end in sight?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
So, I met with my neurologist yesterday. I was *finally* able to get in after all sorts of work things preventing an appointment the last few months. I've been really anxious for this appointment. All signs have been pointing to my neck (specifically the bottom of my neck C6, C7 area). He has seemed to think that the problem was elsewhere. However, after my dad finally going through surgery for what started as what I have right now, my gut was telling me it's my neck and I need to fix it now. I really do not want to have to have surgery someday, and if I do I don't want it to be as difficult (for the surgeon) as my dad's was.
So, we talked about how my pain/numbness/tingling is getting worse. He felt around my neck and shoulders and commented how tight it was. He commented on how long my neck is...unfortunately that's something we can't do a darn thing about. I'm a giraffe, and just have to deal. He had me drop me head forward, back, left, and right. It hurt, but I felt like I was able to really stretch my neck, especially considering how limited my range of motion was nine months to one year ago. Unfortunately, my range of motion is not good. Darn. I also mentioned how my jaw has started to lock up the last month to six weeks. It cracks and snaps very loudly, which is a little disconcerting. I mentioned it just in case it could be connected. He then felt my jaw muscles. Now, these have been hurting. However, I was woefully unprepared for how much it would hurt when he gently pressed on them. He found the exact spot and I was caught off guard by how much it hurt. Huh.
So, after all that, we discussed steroids. The two options were oral or a shot. I tried the oral steroids late last summer. They didn't help the pain/numbness/tingling too much. Plus, despite also being on lithium to prevent me being grouchy, I was pretty unpleasant. There was a lot of trying to count to ten, and not strangle people. So, that was not a promising option. So, we are going with the injection. I am willing to try just about anything at this point. The only downer to me, is that I will have restrictions once I get the shot. I previously thought that such injections would make me feel awesome and I could go about my business. Apparently, I will feel awful, then move toward awesome. In order for things to actually heal and continue to feel better, I will need to rest the affected area. So, still no awesome upper body workouts. At this point, as long as I can still run, I will be good.
I follow up with my chiropractor tomorrow to talk it over with her, but it seems like it is all a go. I will be having it done just after the half marathon. So, I just have to tough it out for 20days. Easy peasy, right?