I am posting stuff that I posted to Facebook to my blog since a lot of my Twitter followers either don’t follow me on Facebook or don’t have Facebook accounts & I want them to know why I haven’t been around much on any social media or games. It’s been a helluva past 9 months so far. 😦
This was posted to FB on June 27th, 2015.
This has the potential to be a looong post, so strap in if you’re going to read it all. 😉 It’s been a long time since I’ve updated folks on what’s been going on and it’s about time I did. I’ll use the medicated to heck and back as my excuse. lol
So last I wrote I had seen a GI Dr and she gave me a medicine to take every day (due to the fact I no longer have a gall bladder) and it has made a huge HUGE difference. I’d say my stomach issues are probably 85% better (although I’m having a bad day today, ugh). Since it’s not all better I’m probably going to have more tests to find out what else might be wrong, but for the moment, I’m happy that things are so much better.
Once I start finally feeling a bit better, I wake up one morning the end of May and I hope in the shower to go to work and my neck (the right side of my neck, shoulder and shoulder blade) starts hurting. The longer I’m up the worse it hurts. I go to work and by the time I get home, serious ouch! When I wake up the next day, I can’t hardly move. I’m able to see my Dr that day and she thought the same thing I did, I’m having a muscle spasm in my neck. So I get pain meds and a muscle relaxer. By this time it’s the weekend so I have the weekend to get better. I take my meds and I’m able to move more by Monday so off to work I go.
My Dr said if I’m not significantly better in a few days that she will want me to see a physical therapist. Since I wasn’t significantly better, but I was a bit better, I called & said if I could be on muscle relaxers and pain meds for another week (PT is spendy and we have enough medical expenses right now & I didn’t want to add to it) and she agreed. So I had an appt for a week later to see how I went.
During that week, I steadily declined. By the time I got home from work, I could barely move or do anything at all. I did everything with my left arm since my right side hurt so much. I decided then that I would do whatever my Dr suggested with regards to PT & whatnot. Clearly this was a bigger issue than I had hoped.
So I see the Dr and tell her what’s going on. She is concerned and talks me in to making a PT appt (I told her I was already on board with whatever she wanted to do since the previous week was such a failure, heh). She takes some xrays of my neck and what she sees concerns her. She says I have what looks to be a compressed disc, or at least a pinched nerve. So she reiterated that I need to do PT and I got prednisone for the swelling (which causes/contributes to a pinched nerve), a pain killer that works specifically on nerves and to continue with the main pain meds (the other one takes awhile to get into your system) and the muscle relaxers. HOLY MOLY the prednisone SUCKS!! Oh the headaches I got every day!! Ouch, ouch, OUCH!! Blinding headache for the 7 days I had to be on it. Yikes! I could barely tell my neck hurt anymore because of the headaches, lol. Luckily it was only 7 days so I kept my “eye on the prize” as my Mom would say. 🙂
Oh and I forgot a crucial part. My Dr took me off work for up to 6 weeks. I’m grateful I get the chance to heal, but kind of freaked out about it too. And the paperwork, whew! But my boss has been AMAZING and so incredibly supportive. I am grateful for where I work that I can take the time to heal and not have to stress about other stuff. I want to say grateful again, but I’ve said it too many times already, lol. But I truly, truly am.
So I had a week until my next Dr appt and in that time I made an appt for PT and was able to get in to see her 3 times before then. She does an evaluation and gets a feeling for what’s going on and her evaluation definitely tells her I have a pinched nerve. I still can’t believe how easily she was able to lower my right arm, lol. I had a hard time describing my symptoms at that moment due to the blinding headache I had, but she got the gist of what’s going on and I saw her 2 days later for our first real appt.
PT was both amazing and different (and harder!) than I expected. I’ve done PT at least 3 other times in my life and it’s always been hands on manipulation and sorting out the bones and muscles with massage, heat and a few other things. This time, she showed me some exercises that I need to do. She said that I use the stabilizer muscles in my neck and shoulder blade instead of the big muscles that are supposed to be used. (I forgot what those were called. But like I don’t use my trapezius in my shoulder blade and whatever the big muscle in your neck is called – those kinds of big muscles). And my stabilizer muscles aren’t cut out for that kind of work. So she gave me a couple of exercises to work on at home (which I did) and when I saw her again, we went over them again and she added some more, this time I have an adorable tiny baby beachball as part of it, lol.
So PT is going reasonably well and I see my Dr again. Oh, I forgot that I got the official results from my xray and what it said sounded scary! “Moderate to severe degenerative… blah blah blah. So I’m anxious to see the Dr and have her explain that stuff to me. When I go in, we go over the results and she said there are a few concerning points in my neck that signal a potential herniated disc. And one of the things I didn’t understand meant “Bone spurs”. Like multiple ones. In my neck. 😦 Gah! So she is very concerned now. She said I likely won’t need surgery now (!!!) but it is VERY likely I will need it in the future. What?! OMG. She also wants to do an MRI. So she got everything started to get that going and took me off work for up to 3 months now. I’m hurt much worse than I though. I knew I had neck issues (for a long time now) but I had no idea it was so bad. 😦 She said to continue with PT and the meds and I see her again in 2 weeks.
I’ve been doing my exercises and seeing the PT and one of the times (after she added some more stuff) I started getting waves of muscle spasms in my neck. I saw my physical therapist 2 days later and we had to back way off from some of them. She said the prednisone is leaving my system now and some of the swelling that had gone down is probably back up, so we needed to go easier on the neck stuff. That seemed to work as the spasms have subsided. She also taped me up 2 times and MAN that was lovely! It offers some decent support and I really liked it! The first time I was ify, but the second time I wanted more after I had to remove it LOL.
So inbetween those times I get a phone call from a Dr office. It was the Clinic saying insurance has approved the MRI and would I like to schedule it? I was like wow that was fast (only took 2 days I think, crazy) and she was all you wanna hear fast? I have a cancellation at 4:15, do you want to come in today? (This was at like 3:30, on Wednesday the 24th). So I was all, uhhhh, I guess? lol So off I go to get an MRI. Not thinking anything of it. Don asks if I want him there and I was all nah I’ll be fine. It’s no big deal, I know loads of people who have gotten MRI’s.
So this is my very first MRI ( looking at my cervical spine). And I hope it is my LAST!! I am not claustrophobic at all, but HOLY COW is that thing scary!! I had my arms squished in to my side and I had ear plugs in and it was still LOUD and cramped and ridiculously scary!! And I had to be in there for 30 minutes!! I had no idea it took so long. Oh my gosh the noise! I closed my eyes and did my slow deep(ish) breathing and tried to go to my happy place, lol. I was pretty shook up when it was done. I am so glad that I didn’t know anything before hand or had time to look in to it at all. I wasn’t nervous going in to it and I did’nt have time to think about it or get nervous. WHEW! Now I know I’ll be all kinds of nervous next time, but at least I didn’t know this time, lol. So I’m glad that is over and they said they’d have the radiologist read it on Thursday (my bday, heh) or Friday and my Dr will get results Friday or early next week. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I assume some time next week.
So there is my tale. If you made it to the end, I am impressed! I’ll give you a hug next time I see you (assuming I know who all reads this, hehe).
Thank you all for being patient with me as I’m not on here very much (my PC time is very limited and I’m using my left hand for doing a lot of stuff). I don’t even hover over my phone much as that hurts my neck too. But I do think of you guys and Don keeps me in the loop with many of you.
Love you guys!! Take good care and I will talk to you all as much as I can!