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Old 10-18-2017, 06:03 PM   #1
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After years of putting up with pain and numbness I am going for my neck surgery. I have been dealing with 2 degenerative discs in my neck for years and can no longer deal with it.

I will be in a neck brace for 6 - 8 weeks ,NO working, no driving, no lifting, no nothing.
My wife said she's confiscating the keys to the Jeep, the Harley, The pick up, and the lawn Tractor and will keep the keys to her car with her.

This should prove to be interesting . I already have some e-books lined up to read online from the library.
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good luck

stock up on crab cakes, crab soup, crab balls, chesapeake bay oysters, and all the other goodies that I miss from up there

(don't miss the traffic tho, hehe)
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Ouch and wish you the best of what you can do.

I know you will have a bit of free time so why not come in here to keep it enteranted here.,

I went thru with damaged knee cap before and my ex girlfrend that time she hold the key to everything beside the house key that is the only key I hold for a while.
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Good luck with both your surgery and your recovery. Remember, sleep is your recovery friend.
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The upshot is that spine surgery has really come a long way just in the last 12 years or so. The downside is that it still hurts like hell and by the time you're healed, you'll be a full-blown opioid addict.
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6 - 8 weeks ,NO working, no driving, no lifting, no nothing.
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Best of luck.....you'll likely need it.......lol.

That sounds like a very long time to do.....well....nothing.
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best of luck with your surgery! just rember not to get to comfortable, the fun comes to an end LOL!
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After years of putting up with pain and numbness I am going for my neck surgery. I have been dealing with 2 degenerative discs in my neck for years and can no longer deal with it.

I will be in a neck brace for 6 - 8 weeks ,NO working, no driving, no lifting, no nothing.
My wife said she's confiscating the keys to the Jeep, the Harley, The pick up, and the lawn Tractor and will keep the keys to her car with her.

This should prove to be interesting . I already have some e-books lined up to read online from the library.
What are they doing? Are they putting rods in?
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Sucks to be you right now. Chin up old man. Think about all the glory days in sports when you were young while you while away the hours. It was all worth it.
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Please don't push it, follow the doc's orders or one will be the one that pays for it after.

Pain meds, dump them ASAP.

After my spinal surgery I rushed to get back to doing everything I did before and took all the pain meds as prescribed but they just take away the 'warning' pains that should have limited what I did physically.

Then there is the fact the pain meds affected my kidney function and could have killed me.

I hope all goes well with the surgery and healing process.

Do as the physical therapist tells you and get off the pain meds quick.

Best of luck bro!
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Good luck @manchestersparky, I know these surgeries have improved a LOT in recent years, hope it fixes you up like brand new.

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Please don't push it, follow the doc's orders or one will be the one that pays for it after.

Pain meds, dump them ASAP.
I have had a lot more hospital time than I'd like the last few years (not me, friends and relatives) and I'll tell you it's no joke, doctors and nurses are really pushing the heavy pain meds, the opioids.

They are prescribing a ton of pain meds for things that have been managed OK in the past with very little or no narcotics. I've seen it first hand in some cases and heard the stories from some others. They really exaggerated the amount of pain you'd experience and explicitly told people they'd never get through without opioids.

Then they wonder why there's a narcotic addiction epidemic. It's no BS, the seeds are planted in HOSPITALS.
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Hope it all goes well

I agree with Mech....just send me all your percs

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Good luck @manchestersparky, I know these surgeries have improved a LOT in recent years, hope it fixes you up like brand new.



I have had a lot more hospital time than I'd like the last few years (not me, friends and relatives) and I'll tell you it's no joke, doctors and nurses are really pushing the heavy pain meds, the opioids.

They are prescribing a ton of pain meds for things that have been managed OK in the past with very little or no narcotics. I've seen it first hand in some cases and heard the stories from some others. They really exaggerated the amount of pain you'd experience and explicitly told people they'd never get through without opioids.

Then they wonder why there's a narcotic addiction epidemic. It's no BS, the seeds are planted in HOSPITALS.

The prescription I was sent home with was two pills (Roxicett) every 3 hours as needed for pain.

It was a habit to take two every three hours in no time flat and I did just that until it was @90 a week for 6 years straight, until they affected my kidney function.

At that point I quit cold turkey.

Prior to that I was the type that never even took aspirin.
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Good luck @manchestersparky, I know these surgeries have improved a LOT in recent years, hope it fixes you up like brand new.



I have had a lot more hospital time than I'd like the last few years (not me, friends and relatives) and I'll tell you it's no joke, doctors and nurses are really pushing the heavy pain meds, the opioids.

They are prescribing a ton of pain meds for things that have been managed OK in the past with very little or no narcotics. I've seen it first hand in some cases and heard the stories from some others. They really exaggerated the amount of pain you'd experience and explicitly told people they'd never get through without opioids.

Then they wonder why there's a narcotic addiction epidemic. It's no BS, the seeds are planted in HOSPITALS.
I think a lot of this is because we've become a nation of whining sniveling sissy-faced wimps who demand immediate relief from any and every sort of pain.

It wasn't very long ago that we just worked our way through it, these days we're looking for any sort of a crutch to make life easier.
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The upshot is that spine surgery has really come a long way just in the last 12 years or so. The downside is that it still hurts like hell and by the time you're healed, you'll be a full-blown opioid addict.
Not everyone becomes an opiod addict. In fact, very few become addicts.

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Good luck really pushing the heavy pain meds, the opioids.
They are prescribing a ton of pain meds for things that have been managed OK in the past with very little or no narcotics. I've seen it first hand in some cases and heard the stories from some others. They really exaggerated the amount of pain you'd experience and explicitly told people they'd never get through without opioids.

Then they wonder why there's a narcotic addiction epidemic. It's no BS, the seeds are planted in HOSPITALS.
I see the exact opposite here in my state and county. Doctors are making patients quit and many older doctors are retiring. The new young doctors are in the fight.
The losers are the people that actually need round the clock pain relief.
Opioid prescribing is way down and people are being forced out of treatment.
People that are not the problem.
Heroin dealers are quite happy as all that business will now go to them.

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I think a lot of this is because we've become a nation of whining sniveling sissy-faced wimps who demand immediate relief from any and every sort of pain.
It wasn't very long ago that we just worked our way through it, these days we're looking for any sort of a crutch to make life easier.
I think your just getting old and don't want to.
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Best of luck, Neck surgery is not as bad as back and others. I had no pane at all never needed any pain killers. sitting around in that brace is a bother. Does make it hard to read, cannot bend down at neck so have to hold book up. You will do great.

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Not everyone becomes an opiod addict. In fact, very few become addicts.

Very true, in fact, the technical term would not consider you an addict but rather, opioid dependent. There is a big difference between an opioid addict and being opioid dependent.

You will have to detox, so to speak and it isn't so bad unless you go cold turkey-- not recommended.
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