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    Quote Originally Posted by bob clark View Post
    .......... Can ya get Bill to start drinking lots of water and wheeling his chair around for exercise? His body probably needs a good cleaning out.

    Bob.
    You are such a gentleman Bob and I appreciate your thoughtful replies...... I think you've hit the nail on the head with this one statement! I believe the cocktail of drugs he is on definitely are contributors .... but the exercise component I agree is huge and I just don't know what more I can do to motivate him!! We have a water jug in our kitchen and he is a faithful imbiber so we have that base covered !!

    On the up side (depending on your perspective ) it's deer hunting season and he is a bit giddy with the anticipation of it (except for the 5 or 6 inches of snow we just recently received) (which is actually better for the deer .. makes for better tracking) .... so I can count on at least 3 weeks of exceptional activity at 6 or 7ish in the morning .... it's weird I know but its the most normal our household feels ... when Bill hunts .... I'm amazed at the transformation .... and then .... it's over .... until next year ....

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    Thank goodness we have some solid members like Bob around!

    I haven't any advice as I've been lucky to avoid pain or its medications Obie, but I hope it all works out! It's one thing after another! Hopefully deer season is a pick-me-up for him.
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    Aw shucks.
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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    I totally understand where you are coming from. I'm a C6-C7 Incomplete SCI. When I was in the hospital and then at home, I took narcotics for pain. I took so many narcotics that I would become like Bill. I couldn't remember conversations and sometimes hours of my day. I put my wife and family through hell and then back. I almost lost my 18 year marriage to my wife and best friend.

    What I found was that my tolerance for narcotics increased and I could never get enough to help me with the pain. The doctor kept increasing and I kept taking it. I believe it decreased my tolerance to pain. I didn't know what my bodies pain level was anymore. I just knew I needed more and more. I slowly weaned myself off the medication. What I found and it might be different with other people is that I learned to handle my bodies pain levels. Do I still have pain? Yes, I certainly do some days worse than others. But my mind is clear and I can actually participate in my families daily activities with a clear head. I believe taking constant pain medications decreases your tolerance to pain.

    I'm not saying take him off all the med's, that would just be plain stupid. Maybe a pain doctor might be the answer. I found that my doctors would keep on prescriping me my pain medications upon my request. A pain doctor would find the right combination of medications that would right for Bill. I know what you mean when you said, "I want my old Bill back." I will pray that God will give you both the strength to fight this battle of Bill's life. It's not what happens when you get knocked down but how you get yourself back up again. That's what defines someone. God bless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obieone View Post
    On the up side (depending on your perspective ) it's deer hunting season and he is a bit giddy with the anticipation of it (except for the 5 or 6 inches of snow we just recently received) (which is actually better for the deer .. makes for better tracking) .... so I can count on at least 3 weeks of exceptional activity at 6 or 7ish in the morning .... it's weird I know but its the most normal our household feels ... when Bill hunts .... I'm amazed at the transformation .... and then .... it's over .... until next year ....
    Obie, it sounds like he needs to get involved with more hunting and shooting sports.

    It's great that there's still something he can get excited about and really involved with such as this. Seriously, it would be nice if you could find a way to build on that, or just find another activity he can relax and enjoy, to give him something else to focus on.

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    Yes I completely agree David ..... and to answer your question Beth he's been taking the Lyrica for about 2 years now and the Paxil pretty much from day 1 !! We worked with a pain specialist and his initial consult was very thorough ......

    Sometimes I wonder if we should be investigating the source of his pain a little more ..... maybe consider having the rods removed. It's all such a risk when your start dinkin' around with that stuff. You described it very well Bob "a burning, glass shard-coated brick" .. for Bill right between his shoulder blades !

    Thanks for your input everyone!

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