. I can find no medication to stop this pain. Any suggestions?

Sat, Mar 9 10:57pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I'm Betty, I truly do not know how anyone copes with Chronic Pain. I have been in constant pain for several weeks due to a bulging disc and nothing seems to help. Also developed a UTI. Have appointment for another spinal injection Monday. Hoping it will help again for a long while. I'm about ready to agree to surgery, but it scares me. I'm 87.

Nov 26, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Loss & Grief

Got in an alone day, but went shopping to look for a couple of curtain rods. Found them and also bought a neat little bench with storage room. Also stopped at Subway and had a sandwich. I visited the outdoor shop of Lowe's and it was great smelling the Christmas trees and seeing the joy of young families. The Poinsettias are beautiful. Came home, walked Wally and then we went to bed early and watched a couple of Christmas movies. What would I do without my Wally? A pet is so much comfort. Hope all have a good day. I'm headed to a doctor's appointment for a regular checkup. Life goes on.

Nov 24, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Loss & Grief

Today, my alone trip didn't work out and that was OK. When I went to the post office, I met a friend who doesn't like to go to the dining room alone, so I joined her for lunch. Then she wanted to know what I had planned for today. Actually I had taken Ben's clothes from our closet and they were in the back of my SUV. I was planning to take them to The Salvation Army and she asked if she could go with me. What could I say? After taking them, we went and bought two patio chairs for my apartment and some Pansies for her to plant at hers. Actually, she brightened my day and made my difficult task easier.

Nov 24, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Loss & Grief

Yesterday I did well because I stayed busy. However, last night wasn't too great. I could not sleep. I tried watching TV, put Lavender essential oil drops into my diffuser, got back up, played Backgammon on my laptop. The thoughts would not slow down. I had flashbacks of his last days when I felt so helpless and afraid. It is still hard for me to accept this as real. My mind knows he died, but my feelings still won't turn loose. I'm feeling OK this morning and planning to get a few things done. It's hard for me to imagine my life without him. I just want to be alone today. I know this isn't good, but sometimes you grow weary of pretending. I don't want to cause others around me to feel badly. This is a special season of joy.