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gimp
September 9, 2011, 11:12 PM
I was gona order me a Hornady single stage kit on monday, after saveing for the last 4 months(well hideing money from the wife). Fond out today i have a ruptured disk in my back and wont be able to work till dec(if then).
Pretty bumed, I was looking forward to getting it. The wife will prob be happy my stuff isnt takeing up all her space though, funny how its all her space. Figured we needed to save all the money we can till then.
Oh well their is always christmas i Guess

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T Bran
September 9, 2011, 11:21 PM
Sorry to hear that I also have back problems.
Lucky for me my wife is doing contract work in another state for a while so I snuck my bench into the livingroom. It is very temporarily all my space but all things must come to an end eventually.
T

noylj
September 10, 2011, 04:01 AM
I have three ruptured disks in my lower back and one in my shoulder blade area.
I have no problem reloading, sitting down, for maybe 30-60 minutes. I can rest, walk around, stretch, and get back to it after a few minutes--but I generally don't push it like that. I have Dillon 1050 presses and the long handle and smooth functioning are the main reasons I can still reload.
For a bench, I found a really rigid table with a thick top. You can find them at thrift stores. If it is in the house, you can cover the press and still have a fairly attractive table/desk in the "reloading" room.
I would say get a press with a lot of mechanical advantage (which the Hornady does have) and use lube for all your cases so the sizing step is eased. You may find hand-priming is easier on your than doing it on the press.
Talk to your doctor about what you can and can't do. My doctors's responses were almost always "If it starts to hurt, stop" and "Don't life anything heavier than 10 lbs." For me, ANY lifting or walking is a killer. I can't even help my wife with groceries, unless I want to take a couple Vicodin and lay back for several hours to a day.
One thing that has really been a blessing is the adjustable beds we bought a couple of decades ago. It very nice to find the position where your head is raised and your feet are raised the you remove most of the strain on your back. Also, DO NOT EVER have a back message unless there is someone to help you very carefully move onto your stomach. All the time your back is getting massaged, you are putting a load on your lower back. I did this once and when I got up, I ruptured one more disk and really damaged the other two. Any massage should be with you sitting up and leaning forward.
Unless there is surgery, you will probably just have to live with some pain if your try to do too much.

hvychev77
September 10, 2011, 08:14 AM
gimp, sorry to hear of your luck pal. christmas is what brought me my set up to start loading. just get your equipment a little at a time, that's how i had to do it. the most important thing is to take care of yourself. my pops has had 2 back surgeries because of disc issues in his back and it hasn't slowed him down a bit. he built tires at goodyear for 38 years, and he still cuts all his own firewood and mows his own lawn, and he absolutely doesn't want help! he ain't as fast as he was when he was 40, but he's still steady and mobile. keep us posted on your progress. best of luck to you........hvychev77

kingmt
September 10, 2011, 10:25 PM
You sound responsible putting your family before your wants. I was told I had 2 ruptured disk. I was also told that they didn't see how I was walking but it wouldn't be long before I wouldn't be able to walk at all. There was times that it would fell like you fliped a switch & turned my legs off or a few days my wife would help me start my pants on & put my shoes on & tie them but I keep going. There has only been a few times that my back laid me up for 2 weeks several that I was in bed for a couple days. I put up with it & keep working through it for 12 years until I got to know my God. I read his ward & keep claiming it over my life even through the worst of the pain. It has been three years since I've had a problem.

I don't know you do but a good pair of boots will go a long ways towards helping your back & I don't believe Walmart sales a good pair. It is getting very hard to find good boots any more. Just because you pay $100 for a pair doesn't mean they were worth it.

Any how thanks for being a responsible husband. Keep putting your wife first & she will be a good help mate. The 2 of you will be able to get through everything & the press will come down the road.

I keep telling myself this same thing & it is what helps me get through my selfish thoughts & focus on what counts.

Ken70
September 11, 2011, 01:52 AM
I managed to herniate L4-L5 two times. Once out the right side, killed about 80% of the nerves below my right knee. Then out the left; that just caused numbness and weakness in my left leg until the neurosurgeon trimmed it. Get it fixed before the nerves are crushed, they can't fix that. Only advantage is the gimp parking placard, I'd rather have the leg working.....

Buy a Lee Classic Turret press, they're about $97 from F&M Reloading. With that, you only put a case in the shellholder and stroke the handle four times, and you have a finished round. Single stage means handling each and every cartridge at least 4 times. That's OK for small lots, once you get into running a couple of hundred at one sitting, it's a real drag....

ArchAngelCD
September 11, 2011, 02:14 AM
Sorry for your injury.

Sorry to think out loud but I think this is a strange first post on a reloading forum. Maybe it's just me.

Get well soon...

hvychev77
September 11, 2011, 12:18 PM
probably because he said he was going to buy a hornady single stage kit in the very first line of the post..............

mdi
September 11, 2011, 12:53 PM
Whatever you do, don't give up! We all wear out sooner or later, but the quality of life once the problems start is up to you. I have multiple problems with knees, back, and cancer and I'l be da__ed if I'll quit now (My buddy says I was rode hard and put away wet). Sometimes I can't sit or stand for more than 15 minutes, but that's long enough to size and deprime 100 or so .44s. I can prime some cases while sitting in my easy chair (only place I can sit that don't hurt). Most times I can charge, seat and crimp a box (50) at one sitting. I can only hike a for a few minutes mebbe a half hour, so range time is limited and I shoot from a sitting position (I shoot up in the hills). My God has been my strength trough all this (3 surgerys, 30 radiation treatments, physical therapy, and almost contsant pain) and without Him, I would prolly be a fat lump, waiting in bed to die. I got 1/2 the town of Brookings praying for me each time I see a Dr. and I can testify, it works...

lightman
September 11, 2011, 02:09 PM
Sorry for your bad luck,but December will be here before you know it.Try to get well,playing will be more fun after you feel better.Am talking from expierence,here! Lightman

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