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Thursday, December 08, 2005

I am getting older and I must face it

at least that is what the doctor told me this week, "You are not 20 anymore, even if you look and feel it" WHATEVAAAAAAA......

So, I have been really down the last few weeks, I hurt my back and neck a couple months ago and just have been ignoring it, well finally enough was enough and the weekend of Thanksgiving I ended up driving myself to the ER early in the morning, like 5am, to the hospital to only be treated like shit and throw meds (pain killers, which I don’t like). Oh, they also said, maybe I should follow up with my primary dr to get an MRI and I felt like, uh, A$$holes, can’t you do one here? So, I asked to have the Dr. come back in twice and no show and than a nice nurse, uh, no, brought me some pills in a cup and discharge papers and some prescriptions to get filled to get me through until I can get to my Doctor. I was so upset, really upset. I just left, went home and tried to sleep. I had been putting this off because I thought from moving every weekend I was just sore, but at some point you realize when something is not right with your body and I hit that point. So, I got in with my doc who sent me to get an MRI to find I have Disk Protrusion (A disc herniation, also called a subligamentous disc, occurs when the nuclear material protrudes into the tears in the annulus in one area and has displaced surrounding anatomical structures, like the spinal cord or nerve roots. However, the outer ring of the annulus has not been breached, in other words, no disc material has completed squirted through the outer edges of the disc. MRI reports frequently use the term disc protrusion interchangeably with disc herniation. A disc protrusion generally refers to a broad-based or slightly asymmetric bulging of the disc with an intact annulus and reflects disc degeneration (see below). Sometimes you may even see the term focal disc protrusion, which usually means the same thing as a disc herniation.) and a pretty bad case of it. My disk is sticking out sitting on two nerves and pushing in to my spinal cord, causing EXTREME pain on my whole left side, especially my arm and shoulder and upper back.

Anyway, finally got in to a specialist this week where I was given prednisone which I have been told many different things about, none of have been positive, not one. So that is very scary and everyone I talked to about 6-8 people have said they have BLOWN up from it, as if I am not fat faced enough. So, before I leave the specialist with now a new set of prescriptions to fill, he tells me he must give me SHOTS to my muscles to relieve some of the pain and I will get these every 2 weeks. So I lean over and BAM, five shots to my back, OUCHY!!! One on my shoulder where the muscle twitched back and the doctor got such a kick out of that, “Did you feel that? The muscle twitched back at me, Haa haaa haaa haa”, no it wasn’t funny. He actually was a great doctor with a wonderful bedside manner, very informative and asked lots of questions, so I feel very comfortable with him. Next week is nerve damage testing since I didn’t react to the knocking he did on me with his hammer, no responses on my left side, not so good, but I guess we’ll find out the real damage next week.

Say prayers for me to get all better w/o a fatter face!!!! 

9 Comments:

  • I work for a dr that frequently prescribes prednisone, and unfortunately that's what she tells all her patients that weight loss is an unfortunate side effect. BUT, the weight typically disappears after you stop taking it. Sorry I couldn't bear happier news...

    By Blogger Nicole, At 9:13 AM  

  • Thanks!!! I just want my back to feel better. So far the only side effect has been BAD/Violent dreams and not being able to sleep.

    By Blogger Harmony, At 10:24 AM  

  • GAH! Prednisone? Natacha (my twin) used to take that stuff and, yeah, she did not like what it did to her. Can I call you at lunch time to chat? Crud, is it kinda lunchtime already? Is it weird that I'm just now having breakfast? :-/

    Love you like mad HOMEy.

    By Blogger Claudette, At 11:27 AM  

  • Prednisone side effects though tend to take hold when you are on the steroid for a longish time. What does your plan of care look like? My mom was on it for the lupus symptoms and if I remember correctly Natcha had an autoimmune disease too -- which calls for long term use of Prednisone. Maybe, if your using it for muscle issues it will only be a few weeks? I wouldn't worry yet. It is a crappy drug, but I've heard that it's not a problomatic in the short-term.

    By Blogger Marci (aka Baby Banana), At 11:39 AM  

  • Ah, good thing WebMD could chime in. Here's hoping she's absolutely right. Have you asked your Doctor about the side affects and how long they take to kick in and how long you will be on these? So many questions.

    By Blogger Claudette, At 11:59 AM  

  • Right? SO many questions!

    AND I forgot to wish the Harmsonies good feeling vibes...so here they are =>

    see 'em?

    By Blogger Marci (aka Baby Banana), At 6:21 PM  

  • Are you feeling any better?

    I have a feeling I need to force my Dr. to order up an MRI. I've been dealing with back pain for about a decade and just hoping it gets better. I'm a tard......whatdda' ya' want from me! BAH!

    By Blogger MG, At 12:34 PM  

  • Mer's you should really get an MRI!! I felt so much better knowing I wasn't just complaining for no reason, cause I do that sometime, whiner I am!! ;)

    I will be on the meds hopefully no more than 2-3 months, that's are initial plan now. I go for testing on my nerve damage on Wed., than shots again next week :(

    Feeling a lot better than last week though already!!! :)

    Thanks for good vibes, mad love to all!

    By Blogger Harmony, At 3:27 PM  

  • OMG!! So sorry to hear your going thru so much! Prednisone is a very strong drug with some uncomfortable side effects but they do work. Just hang in there on the treatment it's the only way to feeling better. Hugs and good vibes being sent your way from NJ!

    By Blogger Busted Flip Flop, At 2:58 PM  

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