Howdy, all. Just wanted to let you know I haven't completely abandoned my Hub family. My hands and neck have really gotten worse, and writing a long article is becoming increasingly difficult. I still write on Bubblews, but posting just one or two short pieces a day is sometimes a challenge. I'm seeing a spinal surgeon later this month.
Anyway, I still love you guys!
Habee ! Dear lady I have missed you and send prayers and hugs your way. Take care and keep on keeping on.
Hello Habee, great to hear from you but so sorry to hear about your spine and problems with writing articles. I wish you the very best as you go to your doctor and hope things get much better for you sooner than later. Take care of yourself.
How've you been, Ocean? Thanks for the good wishes!
I have been doing just fine here Habee, and keeping up with my busy family, and work, etc. You will be in my prayers. I know what it is like to worry about back problems and surgeries (both for myself and now possibly for my son, though of a totally different nature it sounds like from what you are dealing with.) You are such a great writer and I was saddened to hear about the writing difficulties and being able to even sit at a computer. I had no idea. I had not been around HubPages or the other site much, and missed a lot of stuff.
I have seen prayer change things in our lives in rather remarkable ways. I hope you feel the comfort and love from all here and their well wishing and prayers for you! So glad you stopped by to say hello to everyone here and share. Clearly, you are very loved
I remember you! I'm so sorry to hear of all your troubles with your spine. That's not fun. I hope they can do something to help.
I hope the doctors can help you. Pain is no fun. Take care and we'll be here when you are able to return.
Yeah, I still remember you Habee. I mean who could forget one of the site's most well respected and beloved writers on here? It's good to hear from you, but I'm sorry to hear that you're neck and hands have gotten worse. I hope your surgery goes well, and that you have a speedy recovery. May the force be with you and god bless.
Hi Habee! I m M.H and new in the world of HubPages. Don’t you worry about it you will be successed what you have been doing for long time. I will pray for you to get will soon my pray with you
So good to see you back, but very sorry and concerned about your health issues. My best wishes for your speedy recovery!
When I joined Hubpages, I was particularly inspired by your success story on the Home page of HP.
Wish you all the best!
Have you tried Dragon dictation software? It will type for you, via voive recognition, and I think there's probably free programs out there that do the same.
You have great hubs and you are, and will continue to be popular hubber.
I've thought about Dragon, but some days I have to take so much pain med that I can't even sit at the computer.
I used it back around 2006/2007 and found it did not "hear" Southern very well. I even did the radiology training script, as well as a more generic one. It never got better than about 50% accurate on me dictating "lateral epicondylitis". Once it typed 'lateral leprechauns the lightest'. Maybe they have improved...
easylearningweb has a great idea with the Dragon dictation software. I hear this is very easy to install and so easy to use. Why not give it a try?
And I will keep you in my prayers.
Good luck with the surgeon Habee. I hope your hands and neck improve really soon and we get you back writing on HP.
Good to hear from you, habee - have missed your posts. Sorry to hear of your problems, and sure hope your surgeon can give you some relief. Living in pain isn't fun.
Nice to know you still around. Missed you!
Hey, Habee - good to see you, and welcome back (at least for a drive-by visit!). Hope you get those issues addressed - I'm sure it's interrupted everything in life. Pain is no fun.
Hi Habee, it good to hear from you. I haven't seen any activity from you in a while. Welcome back.
I hope you get some relief from your visit to the spinal doctor.
I hope so, too, BL. But I'm terrified of spinal surgery. I hope he can provide me with some other options to try.
I had a laminectomy and double spinal fusion in my neck in October and I'm doing great. Like you, I was terrified of the idea that something could go wrong and I'd be paralysed - but I was surprised to find that's the least likely thing to happen. These days they go in through the front of the neck (which results in a much more stable result), so the biggest risk is to your windpipe and oesophagus which get very bruised from being pushed out of the way. I had to live on chicken soup for a week! A friend of mine also had it done and she's still struggling to speak after three months, but compared to the pain she was previously going through, that's something she can live with.
I had to have mine done: it had got so bad that the spinal cord was sawing against the nerve, and if I'd let that go on it would have resulted in paralysis anyway. Make sure you have an MRI because that's the on;y way they can get all the right information.
Marisa, thanks for sharing your experience. My best pal had the laminectomy, and she had a bad outcome. It actually made hers worse. I'm going to try everything I can short of surgery before I agree to go under the knife, but I'm not sure what else I can do. I take pain meds and anti-inflammatories, and I use heat, traction, stretching, massage, and a TENS unit. I'm checking into biofeedback. What does help temporarily is getting steroid injections.
I've wondered where you disappeared to. Hire a secretary to take dictation!
