Got any back saving tips

Discussion in 'Camping for the Medically/Physically Challenged' started by jim1999, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

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    To say I have a bad back would be an understatement. I have at least two bulging discs that are also degenerating, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and severe arthritis in my back as well. I was diagnosed about 2 1/2 years ago and no matter what I do it keeps getting worse.

    Last year after setting up the pup I would hurt for a few hours and then come out of it fairly well, but it seems that my back got a lot worse over the winter as when I set it up on Friday to get it ready for this season I was in immense pain the rest of the weekend.

    Yes I set it up alone, and about 1/2-3/4 of the planned camping trips this year are going to be just me and the 3 1/2 year old, so I will be setting up alone most of the time.

    So anyway now that you know more than you probably want too does anyone have any tips on how to set up the pup to make it easier on a person's back. BTW: The real killer for me are the bunk end and getting the poles in place.

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  2. Halister

    Halister New Member

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    For something like that I would ask the parks person to help (most private campgrounds I go to would help) or grab someone near by throw them a 5 and ask if he would just do the bunks for ya.

    I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.
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  3. flakeyspam

    flakeyspam New Member

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    I can really feel for you on this my poor husband has to do all the setup himself now while I watch. I had surgery 6 months ago to fuse three disc and they put in 8 screws and two rods and put in spacers and built a cage around the fusion. the end result is more pain than before due to nerve damage. I look forward to see if any does have any tips that will work as I would like to help instead of watching.

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  4. opnorty

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    I cannot completely relate, but I have shoulder problems. I have had 5 operations over the past 20 years with very little improvement. The first thing I did to help myself setup was to buy a socket jenie attachment for my drill to raise the roof and drop the stabs. You can also use this on your tongue jack with a little metal working. This is assuming you do not have an electric system already. I would also look into some sort of a jack to support the bunk ends to avoid lifting them with your back. These could also be powered by a good cordless drill. I guess I would look at everything you do that causes problems and work around it. Another example might be to precool the fridge and keep everything you can in there to avoid lifting a cooler full of food, cans and ice.

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  5. mkd0907

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    I have asked for assistance from fellow campers in the past and never recieved a negative response. I also find a lot of time, when someone sees you struggling, they offer assistance -- take it, say thank you and invite them over for a smore. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

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    I would suggest letting the DW set it up and have a <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cold Beer">in the shade, all the while barking out commands like a Drill Sergeant. Hey it is what my DW does to me....<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

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  7. Yellowkayak

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    From some who has a real back problem too...get an electric lift system installed. Get a HIGH TORQUE portable drill for the crank down stabalizers with a socket jenie, and that should help. Also you may want to look into a 48 inch ramp instead of steps. I have steps and it kills my back and hips and knees, so i'll be getting a ramp that I can toss in the back of my pickup truck until I get to the camp ground to set up.

    Also a good cyropractor can "stretch your back" when it does get bad, this will take the pressure off you disks. And never, never hurry, go slow...thats what growing old is all about anyway. Your there to enjoy the outdoors, not get in a race to set your pup up...take your time and if you feel like something is going to go soon, STOP, and relax...its not a race...unless a storm is a coming!

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  8. Intrepid

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    We have a homemade pup that we dearly love, but it is more than our bad backs can handle any more, not to mention I was diagnosed with leukemia during my last surgery work-up.

    Soooo... here's the question: Any suggestions on powered pup models to look at? ...will it make a difference, or still lots of physical work?
     
  9. LynnAllen02

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    Make sure you spray the bunk end tracks to make them easier to pull out....

    I second the portable drill for the cranking.

    Go to pup rallies, we all love to help!

    Have fun, we have learned that to keep moving is to keep living, DH just got diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of neck and spine, we are working our way through it!

    We will watch this summer to see what adaptations we can make to help, and we are wondering if a travel trailer or teardrop might make more sense if we can't come up with the right adaptations...

    I second the take it nice and slow, learn the "right" way to move your back and find ways to stick with that!

    Try to keep it simple!

    Good Luck, and ask away here, the problem solving that goes on here is amazing!

    Lynn
     
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    If a person with back issues or anyother issue was setting up next to me, I would without hesitation jump on the opportunity to help them out. Us PUP'ers got to stick together.
     
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    If you have the original awning for the 1006, rolling it up is a pain in the back.

    Look into Omega 3's, preferably Krill oil. No I'm not joking, that and CQ10 and a good sublingual B complex has worked wonders for me. Mine is srthritis in the spine and a soft tissue injury and talk to your doctor before taking supplements as Omega 3 is a blood thinner.

    Another thing I did that helped the back was bought a Cabin A, no bunk ends, perefct for me and my almost 3 year old grand son.

    When set up is complete, I sit in my antigravity chair, that helps too...and since my is not disc problems, I use something called a "Miracle Ball" I am not a medical professional, so I would NOT recommend them for someone with a bad spine, unless they talked to their doctor. It helps stretch the muscles around the bad area.

    My husband comes AFTER the camp is set up and leaves before I start taking down...he learned when we had a popup and he wanted the chair that was under everything in the popup.
     
  12. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

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    My wife and I have talked things over many times and came to the conclusion that this will be our last year camping with the pup. Either this fall, but most likely next spring we are going to sell it. My back seems to get worse every day and we figure by next camping season there is no way I am going to be able to handle setting things up.

    Not to worry though. We have no plans on giving up camping. We are planning on going over to the "dark side" and getting a travel trailer.
     

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