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General Discussion / Re: phantom pains
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:25:25 PM »
Well, it was as bad as I feared. Spent the whole night night rocking back and forth bracing for the next excruciating wave. No sleep. Took a few  pills but it didn't make a dent. Finally went to e.r. to get a shot. Still didn't  go away until late in the wee hours last night.  An old joke always comes to mind...why did the guy hit himself on the head with a hammer?  Because it felt so good when he stopped.  Anyhow, it's been that way for me for 24 years.  Not looking for a pity party but trying to find some solution. I don't mind the occasional buzzing or maverick jolt  but when it trips off hard into a rythym I  know I'm in for it. I've tried  "pain clinics"......not my thing...I don't need a patch when I feel fine most of the time. Thought I'd get a nerve conduction study....no go. A neurologist thought I am not experiencing phantom pain at all but it's a bad nerve gone haywire [what i always suspected].  I never feel any pain in my missing leg or foot.  I did early on right after my accident but it went away within 4 months or so. I know I can't be the only one who lost sleepless nights in pain.     [usually at night but not always]   I'm curious as to what others experience......any thoughts on that subject?

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General Discussion / Re: phantom pains
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:37:34 PM »
Hey Peg Leg,  ironically i'm getting clobbered right now. huge electric jolts thru my stump every 10 seconds or so. this could be a long night....i'm  a little lucky as it's been a while. thanks for the tip....maybe i'll try it in the future.

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: April 07, 2013, 11:54:56 PM »
HEY Dave,   Just curious like dolphin as to why your prosthetic guy is pushing the c leg. Is this Hangger prosthetics by any chance? I ask because they are sort of " married" up with otto-bock concerning the c leg. Lots of pro's and cons about the whole thing. I once had a c leg about 15 years ago ....new tech back then [ 1st generation] . didnt work out.....socket went up my butt...very heavy and it rubbed me a bloody mess.  But I could almost jog and go down steps foot over foot....that was a rush....have never done it since. My prosthetic guy was going to fix it...lost my charger ; then the leg.....he eventually left or was dismissed. I don't mean to dis hangger but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth.  They are pushing for a new c leg for me again once I heal up more but I would like to explore options like the plie. I'm sure new c legs are good but hangger does have an agenda so heads up!  best of luck.

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General Discussion / Re: Holiday
« on: March 29, 2013, 06:55:04 PM »
Have a great holiday, folks. With Easter almost upon us, can spring be far behind?! It's got to get here sometime! [slow to arrive in western Pa.]

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General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 29, 2013, 06:47:53 PM »
p.s.  Those were great stories Steve!  I  loved how you would get a "free" leg massage!

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General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:19:13 PM »
Beach fun.....Years ago we were on a family vacation at Ocean City, Md. Back then i was nervous about getting sand in my prosthesis and would crutch down to the beach. Early on I had huge scars all over [called keliods] : throat slashed, underarm to spine to remove 1/2 damaged lung, groin to sternum to fish out my quad and femur, a dozen chest tube sites......only my arms were unaffected. Sometimes I'd work outside with my shirt off and people would ask " Did you get in a fight with a combine or a woodchipper?"  Anyhow, I'm crutching along the beach and I see a group of young pre-teen boys out in front of me. They see me coming ....I notice they were whispering among themselves with a little snickering thrown in. As I crutch up to them I stop and point to the water out in front of us....."Shark"  I say solemnly...." Right there."  Smiles and smirks disappeared instantly! I, however smiled inwardly and continued on my way.

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General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:47:21 PM »
More pub fun.....I knew a fellow who came back from the Vietnam War pretty busted up. Confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life but he maintained a great sense of humor. Get a few drinks in him at a bar and his glass eye would end up on the pool table in the middle of a game. With him trying to make shots with it!

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General Discussion / on to the funny stuff
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:32:03 AM »
That was a good one, Steve. You too, Dave. Waiting on you Danny! And hello Ann. Anyhow here goes...it took a year or so but after my initial accident i went back to running my tree and landscape business. Partly out of necessity [need $ to live] ; partly to prove to myself and others I could still cut the mustard [a little chest-thumping]. Anyway, I was in a potential cust omers back yard to give an estimate for removing large trees. Yard fenced in ....he had a barking dog. The owner assured me that dog had never bitten anyone. Then he went inside. I looked around at the work to be done ; talking to calm the dog. Then I turned and headed for the gate. I  hadn't gone far when I heard that chain rattling and could sense him rushing up behind me. Trying to go fast as I could [not fast!]...I braced for it....wham...he nailed me but picked the wrong leg! He got nothing but a mouthful of metal pipe....ouch for him! That dog must have thought " Damn, I gave him my best shot and that guy didn't flinch!"   A year or two later the same fellow calls me back for more work. The first thing he does is to tell me "Don't worry.....that dog died."  Good!

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General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:39:44 AM »
Yeah Dave! I had a similar experience. Just released from the hospital ....spent 4 months coming back from being roadkill. Sporting scars all over including a nasty one where the smashed car hood severed my jugular and of course my swollen stump.....I was a sorry looking sight. Some pals stopped by to get me out to a cinema. Friends pushing my chair thru the crowd after the movie and I'm getting some looks. I look up and there is a woman staring at me hard, I  blurt out " Don't worry ma'am ,  just a flesh wound ".  At least she had the decency to look embarrassed and scurry off!

