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I was an early adopter of Google Play Music's cloud service, but after breaking the upload functionality multiple times during the beta, I looked for other ways to stream my music.

 

I discovered Amazon Music, which allowed me to upload a huge number of tracks for $25 per year, and then stream them (and included-with-Prime tracks) on a variety of devices. It worked well, so of course, Amazon announced that they were getting rid of the service. Through a quirk, however, they've allowed the already-uploaded files to remain on their servers. I can't add anything to them from my collection, however, and I really don't know how long Amazon will be generous.

 

So, then I found out that you could use a Plex server instance with a cloud file service like Dropbox or One Drive. It mostly worked, but would occasionally be unavailable for technical reasons. Then Plex announced that they were discontinuing hosting the Plex server instances for cloud playback.

 

By accident, I discovered that Microsoft Groove could access files stored on a One Drive, without the need of the files to be replicated locally. Playback was very good, but limited to Windows 10 devices. Of course, since I was used to it, Microsoft sent me an email earlier in the month letting me know that they're discontinuing the ability to stream from One Drive using Groove.

 

So, I started looking into Google Play Music's cloud service again. The uploader seems to work okay in manual mode now. I figure it shouldn't be long until I get a notification email telling me that the service is being discontinued.

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Today, I brought my cat to the vet for a distemper shot and flea medicine. Everything seemed fine until after an hour after we got home. Then I saw her foaming at the mouth! I had to rush her back to the vet. She wasn't happy; she resisted to the best of her ability. The vet didn't find anything wrong with her. He thinks she was hypersalivating because of today's stress. She was fine after that.

 

All's well that ends well, I guess. But God, what a scare!

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On 3/31/2019 at 12:32 AM, tkdguy said:

Today, I brought my cat to the vet for a distemper shot and flea medicine. Everything seemed fine until after an hour after we got home. Then I saw her foaming at the mouth! I had to rush her back to the vet. She wasn't happy; she resisted to the best of her ability. The vet didn't find anything wrong with her. He thinks she was hypersalivating because of today's stress. She was fine after that.

 

All's well that ends well, I guess. But God, what a scare!

Yikes.   We had a cat that foamed and expelled noxious fluids everytime he was put in a carrier.   We really limited his travel times...

 

Shots can cause a reaction, though usually it's just lethargy and a possible low grade fever.   (Out of > 1000 kittens i had experience with, two had reactions.  One was fairly serious in that I had to give him fluids and cut out of the adoption event early.)

And I need to read up on the latest going ons with flea meds.  (Best thing about living at 5000' and a dry climate was cat/dog fleas didn't survive.  So far, we haven't had any flea issues, but it's just a matter of time that one hitches a ride into the house)

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And on the medical front, blood tests perfectly normal, so today we go for an EKG.

A slightly different issue is being checked by eliminating a lot of types of food for a bit.  Though it's looking like I've gotten much worse on processing dairy recently.

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I just finished my second straight day of classes where I could barely stand up due to lower back pain. Leaving for the doctor's office in about 10 minutes. The likelihood of making it to today's grad school class on time: Not good.

 

I can't do ice and Advil enough to make it help. (I'm not supposed to do Advil at all, actually.) I hope some low-grade muscle relaxants will do the trick. Probably taking the bus for the next couple of days.

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1 hour ago, Pariah said:

I just finished my second straight day of classes where I could barely stand up due to lower back pain. Leaving for the doctor's office in about 10 minutes. The likelihood of making it to today's grad school class on time: Not good.

 

I can't do ice and Advil enough to make it help. (I'm not supposed to do Advil at all, actually.) I hope some low-grade muscle relaxants will do the trick. Probably taking the bus for the next couple of days.

 

 

Chronic back pain is a pain in the butt, to say the least.

 

I have problems with most NSAID medicines and use naproxin sodium (Aleve) which seems to work better for me rather than Advil.

 

I've found that a large microwaveable buckwheat heating pad works better than ice for me. I pop one of those in a microwave on a paper plate for two minutes then put in a chair and lean back against it. Mine retains heat for about 1.5 hours if I stay in contact with it and about an hour if I don't. If you have access to a microwave at least a couple of times during the day, it might be something to consider. I have something similar to this but not this exact one.

https://www.amazon.com/PU-Health-Buckwheat-Shoulder-Comfort/dp/B076HG44P5/ref=sr_1_12?crid=1RPH9HEPJYFTC&keywords=buckwheat+heating+pad&qid=1554244180&s=gateway&sprefix=buckwheat+he%2Caps%2C178&sr=8-12

 

 

My wife like TENS unit therapy (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) which is a little pad that you put on you back either in the evening or before you go to work which runs a current through your muscles and is supposed to loosen them up (the medical research is still up in the air about how effective it is for everyone). She usually gets her TENS done as part of chiropractic treatment or at a pain specialist doctor but you can now buy your own device to use at home fairly cheaply. A completely random example  https://www.aleve.com/aleve-direct-therapy/

 

My wife also suggested pain relief patches that you stick right over the affected area, something else which has worked for her from time to time.

 

If you haven't checked, a sometimes a health insurance policy will completely pay for a certain number of chiropractic treatments per year if you want to go that route (my wife's teachers' retirement insurance pays for the first 20 treatments per year, for example)

 

Sorry, I know the thread is more for complaining than finding solutions. But I can't do anything with my day other than sit and hurt so your plight makes me want to accomplish something, even if it is just giving unsolicited advice.

 

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...and I just woke up nearly screaming with stabbing cramps in both legs.

 

 Luckily, I somehow managed not to wake up the wife or kids.

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I've had both those problems but mine are mostly caused by my medications. I have to take 40 mg of furosemide  twice per day and it really dehydrates you. This has caused my heart doctor to order me to hydrate more frequently throughout the day to counter it somewhat. The back pain may be your kidneys and if hydration doesn't work, you should see your doctor. The cramps can be helped by upping your electrolytes  at night. Drink orange juice or gatorade after dinner until bedtime. If you find yourself waking to go to the bathroom, definitely drink  after  your finish and keep some water near the bed.

 

Aleve is better than Advil for the back pain and taking Advil for several days can cause kidney issues.

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5 hours ago, Pariah said:

So after 5 days of muscle relaxants, pain pills, and high-level anti-inflammatories, I'm headed back to school today. Wish me luck!

 

Best of good fortune to you and to the wee tykes who will be tormenting you.

 

If you need a professional to go after the substitute who filled your classroom, I might know a guy.

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11 hours ago, tkdguy said:

I just got a bootmgr error in my PC. None of the solutions I read online helped. Now I can't even go online with my PC. 

 

My sympathies. I think PG's advice is best, but that doesn't make it any less a pain in the ass when your PC decides it is now a paperweight that drinks electricity

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