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Warm water therapy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The spine specialist told my dear man that he needs to plan on exercising in water every day for the rest of his life to keep his back in shape.
My dh has always been an active man but never ever one to exercise, other than a walk now and again.
He has always been blessed with a slim body type but since he quit smoking about 4-5 years ago he has gained about 20 lbs, almost all in the gut.
Probably put a strain on his back, don't you think?
Five days since the 5 steroid shots to his spine and he is still in considerable pain.
The back and nerve pain has diminished somewhat but the painful muscle spasms are worse than ever.
We joined a gym with a warm water pool yesterday- it was quite a struggle to get him there and into the pool but he moved in the water for about 40 minutes- the most he has moved in a month.
He is incredibly weak and debilitated right now- even a fall risk.
I was supposed to go to the beach with friends today but I may not- I don't want to leave him here alone all day.
Just called his doc- awaiting a call back to see if he has any advice for what to do now.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/19/2014 10:04PM

    Praying for healing

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/19/2014 9:15PM

    That's awesome that you join the gym yesterday in order for your honey to exercise in a warm water pool! I'm sorry to hear he is still in a lot of pain! Your honey is so lucky to have you! Maybe you can go to the beach tomorrow with your friends! Sending lots of sunshine your way!
Hugs and love!
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/19/2014 6:29PM

    This was not the news I was hoping to hear. Daily water therapy is not awful but not easy to accomplish if you have other things going in your life. I was also hoping his pain would have diminished a bit more by now. Maybe your doctor will have an idea of what's next for him. Sending good thoughts and prayers.

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MARITIMER3 8/19/2014 4:30PM

    It's really sad when someone who has been basically well suddenly has an accident or illness which restricts their life in some way. I really hope the warm water helps, and that he will keep it up without too much "reminding" on your part.

With my DH, it was a torn rotator cuff from a karting accident. He did physio for two years, then had surgery, then more physio... but he DIDN'T work at it as hard as he should have, and has limited mobility in the joint, and definite weakness in the arm.

It's a real bummer, and I'm sure he regrets not obeying the doctor's orders... but of course he would never admit it. emoticon

Gail

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MEXGAL1 8/19/2014 2:25PM

    I just feel so bad for you Elizabeth. Oh and for your DH. To hear that he must do this daily for the rest of his life isn't that encouraging.
Sending you both positive thoughts and prayers.
Peanut

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TWILAQ1 8/19/2014 12:54PM

    My mom does an arthritis class in a warm pool at the Y in her community. Perhaps there are classes your husband would find fun and motivating.

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2014 12:10PM

    Sounds like it's getting worse rather than better- hope he can be a good patient and take advice. Good that he has you, I so hope he's soon feeling better Liz, such a worry for you both emoticon

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SEATTLE58 8/19/2014 11:15AM

    I hope that the dr. has good advice that can help him lots and then with the warm water. Awwww, that makes me feel better just hearing about warm water. Hopefully that will help him lots. emoticon

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JOANNANOW 8/19/2014 10:39AM

    So good to hear that a warm water pool is available! That could make a huge difference. I hope you see progress soon. Your loving support and the pool will help him pull through. emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 8/19/2014 10:21AM

    Poor dude! But I hear ya. My man isn't an exerciser either and he definitely needs to do that plus lose his gut by eating better in order to ease his back pain and not have a heart attack or stroke as he has high BP and high cholesterol. I hope you have a lot of gook luck getting your man to take care of himself.
Cheers!
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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2014 10:16AM

    OMG, I hope he follows the doc's advice. This is getting serious! I hope the pool work helps.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/19/2014 10:12AM

    I hope he feels better soon. Good thing you can be there for him ... he is a lucky man to have you.

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EDWARDS1411 8/19/2014 10:10AM

    I bet he is weak especially from not moving much over the last month. Glad he got into the pool yesterday. The good side of all this, you now have someone to go to the gym with!

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Some bit of relief

Monday, August 18, 2014

Four days today since my dh had those five cortisone shots in his back.
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He reports some relief from the nerve and back pain but still a lot of painful muscle spasms.
He is sleeping better (so I am, too).
Today we are trying out a warm water pool (87 degrees) about 20 minutes away to consider joining, at least for a month until the nearby university pool (90 degrees) opens for the semester.
I did get to spend a few hours with the grand babies yesterday afternoon but poor Papa still could not participate in one of the joys of his life. emoticon
On the plus side, I have lost a few pounds, due to all the amazing summer veggies we have been eating, including some incredible local corn!
Makes me sad to think of all the years when I deprived myself of any of nature's bounty in the name of some diet or other.
All things in moderation.
And, after nine months of wearing it I just now found out I am allowed to wear my WW Active Link in the pool! To think of all the water activities that were not tracked this summer!
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/19/2014 8:25AM

    So glad hubby is getting some relief! Hopefully, that back will settle down and he can have some pain free days. How did the pool work for him? I'm loving the fresh fruit and veggies, too! I'm finally back on track with exercise and feeling better for it. I'm still having some knee pain (muscular, not joint). My weight fluctuates so much that I'm not claiming weight loss yet but I am feeling better.