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:14:09 PM »
Hi  Wagas,  I'm new to the forum myself. I'm a single lak and had a good leg until i busted it up a few years ago. Anyhow, I'm so overwhelmed to read your story. Hats off to you for positive attitude and perseverance! I've been an "ugly" wa lker for 24 years. Short,. bad stump....not a suction fit. Bad habits are sometimes a result of compensating......you do what you have to. I don't blame you for walking with locked knees. My latest ottobach [not 1 year old] knee failed last Nov. Took several falls ....I had to shut it down until prosth. guy could take a look. Meanwhile i ended up at E.R.......thought i broke my wrist from too many falls. Just severely sprained [whew]. Anyhow, that knee is now locked ever since as i am too spooked.....in rehab again [ankle now fused]. So I couldnt imagine dealing with 2 free flowing knees. I too am interested in mpc knees and so will follow your progress. At least the new knees should really help you. Certainly your confidence will grow....and with that you'll get better habits and posture.....and hopefully more comfortable.  Once again,  i salute you! Best of luck.       

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General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:25:01 PM »
Hey Dave,  Unfortunately i am long familiar with phantom pain. But everyone is different. Some get it....some once in a blue moon or almost never. I once had a similar pain in my missing foot like you did but that was early on while still recovering in the hospital  for the first 2 months after amputation. So hopefully yours will go away. The phantom pain i 've  had for years is in my stump.....very  electric. A  bolt of hot lightning shoots thru my stump kind of into space. I mean it will lift you right out of bed or chair. Excruciating for 3 to 10 seconds. But it builds int!!o a rythym that can last for hours or into next day. Even Chuck Norris would cry for mercy ! [maybe not...he's pretty tough] I never feel like my missing limb is hurting anymore. That concept of phantom pain is a misconception to me. Thats just my opinion......I certainly don't have all the answers. But will be glad to share any insight or advice if I can. Hopefully yours never returns.

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General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:30:55 PM »
Hi Danny y,   You lucky dog!  At least in the phantom pain department. I could write books about it. Sometimes I'm pissed about all the wasted days and sleepless nights but what can you do?! I'm always grateful to get 3 or 4 months off but that nasty devil always returns! All i can do is grimace and say "it's got to end sometime".  Hey. I look forward to your funny stories. Also would like to know how your surgeon predicted no phantom pain.  Good for you......but I'm jealous! In fact I'm going to knock on wood right now. [you know....speak the devils name and he will come]    Don' t want to jinx myself!

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General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:42:21 PM »
Than ks Steve,  Not that I'm a newbie to functioning as an amp but the game changed once i took that spill. Life can be ironic. A few years back I had a table saw set up in my yard. Building something...ripping 2 x 4 s.  wintertime and i made sure to run my extension cord on dry ground. I stepped towards the saw....prosthetic foot caught in deep snow and snapped that leg in half.  Couldnt take all my weight at once. Frustrated sitting in the snow....home alone....backpedaled onto porch and door is locked. No way did i want to swim in snow around house to back door. Had my cell and called a neighbor down the road...he even brought his Dad's walker! I was mad but reflecting later pondered ....that fall could have happened 1 minute later while running that saw and who knows? Then 1 year later i fall going out the door ...land on my own leg and a horrible result. But maybe it could have been worse if i fell at that saw?  Weird. Hey. I'm rambling. I tell that story as perhaps you can relate......you strike me as a fellow that does what needs doing. Having a "can do " attitude  is what helps all of us to keep going! Keep enjoying life on   your Emerald Isle!  p.s. I myself am walking much better...not free-ranging yet...still with walker. But I'm on my way.

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General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
Alright  Dave !  I too remember making vows to myself while recovering [ hit by a car while working behind a dump truck 24 years ago ] .  Having a goal is always a good thing! You dont  sound like a guy who is willing to settle and that attitude is paramount in getting you to where you need to b e. So congrats on that new " scooter "! I am about your age ....used to love riding like life itself in my "wild" youth but wrote it off years ago as i fretted over how I'd hold the bike up at a red light.  I knew an LAK  who bought a new Sportster after his accident. His stump is long [right above knee] but he also is missing 1/2 right foot. He managed to ride but did fall over once in a while at a stop. Also knew an AK  that got a new bike [to replace wrecked one] with a side car....so whatever works! Sounds like your new trike will be great! Nice looking too. Oh by way, my p.t. is going well...still have the walker but i'm graduating to the furniture grabbing stage at home. Ankle stiil burning but i tune it out when i'm up and cruising. Hopefully upstairs and sleeping in a real bed by next month or sooner.            Best wishes  Chuck                   

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:41:42 AM »
Hey Dave,  What good timing that you got to meet up with a fellow AK with a Plie` knee. I too, am very interested in that knee. Not that a C leg is a pig in a poke but the Plie` appears to have advantages over the C leg. It is still newer technology and not as universally widespread so its good to see one upclose. I am not sure i could personally benefit from one as i have always been a problematic fit for a good   socket  [short bad stump ]. You can bet i'm going for it [ if possible ] once i am able. You need a good socket  or all the high tech knee and feet wont do you any good. It  appears you have a fairly long residual limb so that should help you in the socket situation. Check out college park for a good  foot. i have had great luck with them.  They articulate well when you are outdoors and step on an irregular surface.....like a fist sized piece of gravel. Trade offs [ like everything else in life ] is they dont  have a lot of  longevity. The foot has lots of soft rubber bumpers in it.....that makes it work so well but also wears out quickly.  I think college park now makes another model with stiffer rubber [but less action ].  Also i had a Cirrus foot about 20 years ago [looked like the Terminators foot!] That foot kicked ass until i wore it out. Anyway, I am used to being very active outside and would beat the @#$%^  out of my leg and all parts so i must say those are the 2 feet i liked. Best of luck to you on that knee...dont let insurance push you around! Let me know how you make out.   p.s. thanks for responding to my post  earlier

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