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RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Bishop, your story is a lot like mine. Since I was in my twenties my back would go out for a few days or a few weeks. When my dad had a bad heart attack I planned to mow our yard and then fly out the next day. I bent over to pour gas and my back popped and the next thing I knew I was flat on the ground. I could not get up. I low crawled to our sliding glass door and I laid there till my wife came down stairs. She finally came down stairs and I got her attention. She looked at me and asked What are you doing down there. I low crawled into the house and my wife retrieved pain medication. I lay on the floor for about an hour and then I needed to go to the bathroom so I crawled up the stairs. I called my sister-in-law and she went to help my mom and dad. The next day I went to the emergency department and they gave me pain medication. In a few weeks I was back to normal. That was my worst episode before my current event. JD
Yellowboat. 05/23/15 07:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond. Today is day nine after my spinal steroid injection. I'm starting to feel relief. I was able to get out of bed and I was not in a lot of pain. I don't know how long this injection will last. I'm thankful that it is working. I was told that surgery was in my future but if injections work for awhile that is just OK with me. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/23/15 10:19am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Thanks for the information. I forgot to mention that I also have a fairly large bulging disc and bone fragments. When I got my spinal steroid injection, after looking at my MRI, the doctor was doubtful that the shot would work and he said that I would probably need surgery. Regarding spinal steroid injection I've been told that it can take up to a week to feel the results. Is the relief sudden or does the pain slowly get less each day? Today is day six for me and no relief as yet. Thanks again for your replies.
Yellowboat. 05/20/15 12:01pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

I have degenerative disc disease stemming from back injury 25 yrs ago. After lamenectomy, had L5S1 fused about 7 yrs ago and no issues since then, except some stiffness I can live with. No more sciatica. I lived with pain for 20 yrs. I highly recommend fusion if your health is good and you can get a good surgeon. Thanks. I was in a helicopter crash in Vietnam that has left me with a back that goes out on me from time to time. This last time that my back went out I have not recovered from the pain. I have been in pain for about eight months except for the relief I get from Gabapentin. I read that spinal surgery is only effective sixty to seventy percent of the time and can leave a person in more pain. Not great odds but better than constant pain. As long as medication, not narcotic medications, can eliminate pain I will hold off on surgery. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 08:00pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

MY wife went to Laser spine institute and they really helped her. I recommend you send a copy of your latest MRI to them \. They review it and call you. They said they could help my wife and they did. Two people we referred were turned down as unable to be helped by their technique. Expensive and NOT covered by medicare but worth it. THREE hours after surgery she was better. Within a week she was excellent. Gabapetin is usually for nerve pain. Have you spinal cord injury as well? What is your daily dose? Hi. The Laser Spine Institute advertises on our local TV stations. Perhaps I should followup. I am seeing a neurosurgeon. He isn't in a hurry to do surgery. No, fortunately I do not have a spinal cord injury. I started with three, three-hundred mg capsules per day. At first it worked great. At some point I became tolerant to Gabapentin. Currently I am on twenty-seven-hundred mg. To get relief from pain I have to take four capsules in the morning, then two capsules in the afternoon, and finally three capsules at bed time. Today I tried three, three, three and my pain did not go down to a level where I could comfortably drive until an hour after my afternoon dose. My VA doctor told me that there are other medications that might work for me if Gabapentin fails to work. I don't know if, or when, my neurosurgeon will decide to do surgery. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 07:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RVing with Spinal Stenosis

If you just starting this process you have a ways before surgery.Have you tried any pt or a tens unit?check your pm Thanks for the PM. I guess I need to be patient. The doctor that gave me the injection said that it could take five or more days for the shot to take effect. The numbing agent was 100 percent effective which means that the cortisone injection was in the right place. I'm anxious to get back on the road. We are signed up for the FMCA rally in Coos Bay, OR in June. I don't know if we can make it. I haven't tried or heard of a tens unit. I'm on my fourth round of PT. Two through my civilian doctor and I'm on my second round of PT through the VA. Thanks for your reply. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 07:20pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RVing with Spinal Stenosis

Hi. I have had a bad back for a very long time. Recently my back pain has gotten much worse. I have had an MRI that shows spinal stenosis at L5, S1. Without medication I'm in so much pain that I cannot put any weight on my left leg. I'm taking Gabapentin and it is helping but I'm becoming tolerant to it and I have to take more to get relief from pain. Five days ago I received a spinal steroid injection. I don't think the injection has given me much relief. Has anyone else tried back surgery? If so how did surgery work for you? Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/19/15 06:31pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Avg length of travel? Not really a tow'd question

We try to drive no more than 4 hours in a day. If possible we drive only 2 to 3 hours when we move. We may travel 3 or 4 days and then we will lay over for a few days and view the surrounding area. Our first MH was a 20' class C and we didn't need to tow a car. You mentioned fulltimeing so you will want something longer. My wife has driven our Dodge Durango when we wanted to take our six grandchildren and all their gear camping. I prefer having her in the MH helping me navigate. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 05/11/15 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

