Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Dr's Appointment


I just want to bring you up to date on my Dr's appointment on Tuesday. Here is what I understand.

........ The disc that is bulging to the back on the MRI film is not bulging as far on the Mylogram and the CT Scan. The Dr was wonderful.... This is the first time I have seen him....... He is the big dog....... The surgeon. The CT Scan shows trouble in L4 and L5 which is causing my back and leg pain........ He stood and explained to me and Dennis exactly what we could do and what we could opt to do.......... To make a long story short......... He does not know why my toes are numb as the CT does not show enough damage to cause my toes to go numb. However he also said that he does not make a decision based upon an MRI or CT scan but on the patient. I so appreciated that statement.


Several months ago I had seen a neurosurgeon for a nerve test and it showed nerve damage in the right leg and some in the left..... Very minimal but damage ........ Dr Low stated that anytime the neurosurgeon sends someone with nerve damage it gets his attention regardless of the CT scan... There are instances that sometimes there is more damage that they cannot see on the tests... Thus he offered me to make a decision if I wanted to have surgery now or go home and see if it stays the same or if it gets worse. He cannot explain the pain in my legs from the tests but did not deny that there might be something going on that he cannot see......


The lower back pain is from the L4 and L5 bulge......... Down the back of my legs is most likely the sciatic nerve pressure.........


He had another lady as myself just last month where the test did not show much damage and there was no nerve damage but she insisted that they fix her back, once in surgery they found more damage than the test showed........ sooooooooo Dennis and I talked and decided that we would come home and walk and exercise and see what happens in the next few months. The Dr stated that if I came back in a few months just unable to handle the pain that he would not require more tests......... Very very nice man and very compassionate...


He also said that I could go about my life as before and if it hurt my back not to do it........ hahahah Good advise, but there is nothing that I can do to cause this to cripple me unless I do something foolish....... sooooooooooo I am back to my life and my garden and the things that I love to do and see how things go. I am pretty

tough but know my limitations. He did take a blood test for an arthritis panel to see if I have the beginnings of Rheumatoid Arthritis....... I have decided not to have that.......... I will have the results tomorrow....... He is saying that could cause my leg pain and the numbness......... but....... I do not accept that........


Soooooooooo that is the jest of that.......No surgery for now and that is my decision and Dennis agrees......... I will stay on my diet (I have lost 16 lbs so far) and walk and exercise and see how things go......... I am encouraged! I am thankful that the disk has reduced in size since the MRI........ Whether it was the disk getting better or the test looking at a different angle.......... It is God........


Thus.......... I am up and around and ready to try and get some things finished. And enjoy my summer without tiptoeing around afraid of hurting my back..... Dennis and I are going to schedule a few days away and take some R & R....... We have not gotten away since October of last year........ I think it is time we took some time for us, don't you think?


NOW...............


I am reading a book that if you have not seen or heard of it you need to!!!!!!! It is called "The Shack"

I have laughed and cried ......... You must read this book......... I have read many many books but this one will touch your spirit man in a way that no other book in a long times has done......... Find it in your book store, read it and then pass it one...... I am going to read mine again and then Dennis is going to read it and then I am going to give it away here on my blog...........


Love you gals!



9 comments:

Edge of Design said...
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Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

God bless you! This was just a beautiful and heartfelt TT post and had me in tears....

What a loving heart you have!

Mary said...

Denise,

I am so glad you have such a wise surgeon. Many just want to perform surgery. Yours sounds like he has compassion and only operates if absolutely necessary. This is the man that God has entrusted you to. I think you and Dennis have talked and made the right decision.

The leg numbness can be caused from nerve damage or even a pinched sciatic nerve. I have that in my right leg from the accident. It has been that way for almost 20 years now, but arthritis does set into injuries and it will hit the weakest spot on your body. Just cast it out.

I know what it's like to have excruitiating pain in the back and legs. I've learned to live with mine, but everyone has to make the decision that is right for them. I chose to live in pain rather than to take the 50/50 odds they were giving me of never walking again.

Take care of yourself and set realistic limitations.

Blessings and hugs,
Mary

Denise said...

Praise God for no surgery sweetie. I love you, please take care.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a wise surgeon! My surgeon told us after my surgery that when he got in there he found causes of my nerve pain that didn't show up on any of the tests...MRI, CT scan or x-ray. He fixed it and it is SO nice not having that pain anymore!!!

I'm walking more and need to lose some weight after all that laying around. The pain from surgery is almost gone! YAY!!!

I will continue to pray for you and hope you won't have to have the surgery.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Well I have to say it is nice to hear from a doctor that is not in a rush to cut.
When Keith knew he would eventually have to have a hip replacement surgery the doctors told him to go till he could no longer stand the pain. They told him he would know when it was time.
When he finally could not get out of pain ever.....he did it. Things have been great since.
We will continue to pray that the hand of God takes care of you.
And way to go on the weight loss....I know who found the weight you loss. ;)But when I lose it I promise not to give it back.

Chris said...

Praise God for a good and patient surgeon! It sounds like he is sensible and compassionate. A gift from God. May you be led to a much less painful life~~

Deb said...

Great!! You are doing the right thing and I am so happy you like your doc..
Take care of you!!
Deb

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Well I feel like I have been God directed here this morning!! What you have sounds similar to me!! I am sure it is not as bad. i have been having pain in my legs and back for years now. Some that has caused me to cry and cry a lot!! I have been to all kinds of doctors. No one sees anything.
Finally what I have done is go to Curves, exercise and mainly STRETCH!! I just wanted to share with you that stretching is a wonderful way to help you. You can buy CD's that are great..EASY Stretches. i believe this has helped me the most.
Also I see you have read the SHACK!! I was just thinking about trying to find that today because someone else told me to read it.
WEIRD!!
Take care and hang in there.
Sandy