After a nightmare MRI experience sometime in 2011 I found out that I have a cervical disc herniation on c3, c4, c5, c6. The pain was so severe that I was unable to move my neck to right side without feeling like I was going to pass out. Now that I've gotten my first coritsone shot and feel alive, I would love to work at gym on strentheting my cervical discs so I can beat this problem and avoid having to marry cortisone shots for the rest of my life. What are some excercise machines and workouts I can safely use to strengthen my neck without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I recently stumbled across this image
, and I'd like to buy it. However, Google Search by Image didn't yield any applicable results, and I wasn't able to come up with the right Google phrasing to yield anything meaningful. Anyone know where I might be able to buy this (preferably via an online retailer, e.g.
posted by WCityMike
on Oct 13, 2013 -
It's been a few years since I had an MRI but I have two degenerated discs that give me problems now and then. What do I need to do to start running for exercise? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse
on Aug 25, 2013 -
Save us another trip to the Apple store.
My daughter's computer:
Mac Book Pro
Operating system: 10.6.8
Not in warranty [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I'd like to reuse a 5.25" optical drive in an external USB 2 enclosure. Are there any that are USB- or bus-powered? The ones on Newegg are all AC-powered, it seems. Do bus-powered enclosures exist?
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 11, 2012 -
¡Left Handed Typing Alert! After a week of basic tenderness/muscle pull feeling centered between my shoulderblades, I've awoken today with an incredibly acute pain that's basically taken away the use of my right (dominant) arm. Help me pre-game the upcoming doctor's appointment to try and narrow down/assuage the cause as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey
on Aug 22, 2012 -
I used to play a lot of disc golf 10-15 years ago, but haven't played much at all in the past decade. I recently took it up again, and quite frankly, I stink. I'd like to at least be able to be within a couple strokes of par. Am i better off just playing as many rounds as possible, or should I devote some of my time to just practicing my driving, putting, etc? What else can i do to make myself better at disc golf?
posted by BlackWalnut
on May 22, 2012 -
Is there a quick and cheap template to make a simple but polished e-picturebook that I can offer as a free download / giveaway with a CD product? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Dec 7, 2011 -
I've used the Toshiba RD-XS32SU recorder for years; it's an excellent device for recording tv programs and making dvds. It has a wide variety of extremely useful editing features. Although it's no longer being made since Toshiba decided to focus on blu-ray, it's been long regarded as the premiere video recorder. Alas, my recorder is now refusing to recognize any brand of disc when I try to load. The only way it will accept a disc is after it's been unplugged for several hours. Then it will load one disc, but after that, no more.
Since college football season is here and I record many games and burn them to dvds, I'm in the market for a reliable recorder.
What models do you recommend, techie members of the hive mind? Are there any reasonably priced ones that include the editing features of the Toshiba RD-XS32SU?
Thanks in advance!
posted by ragtimepiano
on Sep 12, 2011 -
Herniated disc, doctor says it's ok to climb (can't make it worse). First week back, electric shock pain. Can I safely ignore this? [more inside]
posted by defben
on May 12, 2011 -
I would like to buy some blank CDs that are just white on top—completely blank, no brand or logo (it might be OK if it's very, very small) and with a surface that can be drawn on with permanent markers. Can you please recommend me a brand?
