Hi and Happy Sunday everyone!
Here I am again sharing that word! Schwannoma! Where in the world did a word like that come from and what is it? Well, I never knew before, but I do now. Not completely, but I'm going to learn a whole lot more about it super soon! But, that's a good thing -- and a good thing that I'm glad was found when it was!
So, here is a detailed definition of this lovely medical term!
A schwannoma (also known as an "acoustic neuroma," "neurilemmoma,":621 "neurinoma," "neurolemmoma," and "Schwann cell tumor") is a benign nerve sheath tumor composed of Schwann cells, which normally produce the insulating myelin sheath covering peripheral nerves.
Schwannomas are very homogeneous tumors, consisting only of Schwann cells. The tumor cells always stay on the outside of the nerve, but the tumor itself may either push the nerve aside and/or up against a bony structure (thereby possibly causing damage). Schwannomas are relatively slow growing. For reasons not yet understood, schwannomas are mostly benign and less than 1% become malignant, degenerating into a form of cancer known as neurofibrosarcoma.
There you have it -- status time! Yes, I have a large Schwannoma (tumor) between certain disks in my back and which was why I was having and still do have tingling, burning sensations in my legs, in the beginning, unable to stand on both feet due to pain in my right knee and which is why, I'm still wearing a back and a knee brace. I will say this, sciatica is bad enough
but this one has it beat! Yikes!
But, remember, look at the positive side of things in our lives! If I would have just taken the steroids that I needed to the first week when it began and then went on, what the dr's say, Alleve Therapy, would this ever have been found? Nope! I would have been needing to sit down if I stood too long and raise my right leg so it was more even with my hip, constant pain in the knee and ankle joints and, the worst one if ignored, paralysis! No way -- no how -- not for me! I enjoy walking, moving, being super active too much!
Did I like the multiple MRIs I needed to go through -- No Way!
Am I glad I had those same multiple MRIs --
I have no back pain whatsoever and wouldn't you think there would be something? But, nope! This tumor is mainly causing the inflamed spinal nerve endings that regulate different parts of our bodies to feel more inflamed than a Spark -- and this Spark I wouldn't want to Spread with anyone! Trust me! I love Spreading the Spark here at this site -- but I'm ready to get rid of that Spark in my back and that will be the next step for me. Time to stop those pinched nerve feelings and possibly have back surgery to remove the tumor itself. So, now I'm going to be referred to a neurosurgeon at a much larger and specialized hospital in my area and we're going to see what the options are. I'm all for -- let's remove it and I don't want to worry about it again. I know these sort of tumors can reoccur, but, I'm good with going back for another MRI in a year or so to see if one has or not. I just want it gone and somewhat forgotten -- at least until I need a recheck.
So, there you have it, "Schwannoma!" Actually, no, I have it--a "Schwannoma!" But I'm okay with it -- they found the "cause" of the problems and we're moving ahead to the next step to remove and/or somehow treat it! I haven't met with the neurosurgeon yet, but I hope I get an appointment soon -- and, can you tell I've been at Sparks for awhile -- Yes, I want the problem resolved, but I just love talking with dr's, etc., and asking the what are those and does this do this, or what about that? I love learning -- I just wish I didn't have to learn what this one was and, mainly, the why did I have to learn this one and in the way that I did-- but I did and I'm ready to go!
Again, thank you for your previous comments, prayers and well-wishes over the past month or so -- but I think we're getting there everyone and it's going to be great when no more nerve ending inflammations, no more feeling like I stepped on a thumbtack in the arch of my right foot or who shot a bb through my knee joint feeling, no more sleeping with a pillow between my knees or having to sleep at a certain angle to lessen the achy feeling!
And what a great
that'll be and I can hardly wait! But, until then, per my back specialist -- I'm to continue to do cardio, strengthening exercises, and especially those for my back, and keep that body flexible and moving! Thank Goodness! And, if back surgery is in my future, I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
are on, the nicer weather is here and no one can slow me down yet! But, when the dr. says "now", I may need to let those
take a rest and cut back on alot of things until I get a go ahead to lace them up again!
So, here I am!
Schwannoma and all! But
as this challenge can be met and problem solved. And, in the weeks ahead, if for some reason you don't see me here at Sparks, keep smiling, as things are under control and I'm getting rid of that strange word "Schwannoma!"
I still think it sounds like a tongue twister!
Always remember to look at the bright side of life -- there may be a dark side -- but that bright side can usually overpower that darkness and we all have the power, determination and ability to do it!
everyone and don't worry about me! I'm taking care of business, as they say -- and in a good way!