Hubby experiences very similar issues due to cervical disc problems. He's resistant to surgery as well. Gotcha on my radar for prayers and good thoughts!
Hi, Mo! Actually, my daughter types some for me when she has time, but she's pretty busy with her hospital job, her gymnastics coaching, three kids, and a new home.
If you're checking into alternative therapies, don't ignore acupuncture and reflexology. They're both odd in that they're very effective for some people and do nothing at all for others.
I tried acupuncture and it did nothing at all. Then out of desperation I tried reflexology. Got to the end of the treatment and thought, "I won't waste my time with this again." Woke up the next morning and turned my head to the left for the first time in two years.
Thanks to reflexology, I was able to delay surgery for twenty years. Yes, you did read that right! But as I said, both acupuncture and reflexology are effective in only about 50% of the population, so it's the luck of the draw.
Thanks, Marisa. Did you try biofeedback? It doesn't work for everyone, either. I haven't tried acupuncture, but I'll check into reflexology.
habee, I hope you get better and can come back and write super long articles.
Hi habee. I used voice recognition software when I had severe arthritis (many years ago now). It frustrated me that my brain worked faster than my mouth ... and the computer kept interrupting me to ask for clarification of words. It also took a l-o-n-g time to teach the computer what to type with each sound I made. (Adapted to accents etc.)
I'm not sure I've heard what's wrong with your spine. Do you live near Randy? Maybe ask him if he thinks 'the gel' will work.
That it seriously no bueno, Holle. I just hope that everything goes well after you see the surgeon and that you heal well and keep writing. I'm such a fan of everything you write. Much love, friend.
I KNEW I logged into Hub Pages today (which is fairly rare for me anymore, either) for a reason.
So nice to see you!
Wishing you the best with your health issues and a continued long and prosperous writing career.
I wondered where you've been. I hope all goes well and you get rid of your pain. I know it isn't fun.
So glad to hear from you, Habee, and so very sorry to know you're suffering health problems -- you're officially in my prayers. I haven't written on Hub Pages in a while but do try to keep up with friends there. I've always enjoyed your work so very much and hope you'll be able to resume writing soon. God bless, Sis
Dear Habee. We miss you lots. Prayers sent your way for recovery. You are tough, so hang in there. Hugs. Audrey
Hey Habee nice to see you are still around and i hope you recover fully soon! No wonder Hubpages has gone quiet!
Hi Habee! I have not heard from you for a long time here in HP but I sometimes went to your posts at Bubblews. I´m sorry to hear about your health. I hope you´ll be fine soon. Take care. God bless you.
I hope things work out well with your spinal doctor and that there is a less to noninvasive way to treat your neck and hand pains. I'm praying for you, your strong opinions and outgoing personality. Get well, write more hubs and create thought provoking forums. Your first hub will have to be about how you came to have this illness and how you recovered from it. As a family, all of us hubbers want to know how each other is doing and we want everyone to be healthy and well.
Welcome back Holle. Hope things work out with the doctor so you can come back join us without pain.
Wow, it's great to hear from you and see your post today. Long time since I saw your face. Sorry to hear you're having back trouble. That's a bummer.
Hubby went through the insurance hoops for 2 years to finally get 3 level fusion surgery on L3-L4-L5.
I'll be praying there's a good plan get you feeling better.
All the best,
Hi, habee, I remember you. I think you are one of my followers. I have missed you and the others who I would talk to and share comments about hubs and writing. Hope you are having a great day. Do NOT forget me. Peace.
I'm like you, absent a lot...but I really am concerned about your health. You're in Georgia and it's a cesspool for Lyme disease. Take care of yourself. Please.
I wish you the best of luck! I am seeing a spine surgeon in June for neck and hands etc...I Bubble as well.
Hi, you were one of my first friends here on HP. I still see your smiling face on Bubblews and can keep up with you. (That is hard to do, you know).
I see you still have a Hub Score of 100, though!!
See you later.....
I bought the software, Dragon Premium thinking it would help me out since I have transient neuropathy, but the only thing it helped was the progress to a headache. I have no idea who coded the language, or maybe I just speak weird. LOL I tried all the accent choices and none worked for me. I have had it a year and have worked with it, often...updating, everything the trouble shooting suggests. I am sorry to say, I do not recommend it. I have gotten some really weird things too! Not sure if I ever got leprechaun though.
Cynthianne . . . thank you for sharing this Dragon info. I was close to being lured (by the convincing ad on TV) to get this, but my little voice who is an expert at saying "leave this alone," spoke up, and well, no Dragon software for me.
My friend, YOU are a life-saver and money-saver.
That's another one I owe you.