My 2013 handles like a dream. I previously had a 1996 F53. My first thoughts were the wheels must be the difference. My current coach is built on the newer F-53 (2006) chassis with 19.5 tires. It has handled pretty well for the most part. Trucks would push a little when passing and 30mph + side winds could be fatiguing. When compared to my older Dodge Class C my F-53 chassis also drives great. When I replaced my factory tires, after 7.5 years of use, with new tires that were 4 months old at the time of installation, I had a lot of problems. With my new tires my MH would follow every defect in the road. Trucks pushed me almost off the road. And, most disturbing, at odd times my coach would dodge left or right. My only change was new tires. I did all of the usual things. I checked and set air pressure. The tire installer set the tire pressure to max tire pressure. That didn’t help so I had my alignment checked. It was still good. Next I added sway, trac, and steering suspension upgrades. They help me tame the worst of my problems but I would still get the occasional dodge at odd times. Finally, after about 1,500 miles and 6 months on my new tires they calmed down and now ride great. And with the suspension upgrades I can now hardly feel when a truck passes and side winds are less fatiguing. I plan on transferring my suspension upgrades to a new coach if I decide to purchase one now. Thanks for the info.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD Since your worried about handling. We just purchased a new 2015 Allegro Open Road. As an option Tiffin offers "Sumo Springs" which the dealer told us about and recommended. We test drove our model without the Sumo Springs first and then test drove our model with them. OMG it was night and day difference! Without them it was top heavy and I was all over the road every time the wind would blow or a truck would pass. With them gone was the top heavy feeling and it handles great. It was like a $1200.00 option but in my opinion WELL worth the money. Thanks for the info. We are active in WIT (Winnebago Itasca Travelers) RV club and we must own a Winnebago product to belong. I hear nothing but good things about the Tiffin products and support.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD It all depends on what year chassis your 2005 motorhome is built on. Ford did not make a 2005 F53 chassis. They continued the 2004 chassis(310 hp 2 valve per cylinder engine and 4R100 4 speed transmission with overdrive)until the end of February of 2005. They skipped the 2005 model year designation and went to the 2006 model designation when they introduced the 362 hp 3 valve per cylinder engine and 5 speed R5110W Tow/Haul transmission on March 1, 2005. If you have the later model F53 chassis you won't see much difference in performance. The ride however will be improved with the larger 22.5" tires and the suspension modifications made to accommodate them. If you have the earlier F53 chassis you'll see a considerable difference in both ride and performance. We went from a 2001 Adventurer on the F53 chassis to a 2013 Adventurer on the F53 chassis. The differences are noticeable. The new one drives easier, has quicker acceleration, better hill climbing ability, and has a more comfortable ride. Thanks for the info. I have a 2005 coach built on a 2006 (Newer) Ford F-53 chassis. The dealer also had 2005 coaches built on the older chassis. I picked the one I own because it was on the newer chassis.
Yellowboat. 04/29/15 09:25am Class A Motorhomes
2005 F53 vs newer 2015 F53 Chassis

Hi all. I'm thinking about trading my 2005 Sightseer 29R in on a 2016 Sightseer 33C. I'm seeking comments from people who own a newer Sightseer or those with a newer F53 chassis. Has Ford improved the F53 chassis handling characteristics over the past ten years? I see that 22.5 wheels are now available. Does the larger wheels make any difference? Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 04/28/15 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wow, What a ride.

Gaba is pretty good and it is hard to overdose, as large doses are tolerated well. It is a better sleeping pill than a pain killer, though. Tramadol does not have a lot of side effects..... I can tell when my dosage falls too low as the pain returns. My miracle drug is hydroxychloroquine, which you will remember as a malaria drug from Vietnam. my arthritis pain becomes debilitating, but a few days on the chloroquine gets me moving again. Thanks to all that responded to my post. Without the internet we would not know how many people are in pain. I'm so sorry for everyone's pain. I have pain most of the time but until recently I have been able to work through my pain. Since September I have not been able to do anything other than lay in bed or on our couch. I'm one that likes to be up doing some sort of project. That said, no matter how bad I feel, I keep in mind that there is always someone who is having a worse time then I. I remember hydroxychloroquine in Vietnam. We took it once each week at lunch. Right after lunch there was a long line at our three hole out house as everyone that took hydroxychloroquine had diarrhea. I stopped taking it because of diarrhea, and I was lucky that I didn't get malaria. I was a door gunner on a helicopter and was everywhere from Saigon to an island off the south tip of Vietnam.
Yellowboat. 02/19/15 02:05pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
Wow, What a ride.

