A Less than Mantastic Health Update – No Kamen Rider Review

On July 6, 2014 I suffered a serious soccer injury to my lower back which left me unable to walk/stand for several months. Over time it has not improved despite numerous pain clinics, specialists, medications, etc. and I now live with severe chronic pain in both back and neck. There is no diagnosis and the most likely outcome is to live with horrible pain for the rest of my life. This has greatly impacted my ability to perform common tasks and requires numerous adjustments to try and lessen the pain.

Since January 1st, I am unable to stand upright, require assistance with walking (relying on a cane or person), need help using a towel after a shower, dressing, difficulty with bowel movements, and essentially any basic life function. I spend quite a fair amount of my day lying on my side in pseudo fetal position as I cannot fully extend my legs which also means I sit with my knees to my chest as well. On top of this, there is always a massive wave of pain whenever I need to reshift my position or move my back along with the constant sharp pain that comes with not even moving. Some people say to try and find things that take your breath away but gasping for air after trying to get to the bathroom is not what I call a good time.

I have not left the house in nearly a week and do not plan to until my variuos appointments at Saint Paul’s Hospital and their Intervention Pain Clinic  where I have several procedures lined up for Jan – April after an unsuccessful series of Lidocaine Infusions and other treatments in mid-late 2019.

Essentially, I have been unable to do much PAD-wise in 2020 but will try to resume my normal activities when the pain returns to its normal level. This morning is marginally better compared to yesterday but still far from my normal levels of pain and find it difficult to focus in general.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time.

135 thoughts on “A Less than Mantastic Health Update – No Kamen Rider Review”

  1. Shit, I hate what’s happening to you (my coworker is going through the exact same thing). I hope and pray that one of these procedures helps. I appreciate everything you write on here and am glad that you are focusing on your health. Thank you for the update and I sincerely hope something can be done about your chronic pain. I know my words wont help your situation, but know that we as an internet community are thinking about you and care about your well being.

    Cheers man.

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  2. After reading this I have to ask for your forgiveness as there were a time I legitimately had jealousy from you.

    Now that I understand everything I feel so bad with such overwhelming guilt. I never knew your situation and honestly didn’t even care to know and for that I once again apologize.

    I know how breath taking true pain is and how difficult is to endure it so I really hope you can overcome that in the best way possible and truly hope for the best you can have!

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  3. So sorry man. I had back surgery in June at the Cleveland Clinic after two previous hospitalizations and being unable to walk on my own for a month. I have been living in daily pain for well over a year. It sucks! I have had no help post surgery and it has gotten better and worse is some ways. Hang in there and try to say positive. I’m a very serious professional – but games and gaming have certainly made my recovery more tolerable. Speedy recovery and know you aren’t alone.

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  4. Feel better my friend. Also, opiates are NOT a long term solution for pain. There is tons of research on this. They are only effective for a couple days. Hope you find relief, that’s a heavy unwieldy burden life has saddled you with. Don’t give up. For all you know the right surgery/technique is right around the corner. I dont believe you have to spend the rest of your life in pain. Find a great doctor or whatever you have to. Truly wishing you well.

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  5. We’re all rooting for your recovery. I hope you have a good support network at your side. I know it must be hard dealing with this situation and impossible for others to understand the pain and frustration you must be experiencing. There are folks out there who care! Stay strong and when it gets tough, please reach out for support.

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  6. S… sorry man. Chronic debilitating injuries are horrendous and I’m sorry you have to go through this.

    If you ever get asked about back surgery, because we live in Canada …. My 2 cents, based on experience and family members who went down that route, is to avoid the fusion/cage surgery at all costs. The additional pressure on the other vertabrae make them weaken, cause worse pain than when you started and you end up having to go back every 5-10 years to get a bigger cage installed.

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    1. Main issue for me is they cannot pinpoint a specific area so they would not even know where to operate

      Numerous exploratory injections into facet joints and other areas of the back also provided no conclusive theory

      As such, no actual surgeries are scheduled

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  7. Praying for you! Love your videos and analysis. Of course your health is far more important than Pad. Wishing you a fast recovery and hope you find a solution!

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  8. You stay strong friend. With the love and support of your friends and family, and your own internal strength I know you will overcome. Sending you good thoughts and healing energy.

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  9. Look into plasma therapy if you haven’t already. Also, went to donate but the Paypal link won’t let me change the amount from $0.00. Something broken on their end or mine?

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  10. Take care of yourself bro. That’s more important than anything else. You’re strong for managing as you have and I pray you continue to. Also pray for miraculous health changes for the positive for you!

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  11. Sorry to hear this. Hope you recover enough to get up and about

    I’ve also got a condition that is untreatable and I just have to live with it. Had loads of tests and drugs none of which shed any light on how it started or had any effect on pain relief.

    My fingers regularly cause me intense pain. In some cases I’m just curled up on the floor for several minutes waiting for it to subside. This can be triggered by almost anything ranging from pressing a keyboard key slightly wrong, To putting my hand in my pocket and touching my keys in slightly the wrong way. They hurt in the cold, they hurt when I sneeze and my kids even when they were newborn could almost bring me to tears by holding my finger.

    It’s not as bad as your pain but I know what it’s like to live with random agonising pain that comes from nowhere.

    Get well soon and take it easy.

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  12. Thanks for the update, which you totally didn’t have to do. Your content has been the strongest reliable source of info on PAD but we’ll just have to face those trivial challenges that the game throws at us while you face the real challenges of life.

    Stay Fantastic.

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  13. It may not mean much, but you were definitely a pretty prolific character in my life as a teenager and I really appreciate what you did, what you do and are going to do. Hope you get better from the deeper part of my heart brother.

