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Back to the drawing/operating board

Discussion in 'Track Loaders' started by DMiller, May 19, 2017 at 12:05 AM.

  1. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Been awhile since I posted anything on my back issues. Had pretty well died off to background but never quit aching. Ben on PT for several weeks now with the only improvement that the pain won't find a nest. Poor little gals working me over(love having 30 somethings young ladies man handle me) have come to conclusions, I am working very hard to correct what they find, they find something different occurring week to week starting with SI joint, moving to tight muscle/tendon groups, now they have tried 99% of what they have in the torture box and all they can do is swap points of pain. Tech today said is writing letter to back Doc, either more/other/missed stenosis, herniated disc or the arthritis already noted in my lower discs has advanced to degeneration. Nothing more they can accomplish, he needs to get imaging done to see what is happening inside. Next Thursday the 25th 8:10am. Will know something from then.
     
  2. kshansen

    kshansen Senior Member

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    Good luck, I have been living with a bad back since the 1970's. Not anything as bad as yours but if I over do it one day the back reminds me for the next week, mostly while trying to find a comfortable way to sleep then again the first couple hours in the morning till I get moving.
     
  3. Junkyard

    Junkyard Senior Member

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    I can't imagine what you've been and are going through. I've had some back issues but they seem trivial in light of yours. On occasion I'll overdo it and pay for it usually the second or third day. No major accidents or anything just not taking care of my body as good as I should have. I hope they get it sorted out and it doesn't involve another invasive procedure!

    Junkyard
     
  4. wornout wrench

    wornout wrench Well-Known Member

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    I feel your pain.
    Herniated L4, nothing they can do.
    I'm lucky, it isn't that bad, I can live with it most days.

    But the days when it hurts, OUCH.

    I did a stupid thing last week and have been paying for it all this week. Have to rely on painkillers to get some sleep.

    Good luck with the imaging, and like Junkyard says, I hope they find an easy way.
     
  5. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    This ongoing chit is for the birds! Manage to get thru a day, feel semi-OK lay down and within a few hours have to get up as the stabbing/grabbing will not relent until I do.

    We got that presumed issue SI joint to roll back where it belonged, had no effect on the pain problem where the tech stated yesterday it was a symptom not a cause. Some days looks like I was born with scoliosis, next my hip rolls out then something grabs from behind and I limp as if my right leg is too short or drag it like a wooden one just won't square off and fight fair. If I go out to the shop and piddle around I can get it into a background mode, stop for any reason, crap, lunch, wife needs to talk and BANG back again, is STUPID! And pain meds don't seem to do anything but make me loopy, hate that feeling with still having pain issue so won't take the stuff.

    Doc knows severe arthritis L3/4 down, not certain where it will go if that is source. Maybe end up fusing it as considered thirty nine years ago.

    Thanks for watching boys, mind your own backs as when they quit it is as if there is nothing you can do. Find someone that will at least look at repairs EARLY, I suspect waiting this long gave me new options that did not used to exist but may have been at too late in the game plan.
     
  6. Labparamour

    Labparamour Well-Known Member

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    Sorry the surgery didn't prove to be the fix.
    Hope the MRI provides some more clues and treatment options.

    DB
     
  7. wornout wrench

    wornout wrench Well-Known Member

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    Just the other day at work I was yelling at a couple of 20something kids that were doing track rollers on a D8, grabbing them and throwing them around like I used to be able to do.
    Told them the story of the herniated disc and how much fun it is and how enjoyable my life is now.
    Don't think that you are invincible, like I did.

    I'm sure that when I turned my back they had a laugh and just kept going.

    As DMiller say's, Watch your back boys.