Questions I get about my back

I have been asked a lot about my back lately since this latest incident.  It is tough to answer many of the questions because unless you have had something happen like I have you might not understand it.

 

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Here are the most common questions / things I get about my back:

  1. What is the pain like?That is one of the hardest things to explain since it is not a consistent pain or sensation.  It varies day to day, heck even minute to minute.

    I have some permanent nerve damage from the initial injury.  The damage from that basically took away the reflex in my left ankle.  The doctors can bang the heck out of my Achilles, no response.  The left two outer toes and pretty much a straight line from them to my heel constantly has a pins and needles / numbness feeling.  I’m pretty much used to it but when my back flares up that sensation can intensify greatly!

    The majority of the time I get what I can only describe as a pinching feeling that travels down my left leg.  When I get that feeling I know I have a flare up.  Depending on the flare up is how far the “pinching” will travel.  Usually starts right in the butt cheek or just below and travels down to the back of the knee.  If it goes farther then that…BAD NEWS!

    Then there is the burning!  My older sister has RSD and RSD is described a lot of the time as an INTENSE burning sensation.  So when I get that feeling I always think of her and realize it can ALWAYS be worse.  The burning usually comes along with the pinching sensation and follows it.  Some times it goes up the back as well.

    Pins and needles.  This happens quite often as well.  Follows the pinching / burning but spreads out a bit more.  I have had where the entire front of my leg has that feeling along with numbness.  In fact, I have poked myself with a needle once or twice when this happens and I can not feel the poke at all.

    The newest sensation I had was Wednesday night of this week.  It felt like someone was grabbing just my Achilles tendon and squeezing the heck out of it.  Almost like it was in a vice.

    General tenderness.  I get a lot of tenderness in my hip region.  Not just simple touch that area and I say Ouch!  I’m talking touch that area and I am ready to jump off the examining table.

    General aches.  Another things that happens a lot when there is a flare up.  I get a dull ache that will usually follow the other symptoms.  This is probably the easiest to deal with and ignore but is just plain annoying.

  2. What causes the pain?Another tough one because it can be anything from rolling out of bed, bending over to pick up a piece of paper, standing, sitting, walking, grabbing something out of the fridge.  This morning I got a jolt that fired down my leg when the truck shifted as I turned to go down an On Ramp to the highway.
  3. Why don’t you just do X to fix it?I would love to do X, Y or Z…. hell the whole alphabet if it would fix it.  Each person’s injury is unique.  Each person’s “triggers” are unique.  Like I heard one of my therapists say…”the chance is always there now to have something like this happen again, you just have to do what you can in order to minimize that change.”

    Nothing works on everyone.  There are so many things my aquatic therapist has wanted to try but the timing isn’t right yet or she knows it will cause more issues.  There are also things that work great for one person and the next person it puts them in intense pain.

    I did physical therapy in the past and it did very little to help.  Honestly last time I had my therapist so confused he pretty much gave up since everything we tried just caused further pain.  Electrostim at therapy would work some times and not others.  I even had been prescribed my own machine and it did absolutely nothing.

    Two things have seemed to help the most.
    A) Ultrasound…. but how practical is it to have to have that done all the time.  Not like you can buy a machine for home and self administer it.
    B) Aquatic therapy…. so far this has been the best thing for me.   Between the weight being taken off of everything and the resistance of the water just seems to be the right combination to help.  Insurance can be a bear when it comes to aquatic therapy though, which is a whole different story.

  4. Can’t you just take medication to help with the pain?Sure…..and you can feel like you aren’t yourself, you can start forgetting things, get wonderful digestive system issues, can not operate motor vehicles and possibly become addicted to some hardcore stuff.

    Unfortunately you can’t just pop an Advil or Ibuprofen and call it a day.  Nope you have to take things that you have to hand deliver to the pharmacist.

    Then there is the whole building up a tolerance.  For some reason my system builds up a tolerance QUICK.  I can take a pill that will knock someone else out one day and it will make me drowsy and the pain goes away.  Two days later the same pill is like taking a vitamin and does absolutely nothing for the pain.

All in all it just SUCKS!  I wish there was some magic pill, experimental therapy, cybernetic implant (Yes….I’d take Weapon X up on an offer), brace, injection, medication, yoga, exercise, essential oil, holistic thing, massage, Reiki, etc…. that would be amazing.  Unfortunately there is nothing like this or if there is it isn’t available to the general public.  Maybe there is some crazy operation available in some other country but who really knows.

 

Oh yeah… the other thing that goes along with this whole thing is the frustration.  It’s hard to not be able to live your life like you would want to.  After this last incident am I going to be able to rough house with my 2 year old?  Am I going to be able to show my children things I used to do?  The feeling you have when your child just wants you to pick them up to comfort them…no fun!  Seeing my pregnant wife needing help and myself feeling helpless…no fun!  Give piggy back rides?  Am I going to ever be able pass on my martial arts training to my kids?  Am I going to be able to continue to ride motorcycle?  Am I going to be able to go on my crazy adventures to get that one tough to-get photo?

Ugh!!

Chronic fatigue – Something hard to understand

Plain and simple chronic fatigue sucks.  There are so many things that come along with it… constant lack of energy, foggy brain, weird pains….

…AND…

one of the hardest to understand, insomnia.  I am asked all the time….if you are tired and run down all the time how the heck can you have insomnia?