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_UMAMI_ 8/18/2014 10:56PM

    Wow, I didn't know corn was local in your area (my mom is from Nebraska, where corn is King!). Unfortunately, everything here is getting eaten by the grasshoppers and katydids now. I was happy to find a big bag of organic grapes on sale at the beachfront store, 'cos that's what I'm craving. :)

So happy to hear that your DH is feeling better and you are as well.
Here's to better and better days!
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EDWARDS1411 8/18/2014 10:48PM

    Glad to hear there's been some good progress for your DH!!!

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IAMBIZI 8/18/2014 8:05PM

    slowly but surely he will get better!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/18/2014 7:17PM

    That's awesome news! I'm so happy to hear your DH is getting some relief! I'm so glad you both are sleeping better! I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
Hugs and love!
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MEXGAL1 8/18/2014 6:02PM

    I am so glad to hear that your DH is getting some relief. And good to hear you both are sleeping better.
Enjoy your evening
Sallie

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/18/2014 1:10PM

    Good news all around! emoticon on the weight loss!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/18/2014 12:54PM

    Happy he's doing a bit better; I too used to avoid corn until I realized an EAR hardly has any calories! And oh, the JOY of a fresh ear of corn!!! Enjoy!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/18/2014 12:31PM

    I'm glad there's a little relief. Sometimes it takes several injections.

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TWILAQ1 8/18/2014 11:50AM

    Wonderful news that he's feeling somewhat better and that you have your eyes on a warm pool - for both of you!

What's the WW Active Link?

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NEW-CAZ 8/18/2014 11:37AM

    Glad to hear he's a bit more comfortable, swimming could help a lot, as long as he doesn't over do it.

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SEATTLE58 8/18/2014 11:15AM

    I'm so happy that your DH has some relief and I hope that the warm pool will feel so good to him too. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, as you probably already know of me, and I love warm heat on my hurting joints when I'm hurting more on bad days. Warm baths are heavenly so I think that he would love that too. Good luck to him!

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You would do the same thing!

Friday, August 15, 2014

No way am I extraordinary in any way in caring for my temporarily disabled dear man this summer.
Who would not step up and do what has to be done when someone you love is suffering and needs help?
I feel so bad for him-
his pain and suffering is so obvious-
and he is missing out on the so many of the joys of his life.
Other than moaning in pain, I have not heard a single complaint out of him.
He's barely even been irritable.
I'm quite sure I would not be so gracious in the face of it.
BTW, I have made a point of taking care of me with exercise, and short social outings/pool and beach days and time with the grandkids.
I know I posted this pic a few months ago, but here he is aboard our brand new/old boat i n June. Look at that happy boy!


And here we are on Anguilla a year or two ago.
Look at that happy couple!
(Married since we were teenagers...coming up on 46 years)


We both slept pretty well last night (he had 5 cortisone shots yesterday that should kick in within a few days).

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IAMBIZI 8/17/2014 10:59PM

    ahhhh so sweet.
I hope they help him
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EDWARDS1411 8/16/2014 9:55PM

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BOOKAPHILE 8/16/2014 2:02PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you've both been through so much in the last 6weeks!

You're right that we just step up and take care of our loved ones when they need it. (My sister and I have spent lots of time caring for our Dad...more so as he declined.)

You have a lovely attitude while doing it, though. I think it's part of the reason you're such a good caregiver to others you didn't know previously.

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SANDICANE 8/16/2014 7:39AM

    Oh, your pics are soooooooooooooooo lovely! Do hope your DH is on the mend and back on his feet soon.

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2014 8:50PM

    Yes indeed, I totally understand your devotion to your DH: feel the same way about mine (and I owe him big time for the devotion he's shown me when needed in similar circs . . . )

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/15/2014 8:36PM

    I'm so sorry to hear your honey is in so much pain! I hope the shots bring relief! You both are handling this so well! You and your honey will be in my prayers!
Hugs and love!
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MEXGAL1 8/15/2014 6:52PM

    I am so sorry to hear he is in such misery. Poor guy.
Sending many positive thoughts and prayers for him to heal quickly
Peanut

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/15/2014 6:12PM

    You are both amazing!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/15/2014 6:11PM

    Yeppers... I'd do the same thing. He's probably already feeling better.

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MARITIMER3 8/15/2014 5:48PM

    When you love someone, you take care of them. Simple as that. Just as he takes care of you when you need it. Aren't we lucky to be married to such great men?

