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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 8:21am

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JFW has had an ongoing issue related to a Fall 2020 work injury (kicked in the face by a child!) and after several visits with the surgeon, tests, MRIs etc., has just this week been cleared for C5 or C6 disc replacement surgery. The surgeon who she's been working with is based in Colorado and flies up a few times each month to our regional medical center here; as far as I know, there's no other surgeon in the area who does this. Aaand he just crashed his plane and died. Talk about being torn: obviously a tragedy, he didn't have to come to us—I'm sure he could have been just as busy made just as much money if he'd stayed put... but our immediate reaction has to be "how does this affect JFW?" because she's been living with this disability for a while, and the state worker's comp people are going to have the same questions. Oy.
 
gosh man. I do hope this can be resolved soon. What a turn of events...{#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Dec 12, 2021 - 7:57am

JFW has had an ongoing issue related to a Fall 2020 work injury (kicked in the face by a child!) and after several visits with the surgeon, tests, MRIs etc., has just this week been cleared for C5 or C6 disc replacement surgery. The surgeon who she's been working with is based in Colorado and flies up a few times each month to our regional medical center here; as far as I know, there's no other surgeon in the area who does this. Aaand he just crashed his plane and died. Talk about being torn: obviously a tragedy, he didn't have to come to us—I'm sure he could have been just as busy made just as much money if he'd stayed put... but our immediate reaction has to be "how does this affect JFW?" because she's been living with this disability for a while, and the state worker's comp people are going to have the same questions. Oy.
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Posted: Nov 24, 2021 - 8:22am

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Pardon the trip down memory lane. One thing led to another and it sorta just happened.


That's quite the memory lane there kurtster.  

My understanding is that CBD will not provide any near-term pain relief but could contribute to improving chronic conditions over time.  THC is required to distract from the pain.  

My impression is that CBD can be effective for some conditions but is being over-sold as medicine in many quarters.

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Posted: Nov 24, 2021 - 3:49am

 westslope wrote:
 Steely_D wrote:


Same thing I thought in 1983, which I think is part of why I got admitted: when we look for ways to help patients we need to look at everything, don't we?

Absolutely, no disagreement there.   From all appearances, cannabis is much better than most alternatives for sleep disorders, mild anxiety and relatively mild, chronic pain.

My personal observations of obese people, especially those with fibromyalgia, people with late-stage cancer and folks with nasty sciatic pain leads me to conclude that cannabis is simply not strong enough.  

Let's see if I can share a personal anecdote without getting sued.....

The neighbour is a RMPC# of!ficer, he is currently grounded for health reasons and is unlikely to ever work in the field again.   This work is tough.  You wear all this heavy equipment and in many cases, you spend the day SITTING.   Then you add in the murder of a colleague, the unique pleasure of having to cart severed limbs off a rail line, and not so long ago the lovely experience of a 300 lb. F-N woman who brakes your leg because there was no backup available for that particular call to a local bar.....   sound stressful enough?   Any of you want this job?

The poor man now suffers severe sciatic pain.  It is easily observable in his gait and posture.   Some of BC's finest and strongest bud is still not strong enough to distract from the pain.  A mutual friend is still working on more concentrated forms of THC and I honestly hope it works.....

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To fully understand this case, it is important to know that the individual was not fond of exercising.  He looked overweight and out of shape from the first time I met him.    It is super important to regularly exercise with a job like this.  
 
My opinion based on 55+ years of observations and having dealt with sciatica as mentioned below, cannabis is a distraction of the pain at best.  Sciatica is too sharp of a pain, an issue for most pain meds, except say something like my favorite, dilaudid.  Never met a pain it could not handle.  Morphine and demoral for that matter do nothing for me for pain, just make me stupid, if I'm lucky or a headache if I'm not.  It is not a fun kind of stupid either.