Hi. I have a chronic bad back. I was in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1969 and I have had problems with my back ever since. I have learned that when I do work I will have to deal with pain afterward. Usually my pain is down my right leg, stops at my knee, and lasts from three days to three weeks. In September, 2014 I did a lot of work inside and out on our RV. My wife and I waxed the sides and I cleaned and waxed the roof of our RV on my hands and knees. It took me two days but it really looked good when I finished. But instead of pain down my right leg I had pain down my left leg all the way to my toes. This time the pain has not gone away. My doctor put me on hydrocodone and it helped a little but I could not ride in a car sitting up. I had to tilt the seat back and every bump hurt. Then I went through Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia or OIH. OIH is when an opioid drug reverses effect and starts causing more pain then my pinched nerve. After three days of level 10 pain I then went through another seven days of withdrawal from hydrocodone and Tramadol. I ended up in the ER as I was pacing the floor day and night with only a few hours’ sleep each night. It so happened that I had an appointment with my VA doctor on day ten of my withdrawal process. I told the doctor my story and she suggested a non-narcotic pain medication called gabapentin. Gabapentin can have bad side effects but for me it was a God send. I am ninety percent back to normal. I can once again drive a car and sit in a chair, something I haven’t been able to do since September. With my RV cleaned up and looking good, except for the black streaks I notice are creeping back, I’m ready to go somewhere. DW and I did not go south this winter as we planned a spring trip to Southern Utah. As it turned out I could not have made the trip south and I think we will reschedule our trip to Utah and make local trips until I know how my back and leg pain are going to work out. Luckily, we live near Seattle and we are having a warm winter with no snow. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 02/18/15 11:36pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: 6 volt battery tenders?

Your 6 volt batteries are wired like THIS: Hook up the negative lead of the 12 volt battery tender to the "to ground lead" from the batteries and connect the positive lead of the 12 volt battery tender to the "12 volts out" lead from the batteries. You will be maintaining all four batteries. My battery tender can maintain more than one battery. Check to make sure your battery tender can maintain multiple batteries. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 09/24/14 07:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bridgestone/Firestone Tires

Les Schwab in Washington State put a new set of Bridgestone 19.5 tires on our motor home. I decided upon the Bridgestone tires because the date code was only 3 months old. With my new Bridgestone tires my motor home became very squirrely to drive. First trip on our new tires was to the coast. Because we were taking our grandchildren my wife drove some of the kids in our Dodge Durango and I drove the rest in the motor home. On the way to the coast, not towing, our motor home would dodge and swerve as we drove down the road. The first time my wife road in our motor home after installing the new Bridgestone tires she was scared to death. I weighed my coach and adjusted air pressure to meet Bridgestone tire pressurization charts. Les Schwab had inflated the tires to the max pressure. Adjusting pressure did not help. I had a steering stabilizer and rear trac bar added. My coach came with a front trac bar installed. The suspension mods made our coach drive a little better but it was still squirrely and would dodge either left or right whenever it decided too. After a few local trips we headed south for the winter. As we headed south our coach started behaving better. We took I-5 south through Oregon and California. After spending some time near LA and San Diego we moved on to Tucson, AZ. The last time our coach lurched was as we were driving into Tucson. Returning home from Tucson our coach drove great and it is still driving just fine. I sent an e-mail to Bridgestone but they never answered. I asked Les Schwab and they could not give an answer. I have posted on forums and asked RV industry experts but no one can give me an answer. My guess is that either the tires needed time to allow the rubber to age as they were only 3 months old when they were installed or the tires needed to be driven to break them in. I have never heard of either of my explanations. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 09/18/14 11:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routing Info, Bend to Livermore, CA

I take I-5 when traveling south from Washington, Oregon. 580 will take you closer to the big cities and lots of traffic. On your way to Bakersfield you can take I-5 or 99. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 09/13/14 10:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone noticed an increase in the rate of climate change?

This is my favorite graph on climate. The graph represents two billion years of Earth's history. Notice how there appears to be some type of thermostat that regulates Earth’s high and low temperatures. Also notice that the Earth is at the warmer temperature 80% of time and at the lower temperature about 20% or less. Notice that recent history has been oddly cool. Looking at this graph I would say that the Earth was going to warm up to the upper limit temperature, the temperature that is normal for Earth. I did get the sarcasm of the original post.
Yellowboat. 09/07/14 05:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: lightening strike?

X3 on GFI plug. If a few plugs are not working it is usually a GFI plug in the circuit. Remove and replace the GFI plug and the other plugs should work once more. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/27/14 10:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 warranty problems

My 2006 Ford F53 chassis had a 3 year warranty. At 3.5 years and 17,800 miles my engine started knocking. A ford dealer said that I needed a new engine. Make sure you get it fixed while you are still under warranty. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 08/25/14 11:48am Class A Motorhomes
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