Thursday, April 05, 2012
Today I worked out and then traveled 55 miles to my neurologist at Tampa General. I knew that she would be running late since she closed two of her offices and switched everything over to her office at Tampa General. I took some snacks and lots of water to drink as well as a book to read. There were lots of accidents reported on the morning traffic report and this snarled traffic for hours. Consequently, I left two hours in advance. Of course it only took me about 45 minutes to get there so I had time for lunch. Tampa General has a wonderful "Make Your Own Salad Bowl" that I always get when I have time. Today I had plenty of time, so I treated myself to one. Yummy! I also had Lactaid skim milk and four ounces of Greek yogurt. It was a satisfying and delicious way to use my spare time.
My doctor was running late as I suspected so I just read my book while I waited. Since Tampa General is a teaching hospital, visits usually include several doctors. I was pleased to see the doctor who saw me about a month before my surgery. She has now almost completed her one year fellowship with my regular neurologist. She was shocked at how much better I've gotten since last August. I'm down to one headache a week, which is a vast improvement over last year. When she did my neurological exam she got very excited over my progress.
My regular neurologist came in with another doctor who was observing. They couldn't believe how much different I am compared to last summer. They were a little bit concerned about how tight my shoulders, neck and the back of my head are still. It was suggested that I get two injections in the occipital areas in the back of my head to force the muscles and nerves to relax. I would get these injections in late May or early June. All three doctors agreed that this could possibly ease the stiffness and avert future migraines. I was a little wary about doing the injection thing because of my horrible experience last year. However, these two shots are not spinal injections they are muscle injections so it will hopefully be okay.
The thing that the doctors kept marveling over was the muscle development in my arms. The last time they saw me my arms had atrophied and I had almost lost the use of both of them. Now, I have definition and strength in both arms. I felt like a miracle woman. My neurologist wants to track me a little more closely so I will see her again for another office visit in 2-3 months. I'm sure I will be used as a teaching tool for new doctors. LOL If using my experience can be helpful to other neurologists, I'm happy to have them take a look at my progress. I was just thrilled to get a good report from my doctor!