Karen Tunkel

@ktunkel
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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is salmonassassin. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.

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#CervicalRadiculopathy

Have had bad radicular pain in my left arm since Dec 2021. 52 yo male, no major history of trauma. Very healthy until recently. Pain and numbness is pretty bad. Curious how others have dealt with a similar trouble..

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Mind doesn't match my body

My physical health issues are worsening. How do I cope when my mind still has so many things it wants to do...but my body can't do those things anymore? Including my job. .I feel lost , a waste of space , and like I'll never find a meaningful career. Please- any advice is needed. . # ChronicPain #chronic Illness #SpinalStenosis #SpinalCordInjury #Endometriosis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicDepression #ChronicPain Syndrome #DegenerativeDiscDisease

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Mind doesn't match my body

My physical health issues are worsening. How do I cope when my mind still has so many things it wants to do...but my body can't do those things anymore? Including my job. .I feel lost , a waste of space , and like I'll never find a meaningful career. Please- any advice is needed. . # ChronicPain #chronic Illness #SpinalStenosis #SpinalCordInjury #Endometriosis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicDepression #ChronicPain Syndrome #DegenerativeDiscDisease

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JZ

Scared

Last year was an absolutely terrible year for my family. My wife was out of work for nearly all of it due to depression and anxiety, leaving me to pretty much figure out how to pay ALL the bills and buy the food and keep things together. We made it... I'd say by the skin of our teeth. She found work, a job that fit with what she needs and her daughter's need for nearly constant supervision (she's high functioning autistic, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and ADHD). But I'm seeing hints of her losing this job she found. Hints of things that lead to her losing the last job she had before this one. And I just don't feel like I can do another year like last year. I haven't had a break or real time to myself in all of this time and I'm at the end of my rope as it is with my own stuff. I work all day and then come home and just work as a caregiver basically. I sometimes just don't feel like I can do it anymore, and tonight is one of those nights. #CheckInWithMe #Autism #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #Caregiving #tired #Depression

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Mind doesn't match my body

My physical health issues are worsening. How do I cope when my mind still has so many things it wants to do...but my body can't do those things anymore? Including my job. .I feel lost , a waste of space , and like I'll never find a meaningful career. Please- any advice is needed. . # ChronicPain #chronic Illness #SpinalStenosis #SpinalCordInjury #Endometriosis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicDepression #ChronicPain Syndrome #DegenerativeDiscDisease

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Please tell me what you think?

I'm hoping this isn't a stupid question, but curiosity is my middle name.
I have a lot of back problems and get an MRI every year to check how fast the deterioration is progressing, and one question has always come to mind.
Wouldn't an MRI, performed while standing upright, be more accurate than while laying down and relaxed? Wouldn't it show more accurately how much compression that the disc's are going through? I don't claim to be a scientist or anything, but it makes sense to me.
Anybody?

#MentalHealth
#Bipolar2
#PanicDisorder
#CPTSD
#SpinalCordInjury
#ChildhoodAbuse
#ChildhoodSexualAbuse
#SexualTrauma
#AtrialFibrillationAndStroke
#HeartAttack
#emdr GONE WRONG
#and -so-on-with-more

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Thoracic Spine Surgery

A little over a week ago, I had emergency surgery on my thoracic spine. I had a fusion and lamenectomy on T5-T9 and one disc removed. Prior to surgery, I lost the ability to walk and I had urinary/bowel issues.

Surgery on the thoracic spine is more rare than other areas and more complicated and risky. There wasn’t much choice in my case. I had posterior surgery.

It’s probably the toughest surgery I’ve ever had. My blood pressure dropped during surgery and my recovery has been good, but slow. I’m walking again with the aid of a walker and I still deal with neurogenic bowel and bladder issues, but there is hope that those will go away as nerves heal.

I’m hoping others who have had or are facing this surgery will find this post. I’m glad I had my surgery, but I never would have had it if I hadn’t gotten to the point of hearing paralysis. #SpinalCordInjury #SpinalFusion #SpinalSurgery #SpinalStenosis #spinal

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1 Month of PT to Avoid Surgery

My neurosurgeon is hoping to avoid having to operate on my bulging disc in my thoracic spine. He’s giving me until March to try physical therapy, but if I don’t improve or get worse, he recommends we schedule surgery then. Operating on the thoracic spine is much more complicated than other parts of the spine and higher risk.

I’m scared, but at least there’s something I can do. #SpinalFusion #myleopathy #Arthritis #ChronicSpinePain

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Cervical Spine Surgery

I'd just like to hear from others who have had neck Surgery or fusions? Any feedback would be wonderful!

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