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#23028
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
So I had a doctor appt. yesterday, and when it was over, I was feeling pretty exhausted, at the end of a long day, and kinda in pain, too. (long story - back problems)

So as I'm heading home, I pass a craft store that sells beads, and in the window I can see that they have a lot of pretty cool looking colorful beads that look like they'd come in handy, somehow, for my minis. I could put them on figures, put them in chests, incorporate them into scenery somehow.. I don't really know WHAT I would do, but at prices from $.15 to $.80 a bead, it seems a shame to pass them up. Cool little gemstones!

So I go in, and there's nobody in this store but old ladies. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating. Four or five women, I swear all of them over 60. I look over the beads, and I see this one woman take a small baggie and there's a bin of them, with a sign on it that says "Label each bag with quantity and price of each type of bead." So I say "Excuse me" and reach over to take a bag. I put a few beads in it, start looking over, and the woman takes the bin and moves on to another part of the shelf. I follow, and reach around again. "Excuse me," and I take two more bags. Then she politely smiles at me and says "I think they want us to use those." And she points to the entrance, where there is a whole stack of these bins, each with a pile of baggies, and each with its own little sign. I've simply been stealing this old woman's little baggies.

I was already pretty self-conscious being in the place at all, but after that, there was no going back. I think I must have turned the brightest shade of red possible.

Sigh. On the plus side, some of my DDM figs have really cool gemstones in their hands now, and one of my DF gold piles has some rubies and diamonds in it now. And I have some really cool round purple gems for the DoE, just no idea how I intend to mount them....

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#23029
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Heh. There's nothing like a woman your mom's age (or older) to make you feel like a poorly behaved nine year old, is there?

For mounting, I suggest your very finest Dremel bit, a steady hand, and a light touch.

And if it comes to it, the microdiskectomy is definitely the way to go.
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#23030
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
And if it comes to it, the microdiskectomy is definitely the way to go.
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Several questions --

1) How did you know!??!

2) Why?

Yes, I have a herniated disc, and yes, the last resort treatment for this is a diskectomy. But I was really hoping to avoid that, I'm just starting physical therapy now, and I really don't want surgery. What makes you say that the diskectomy is the best option?

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#23031
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
A guess. I had a herniated disk at L5-S1, and my insurance plan put me off and made me jump through hoops while it got worse and worse.

The jelly is out of the donut -- no amount of exercise or wishful thinking will make it go back in. The viscous fluid that was inside the disk is now putting pressure on your spinal cord and/or rubbing against it, creating phantom pains and generally lying to your brain. In my case, it felt like there was a steel cable running down the back of my left leg and someone was pulling on it all the time.

When the physical therapy and the kinesiology didn't work, they sent me in for a series of three epidurals, injections of cortisone into the spinal column to create a buffer between cord and foreign matter. My body reacted badly to the steroids -- my immune system got knocked down and my allergies turned into skin-contact allergies, and I tried to claw my skin off. I no longer allow doctors to put any form of steroid in my body if there is any alternative. My case is atypical, though, so don't freak if they tell you that you need to have them; the injections themselves aren't that big a deal, just a jab and some pressure in a weird place.

The microdiskectomy is the precision alternative to the diskectomy. They make a small opening to expose the bone, make a small hole in the disk, and carefully pick out the bits of gel. The surgeon you want is the one who can say it is the simplest procedure he performs.

It's a three or four inch incision and only takes about a month of recovery time, much of which you will spend lying on your side watching TV or reading. (If you have a way to set up your computer (keyboard) so you can use it from your bed or your couch, start working on that now.) You should think about who to ask for help changing the bandage, and line up a lot of books and/or videos to pass the time (I read all of the Harry Potter novels back to back, twice). Oh, you won't be able to bathe for at least a week, to ensure that no moisture gets near the incision -- I cut off three years' hair growth just so I wouldn't have to deal with it being all greasy and dirty.

Now, depending on where your herniation is, they might have to do other things -- the higher on your spine, the more careful they want to be. Don't let them scare you -- fusing two vertebrae is not a bad thing, you won't even notice the results unless you are a gymnast or a professional dancer or something.

I will caution you about pain and medication. I know of a couple of instances in which people with herniated disks (higher than mine) grew overly attached to their medication and wound up in serious trouble. Don't let your doctors put you off for too long -- get this fixed before the pain becomes too bad, and follow the instructions concerning pain meds (after surgery) scrupulously (take less than recommended, if you can). Pain sucks, but drug addiction is forever.

I hope this information helps. Frankly, you should use it only as a place from which to derive questions to ASK YOUR DOCTOR! And I hope that I haven't said anything to scare you. Once my surgery was finally done, I recovered fully and my back is as strong and as mobile as it ever was -- it would be even better than before if I'd done my physical therapy like I was supposed to. As much as it sucks right now, you will get through this with nothing more than a story to tell and a small scar.

But I still tell people that I got the scar when some guy came at me with a knife...
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#23032
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Wow, thanks for the info. I'm at the start of this -- the pain is pretty minor, Advil takes care of it. But I do want to take care of it. Right now, the physical therapist and doctor both think that physical therapy should do it, very dismissive of surgery. I'm going to try my hardest with this before going ahead and agreeing to any surgery. For one thing, I really don't have time for any downtime right now. I'm about to start law school -- I won't have a month free for a very, very long time.

Still, thanks for the info. All info is helpful for me now!

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#23033
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Interesting info jackattack. I too have a (severely) herniated L5 or L6 and the one that isn't herniated is bulging. I've lived with it pretty well for at least 10 years now with good periods & bad periods (but mostly good). Lifting heavy loads - any compression - very bad...though I still do some backpacking I can't load that pack down like I used too etc. I've found releif through a brilliant chiropractor (who happens to be my best friend - yeah he is a gamer! lol) - unfourtunatly for me though he lives in Baltimore and is not liscened in Virgina - nor is he covered by my insurance - but I still go up and have him fix me up now and again as needed - and even though a nuerosurgeon at Georgetown U medical center looked at my MRI and said "you shouldn't even be walking" - I play basketball (though sometimes regret it) and pretty much do everything I ever could do before (just more carefully and sometimes with adverse consequences - including periods of real pain and even getting laid out once in a while). Though even my friend says I might eventually need surgery one day...I hate even the thought of such so have never serioulsy looked into it...some folks I've talked to with similar issues swaer by it - but I've talked to others who still experience problems & pain.
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#23034
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hey THOTH -

Mention me to your chiro buddy; maybe we can get a game together. And YES, you would also be welcome!

See ya!

Jim
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#23035
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hey THOTH -

Mention me to your chiro buddy; maybe we can get a game together. And YES, you would also be welcome!

See ya!

Jim

Yeah I hear ya - he is certainly a miracle worker when it comes to aches & pains (but he makes you work for it - its participatory treatment - not passive)...and yeah we should do some gaming togther sometime...if all works out I'd love to drop in on you at Shore Leave at the very least (I've penned it in...but it may conflict with me going up to Cooperstown to see Cal get inducted into the hall of fame!)....I need to check my calendar....
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#23036
An embarrassing accessory-purchasing story 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Well, I'm not a baseball fan, but then again, it IS the Ironman.
Whoof! Decisions, decisions...man, I do NOT envy you THAT choice!
Well, I hope you can make it to Shore Leave; we're gonna have a good time, uh huh!

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