Workout and Nerve Pain

     After my first workout in more than seven years, nerve pain was way down last night.  Best night I’ve had in many weeks.  My body obviously needed this.

     It felt kind of awkward being back in the gym yesterday.  The Ballinger 24 Hour Fitness has changed considerably over the last seven years, in some ways good, in some ways less so.

     A positive change is that they’ve got a lot more equipment.  However, it’s in the same floor space so where things used to be easy to navigate and organized in a logical manner that made it easy to find what you were looking for, now it’s very cramped and haphazard.

     It’s good that they can accommodate more people this way but also a bit uncomfortable, especially if there isn’t enough air flow.

     In the old days they used to provide much more personal assistance and tracking, body mass index measurements and so on, as just part of the basic membership.  But it also used to be expensive to join, several hundred dollars.  Now there is only one hour of personal training included, none of that tracking, and if you want personal training it runs $260 for five hours, kind of steep.

     To be able to just go in and use the equipment, its only $30/month now, a fee I can actually handle and well worth it.  Knocking this nerve pain down is easily worth way more than that.  I certainly spend way more than that on pharmaceuticals and I’m pretty sure this is way healthier.


     Having been cleared to exercise with no restrictions, today I went to the gym for my first workout in more than seven years.

     Focused on upper body today as last time I took Mei or a walk, she pulled this way and that and my back was sore for three days.  Determined to fix that, so worked on back, shoulders, arms, abdominal muscles, chest, tomorrow I will work lower body more.

     Nerve pain is there still, now I’ve got some muscle burn to go with it.  At least I can know that burn is one that is getting me to a better place.

Peak Pain

     Peak pain has flared, come, and gone for the night.  Now at a manageable level, but I can not go to sleep.  Very wired even though I took 1200mg of gabapentin earlier which my neurologist was worried would sedate me.  It does not, hardly anything does except a heavy meal or a night with way too little sleep which if this continues, this night will be.

Pain – Restoration and Recovery

     I had hoped to go to the gym for my first workout in more than seven years but did not make it.  By the time clothes were washed my neuropathy had flared up to where I was on fire and beyond the ability to handle it.

     So far today I’ve eaten 2100MG of gabapentin which at the moment is not sufficient to suppress this nerve pain.  Today it started with strange stabbing pains to the right side of my belly, then they migrated to my left leg midway between foot and knee.  Now I’m burning all over.

     If I had ANY idea how much pain would be involved, I would not have ever allowed myself to get into this condition.

     But now at least I know my heart is good, in between the intense bouts of pain I will make it to the gym and begin working on this.  I have ample motivation.

     Emotionally this is really tugging me in two directions.  On the one hand, night after night of searing pain and agony, difficulty sleeping because of it, these things are depressing.

     On the other hand, God has brought me so far spiritually, and now he is pointing out my physical deficiencies and giving me a path to remedy those as well.  I believe God would not be working on my so much if he did not have something very worthwhile for me to do in my future.  So that aspect of it excites me.  I am not proud of my past but I am being given an opportunity to do something better with my remaining years.

Heart Stress Test Good

     I did my heart stress test today and cardiologist said heart is in good shape.  No bad sounds, EKG was perfect at rest and at full tilt.  She said there was absolutely no reason I should have to restrict my exercise in any way.  So now I’ve got a path to recovery and am feeling much better about my situation knowing it is temporary.

     Still have a colonoscopy on May 6th, hopefully source of blood will be benign.  Given all the issues I’ve had with constipation since the boil issue, my gastroenterologist feels that it is likely just related to that.  But will find out next Friday.

Group Health

     I am so not happy with Group Health.  It is clear their doctors have too high of a work load to get back to patients in a timely manner.  If you need some specialist procedure you need to schedule months in advance.

Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

     I’ve posted about some health issues and not been really specific and it’s generated some concern and a lot of questions so I felt it would be worthwhile to lay it out so there isn’t any speculation.

     I have been having problems since I had a strep-B infection in October that created a large boil, about an inch long in the crease of my leg on the right side.

     The incision apparently cut a nerve and this has created one problem as it heals, it is now in a very irritable state and causing me a lot of grief.

     Then it also took three rounds of antibiotics to kill it, this largely in part to the original infection being misdiagnosed as a staff rather than strep infection and inappropriate antibiotics used.

     By the time all was said and done my gut bacteria was carpet bombed and I’ve been suffering constipation ever since.  I’m living on Miralax for that now until the bacteria re-establishes itself, taking probiotics but they, even good ones, aren’t working yet.

     So if that weren’t enough fun in the process of diagnosing that, they also found I had type II diabetes, and up to this point I had only experienced minor burning in my feet, but after being put on medicines for that, and medicines for high blood pressure, and medicines for high cholesterol and high LDL and high triglycerides, it is now full body neuropathy.

     At times the pain is excruciating, like someone poured a gallon of gasoline on me and set me for blaze and it lasts like this for hours and hours.  This is especially true at night and interfering with sleep, which has made daytime functionality a problem and caused me to get behind on many things.

     While the immediate goal is to get my blood sugar under control with medications and diet, and to that end they are ramping up metFormin every week, the long term goal is to exercise and lose my belly and reverse the diabetes.

     Before I start exercising in earnest, they want me to do a treadmill test to make sure my heart is still up to it and won’t stop on me if I try.  Going in for that on the 28th.

     And then a blood-stool test also turned up positive, could be cancer or it could just be because of the constipation, but I will be going in for a colonoscopy shortly as well.

     I have to tell you this neuropathic pain has given me a whole new understanding of chronic pain.  I think it’s really sad that so many people who need opiates for pain management can’t get them because the FDA has terrorized doctors to the point where they are afraid to prescribe them even when there is legitimate need.  My pain would not be helped by opiates, neuropathic pain tends not to respond well to them but I can understand the plight of those who have chronic pain that could be helped but can’t get the help they need.

     So anyway, those are the health challenges I’m going through at the moment.  Just wanted to let everyone know and I will update as I know more.

Fellow High School Student and KNHC Person Needs Help

     A guy I went to high school with and more or less lived in the radio station there with, Tim Shook, has been hospitalized with a foot injury and is in need of some help.

     He had a golden voice back then and last time I heard him still had that voice.  He has a web site trying to raise some funds to get him through this period.

     I’m kind of going through a medical crisis of my own at the moment but if you’re in a position to help out please take a look.

Fun at Dick’s

     Yesterday my wife was hungry so we stopped at Dick’s.  A sign there read, “You are being videotaped for your safety.”

     Totally absurd statement, video taping me is not making me safer in any significant way.

     So I told the employee that I did not want to be video taped, that it did not make me feel safer, and that it was an unreasonable invasion of my privacy, and I delivered these words with absolute dead pan sincerity.

     The employee was obviously taken back.  But then I added…

     “Your equipment taking my image is stealing my soul”, said with the same dead pan delivery and at that point I could see he was seriously disturbed, so at that point I cracked a smile, he realized I was screwing with him, and we placed our order.

     When he brought the food, I told him I was willing to license the use of my image for say $200 per frame.  Keep in mind most video is working at 30 frames per second, that works out to around $6000 per second of video.  Seemed reasonable enough.