I hope the cortisone kicks in soon. Such a shame that he is missing out on so much of the summer fun.

Take care of yourself too,
Hugs, Gail

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TWILAQ1 8/15/2014 1:08PM

    It seems you're doing a great job of taking care of each of you and that's what we need to do when we're in a relationship/married. That love and devotion gets us through the rough patches. My husband got me through my broken ankle four years ago and I supported him through his very bad bout of shingles and couple of years back. I feel like this can make the relationship stronger.

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SEATTLE58 8/15/2014 10:55AM

    Well, you're loving him in sickness and health and that's what makes it all work out. He loves you for how you take care of him and he loves you all the more during this painful time. I hope he gets good relief soon!! He deserves it!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/15/2014 10:07AM

    I am glad you both are handling this so well! I can't say "I would do the same thing!"

Hoping the shots bring relief!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/15/2014 9:53AM

    Of course, I would care for my hubby but not so sure I would be so non-complaining about the frustration of the situation! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/15/2014 9:50AM

    What a wonderful close and caring couple, keep hanging in there Liz and certainly keep to having your "me time" so important.
We can only take care of those around us if we're ready and able!!
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Update on my dear man's back

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Well, he (we) have had a rough six weeks or so with his back injury.
Yes, he does have some degenerative disc changes (guess most of us do)
but he also has two moderately herniated discs in the lower back that are impacting the nerve root, which I understand is the largest in the body.
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He has suffered so much-
barely able to sleep or eat, even medicated.
He has been on several courses of different drugs, which provide some relief for a limited period (including the prednisone I last blogged about, major pain relievers and, the latest, muscle relaxants for the spasms).
Today we returned to the specialist at the Brain and Spine Center so a doctor could do cortisone injections directly into his spine- he required 5- which should provide some relief within a few days. He will go back again in two weeks for more and possibly a third time.
This is a man who has barely ever been sick a day in his life.
He is missing his new boat and our grandkids and our garden (first in many years) but handling his disappointments so well.
I would be an angry and depressed mess if I were him.
He pretty much has missed out on this whole beautiful summer.
The doctor was so good this morning explaining exactly what had happened, what to expect, what he had been doing right or wrong and what to do next.
I think my dear man will follow those suggestions to a T as soon as he is able.
Thank you so much for your spark love and concerns...will keep you posted.
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BETHGILLIGAN 8/15/2014 9:25AM

    Oh, so frustrating for him! Sounds like he's dealing with it fairly well though. You are a better woman than I----you have also missed out on the boat and spending the summer together. I would be frustrated but you're so calm and patient with your situation. You're a good wife! Hope he's much better soon!

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NEW-CAZ 8/15/2014 2:50AM

    So frustrating for an active man to have to deal with and for you on the sideline doing all you can to keep his spirits up.
Hope things improve Liz, sending positive vibes hun, hang in there the two of you emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 8/14/2014 11:03PM

    This must be so hard for you both! Thoughts and prayers sent your way. Hugs, Rhonda emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/14/2014 10:33PM

    I am so sorry your honey is in so much pain! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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_UMAMI_ 8/14/2014 10:09PM

    You both are Keepers.
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I love how you take care of each other, and I think this bodes well for a good outcome.
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Meanwhile....take care of YOURSELF, too. And don't be afraid to ask for help.

Sending healing thoughts your way.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/14/2014 9:58PM

    I sure hope he begins to feel better soon. It sounds like he is absolutely miserable.

I started on a muscle relaxant reima a couple weeks ago Gabapentin and it amde my Myasthenia Gravis worst. I was so weak. Now tonight I'm starting another one called Lyrica. these are for excrudiating muscle spasms in the legs from diabetic neuropathy. Poor guy I hope he's good soon.

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COLUMBINE2 8/14/2014 9:17PM

    Boy, this is tough for a fella who's never been out of commission! (& tough for his DW!) Sure hope the meds help a whole lot & that there's something permanent that ca be done.

Give him a big hug from your SP friends & lots of lovin'!


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EDWARDS1411 8/14/2014 8:36PM

    Hope the cortisone shots help!!!

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TWILAQ1 8/14/2014 8:15PM

    I hope he finds relief soon.

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IAMBIZI 8/14/2014 7:52PM

    thank you fo rthe update. fingers crossed for the spinal injections.
bizi

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/14/2014 7:51PM

    I hope he gets relief soon, I have had the injections to my lower back in the past and they helped so much. Hopefully he will have great results also. I am glad he got a doctor that would explain things so he understood them. Tell him we are thinking of him. Hugs Pat

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MARITIMER3 8/14/2014 7:09PM

    I'm glad that you have some clear information on what to expect. I hope the cortisone starts to help soon.

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WATERMELLEN 8/14/2014 6:08PM

    You are a loving caring wife -- so sorry about the suffering your husband has been experiencing, and hope he experiences more relief soon.