Sadly, but other than physical therapy which I went through to avoid certain movements so not to trigger it, Advil or ibuprofen probably would work best.  About 20 years ago I slipped and fell on some ice in the parking lot at work and nailed my right hip hard.  With many available choices and there were many, Advil was the only one that worked.  I took 400 units every two hours for at least a month.  The Rx dose for ibuprofen is 800 every 4.  I did it every two hours to keep the serum level constant so there would be no pain issues in the third hour when it starts to drop and wear off and the first hour where it kicks in again.  It did get to be mentally weird after about 2 weeks and thinking was affected and a strung out feeling began to become present.  But it was the only thing that worked for me.  Also extremely important is to constantly eat while doing this so your stomach does not get damaged by the all the NSAIDs.

Again, this is purely my experience.  Not advice of any kind.  Bear in mind that many pain meds work differently in men and women and then just by the individual.  There is no one size fits all option.  You cannot be stupid about this because you could kill yourself accidentally.

Cannabis is nice for general low level constant or chronic pain.  I cannot speak to CBD oils, yet.  Never tried it.  We are about to try it on my 94 yo mother who is suffering terrible pain from rheumatoid arthritis.  There was a once a month infusion that I forget the name of that did give her some relief but the supply has been diverted to CV19 use.  A nurse has so far been able to get a dose for her awhile ago, but it looks iffy going forward.  So we're going to try CBD.  Got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  The pain is bad enough that she did bring up buying a one way ticket to Oregon because it was getting that unbearable.

Oh and THC and cancer ... with all the chemo I went through, it was not something I enjoyed at the time.  But each round of my chemo sessions lasted for 6 straight days at a time, nonstop the whole 6 days.  Nothing was enjoyable.  Not even food as I usually stopped eating by the third day and lived on IV fluids for the duration.  I had what is called a dual port lumina that took two lines in at the same time instead of one.  I would very often have 5 individual infusion pumps going at the same time daisy chained into the two lines in. I had two weeks off in between rounds and could have had some if I wanted to.  Nope, I think I tried it once, but it just wasn't something enjoyable.  I wanted nothing extra anything in me.  I wanted everything and anything out of me instead.  Then again most people do not have week long chemo sessions.  Most are a 4 hour bag once or twice a week or once a month depending on a lot of variables.

THC does have value in long term cancer care where the patient loses their appetite because the chemo makes everything taste so nasty you have to get hungry enough to eat, period.  The munchies will drive a stoned person to food.

Pardon the trip down memory lane.  One thing led to another and it sorta just happened.

{#Meditate}
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Posted: Nov 23, 2021 - 12:37pm

 Steely_D wrote:


Same thing I thought in 1983, which I think is part of why I got admitted: when we look for ways to help patients we need to look at everything, don't we?

Absolutely, no disagreement there.   From all appearances, cannabis is much better than most alternatives for sleep disorders, mild anxiety and relatively mild, chronic pain.

My personal observations of obese people, especially those with fibromyalgia, people with late-stage cancer and folks with nasty sciatic pain leads me to conclude that cannabis is simply not strong enough.  

Let's see if I can share a personal anecdote without getting sued.....

The neighbour is a RMPC# of!ficer, he is currently grounded for health reasons and is unlikely to ever work in the field again.   This work is tough.  You wear all this heavy equipment and in many cases, you spend the day SITTING.   Then you add in the murder of a colleague, the unique pleasure of having to cart severed limbs off a rail line, and not so long ago the lovely experience of a 300 lb. F-N woman who breaks your leg because there was no backup available for that particular call to a local bar.....   sound stressful enough?   Any of you want this job?

The poor man now suffers severe sciatic pain.  It is easily observable in his gait and posture.   Some of BC's finest and strongest bud is still not strong enough to distract from the pain.  A mutual friend is still working on more concentrated forms of THC and I honestly hope it works.....

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To fully understand this case, it is important to know that the individual was not fond of exercising.  He looked overweight and out of shape from the first time I met him.    It is super important to regularly exercise with a job like this.  





