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MRI Report

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:46 am
by krd
Well here it is. My MRI report says that I have a moderate herniated disk at L5 and signs of stenosis. Also, my L5 vertebrae is slightly out of place. I am seeing the specialist on the 24th of this month. Wish me well.

I also have a friend who is an anistegiologist who lives around the corner from me. He reviewed my MRI and his comment was that he believes that I won't need surgery. He did prescribe oral steroids and a pain killer to get me through this bout. I have been on the steroids for 2 days (also the pain killer hydrocodone). The pain killers do take the edge off, although sleeping is still difficult. The steroids are supposed to take away some of the inflammation. We can only hope. I will be updating to let everyone know what is going on. Be posting.

Ken

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:42 pm
by Rupert
On the positive note you have a moderate herniation.
If your anistegiologist friend beleives you do not require surgery then most likely you would not need surgery. My Wife has an Uncle who is a Psychiatrist and has stenosis of the spine. He has ignored the advise and has opted not to go for surgery. He does a lot of exercises every day and avoids sitting too much. But he is living a normal and happy life.
I believe you would be fine.
Rupert,
PA

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:32 pm
by randolph
Hello Ken

yes indeed! Good luck with the specialist!!

If at all possible during your meeting with the specialist, were you planning to ask what the possibilities are that the nerve damage/disc herniation/stenosis/outofplace vertebrae will heal without medical interventions like surgery? I'm wondering if I'm just lucky to be experiencing healing, using only exercises?

Are symptoms of this relapse getting better?

Randolph

Good to hear from you....

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:55 pm
by krd
Hey Randolf

Yes I am most definitely going to ask those questions since I want the most conservative route available to me. If surgery is this guys first option than I will seek a second opinion. This guy is a spine surgeon at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. They are one of the finest groups in our area. Very well respected and recommended.

I am noticing some pain relief over the pass few days. Walking is getting better as is sitting, but I still can't go to far before the cramping in my left calf and tingling in my left foot. I am doing only very mild stretches when I feel like there will be no pain. I will definitely let you know what this guy says. My appointment is Monday the 28th at 9:30 am. I am not really looking forward to this but I have no choice. I am tired of not being part of my family. They have been great!

Thanks for all of your concern too. It is great to have this forum to discuss problems with people going through the same circumstances. Be posting.

Ken

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:22 am
by randolph
Yes Ken, that's a biggee: support from the family.

When I started this adventure last Sept., I was very reluctant to ask for (let alone accept) help. Thought that this sciatica would just be like every other difficulty: fixed in a few weeks at most, with a bit of grit and guts (all mine of course). So I hid out in bed and wandered the internet to find the magic potion ... only to discover this is not like a toothache! After it occurred to the others in my family (especially my wonderful wife) that we were going thru a major lifestyle challenge that would change things forever, we've grown much closer. Odd, but this challenge seems to have made it clear that for all our individual shortcomings, we were only going to get thru this if we worked TOGETHER, even having a good time while doing it!

Another silver lining on this dark cloud, has been a greater realization that now is the time to enjoy my children. Before this, I was quite willing to work very long hours away from the family (called it "sacrifice for the family's long-term benefit") ... but now it seems more important to put the wife and kids higher up on the list of priorities ... like at the top.

Have a feeling lots of y'all could say the same things. Randolph

Yea buddy.....

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:00 pm
by krd
Hey Randolf

You are right on with your comments. I have always spent most of my time with my family. This really has changed our family dynamics. I am always doing things with them, and now all I can do is lay around in bed, get up and walk a little every now and then, but no going out on social things. My youngest son leaves for college this coming Thursday, and I will not be able to help him move in to his dorm. That bums me out! He is very understanding and knows that I will be over to see him as often as I can when the healing allows.

Lifes priorities do change when these things happen. I was hoping this was a one time deal but apparently this is something that will always be in the back of my mine. Thanks again for the encouraging and insightful words. Be posting.

Ken