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SEATTLE58 8/14/2014 5:54PM

    So sorry that your precious husband has to go through all the pain and agony that he has. Here's hugs to both of you! emoticon emoticon Hopefully he'll get good relief soon! emoticon

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PINKEUROGIRL 8/14/2014 5:51PM

    Hope it all gets better

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JANEDOE12345 8/14/2014 5:06PM

    I have had back problems, but they are little nothings compared to this! It sounds as bad as it can be. Poor guy! What caused it all to kick in at once?

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TRAVELGRRL 8/14/2014 4:55PM

    Thank you for the update. Yes, it is a CRYING SHAME that he is incapacitated during the summer when he'd like to be most active. But hopefully he'll get permanent answers (and relief) soon! emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 8/14/2014 4:41PM

    Praying he is much better soon!

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Prednisone is a miracle drug!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I know prednisone can have some nasty side effects and should not be used in the long term but short term? emoticon
My dear man actually does have a few herniated discs impacting a nerve root which explains his sciatica and excruciating pain off and on for over a month now.
(The preliminary findings on his MRI just reported degenerative disc disease- arthritis- but we knew there was more to it than that.)
So he is on a good strong dose of prednisone, just for 5 days in addition to a good strong pain killer and he is much improved-
still can hardly walk and cannot drive, but his pain level has decreased significantly.
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He has an appt. with a spine specialist on Tuesday morning which will determine the course of treatment.
Still got a ways to go but we are feeling so much better about it all now.
Btw- I am being very careful to manage my stress level through this with lots of exercise- Tai Chi every morning- at least one good walk- and then some water walking in the pool later in the day.
Feeling grrrreat!
Thanks for all your kind words and sparklove, my friends.
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MARITIMER3 8/10/2014 8:46PM

    Congratulations on remembering to look after yourself too.

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MEXGAL1 8/10/2014 4:33PM

    Glad to hear the pain has lessoned...but it sounds like you and DH are in for a long haul to get back to normal. So glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself. So important when we go through stress.
Sending you warm thoughts and prayers.
Peanut

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EDWARDS1411 8/9/2014 10:17PM

    Glad your DH is getting some pain relief - hope it gets him over the worst of it!

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AJDOVER1 8/9/2014 7:40PM

    So good to hear! My Guy has finally been approved for his back surgery. It's such a challenge to support someone in pain. My prayers are with both of you!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/9/2014 2:05PM

    I am soo happy to hear this! I'm glad you are being careful to manage your stress, because LIVING with someone in constant pain is ALMOST as bad as BEING the person in constant pain!


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IAMBIZI 8/9/2014 10:18AM

    great news that he will see someone else to discuss treatment plans.
bizi

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/9/2014 7:36AM

    So glad he's getting some relief!! That has to make all of you feel better. I hope they can find a long term solution for him! You go, GF!! So glad you are taking care of yourself!! That's a very good thing for you and him. He's probably gonna need some TLC for awhile!

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THINANDFITEMILY 8/9/2014 7:04AM

    Glad to hear he has relief and good for you for doing the tai chi and taking care of the stress

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2014 6:02AM

    Good news all around -- DH is managing pain, and you are managing stress!!

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2014 3:25AM

    Glad DH is a little better Liz, good that he has you to keep an eye on him.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/9/2014 2:12AM

    I'm so happy he's feeling better even if jsut a little.
You are a wonderful nurse.

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DOOBRIE 8/9/2014 1:37AM

    So pleased to hear your DH has some relief. Now you know what's causing his pain, I'm sure they'll be able to fix him and he'll be back to his normal self before long.

Send my best wishes for a speedy recovery for your DH.

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SEATTLE58 8/8/2014 11:54PM

    I've been on Prednisone for every it seems, with starting out with high doses with tapering back in 2008, with being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my Rheumatologist gave me a in the afternoon to check up on me and I was so happy, practically crying because I felt so alive for the first times in years with having so much pain. I'm still on it but have been down to 5 mg. for several years now and they say that that's at a safe dose, but still hopefully I can get off it one day. Too much pain for that yet though. I'm on other strong drugs that hopefully will let me get off Prednisone. But boy when we need it, we need it!! I'm so happy for your husband! He would know what a difference in life overall, with being on a drug that relieves some of the worst pain. Yippee for him! emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/8/2014 10:39PM

    I'm so glad the prednisone is making him feel so much better! Thank God it's relieving some of the pain! That is awesome you're reducing some of your stress through exercise! Way to go girl!
Hugs and love!
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EMMACORY 8/8/2014 9:38PM

    I have had prednisone in the past. It may also increase his energy level. I would wake up at 3-4 a.m. and be wide awake. Glad he is getting some relief. Blessings! emoticon

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