Friday, January 20, 2012
I finally have information about what has been causing all of the pain and grief. I didn't need a "new" MRI, the October one was adequate. My pain doc took a look at it and it said that I have damage to the disks between C3 and C4, C4 and C5, and C5 and C5. He had a similar profile and although he offered (and did) an injection in my neck, he said the only thing that is truly going to help me is surgery. He is scheduling an appointment for me with the best spine surgeon around--it may be a wait to have the surgical consult, but it is starting to happen.
My pain doc has had the same issue and he was able to trace with his finger exactly where this wild uncontrollable pain is at. He offered me everything to help until we can get me to the surgeon. He LISTENED to me and was kind and gentle. That injection was a bit of a stinker--I am hoping to get short-term relief from the injection and the prescriptions refills he wrote for me that the other docs have given me.
He told me that he understands this and it hurts like #ell. I don't know how long I will have such awful pain--I'm praying for relief with this injection in my spine--but it is a relief to know that somebody finally GOT it. I can move forward now.
As for eating, in the last week, I have had a steroid injection in my shoulder, 6 trigger point injections in my upper quadrant, and now a major injection into my neck. I will be having to fight off what the steroids cause. I will have to keep praying. God bless my pain doc!!
Thanks for being there for me--you all got this too, and I appreciate the awesome words of caring and support. Take care of yourselves, you are wonderful.