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Went back to Dr. for MRI review
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I have been suffering with lots of pain last couple years while trying to get garage in order. I actually cliched my teeth so hard I broke 6 of my upper teeth and having to do implants. I bite my lip until it bleeds quite often when working.
I had to stop working on the 72 Q vert the pain was just too much. Been doing work on console, wheel covers and buffing some trim pieces.
So I had MRI done last Friday and went back to my family Dr. yesterday to review the results. I knew it was not going to be good. I have worn out pretty much my whole back. Some areas worse than other but it is gone. One big area of concern is between # 5 & 6 I think. That is where the nerves go to my R.H. thumb and fore finger. It is almost to the point I will loose function of them. So I am waiting to hear from the surgeon they referred me to and send copy of MRI to Laser Spine in Florida also.
Pretty much cannot be fixed way too much damage. Just temp relief but nothing can stop it or reverse it. So I will probably be selling several cars in the near future. No reason to keep them if I cannot work on them and my son has zero interest. Might put a couple in MOM Mustang Owners Museum if they want and try to keep one or two to drive.
My other passion is Africa so sell cars and go walk in the bush of Africa.
I was never big on going to gym or exercise I just worked, lol. So keep in mind that your body is just like your car it has so many miles in it and then it wears out. I have taken couple friends for knee surgery that was caused by jogging. About the only exercise that helps the body is swimming and also riding a bike has much less impact on the joints.
So if you want to extend the years you have to be able to enjoy life please take care of what you have. Each time you lift too much or exercise you are wearing out those joints and they cannot be fixed back. Yes you need to do some exercise but choose it wisely.
I have heated my home with wood since the 1970's. cut the trees, split the cuts by hand and carried all those tons of wood. Probably not worth it.
So will get couple of opinions but I know too many that tried to get it fixed and just made it worse. You patch one area and then next fails.
This is why there will be so many old cars hitting the market in the next few years. All of us baby boomers are wearing out.
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David
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#2
Sorry to hear this. Three pinched nerves in my neck so I sorta feel what you are going through.

Hang in there. Even with all the opioid scare, hydrocodone seems to help me.

I pinch nerves when I look down and bone to bone when I look up.

Another tip for people is not to keep looking down at your phone. It is not helping you. Lift your phone up to see it.
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#3
That sucks big-time, David.

I had surgery on my lower back last year, sciatica, pain down both legs, left leg would just quit working occasionally, usually in the back aisle at Lowe's and I would have to lean against something until it passed. I feel farly good, now, but it's temporary, fusion will be next. I'm trying to get one car done, is all.

I've exercised most of my life, didn't help the disks in my back, I'm 2 inches shorter than I was 20 years ago.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, let us know how things are going.

Whoever said grow old gracefully either hadn't tried it, or led a pampered life.



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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#4
Hi David,
Sorry to hear about that. I'm not as old as some on here, but I have slowly been progressing from the age where you suffer the pains of stupid to the pains of time.
Gravity is our biggest enemy. That and supersize anything. Spent a few years climbing billboards (20ft to 120ft) and many years lugging heavy stuff around for work and pleasure.
I used to fight sciatic pain, had a limp for several years but I make a point of laying flat on my couch every night with my heels hooked on the arm. Gets the compression weight off the spine and puts a little traction from my feet to maybe mid back. No more sciatic issues.
Since your son is not interested in the car hobby, I just want to note that I am available for adoption.
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#5
Pain is intolerable especially when there is no relief or end to it. I just about function on 5 differant painkillers including opiods. Its a balancing act. You take too many painkillers and you cant think straight and too little means you get no sleep because the pain is too sharp. For me it was accepting the pain and learned what i can and cant do. Knowing my limits and making sure i stick within those limits. Though sometime you just got to get on with it regardless of the consequence. Hope you find the right solution for your situation

Steve
1971 Grandé
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#6
So sorry to hear about your back. I'm sure you are very disappointed to give up your cars especially after building your dream garage. Hang in there and good luck.



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

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#7
my wife has chronic pain . pain killers and all the good stuff that goes with it, now the government wants to get rid of opioids all together . with that being said my wife goes to acupuncher and it helps with the pain it is not or will never be a cure but it helps ease the pain
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Sorry to hear this David. Back pain is no fun for sure. I know I am not looking forward to about 10 years down the road as I have 3 herniated discs right now that they do not want to do surgery on. I do my best to control it with exercises, have about 30 different rubber band things they gave me that I use daily to keep everything stretched out and loose. Also the trick mentioned above using the arm of the couch works well to help take some pressure off.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#9
Sorry to hear that David. I too, as many on here are going through pain on a daily basis. I take opioids daily and have a variety of issues that was not discovered until I retired from the Army almost 2 years ago. We push ourselves because for most of us, that is how our fathers raised us, to never quit. I spend most of my painful days and nights not showing it around my family so that my kids will learn that just because something is hard doesn't mean you have to give up. Hang in there David.

Tom
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#10
Sorry to hear that,

Pain changes folks. I always hate that feeling right after you do something that future self instantly regrets. I lost some weight this year and it was odd to look in the mirror and really see my healed up old injuries, like my collar bone and ribs that don’t look OEM anymore.

Just think if you lived a risk free life how fruitless it would be.
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