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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 10:12pm

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As soft, relatively safe medicine for treating mild pain, clearly cannabis is wonderful.   Thoughts Steely?


Same thing I thought in 1983, which I think is part of why I got admitted: when we look for ways to help patients we need to look at everything, don't we?
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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 4:26pm

FWIW, I avoid the sciatic pain trap by using an exercise hoola hoop.  Looks silly.  My torso muscles love it.


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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 4:25pm

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”Question: Does cannabis actually help with the sciatic pain?”

You know what’s freakin’ awful? When I interviewed to get into med school (1983?) one of the questions they asked was “what do you think of marijuana as a medicine?”

You’d think by now it wouldn’t be controversial. 


I believe I was the one who originally posted that question.  The reason why I posted it is because 

a)  I believe that cannabis can be useful for pain because of the way it distracts the patient from the pain, it does not eliminate or cover up the pain, and 

b) my perception is that most cases of sciatic pain are just too painful for cannabis to work effectively.

As soft, relatively safe medicine for treating mild pain, clearly cannabis is wonderful.   Thoughts Steely?


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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 3:55pm

 cc_rider wrote:

Got the first shot of the shingles vaccine today. Horror stories about symptoms finally made me pull the trigger - anything to avoid that living Hell.
Updates as they become available...
c.



My "insurance" won't cover one for me until I'm 65.
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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 3:29pm

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Got the first shot of the shingles vaccine today. Horror stories about symptoms finally made me pull the trigger - anything to avoid that living Hell.
Updates as they become available...
c.


shingrix?
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Posted: Nov 22, 2021 - 11:44am

Got the first shot of the shingles vaccine today. Horror stories about symptoms finally made me pull the trigger - anything to avoid that living Hell.
Updates as they become available...
c.
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Posted: Jul 14, 2020 - 8:46am

”Question: Does cannabis actually help with the sciatic pain?”

You know what’s freakin’ awful? When I interviewed to get into med school (1983?) one of the questions they asked was “what do you think of marijuana as a medicine?”

You’d think by now it wouldn’t be controversial. 
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Posted: Jul 13, 2020 - 6:27pm



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So I finally made the phone call after all these years to a Roundup / Non Hodgkin Lymphoma lawsuit hotline.  Thought about it and thought some more for quite a few years.

So the pitch says they can tell me within minutes whether or not I might have a case.  First one I've seen that made that claim, so why not.

I call and a nice lady answers the phone. 

So after all of the formalities I ask, so which type of NHL is this about because there are around 38 different types ?

She says, all types.

Me to myself, this can't be.

I continue, going through the motions, give up my email so they can send me a contract to look at and, don't you have email access right now ?

No, I say.  Tell the lady, I'll look it over and get back to you.

Finally I look for it after a couple of days and find it over in the spam side.  Look at it, standard boilerplate, mentions the splits, fees, peripheral costs and then comes the mention of liens on the medical expenses by the likes of Medicare, Medicaid and any other insurance outfit that may have covered the expenses, that get paid out of my share, which is 40% after all costs are removed, but before any liens are settled.  Bells go off in my head, alerting me to the fact that this would have to be at least an 8 figure settlement to even allow me to get a dollar or two for myself.

So I kick it around in my head wondering about how this would affect my present care should my provider take a dim view of me becoming litigious in my older age as they provide copies of my medical records which are getting close to 3,500 computer pages at just the Clinic.  Then the docs have to make statements which nearly any hospital I can think of does not like to do.  We have established a relationship of sorts as they have collected well north of $2.5 million on my behalf over the course of the past 11 years now.  I kinda just show up and ignore certain things and they seem to let me as long as insurance keeps paying whatever they pay.  That could very well end with the termination of the long term goodwill between the two of us goes down the drain if I should pursue participating in this kind of a lawsuit.  A close friend whose wife has worked for my provider for 30 or so years agrees with my assessment that I could really piss off the Clinic and end up screwing myself.  Better to just move along, nothing to see here.

