Saturday, July 23, 2011
I got a call back from my Tampa doctor yesterday! Hooray! When my two MRIs were compared, my most recent one did show further damage from the last six months. That has to be the reason that I'm having such difficulties using my left arm. I was shocked that no they hadn't compared the two before calling me earlier in the week. This time the same "fellow doctor" that had examined me also took a look at the MRI. He recommended that I try Botox shots which I had started when I had such a terrible reaction to the epidural injection in December. The adverse reaction to the shot seemed to undo everything good about the Botox injection. However, the Botox injections do nothing for the problem with my arm. I told this to the nurse who called me with the news. She said that the shots take three sets to actually work. What she said next really threw me for a loop. She said something to the effect of since you got so sick with the injections the last time, I guess you want me to tell him no on his second recommendation which is an injection. I was stunned. After going rounds with me and his boss during my appointment and after her telling him that injections might be very bad for me, he still was pushing them for me??? Whoa!!!
My answer was crystal clear. No way to the shots. I'm willing to try the Botox. I'd like a referral for a consultation with a neurosurgeon. Reason is, that isn't an osteophyte that is growing, it is a calcified disk that is growing. Please read the notes from the Mayo Clinic. The nurse laughed and told me that she thought I was a very reasonable person and I should have a consultation. I again thanked her profusely and told her that she's the best! I feel like she is my advocate over there. We'll see what they come back with.
The moral of the story: Be your own advocate. Take care of yourself and don't let others walk all over you. The old me would have just let them push me around. The new me ain't buying it! I have to protect myself as much as I can. I know that doctors are supposed to have my welfare at heart but the reality is, they see lots of patients and they may not really remember me specifically. Scary isn't it??? I am worth the effort it takes to become healthy!