Friday, September 28, 2012
Some good news for a change (I think!) Yes, I'm headed for the big needle with the hopes of getting relief for my back. That will happen next Thursday. I met with a new spine doctor (Pain Management doctor actually) this morning and she confirmed that my back is a mess.
She is the first doctor to tell me that in the past 18 years. (Yes, I've been complaining about my back at least that long.)
Most doctors usually tell me "well it's not that bad to be causing you that much grief". Well, maybe it's not that bad compared to some, but I'm very sensitive to pain. We'll try an epidural and see if that helps. I've been getting shots in the sacroiliac joints for at least 4 years now (or longer), which really helps my butt cheek and leg,, but it never did much for the back. The doctor in Appleton kept saying all my problems were related to the sacroiliac joint when I felt all along that it was back related. Sure enough, the MRI shows that L1 in the spine is bad - no wonder I've been complaining for so many years. (It's all arthritis related.) I will be one very happy person if this works. ha ha - If it doesn't work, I'll eat humble pie and you'll hear me complaining again!!
The doctor also approved a back brace for me to try, and she's authorized PT starting next week. My friends have had the back brace, so I know it will be uncomfortable sometimes, but maybe give me some relief overall. We'll see. I'm willing to try it and she recommended trying it as a possibility. At least she's willing to try whatever is necessary to give me relief.
She did mention the possibility of stronger medication, but then said she felt it might be too much for me since I'm taking Parkinson's meds that already make me tied. I might turn into a zombie if I take anymore drugs. We don't need that as there are already days that I feel really out of it.
Our days presently are wonderful weatherwise. Bright sunshine, temps hovering in the high 60's - just perfect for fall. Don took Mario outside this afternoon, and he was one happy cat. These types of days are numbered - in another week it's going to turn very cold. It's my kind of weather for sure.
Will close for today. Just wanted to share some good news for a change instead of always griping. By the way, Harrison and his dad are still doing the yard for us. His grandmother/mother just had serious back surgery - they put 2 steel rods down each side of her spine - from the tail bone up to the shoulder. Her husband called Wednesday night after surgery and said all went well. I'm hoping that is still the case, but he hasn't corresponded since Wednesday night. She needs some prayers, if you can, because she has really suffered with her back longer and more than I have. This is her 3rd surgery on her back. It makes me shudder to think about what she has gone through and will go through before she's healed.
Thanks for reading my blog and taking this walk with me. I'll get back on track with PD related things soon but presently I'm status quo on that subject,