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  14. I appreciate all your posts and reviews for this game. But, more important is definitely your health and well being. Hope you can get to a better place for yourself!

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  15. I have had chronic back and hip pain for 30 years and had surgery, opiates, etc. YMMV but my advice is if there is any set of flexibility/strengthening exercises you get assigned, be religious and do not stop once you start getting better. If you can get to swimming or light yoga, those are good too. I learned to swim laps at age 40 and it really helped me. Walking, stretches and non-opiates like CBD oil or ibuprofen have kept things livable and I feel better at 50 than I did at 35. You’ll make it!!

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    1. I do utilize the gym in my condo for my physio exercises on most days (not lately ofc) along with using the pool to walk lengths

      Normally I can only walk a couple of blocks but in the water I can exaggerate my gait and range of motion

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  16. Keep fighting it. Clearly you are not a quitter. Don’t forget that. If positive mental support helps, you have tons of it from your community. Many many of us are thinking of you.

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  17. Best wishes Mantastic – as you can see we all hope your situation improves and understand that you need to prioritize your health! Do whatever helps most. Thank you for sharing this as I’m sure that can be difficult in its own way. Good luck!

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  18. Please don’t worry about not producing PAD-related content during this time. Your health is more important and I’m sure your fanbase cares about that more than anything else.

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  19. Sending positive energy your way Mantastic. You’ve been the premier guide for PAD for years. I wish I could do more than cheer you on and chip in some cash. I got lucky with my idiopathic arthritis in my late twenties in that there was a surgical solution after multiple failed attempted therapies. I still remember coming home from work and going straight for pills and ice to make it through the evening. I had hoped that the lack of health updates was a good sign for you. Hoping you get good news soon.

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  20. No worries on the PAD front bud. Itll suck not getting your input on the latest and greatest for the game but your health is way more important. Heal and do what you need to. We can wait.

    Best wishes

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  21. I am quite in the same boat as you, my pain is from a car accident where I was rear-ended by a semi-truck in my sports vehicle, I have heard both negative and positive things about the Canadian healthcare system are they not offering you pain medication to help with daily living? I live in the states, and I was given two medication that has eased my issue with pain, with the side effect of being quite drowsy, I was taking three doses per days to now two and some days as needed. The medication are gabapentin for nerve pain and the one that I was just issued last year which has done wonders is tizanidine. Maybe you can get a hold of that combo and help yourself with your daily routine.

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    1. Canadian Health care will save your life for free in a timely manner but any post-treatment recovery is out of pocket. Non-life threatening services can also be offered but on a long wait list (had to wait 3+ years for one clinic)

      As for medications, opioids did not work well enough and Cannabis Oil has been recommended/prescribed by doctors well before legalization for me but it is again out of pocket. One main reason why I use Patreon as it helps pay for various medications and private pay treatments

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  22. Hey Mantastic not sure how/ what your injury consists of but I specialize in a training modality called Functional Range Conditioning and Postural Restoration. If you want to reach out to me we can find a provider based on your location. The training has helped me with my sciatic pain and lower back pain.

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  23. Just wanted to give prayers. Been reading your posts for a long time, and just wanted you to know how helpful and insightful all of your info is. All the best for a speedy recovery. You can do it!

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  24. Hi I am a physical therapist, it sounds like you need deep tissue message paired with light weight full body exercise and a chiropractor 2 times a week until it starts loosening up.

    Too many people get looped into the “needle cures all” trap and spend the rest of their life on pain pills, or getting useless nerve blocks (sometimes nerve blocks work if the problem is actually a nerve)

    Good Luck Mantastic, get well soon

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    1. I have tried countless combinations of passive treatments (massage/needles), active treatments, and numerous drugs and right now I do the best exercises prescribed to me along with using a stationary bike in the gym found within my condo. Main key is continuous movement for myself

      As for chiros, I have tried probably 10+ and none have provided any meaningful relief

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  25. So sorry to hear this my man. It’s clear from your helpful and fun videos I’ve seen over the years that you’re a great person with a positive attitude. You bring value to people’s lives.

    Knowing nothing of your injury I hope you find the right treatment for you. I’m sure you’ve looked into many alternative avenues (chiropractic, acupuncture, etc) and hope you find an experienced and knowledgeable doctor. Don’t be afraid to branch out.

    The loss of muscle mass from an extended period of inactivity due to injury can compound mechanical issues, so I also hope you are eating enough, and soon get to a place where you can begin to rebuild that important muscle, through strength training and a good diet.

    Keep fighting

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    1. My weighted has greatly fluctuated since getting injured (initially -30lbs and then ballooned out to probs +45 afterwards)

      Right now I move as much as I can within my limits and usually means a stationary exercise bike with a back support along with light weights and various stretching

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  26. Hope I can do more but I can only wish you a quick recovery. I wish you the best for 2020.
    Please keep us informed of your evolution and keep doing your wonderful reviews and articles.
    Regards

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  27. Hi Mantastic. So sorry to hear about your health issues. Sending prayers and good vibes your way. I am a Canadian living in the United States, so I understand the Canadian healthcare system. Getting the help you need can be difficult and frustrating at times. There are many world-class doctors and specialists, so it’s just a matter of getting your foot in the door with the right one.

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    1. Yeah I have seen countless specialists for both private and MSP services and none have provided much relief

      Currently at Saint Paul’s Intervention Pain Clinic which has numerous specialists and various programs which I have a few lined up these coming months

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  28. Mantastic, thank you for all the time and effort you put into this PAD community.

    We are all hoping and pray for your recovery!
    Stay strong, and don’t stop hoping!

    Best!!

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