Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Back to My Back

The fourteen days of anti-inflammatories are over and guess what? Say it with me! Nothing. Nada. Zippo. Bupkiss. Dorothy and lorib called it right...I should have gone directly to epidural steroid shot. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. And Monkey McWearingChaps sent me some good information about Pain Management and Rehabilitation. But did I listen? Well, no. Goofy me.

So now I'm back where I started (Er, no pun intended). Half of me wants to just Live With It. Just freaking ignore it. Suck it up, sister. Life is hard and the pain will make you stronger. Right?

The ortho doc said that it COULD just go away on its own. The very key word there being COULD. It could also get bad enough that I couldn't do all my Goofy things. Yikes! What would I do then? I'd go mad sitting around with nothing to do. Eek!

The super-medical terminology for what's ailing me is: a small left lateral lumbar disc protrusion, with mild stenosis of the central spinal canal. I'm still researching this on the trusty Internet. There's some confusion (mine, mostly) about whether protrusion = herniation. There's also mention in my MRI report of disc dessiccation, which sounds a little to close to disc desecration. Or disc disintegration. Or how about disc discrimation? Try saying that one a few times fast.

What's funny is that I'm really too busy to deal with this now. I could (and should) call my original chiropractor - the one that healed/cured/performed a miracle on my herniated cervical disc several years ago. My hesitation in doing this is that he is a full HOUR'S drive away from anywhere that I might be on a given day.

So, in conclusion...there is no conclusion. The back issue is still in the back of my mind.

p.s. And, faithful readers, it really bothers me to have such a 'downer' post. I'll see what I can do about that!


Cagey said...

Well, apparently you NEED this blog to "get it out" because um, when I actually SEE you or TALK to you, you don't mention anything. Not that I blame you.

I don't think you should "live with it". I think it is worth continuing to explore your options. Life is too short to just give up on the things that you really love to do. Not to get pessimistic, but none of us are getting any younger and we need to do the things we love while we still can (in your case, climing, hiking, traveling and such).

lorib said...

Amen to Cagey's comments. Life is too short to live in pain and we have many years to come chasing our boys around the wilderness!

You probably have no interest in someone new at this point, but I love my chiropractor and her office is at 75th and Switzer -- not a terrible hike from your place. E-mail me if you are interested and I'll shoot over contact info.

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

My is doing the botox shot right now and it started off helping him and then declined. Don't know if it's applicable to your situation though-he has muscle inflammation from a motorcycle accident.

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

BOSS, don't know how that word got left out.

dorothy said...



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