Holy Moley! What A Ride!!!
Friday, September 27, 2013
I recently Blogged about the pain in my back. Little did I know at that time that I would be in the throws of a full fledged attack from my spine for over a week. It has definitely been a wild ride...to say the least!!
I wound up going to an Ortho doctor that I was referred to. Needless to say...I was soooo not impressed! This doctor was in the room less than five minutes and, basically, said he would send me to physical therapy and re-assess in a month. That did not set well with me. First of all, I am a patient he has never seen before. He barely even looked at my chart. He asked ME what the MRI results said without even looking for himself. And he is going to shuffle me off to physical therapy in three minutes flat? Needless to say, I will not be going back to him again. No way. I mean, really. At least PRETEND to care a little bit about me before you take my money.
I wound up being out of work for three whole days because I couldn't stand the pain. I had to rummage through my nightstand and find pain medication from one of my previous ER visits for my back. And, this is not your low dose stuff. This is Vicadin, Lortab and whatever else that said "to relieve pain" on the outside of the bottle. I have never hurt so badly in my life! For three days I consisted on saltine crackers and Coca-Cola because I was so nauseated from the pain. I should be happy about losing 7 pounds...but not the way I lost it.
But, on a happier note, I wound up going to a Pain Management facility and they reviewed my MRI's and talked with me about my "episodes". I was quite happy with them because they seemed to really care about my well being. The doctor said that it could possibly be that a disc is getting pinched and leaking fluid on to a nerve, which causes it to become inflamed, and the nerves are emanating pain through my whole back and torso and that's when I have an "episode". He said the next time it happens (God forbid!) to come in and they will see what they can do. He said they could do exploratory surgery but that might do more harm than good. Duh...and no thanks!!
I am now back to my old self...as if nothing ever happened. Weird, huh?! I must say that my dear husband took wonderful care of me during all of this. He was so kind and caring. Even though he couldn't ease my pain, he kept track of my medications and doled them out when it was time (I sure couldn't do it! I was delirious!), gave me ice packs, heating pads, cool wash cloths, the whole nine yards! He is definitely a keeper!!!