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Pain in the neck!!!

Postby DanEpps » Fri, Aug 28 2009, 3:47PM

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been very active in the forums lately. The attached image might give you some indication why.

Many of you know that I missed most of last year due to herniated discs in the lumbar region of my spine, eventually having surgery last November.

I have been having increasing pain in my neck for several months now and had an MRI a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I went to the doctor and his prognosis was pretty grim--first option is surgery, second option is to do nothing and risk permanent spinal cord injury.

In the image below, the red arrows point to areas where my spinal cord is being compressed by discs (on the left) and bone spurs (on the right side of the immage). The doc says I am one fall, car accident, etc, away from possibly becoming a quadraplegic! With that in mind, he has removed me from limited duty to no duty--so I am stuck with doing absolutely nothing until I have surgery and finish recovery afterwards.

I don't have a date for surgery yet but recovery will likely be about six months. During that time I will be in traction to give the bone time to fuse and prevent further injury.

I will try to stop in and say hello but I can't sit at the computer much because of the strain it puts on my neck.

I guess I'll see you folks when I can...until then, keep making sawdust! :beer:

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Rick Palechuk » Fri, Aug 28 2009, 6:22PM

Take care and stay strong Dan.

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Brian Shannon » Sat, Aug 29 2009, 12:36AM

I guess you better take care of that Dan. We'll be pullin'for you. Let's hope you're back before V7!


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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Perry Pravettone » Sat, Aug 29 2009, 7:16AM

Wishing you all the best Dan.
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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Rob Davis » Sat, Aug 29 2009, 3:21PM

Dan, best wishes for a speedy recovery! We'll miss your insightful remarks.

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Bryan J Tanner » Sun, Aug 30 2009, 2:40AM

Dan, that looks nasty!

My regards to you and your family. I hope the surgery is successful and you have a restful recovery.

You've helped all of us many times, often by having answered someone else's question.
You have the respect of everybody in the ecabinets family.

You'll be missed while you're gone.

We will welcome you back soon.

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Jason Susnjara » Mon, Aug 31 2009, 8:42AM

Dan,

Thermwood wishes you the best and hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Al dedenus » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 1:31AM

Stay tough Dan and heres to a quick recovery!

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Michael S Murray » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 1:32PM

Dan,
Please let me know if I can build you something that would help you be able to use your computer while in a bed, recliner, wherever your going to need to position yourself to be comfortable and heal. I am thinking something on wheels that would hold a articulating arm to hold a laptop, or something to hold a monitor and maybe a cordless keyboard.
Seriously,tell me what you need and I will get it to you.I bet I could drum up some help with it if needed!
Maybe something as simple as a tray that straddles your legs while your laying down in bed with a angled top to tilt your laptop at a angle so you don't have to hold your head up? Sketch up something with some diminsions!!
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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby DanEpps » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 2:26PM

Thanks for all the kind words from everyone. My PCP doc cleared me for surgery today so I'm just waiting on the surgeon to schedule it.

Michael S Murray wrote:...Seriously,tell me what you need and I will get it to you.I bet I could drum up some help with it if needed...


You've seen the IHOP commercial...maid-French maid, toast-French toast, etc...how about the French maid??? :joker: Nah, my wife would kill BOTH of us!!!

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Michael S Murray » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 2:31PM

Weeeelllllllll, maybe I could rent you one for a couple hours.............
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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby DanEpps » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 2:37PM

Wife would probably STILL kill us.

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Michael S Murray » Tue, Sep 01 2009, 2:44PM

Well, ok, your probably best to stay in her good grace for then next few months...
Seriously, Good luck and don't hesitate if there is anything any of us can do.
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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Joe Soto » Wed, Sep 02 2009, 8:06AM

Hang in there Dan, we are all pulling for you.

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Re: Pain in the neck!!!

Postby Neal Meyers Jr » Mon, Sep 07 2009, 10:16AM

Dan

Get health soon and with me being just down the road let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. :beer:
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