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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby JuPaul » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:53 pm

Doc Dan wrote:
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That’s the hope. The doc says I may never have full range of motion, but I am hopeful that I will.
Doing all the PT (and more) is the key. My husband had surgery for really advanced tendonitis in his elbow last year and docs told him not to expect full recovery. But he went nuts doing all the PT exercises and stretches and is now almost back to normal. Even his doc was surprised at his recovery. You can do it!
Thanks! My physiotherapist was surprised yesterday at how much I had improved. I am encouraged.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby spyderg » Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:31 pm

Been through a fair bit of physio myself. It helped me avoid knee surgery and determined that I required shoulder surgery. Also after a serious hand injury, I went through multiple surgeries and years of physio. I don’t go anymore but have to do my own physio at least three times a day or I can barely move it. It’s been getting worse so I might be looking into more surgery in the not too distant future. Also my other shoulder has been acting up so I’ve got to get it looked at too. So I’m guessing I’ll be looking at a bunch more physio.
I’ll tell you the physiotherapists that beat you up are actually doing you a favour in the long run. I had a pretty physiotherapist to begin with but she wasn’t strong enough as things progressed so they had to switch me to some guy.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:50 pm

Things are going along ok. I am having to take a low dose of pain med because about 45 min. to an hour after I do the exercises I really get to hurting. But I am noticeably stronger and getting more range of motion.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:11 am

I went to the doctor today for my follow up. This physio has really paid off. The doctor asked me to raise my arm and see what my range of motion was. He got a shot when I was able to raise my arms a lot farther than what I thought I should be able to do. So the physio was working.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby ChrisinHove » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:46 am

Good stuff, Doc.

It’s remarkable how many people DON’T pay attention to their physicians, and then wonder why things don’t progress how they’d like them to.

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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am

I’m healing faster than expected. But, my arm is rotated slightly out of position. So, I’m doin new exercises to fix that, but they may be setting off migraines.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:03 am

Doc, you are old but you are tough. Last year I was in a wheelchair but now, in Great part thanks to my physical therapist I can walk slowly and carefully around the house. It gets better. Hang in!
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:52 am

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Doc, you are old but you are tough. Last year I was in a wheelchair but now, in Great part thanks to my physical therapist I can walk slowly and carefully around the house. It gets better. Hang in!
What are you doing in a wheelchair! I missed something or was so drugged I don’t remember.

Yeah, my doc and therapist both commented on my being tough. It’s really conditioning. I played sports back when they taught you to ignore pain (unlike today when they take you out for a grass burn) and in the army when they taught us to endure pain. That might not always be good, though. My therapist has to keep an eye on me and make a point to ask if I have pain, or notice when I’m guarding, cos I don’t always notice it myself. Push, push, push, is the way I was taught.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:00 pm

We grew up under the same philosophy. I think it provided us with a realistic notion of pain and what’s possible. Not always the best for us, but even so. Wheelchair. After my cancer got advanced it inhibited the nerves in my left leg, quad wouldn’t fire, fell down a lot, couldn’t walk. With months of cancer treatments and PT I can now limp about.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:17 pm

Man, that’s rough. Glad the PT has helped. What’s the prognosis?
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:14 pm

Restarting PT in a couple of weeks. The after effects of chemo kept me in an almost constant state of fatigue. That is over now. Prognosis, incurable but manageable for a time. Median in my case is about two years.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:30 am

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Restarting PT in a couple of weeks. The after effects of chemo kept me in an almost constant state of fatigue. That is over now. Prognosis, incurable but manageable for a time. Median in my case is about two years.
I will make certain to pray for you. Facing an uncertain future is easier if there is a Rock to stand on.

I do a lot if sitting around in pajamas or light shorts and t shirt. The knife I have found most suitable is a Dragonfly lightweight. It does most chores and I don’t know it’s there unless I need it.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:35 am

Doc Dan wrote:
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Restarting PT in a couple of weeks. The after effects of chemo kept me in an almost constant state of fatigue. That is over now. Prognosis, incurable but manageable for a time. Median in my case is about two years.
I will make certain to pray for you. Facing an uncertain future is easier if there is a Rock to stand on.

I do a lot if sitting around in pajamas or light shorts and t shirt. The knife I have found most suitable is a Dragonfly lightweight. It does most chores and I don’t know it’s there unless I need it.
Thank you, Doc. I certainly need the support and I very much appreciate it. I’ve been writing about this and other things in my acehotel.blog site. Strangely, in many significant ways, having an incurable condition is a blessing and can wonderfully focus the mind.

I too love the Dragonfly. But I love the Rhino a bit more.

You take care.

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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby ChrisinHove » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:49 am

MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Restarting PT in a couple of weeks. The after effects of chemo kept me in an almost constant state of fatigue. That is over now. Prognosis, incurable but manageable for a time. Median in my case is about two years.
I lack the wisdom to say anything to that, except to acknowledge your fight, your courage, and offer my support.

You will surely know Dylan Thomas’s Rage Against The Dying of the Light....

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:00 pm

ChrisinHove wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:49 am
MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Restarting PT in a couple of weeks. The after effects of chemo kept me in an almost constant state of fatigue. That is over now. Prognosis, incurable but manageable for a time. Median in my case is about two years.
I lack the wisdom to say anything to that, except to acknowledge your fight, your courage, and offer my support.

You will surely know Dylan Thomas’s Rage Against The Dying of the Light....

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Thank you. Poets sometimes see things we don’t. Here is one by me:

life is a book

on it’s leaves are written

dreams

desires

fears

joys

tears

failures

successes

too soon

all will become

whispers in the wind
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Re: major milestone

Postby Doc Dan » Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:21 am

I hit another major milestone. Tonight I was able to put my socks on by myself.

This is something we take for granted. At first I was unable to put on my pants and shirt. After a bit I got my shirt on, a t shirt because broken hands and buttons don’t mix. Then, after a while I got my pants on by myself and a short time later my belt. Socks kept defeating me because I lacked the range of motion and it was painful too. I got them on today. I am very happy.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby MichaelScott » Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:38 am

Man, I know what you mean! Congratulations. I restart PT next week.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:09 pm

MichaelScott wrote:
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Man, I know what you mean! Congratulations. I restart PT next week.
My therapist uses dynamic neuromuscular stabilization. It’s not generally painful, but gentle. I thought it was quack until I experienced the amazing results. My first session she fixed another problem regular physio said I would never get better years ago.
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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Tdog » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:23 pm

Keep going with the PT it helps. Recently went thru 14 sessions dealing with back issues. Had sciatica so bad for a couple months, I couldn't sit, stand, or lie down without being in pain. The pt helped the sciatica however the back issues still exist. Just deal with it on a day to day basis, trying to avoid surgery. Having health issues makes you realize how important good health is. Hoping you have full recovery. Will be praying for you.

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Re: I started physical therapy

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:42 pm

Tdog wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:23 pm
Keep going with the PT it helps. Recently went thru 14 sessions dealing with back issues. Had sciatica so bad for a couple months, I couldn't sit, stand, or lie down without being in pain. The pt helped the sciatica however the back issues still exist. Just deal with it on a day to day basis, trying to avoid surgery. Having health issues makes you realize how important good health is. Hoping you have full recovery. Will be praying for you.
Thanks. I need the prayers. That’s what has gotten me this far along in recovery.

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