posted by interrobang
on Feb 1, 2011 -
Hey everybody, I asked about my leg pain/sciatica and got a lot of helpful answers last time. This is a followup on the same topic. I recently got an MRI back that says I have "There is a large extradural mass extending posterior to the L4-5 or L5-S1 intervertebral discs most likely L5-S1. This likely reflects an extruded disc fragment from a disc herniation. There is extensive effacement of the right S-1 nerve root. This extends up to the level of the L4-5 disc. Diffuse central disc bulging is present at L3-4. No compression fractures or other bony abnormalities are identified." My chiropractor said that I have the next to worse kind of herniated disc and that it is "leaking" and putting pressure on the nerve. He was anti-surgery last time, but after seeing the MRI said that is pretty much my only treatment option at this point for relief. I am having horrible leg pain and am on pain killers pretty consistently. I am mildly freaked out about surgery, but I need to get back on track with my life. Please help me get a better understanding if you have any experience. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77
on Jun 8, 2010 -
Bike/Cycling: Modern features + classic styling = fit problems. I want this
rack to fit on this
bike. Help me ponder modifications necessary to make it fit - or sadden me greatly and tell me I'm going to have to settle for something uglier. [more inside]
posted by brandoniain
on Jun 3, 2010 -
How do I maintain the fitness results I've achieved in the past month while out 4 weeks or so with a lower back injury? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus
on Feb 15, 2010 -
I've just changed the disc brake pads on my bicycle and now the calipers won't 'grab' onto the metal disc enough to brake effectively... [more inside]
posted by hairgelburrito
on Oct 12, 2009 -
In OS X on my iMac, Disk Utility asserts that my main, internal hard drive is "about to fail" and has been asserting this for several months. But my computer is running just fine... should I worry? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary
on May 2, 2009 -
Is there any good, free UNIX/Linux software you can suggest for keeping a searchable index of removable media? [more inside]
posted by tommorris
on Nov 25, 2008 -
Can you recommend an upconverting DVD player with component output that ignores region coding and allows me to perform any action at any time? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Sep 24, 2008 -
Should I eat – er, solder – this? I'm building a preamp and I just discovered that I'm low on 0.1μF 50v ceramic disc capacitors. My question is about whether it's worth trying to salvage more from another (already disassembled) piece of equipment. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks
on Aug 22, 2008 -
How should I tote my stuff, including a laptop, on my bike? (Backpacks and messenger bags need not apply.) [more inside]
posted by Project F
on Jun 23, 2008 -
Back trouble and pregnancy: Which is worse for a person with a herniated disc, a C-section (which I imagine will compromise the all-important core muscles) or vaginal delivery (which might cause the disk to rupture)? Also, I am prone to sciatica and assume that pregnancy will involve a lot of sciatic nerve pain--can this lead to a permanent worsening of my condition or would it be relieved once I gave birth? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy
on May 14, 2008 -
How to wipe a dead hard drive? After backing up my data to a recently purchased external drive, it promptly failed (and produced a horrible, burning electronics odor). As I'm still within the 14 day return policy, I shouldn't have any trouble returning it. However: I want to wipe all of my personal data from the drive first. How to do that with a drive that won't mount? [more inside]
posted by aladfar
on Oct 29, 2007 -
My computer recently crapped out and I desperately need to get back the files on my hard drive. I bought a HD enclosure which did not help me out. I tried to change the permission on the files, but it kept telling me that I need to format everything. Is there any other way I could get my files back? (The computer is completely done, but the hard drive is alive.) [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Feb 28, 2007 -
Is there any software (preferably for OSX) that I can use to scan a used XBox disc for bad sectors? The format is DVD, so I suppose a normal DVD scanning program could do the job. I just want to be sure that the whole
game works before my guarantee expires and I'm unable to return it.
posted by Aanidaani
on Jan 20, 2007 -
Are there truly no free plans for a DIY portable disc golf basket on the Internet? How do the fold-up portables hold up over time if you actually fold them up and transport them? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble
on Sep 16, 2006 -
There is a vintage game called "Cosmos Osmos" for the old Mac OS and would be loaded with several floppy disc's. I have searched all over the web (including mac garden and googleing) and have been unable to find ANYTHING regarding the game. It was surely at least 15 years ago from when I owned the game and was when Mac's owned the computer world. Help find information or even the game.
posted by supyo
on Oct 28, 2005 -
Having recently fallen in love with the Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song
" I'm inspired to create a mix disc of songs about revenge by modern groups with an old tyme feel. I've come up with a few other songs that are perfect, but need help completing the collection. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper
on Aug 14, 2005 -
I have a 250GB Maxtor external firewire hard drive. The drive has 190GB of space but when I try to copy a 12GB video onto it I get a "disc is full" message. What gives?
posted by backOfYourMind
on May 4, 2005 -
Wondering if anyone has herniated a disc in the lower lumbar spine. If so, how long did it take to heal? What did you do to alleviate the pain? I have had pain for 2 years now and am wondering if I should have surgery, or what other routes I should take to get rid of the pain. Any suggestions?
posted by Maishe
on Apr 20, 2005 -