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 ;)