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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby tenfingergrip » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:14 pm

Good luck with your treatment, Phil. I'm a little surprised they have not yet tried the epidural injection series. I had your same problem in late 96 and had a cervical laminectomy on C5 & C6. Mine was degenerative. Everything turned out well for a while. The pain returned in 2007 and they gave me the series of cortisone injections in the spine and I've been relatively pain free since.

Wish you well and quick recovery!
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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby Phild » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:38 am

Thanks guys,

Seems I am a bit too far gone for shots, I went thru the pain since the start of September...duck season you know can't stop lol no really seems I have a high threshold for pain. I went just over 4 months now and back on Jan6th I finally got some meds for pain. I tried chiropractors, acupuncture, massage therapy, physio and nothing worked. I went thru about 9 different meds until they found one that could control the pain to a liveable level. Seeing that it was that bad and I had a CT scan and an MRI in one day then a meeting with the surgeon about a week later. I finally realized how serious it was, on the meds I feel okay and get by easily but he said go off the meds for 3 or 4 days and see where you are. You will be back balled up in a knot in bed begging for the pain to stop so you can get more than an hrs sleep. So I never had much choice in the matter of getting shots or trying other less aggressive methods. Being pig headed, stubborn and not listening to people or my body put me at the top of the list for surgery. Most wait times are 10 to 12 months mine has been fast tracked to what we are hoping a month. Seen my orthopedic surgeon on Jan14th and see him again on Feb5th to go over everything and hope to be booked in some time in Feb.

I know keeping the "She's Here Dakota Cheek's Gauge" thread going has been a commitment and learning experience about dogs and training but I feel the people that read it from time to time or follow it know the story. This is just another part of the story of Gauge and myself. I hope to be recovered fully recovered by April, May at the latest so training can start again. Maybe I will have to trade in that Beretta SV10 Perennia 12ga for a nice little 20 ga lol. for hunting season so Gauge can get back out and enjoy what she loves doing best.

Thanks for the support and following
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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby Phild » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:51 am

Ahh not much new in the North, got out last week to throw a few doubles but the snow as so deep the dokens were going out of sight and poor Gauge had to tunnel after hunting for a while to find the fall location. We got to play a little ball as well but -43C was a tad cold

Ice build up from her breathing lol

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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby Phild » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:58 pm

Well had the surgery today and I am writing this from my hospital bed. Looks like if everything goes well I will be cleared 100% by mid to late August just in time for duck season.

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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby tenfingergrip » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:18 pm

Speedy Recovery!!!
Hope it takes care of the pain!
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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby rivercountry » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:31 am

tenfingergrip wrote:Speedy Recovery!!!
Hope it takes care of the pain!

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Re: She's Here Dakota Creek's Gauge

Postby Phild » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:31 am

Well it will be 4 weeks down on Monday since the surgery, been off pain meds for the last 3 weeks and I am almost off all of the nerve medication and no pain has came back. I still have some numbness in my legs but they are hoping that will go away. Poor Gauge this past month has just got out for a few walks and is getting cabin fever, I feel her pain, 24/7 in a neck collar sucks. Two weeks to go and maybe the snow will be gone and I can getbhervout training again. The only new new Gauge news to report is I now own one hell of a slipper fetcher lol.

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