A week passes and finally last Tuesday, a lady calls back and asks if I had read and signed the contract.  I said, no and proceeded to explain my reservations.  I mentioned how big of a settlement would likely be needed for me to get anything even remotely worth risking pissing people off and that it would likely be north of $10 million with my care costing at least $2.5 mil so far.  She said that she understood and would have one of their attorneys who could answer my specific questions call me back and go over things with me.

I have yet to get a call back.  Kinda thinking that one will not be coming anytime soon.

Had to try.  Had to find out once and for all.  If something sounds too good to be true, then, well, ya know how that goes ...

Next !
 
Your assessment sounds reasonable

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Posted: Jul 13, 2020 - 6:09pm

So I finally made the phone call after all these years to a Roundup / Non Hodgkin Lymphoma lawsuit hotline.  Thought about it and thought some more for quite a few years.

So the pitch says they can tell me within minutes whether or not I might have a case.  First one I've seen that made that claim, so why not.

I call and a nice lady answers the phone. 

So after all of the formalities I ask, so which type of NHL is this about because there are around 38 different types ?

She says, all types.

Me to myself, this can't be.

I continue, going through the motions, give up my email so they can send me a contract to look at and, don't you have email access right now ?

No, I say.  Tell the lady, I'll look it over and get back to you.

Finally I look for it after a couple of days and find it over in the spam side.  Look at it, standard boilerplate, mentions the splits, fees, peripheral costs and then comes the mention of liens on the medical expenses by the likes of Medicare, Medicaid and any other insurance outfit that may have covered the expenses, that get paid out of my share, which is 40% after all costs are removed, but before any liens are settled.  Bells go off in my head, alerting me to the fact that this would have to be at least an 8 figure settlement to even allow me to get a dollar or two for myself.

So I kick it around in my head wondering about how this would affect my present care should my provider take a dim view of me becoming litigious in my older age as they provide copies of my medical records which are getting close to 3,500 computer pages at just the Clinic.  Then the docs have to make statements which nearly any hospital I can think of does not like to do.  We have established a relationship of sorts as they have collected well north of $2.5 million on my behalf over the course of the past 11 years now.  I kinda just show up and ignore certain things and they seem to let me as long as insurance keeps paying whatever they pay.  That could very well end with the termination of the long term goodwill between the two of us goes down the drain if I should pursue participating in this kind of a lawsuit.  A close friend whose wife has worked for my provider for 30 or so years agrees with my assessment that I could really piss off the Clinic and end up screwing myself.  Better to just move along, nothing to see here.

A week passes and finally last Tuesday, a lady calls back and asks if I had read and signed the contract.  I said, no and proceeded to explain my reservations.  I mentioned how big of a settlement would likely be needed for me to get anything even remotely worth risking pissing people off and that it would likely be north of $10 million with my care costing at least $2.5 mil so far.  She said that she understood and would have one of their attorneys who could answer my specific questions call me back and go over things with me.

I have yet to get a call back.  Kinda thinking that one will not be coming anytime soon.

Had to try.  Had to find out once and for all.  If something sounds too good to be true, then, well, ya know how that goes ...

Next !
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020 - 2:31pm



 kurtster wrote:
 

If you was me, I'd be trying acupuncture, chiropractic, and voodoo 
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Posted: Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41pm

moving this over to a better place ...

 westslope wrote:
Sorry to hear that kurtster.   The hysterical War on Drugs just keeps on making victims.  If anything, one could be excused for wondering why the opioid crisis — a massive policy failure — has not pushed folks to re-think narcotics interdiction.

Question:   Does cannabis actually help with the sciatic pain?  
  
I am on my way to finding out the answer.  Had my test this morning.  Found out that I was not due until May.  Grrrr.  It seems that your contract gets renewed the same month every year.  I thought it was on my first visit of the year.  After some back and forth and some discussion of my sciatica and that with all things considered that I would be clean for THC he said we're good, we'll do the paper work part when the time comes.  He was willing to overlook other things that he knows we have because of my wife's problems, but THC was verboten.