I tried and gave up on Dragon a few years ago. It does not recognise a non-regional UK accent very well and trying to use medical terminology was a total disaster. It also did not work properly with most of my software. Furthermore, I found myself getting very thirsty and exhausted and developed a sore throat after a few hours of talking into it. I tried it because I was worried I might be developing RSI, but fortunately that never happened.
Another great testimony for not spending money on Dragon. And I have this great idea for you. Write what you have just said in a Hub for hubpages as a review of this Dragon thing. No telling at the people you will help, but save them money.
i have one question guys, anyone can tell me how to get benefit from hubpages?
I have worked with lots of surgeons, especially orthopedic surgeons. Surgeons offer surgery. Surgery, meds, injections, and maybe an offer to come to “pain clinic”, which is basically meds and injections. That’s their paradigm. They will often tell you that there are no other options. A good friend of mine was told that she absolutely had to have surgery, and still she would have a miserable life of pain. [She had injured her neck in a motor vehicle accident.]
Surgeons will also sometimes tell you that therapy will not help, and that alternative therapies are bogus. While they should be well aware of the benefits of therapy, alternative medicine is not their paradigm. They are speaking of things outside of their world, of which most of them know nothing at all. Even in the case of physical therapy, there has been a huge push for evidence-based practice, and a growing body of techniques, that most MDs are unaware of.
There are loads of things you can do. Most of them however are not covered by insurance. My friend (a massage therapist, from MVA above) spent over $15,000 out of pocket over a period of a year or so. Today she has no neck complaints. She had chiro, massage, Reike, and probably loads of other strategies.
I always [only half] jokingly say I’d try voodoo (given a seemingly unsolved-able health issue) if someone pointed me to a source. Here are some things to explore if you truly mean what you say, that you would do anything to avoid surgery.
Ice- You say you’ve tried heat. I know heat feels great in the moment, but the benefits of ice are well established in the literature. If you haven’t already, please try ice, 20 min, 3-5 times a day.
Physical Therapy- Call around and find a provider with “manual therapy” experience. This could involve maneuvers similar to chiropractic. Even if you are not a good candidate, manual therapists have a higher level of training and experience in therapy. One of our admin people at work was actually booked for surgery, but per my urging, insisted on a PT consult. The clinic has some new technique (I emailed her for name and details), and she is now essentially pain free, and has resumed activities she hasn't been able to do in years. She smiles all the time now.
Clinic e-stim, IFC, and traction. You’ve tried TENS and traction. Was this home versions, or physical therapy clinic modalities? I have a personal e-stim/IFC unit. It helps, but is not as effective as the clinic version.
Try chiropractic. Many people have misconceptions that because they have a certain level of degenerative or post-traumatic arthritic changes, that they are not a candidate for chiro. A chiropractor would be the best judge of that. If you’ve tried chiro, try another chiropractor before giving up.
Try massage therapy. Not the ‘warm fuzzy’ type massage. Find a provider that specializes in pain management and has advanced training such as cranial sacral, integrative therapy, etc. I have been going to such a therapist (“friend” above) every 2-3 weeks for pain and maintenance since 2009.
Try Young Living oils. They are very pure, and the company very reputable. I would not use any other oils, even from Whole Foods. You can get them on Amazon. If you want to get the wholesale discount, I can hook you up. I can also hook you up with people who can advise you on the oils. My brother hurt his back on the job about 3 years ago (he’s a therapist in long term care). He started using Young Living about a year ago, every night at bedtime. He often got nearly immediate relief. There are many oils good for pain. You just have to experiment. You can layer several oils. I’d start with peppermint oil because it is inexpensive. He used (past tense, I’ll get to that) Valor and Aroma Seiz. These are the two my sister uses on her back as well. They are about $30 for 15 ml, but last about 2 months. Panaway is another, specifically for pain, but expensive. Others for pain include Idaho Balsam Fir, Cypress, Marjoram, Rosemary, and many more. You can get a Young Living app.
Try Formula 303. My brother used this for his back too. It is a natural muscle relaxant. We have both had great relief with this product over the years. We order it online. There’s something else he uses, more for bones/spine, but I’ll have to get back to you on that. Young Living has a product (capsules) too.
Consider acupuncture. My doxie started having back issues a few years ago. By the end of 2009, he lost the use of his back legs, bowel, and bladder. My Western Medicine mindset assumed this had to be biomechanical, and that surgery was truly the only option. His MRI, surgery and aftercare cost me over $3000, after a generous military discount. He did well for 2 yrs, then started having problems again. I found a vet that does acupuncture and chiro for dogs and cats. Her practice is predominantly doxies with back issues. She said his issues could very likely have been due to scar tissue from his surgery!
