Little bit broken

Monday, July 30, 2012

Had an Mri for my back last week. Got a phone call the very next morning, which is always disconcerting considering how slow they normally are. I have a severe spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal cavity) caused by a disc being pushed into the spinal cavity between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. I go see the spinal specialist on Friday to see what this means as far as therapy or surgery to correct. I start school on the 27th so I'm really going to fight any surgery that isn't 100% necessary.

Lesson learned. Chiropractors are worthless. I'm so very happy that my doctor recommended the mri otherwise I'd still be in the dark about this mess. I'm not allowed to do anything involving lifting or aerobic movement. Gentle walking without incline for less than 15 minutes is the only alternative they gave me. Aka my nutrition is going to be my only salvation through this if I have any hope of not gaining/maybe losing a pound or two. Super bummed out. I just want to be fully able bodied again. I want to play tennis, and go for 10 mile hikes, and kill the mountain mode on the elliptical! I can't though. I'm broken and it sucks. At least it's (hopefully) a temporary situation. I have a lot to be grateful for and no reason to carry on this pout.

August is almost here and although I'm starting to panic about starting grad school, at least fall is that much closer. School supplies are filling the stores and soon those will give way to my favorite holiday, Halloween. I'm planning on going as Velma from Scooby Doo this year. I haven't decided whether or not she's going to be zombified. I have so much fun zombie make-up it'd be a shame not to put it to good use. So that's where I'm at right now. I'll update again when I know what my fate will be after my appointment on Friday. Keep your fingers crossed that I haven't injured myself too much ;)
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    I feel your pain and understand what you are going through. I had mri's back in Dec. I have spinal stenosis in 2 spots, one between my shoulders and one spot in my L spine. I also have several bulging and protruding disc spaces. I was told for stenosis I have to have surgery because it will just continue to get worse until it does permanent damage. I am having to exercise through the pain right now though because I have to get 50 pounds off before they will even do my surgeries. I'm still allowed to use my elliptical and go walking(as long as it's an even surface, no graveled roads or uneven sidewalks).

    I've been down this road before though so know what to expect.

    I've had prior back surgery for a herniated/bulging disc. It was a simple surgery but I was on restrictions for 3 months afterwards.....no lifting over 5 pounds, no bending at the waist, no twisting, no reaching over my head, not sitting or standing for more than 15 minutes at a time. They do these restrictions so that your disc space heals completely without you doing something to blow it out completely.....as you can imagine that's not a good thing.

    I hope this all doesn't scare you, as everyone is different and their doctors have different rules. I hope you get it taken care of before irreversible damage is done though. Good luck and keep us all updated.
    2058 days ago
    Fingers are crossed. Hoping you hear only good and encouraging news.
    2058 days ago
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