Same GP that I have had for over 15 years, saw me through my cancer and all the other shit not to mention my wife's stuff.  So we both have a rock solid relationship built on trust over all of those years, that we are overall knowledgeable, compliant and are not at risk for abusing RX medications with the track record to prove it.  And we will not embarrass him with any sloppy behaviour on our part.

As for dealing with the pain and inflammation, we're going to find out.  After 55 years of consumption, I sure as hell won't be imagining any kind of relief.  It will either be real or it won't.  

So far this evening after a very long nap earlier in the day I finally partook after being up for a few hours.  Nothing really other than getting a little buzz.  It still hurt like a mofo.  After an hour or so, a wee bit more and I'm caring less about the pain and walking around a little more comfortably.  Now home after taking Jr back to his home and some more and I'm down to a meh ... or on that 1 to 10 scale about a 3 or 4.  It's been 8 or better for the better part of the last 3 weeks.  I've also indulged with 2 different strains so hard to say what is going on.

So we'll see.  I'll keep a pain o log and see what if anything is happening in regards to THC and CBD's.  It is very possible that over the many, many years I have benefited from the pain relief without consciously knowing it.  Back and nerve issues are a result of cumulative injuries over your entire life and one funny little move could be the wrong one that will do more to you than just hurt.  That and / or just plain neuropathy from all of the chemo.  It is a major side affect of half of the chemo drugs I've had.  Now I have a chance to find out.  I'm very in tune with my body.  Knowing myself as well as I do and making note of changes is a large part of discovering my cancer as early as we did.  And when it came back a couple of years ago.  And not being afraid to go to the doctor to find out what is wrong.  I'll report back on this.
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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 4:05pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 
 

Yeah I just hit the google too and it looks like I just got lucky. Apparently "most people" only have the sore arm for a while but I got all the symptoms.
 

Never suspected his guest was trying to poison him
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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 3:38pm



 steeler wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 steeler wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:

shingrix?

 

Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
 

Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
 

I don't know, but the person sticking me did say that the nasty reaction means it's working. That doesn't mean no reaction=not working, but it might be worth investigating.
 

Not sure how I could determine whether the shots I received were defective or less than necessary potency. Upon quick internet search, I see where reactions can vary and some people do not experience much in the way of side effects while many others do. One person I know had a very sore upper arm for at least a week and told me it had turned red, but not the sickness and fatigue others are reporting (I read some people saying they experienced hellish nightmares!?!?). So I guess it varies. For me, the shots themselves were quick and really did not hurt and, as I said, the aftermath was just some very tolerable soreness in shoulder area for a few days. I am just hoping it works as expected — at least 90 percent effective — and I did not get a bad batch.

     

    Yeah I just hit the google too and it looks like I just got lucky. Apparently "most people" only have the sore arm for a while but I got all the symptoms.
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    Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 2:03pm



     ScottFromWyoming wrote:


     steeler wrote:


     ScottFromWyoming wrote:


     miamizsun wrote:

    shingrix?

     

    Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
     

    Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
     

    I don't know, but the person sticking me did say that the nasty reaction means it's working. That doesn't mean no reaction=not working, but it might be worth investigating.
     

    Not sure how I could determine whether the shots I received were defective or less than necessary potency. Upon quick internet search, I see where reactions can vary and some people do not experience much in the way of side effects while many others do. One person I know had a very sore upper arm for at least a week and told me it had turned red, but not the sickness and fatigue others are reporting (I read some people saying they experienced hellish nightmares!?!?). So I guess it varies. For me, the shots themselves were quick and really did not hurt and, as I said, the aftermath was just some very tolerable soreness in shoulder area for a few days. I am just hoping it works as expected — at least 90 percent effective — and I did not get a bad batch.

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