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    Posted: Jan/30/2013 at 6:25am
We have some great topics on ways to help our pain. I don't know if this will be a topic or just my post, lol, but I wanted to mention a couple things I've purchased, that make my life better, less painful.
 
The number one thing is my heating pad shaped like a cape. I have one at home and work and the minute I sit down, it goes either around my neck or draped over my shoulder. The way it conforms to my body and constant soothing heat, works wonders on pain and spasm.
 
Recliner with swivel base. Before I got this I was constantly turning my head or changing positions to watch tv, read or talk to my husband. Now my head stays straight and my chair moves. Much better for anyone with neck problems. And it reclines.
 
KOBO, Kindle, Notebook. I love, love, love to read. It can still help distract me from my pain. But holding the books was hurting me. The e-books weigh almost nothing and don't even have to be held. you can put it on your leg or pillow and not worry about losing your page.
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Relax the Back Chair---expensive but well worth it.

Zero Gravity Chair---inexpensive and can be moved and taken with you so you have a comfy place to sit.

Heated throw----use them on my chairs in the winter

Super soft neck pillows---these are hard to find.  Most are way too hard for my neck

iPad----couldn't hold books due to the weight, and it also has dictation so I don't have to type posts.

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heating pad shaped like a cape!? i wan't one!

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It's  awesome, around my neck and shoulders as we speak.. Walmart has them as does amazon. It's made by Sunbeam.
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Yep, I have there "heat belt" the best companion ever.(sunbeam, operated by 4 AA batteries) goes with me everywhere.

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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I would like to hear more about the heating pad shaped like a cape.
And the heat belt!

Roni


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Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Toni,

As Bailey said, they are available through Amazon where you can also read reviews of them.

I purchased mine through eBay here in Australia.

From memory, (I have had mine over a year) so memory shaky I Googled reviews on product.

Ken

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Another item I have recently purchased after noticing the physio use all the time was a small product called an Ultralieve. This is a small handheld ultrasound which relieves the pain around inflamed muscles that may be in spasm.

Ken

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L1/2 Mild bilateral facet astropathy. L2/3 same as L1/2. L3/4 ditto. L4/5 Disc bulge indenting anterior thecal sac. Bilateral facet astropathy. Mild canal and left foraminal stenosis. L5/S1 Severe disc narrowing with extensive osteophytes. Broad based disc osteophyte protusion indenting anterior thecal sac and resulting in a right foraminal stenosis. Exiting L5 nerves intact. Osteophytic contact with descending right S1 nerve root. Conclusion_ Severe degenerative disc changes L5/S1 with disc-osteophyte protusion. Moderate disc bulge L4/L5 Moderate central spinal stenosis with obileration of the epidural fat and distortion of the thecal sac. L5/1 Decreased disc height and signal. Super Ventricular Tachacardia. (SVT) Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis knees and hips.
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Hey Roni,
 
There's a picture and some info on it in the Helpful Gadgets, the thread is called, Help for our Neck.
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For those of you who are thinking about buying anything from Amazon, please remember that we are hooked up with them-----find them on the left hand column of the main forum page.  Click on "Amazon Store".  

Here is the link to heating type pads that are available:http://astore.amazon.com/chrpaisit-20/search/186-8932875-9372512?node=1&keywords=heating+pads&x=11&y=7&preview=

So, if you buy something from Amazon and do it through our Amazon Store, we will get a small percentage of the sale to help us with operating expenses on the site.Big smile

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Thanks for the link Stevie!

As for the best purchases we've made to make me feel better:

Hitachi Wand: definitely feels great on really sore muscles.

Kindle Fire: I love reading and when I'm having problems with insomnia, I can even watch shows on netflix while hubby is asleep next to me.  He doesn't sleep so well when I'm not in bed with him.  So this was a great purchase for us.

HUGE Ice Pack: We purchased an ice pack that covers my entire back.  It's ginormous!  But it really helps when I'm having those burning aches.  It's really the only thing that helps because heat just makes them worse.

Long Heat Pads:  We have two so we don't have to fight.  My hubby does deal with chronic pain left over from two car accidents so we often use these at the same time.  We had 1 and then we would fight over it. lol  So we picked up another.

I really want one of those neck/cape thingies!  It looks amazing and would feel really good.

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I am in love with my Prop 'N Go Slim (ipad pillow/mount) -- I use it constantly, it's one of my favorite finds. Has saved my hands. I also find wearing night braces on my wrists helps me during the day. When I don't wear them, I feel the difference. The Futuro Night Wrist braces are very comfortable and have a beaded pad inside to keep my hands from balling up tightly, too. 
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