A Little Update On My Medical Report, Back Surgery
In 2007 I was experiencing a lot of pain in my back. My Primary Doctor sent me
to a Doctor that specialized in pain. After a series of tests, X-Rays, and MRI's
they diagnosed me with Spinal Stenosis. He told me before they would even
consider back surgery there is something they always try first. They would do
what they called an Epidermal Injection first. He said if need be they could do
three of them. The first one worked and I was virtually pain
He recommended I start going to the fitness center and
start exercising. I did and started slowly and after awhile I was pain free.
Things were going great until about November of 2010. Then all of a sudden the
back pain reoccurred. I went back to the pain Doctor who helped me the first
time. This time after three Epidermal Injections the pain was not
They could only do three of those treatments. When the
pain was actually getting worse my Primary Doctor recommended I see a back
surgeon. I told him I had heard so many horror stories about back surgeries that
I would only do that as a last resort. The pain just kept getting worse so I
told Joan I think I am at the last resort.
The back surgeon compared the MRI's from 2007 with the
new ones he had me go for. He said the reason the Epidermal didn't work was
because my condition had gotten much worse.
I had the surgery in April 2011 and the pain went away
Awhile after the surgery the pain was gone but I started
having some tingling in my legs from the knees down. I talked to my Primary
Doctor about it, and he sent me to a Neurologist. After a series of tests he
told me I had Neuropathy. Neuropathy can present many differing symptoms,
including numbness, pain, weakness and loss of balance. It is an abnormal and
usually a degenerative state of the nervous system or nerves.
At first I didn't want to believe it, I thought it was
too much of a coincidence that it started so soon after my back
My Primary Doctor after reviewing every thing, he said
Joe you do have neuropathy. I said what is the worst case scenario. He said, I
just know that you have been on Google and read every thing there is to know
about Neuropathy, he said you probably know more about it than I
So he said from your research you know that it as an
progressive thing. He said the best case scenario is that yours will be a slow
Fast forward to 2014 I went to the surgeon for a three
year follow up. I told him my back bothers me a little bit but my legs are
He had me do X-Rays and an MRI and sent me for a follow
up visit with a Neurologist. Today I went to get the scoop on all the tests. He
had the results from the Neurologist and the X-Rays and the MRI.
He said the Stenosis is coming back some and it could
start giving me pain again. And it along with the Neuropathy my legs could get
worse, He said surgery for the Stenosis is what he would recommend.
I didn't hesitateI saidletsdo it. I told him I have a nine year old and a
five year old grandchildren and if it can slow down my deterioration so I can
remain as active with them as I can I am willing to take the
Teach me, O God to be patient with myself. As I grow
older and discover I cannot do as many things as I used to, help me to accept
the changes happening to me. Amen
So now I will see if I can follow my own advice that I
have been giving to all of you, which is get up every day Thank God I am here
for another day and make the best of each day.
If you see or hear me whining give me a good swift kick
you know where,
When I look at my Dear Daughter Martha, my little problem
is miniscule to what she has to go through every day of her life.
I have had a lot of set backs in my life but one thing I
know for sure is that I have packed more living into my almost 74 years than a
lot of people could pack into a hundred years. LOL
If you want to say a little prayer for me that my
condition will continue to go slow , please do that but don't spend time
worrying about me as I am doing fine.
Sending lots of love and best wishes to all of My Dear
Family And Friends.
My pre-admission Surgical Visit is scheduled for July 21,
and my surgery is set for July 28 barringany