Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Well, I had my first steroid injection done this morning. Not the most pleasant experience, but I'm sure it could have been worse. They say it will take about 3 days till I really know how well it's going to work. Injection site is pretty tender right now and bending over to tie my shoes does not feel very good right now. Glad I took the day off and if I need to go into work tomorrow in sweats, they're going to look the other way for now. Don't think slacks or uniform pants with a stiff waist band would feel very good. We'll see what tomorrow brings and hope that this lasts for several months before I have to do it again.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Well, I had an MRI done on my back Feb 17th. That showed "age related" shrinking of the disk between the L5 and S1 vertebrae. The disk is pushed out to the left and that, they say is whats causing the pain in my left side (hip, thigh, knee, etc.) I am scheduled for my first epidural steroid injection in my back this coming Wednesday. I'm not real excited about the thought of someone injecting steroids into my body, but if this is what needs to be done and it works, well I guess I can handle it. Not being able to sleep at night and not being able to walk very far or exercise at all is getting really old. Hopefully this will be the answer and I can get back on track with everything else in my life and start losing some weight again.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Well, the doctor appointment went pretty well. Blood pressure was 116 over 71. Weight the same as it was 3 months ago... at least I didn't gain anything over the holidays. We finally took some x-rays of my lower back and hips. It appears I have some "arthritic changes" in my lower back. Without an MRI, he can't tell for sure how much nerve inflammation/irritation is being caused by that but it's the likely culprit. We are going to start with an anti-inflammatory drug for a month or so and see how much that helps. For now, no more physical therapy, just do some exercises at home and some walking on the treadmill when I get it. Also did blood work to see how my cholestoral levels are. Happy for now. He didn't tell me I had bone cancer or needed a hip replacement. Arthritis isn't good, but I'll take it over other options.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
As mom's/parents, a lot of us seem to think that it's the right thing to do by ignoring our own needs and our own health to take care of our family. For some of us, that might work for a while. After raising my son by myself for the past 15 years and after some firm but gentle coaxing by my sister I made some appointments and set out to catch up on some very important health issues. With a history of all kinds of cancer in my family, I suppose I knew I was really gambling by not taking care of certain tests like mammograms and colonoscopy's. I got lucky.... really lucky. Only one polyp found and removed. Next screening in 3 years due to family history. The mammogram, the test I was least worried about turned out to be the scary one. After 2 additional mammograms and surgical removal of breast calcification's and other tissue and several sleepless nights, I got lucky and everything came back benign. After talking to the surgeon and realizing that the mass that was removed was roughly the size of an Oreo cookie, I got lucky......... really lucky.
Lesson learned.......... make sure you do your self exams and get your mammograms yearly. Get your colonoscopy done as suggested. The prep for that is not fun at all, but much better than getting cancer. Fortunately, my insurance will cover most of this. Regardless on the insurance, that's life and there will always be bills to pay and I am worth it. It's almost noon on November 5th in Omaha Nebraska and I'm just happy to be here.
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