We did acupuncture once a week for a couple months. He was doing well, so we tried to wean down (up?) to 2 weeks, but he had a little set back. So we continued weekly for a while. The second time we tried to wean to every 2 weeks, he had a major setback. He again lost function in his back legs, along with bowel and bladder control. We had to use prescription pain meds at that point, and had to do acupuncture two times a week for a while. Now we are at once a month. He does really well most days. He’s a bit waddly when he walks, but he can run in the yard, and seems to be pain free most of the time. (More on Bastain in a bit.)
This brings us to Alternative Medicine. Notice I didn’t even include chiro and acupuncture in Alternative. These suggestions are much further away from the mainstream. First off, I’d advise you ‘suspend your disbelief’. We are so indoctrinated into Western Medicine mindset. It’s very hard to be open to alternatives. I still have to constantly stop myself from trying to find reasons and logic for pain and symptoms, that are steeped in WM. Here are some things to explore. They are much more “alternative” than chiro and acupuncture.
Go see an alternative medicine practitioner, such as a naturopath, homeopath, herbalist, or Chinese Medicine specialist. They don’t deny that you have very real, observable (on x-ray) physical changes to your anatomy. They don’t deny injuries, such as motor vehicle injury or other accidents. But they do look at pain and symptoms in a very different way from what we are accustomed to. They might assess the primary issue to your neck pain to be your liver!
Here’s a short version of a personal example: I was having right heel pain a couple years ago. In my mind it was biomechanical. A visiting provider at my naturopath’s office said to me that heel pain corresponded to colon in Chinese Medicine. I just nodded and dismissed it. A few weeks later I was sick, and decided to eat vegetarian during my illness, because meat is more difficult to digest. About a week and a half later I realized I had not had heel pain in almost a week and a half! It was probably about 4-6 months before I could eat meat regularly again. Haven’t had the heel pain since.
I’d also strongly suggest you explore “Energy Healing” such as Reike, Life Line, Radiant Heart, Pendulum Clearing, Portal work, and hypnosis.
So back to Sebastian. When he lost lower body function the second time, we upped his acupuncture. At the vet’s advice we got him some magnets and some healing crystals. At the “getting place” we wound up talking to an Energy Healer, and booked him a session. He is a biter (or at least was), and immediately she was nose to nose with him and he was kissing her. This session seemed to really turn him around. He has had about 2 more sessions over a 2 year period, and as above gets acupuncture about every 4 weeks now.
About 8-10 months ago, I started seeing this Energy Healer about every 2-3 weeks. More on that in a bit. My brother started seeing her about 4-6 mo ago, but more sporadically because of his work schedule. He is very sensitive to other people’s feelings. Not like ‘I sense you are sad and distressed,’ but more like he actually gets sad and distressed. She has helped him recognize these feelings, respect them, but shed them because it’s not his stuff.
We got the same Energy Healer to do a house cleansing for us a couple months ago. There were renters before we bought the house, and they had a lot of drama according to the neighbors. She detected a lot of negative energy on practically the entire back side of the house. My brother’s bedroom is on the back of the house. He got really sick a couple days after the cleansing, and it took him a couple days to get over it. After that, he realized his back no longer hurt, and has not hurt since! We’re still trying to take this one in!
I went home to SC to visit the month of Feb. While I was there my mom had a ‘little episode’. I woke at 06:30 on the morning of my birthday. Thought I heard talking, then a loud noise. Jumped out of bed and found my mom collapsed on the floor. Her eyes were open but vacant. She had loud, raspy breathing. Holle, I thought she had had a stroke and was dying. We went to the ER. They ruled out cardiac and stroke. Anyhoo, I’ve never been so scared. Obviously I was flooded with adrenaline. I could hardly eat for days without GI symptoms. Couldn’t lie flat for sleeping, or on my side (slept in recliner). For weeks my system was still messed up. Got to the point that everything I ate upset my stomach, and I didn’t want to leave the house. I had a session with my Energy Healer. She did “portal work” and my symptoms resolved almost completely, almost immediately.
I truly wish you the best Holle. And I truly hope you do not have surgery. Personally, I’d go in debt for alternatives, than have surgery covered by insurance. I spend a couple thousand a year on supplements and alternative therapies.
Well, I could go on, but better get to work. Evaluation reports to write. Papers to grade.
RM, thanks for your concern and ideas. I have used ice - maybe I need to give it another try. I've also seen several chiros and massage therapists. I went through pain injections and physical therapy. I don't know what alternative options are available in my area, but I'll check them out!
Hey Habee I have been away for quite sometime myself, Good to see you here again I tried bubblewes for awhile , but I think I like it better here. Hope your feeling better soon
Sorry to hear it. I am sending get well wishes your way.
I hope your visit to the new surgeon goes well.
Wishing you all the best.
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