You would think if you were tired and rundown nearly every second of the day that sleep would come easily.  Some times it does other times you can end up with major insomnia.  I would say I have insomnia at least twice a week.  I go to bed being absolutely wiped out and figuring sleep would come almost instantly but it doesn’t.  A lot of times my brain just won’t shut down, its kicked into overdrive with thoughts, stress, worry, ideas…

NON-STOP!

The next day I am completely wiped out.  Mentally exhausted.  Tired.  Sadly need to caffeine up to make it through the day.

I have tried prescribed sleeping medication (which I have heard recently they can shorten your life span) and Melatonin.  Both lead to a temporary “fix”.  Quite often I will fall asleep within a few minutes of taking something, wake up like an hour later feeling like I have slept for hours and then right back to the whole insomnia thing.

I really wish there was an easy fix.  Unfortunately there isn’t one.

Chronic fatigue……ugh!

Adrenal Health was working wonders for me, until the past few weeks.  I’m not sure what is causing the change.  Stress at work, stress at home, financial stress or something else.  Not 100% sure but I am thinking it is stress related.

I have been spending way more time outside working on some projects, getting fresh air and lots of sunlight.  When I am active doing things outside I don’t feel like I get fatigued.

When I am at work in the office I seem to be visiting that brick wall once again.  The “crash” seems to hold off until I get home but between 5 and 6 I feel like I am ready for a nap.  My eyes get really heavy, yet there is no nap to be had.  I can lay down and try to take a rest but never fall asleep.

Very frustrating!

I’m not really sure what the next step should be.  I really need to come up with something!  Life like this really SUCKS!!

Latest on my chronic fatigue

Went to Florida two weeks ago for work. Did I come back with a nasty sunburn? Nope I come back with a wicked sinus infection. Sinus infection on top of chronic fatigue equals a whole lot of no fun.

I ran out of my Adrenal Health right before I flew out to Florida. At first things were fine but then the fatigue started to come back. Not as bad as it was but I was definitely burnt out when I got home from work at night. As the days went on the fatigue has been getting worse. Today I am totally wiped out.

I had not ordered another bottle of Adrenal Health since I wasn’t really sure it was doing anything. Now I know it was.

I did place an order for a new bottle and it should be here tomorrow. Hopefully that will kick things back to the way they were.

I have discussed Adrenal Health and my results with two doctors now. I basically laid it out like this…

“A friend of mine had suggested I give this stuff a try. The friend that suggested it is very grounded in science so I figured I would give it a shot. Like he said what’s the worst that can happen? You waste thrity bucks.”

Be it the placebo effect or things really helping I honestly don’t care since it has helped me!

The first doctor said he’ll they throw everything but the kitchen sink inthat, nothing is harmful and if it works go for it.

My “regular” doctor, who I saw today, looked into the ingredients and explained how though she hadn’t heard of some, others were reported to do this and that. She also said if it works for you keep on it, we have tried some heavy stimulants and other medications, take what works for you. She also said she was going to do some more research and let me know if anything set off red flags, like something that would kill me in a week or make me grow a tail. Hmmmmmmm, a tail might be cool though.

Now I wait for the big brown truck to deliver my savior in a bottle. Can’t wait to go for round two and see what sort of results I get.

 

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Supplement: Adrenal Health – Week 2

It’s been a little over 2 weeks now since I started taking Adrenal Health.  The effects seem to be fading a bit.

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I feel like I am starting to hit that brick wall in the mid-afternoon, my eyelids feel heavy, yawning for no reason, starting to get the groggy feeling back.

Some of this might be coming from  are things that I think I am letting stress me out too much or from other things that are just bothering me.  Maybe smashing my toe this past weekend and it putting a damper in the mix hasn’t helped.  At least that is something that is taking care of itself and the swelling and bruising have been going down.

It could also be coming from the way my body seems to metabolize any kind of medication or supplement.  My body, for some stupid reason, seems to build up tolerances to things very quickly.  Any sort of medication I end up having to have to take a higher dosage of very quickly.  Im not sure about a higher dosage of Adrenal Health, I will have to do some research.

Only time will tell……

Supplement: Adrenal Health

I have been dealing with Chronic Fatigue for quite a few years now.  I have been medically tested for what seems like everything under the sun, including low testosterone, thyroid issues, vitamin deficiencies, sleep apnea and more.

I have gone through a laundry list of medications.  Most having zero effect on me.

I have had issues ever since my back problems and surgery.  To add to the existing frustration and limitations from the back issues, my energy levels, mood, headaches and depression just continued to plummet over the past few months.  I was getting super irritable and touchy.  Not a place where I wanted to be.

I was also starting to hit a brick wall at about two in the afternoon.  ZERO drive and ambition.  Absolutely no energy.  My mind, which hasnt been as sharp since what I feel was all the different pain medications and muscle relaxers that I went through during my back issues, was starting to get even foggier.  I basically became a zombie.

After posting something online a friend of mine private messaged me and suggested I give a this Adrenal Health supplement a try.  Sure another “natural” thing that is supposed to work wonders was my immediate thought.

I decided to give it a shot after some further discussion, reading many reviews, thought and realizing its only twenty five bucks wasted if it doesnt work (much cheaper then a doctors appt).

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Ive now been taking Adrenal Health at its recommended dose for a little over a week.  I have to say, it actually seems to be helping.

  • My mood has not been terrible like it was.
  • I still have some tiredness but I dont hit that brick wall in the afternoon.  Im usually good up until the time I am ready to go to bed.
  • Havent had a headache in a while.
  • Depression is nowhere near what it was.

I would definitely recommend giving this a try if.  Whats the worst thing that could happen?  You are out a few bucks.