At home, recovering...

At home, recovering...

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    At home, recovering...

    Sorry guys, I just need to rant a little....

    Well, I've got some good news and some bad news for you guys. Good news is, I'm home recovering from my surgery now, so for the next month I'll be on here much more often. Bad news is, I'm home recovering from my surgery now, so for the next month I'll be on here much more often.

    Well in mid-November I started having some severe back, arm, and neck pain. (And it was about time, I was starting to feel left out. I was the only Maintenance Team Chief not having back problems! ) So I went to the docs, they tried pain meds, shots, referred me to a chiropractor. Nothing worked. Finally referred me to a surgeon two weeks ago. He examined me, took a look at my MRI's and said herniated disc between C6 and C7, you need surgery.

    Went in on Monday for the surgery, had the disc removed, new bone put in, the vertebrae fused together and a titanium plate and screws installed. Got discharged Tuesday night, and now I'm sitting at home in a neck collar for the next month.

    It amazes me how slow the military medical group can be. They wanted me to wait until the 24th of Feb so that they could schedule a surgical clearance appointment. Even though the surgery was already scheduled for the 2nd. And don't get me started on convalescent leave, they still haven't decided if I'm going to get it or not.

    Thanks guys, just needed to get that off my chest.
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    As a former sufferer of herniated disk... am happy I am not feeling your pain!
    But I am glad everything came out OK. Now give yourself lots of rest and be patient!

    Bad news is, I'm home recovering from my surgery now, so for the next month I'll be on here much more often.
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    I hope you get better soon. I know first hand what a PIA the military medical people can be. I sat in an Army hospital for 3 days with a dislocated hip. Good times.
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    A1C Lickey,

    Heal quickly and well amigo!

    I hope they approve the convalescent leave for you. You have enough to deal with recovering and shouldn't have to fight the system.

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    Hang in there, if you think the military medical system is bad I could get cranked up about some of what I've experienced there.

    Hope all goes well with the system and you heal up fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1C Lickey View Post
    And don't get me started on convalescent leave, they still haven't decided if I'm going to get it or not.
    Convalescent leave? Heck, if you were a Marine they'd have made you do the surgery yourself!!



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    Hope you heal up soon.
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    As a retired AF aircraft maintainer myself I don't see how they cannot approve convalescent leave. You can't perform your duties and not much in the Acft Maint field that is even desk work.

    I'd recommend to you that you get a copy of your x-ray's and make sure you get a copy of your medical records. Come retirement/discharge time they will help you get tax free money in the form of VA disability. At 20 years your retirement will be less than half of what your take home pay is, so every break you can get for yourself helps.

    Just noticed your signature. Ain't that the truth!!

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    Good Luck I'm disabled from a dislocated c7-t1 from an accident,and learned I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back that are causing pain also.
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    Wishing you a fast & complete recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    Convalescent leave? Heck, if you were a Marine they'd have made you do the surgery yourself!!



    Get well quick!

    What is this surgery you speak of? Herniated disc? Motrin, water, and rest. Arm ripped off by heavy machinery? Motrin, water, and rest!

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    Wishing you a speedy recover, and thank you for your service to our country.

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    Start trying to tie your injuries with your job. Service related disability status will help you tremendously in the future. Save everything!
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    Here's to a speedy recovery... Remember to take it easy... Don't do anything to injury yourself any further....

    And just think... You can rule DefensiveCarry.com for the next few weeks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1C Lickey View Post
    Well in mid-November I started having some severe back, arm, and neck pain. (And it was about time, I was starting to feel left out. I was the only Maintenance Team Chief not having back problems! ) So I went to the docs, they tried pain meds, shots, referred me to a chiropractor. Nothing worked. Finally referred me to a surgeon two weeks ago. He examined me, took a look at my MRI's and said herniated disc between C6 and C7, you need surgery.

    Went in on Monday for the surgery, had the disc removed, new bone put in, the vertebrae fused together and a titanium plate and screws installed. Got discharged Tuesday night, and now I'm sitting at home in a neck collar for the next month.
    Very interesting.... I've not been on the board much lately, but when I finally do get back on, your post describes exactly what I am having done next Wednesday, the 11th. Only difference seems to be the location, I'm having C5 and C6 repaired. Part of C-6 is broken off inside the spinal canal and is actually sticking into the spinal cord, that explains my right arm and hand going numb from time to time.

    Did all the hospital pre-op stuff today, so now I just wait.....

    I do hope your recovery goes well and that you are as pain free as possible. I'll be checking back in here to see how you are progressing.... it will be like looking into my immediate future.

    Be well !!

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