Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I am not a huge fan of "winging it". That doesn't mean that I don't do it, but rather that given the choice, I'd like to be well prepared for just about anything. Some days I'll take just being slightly prepared, but you get what I mean. I like knowing where I am supposed to be, when I'm supposed to be there, and what I need to bring with me. I'm not a Type A personality for nothing!

I haven't really spoken about my health issues since I was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. Along with one herniated disc and two other angry discs, the official diagnosis is arthritis in my neck. My cervical spine is straight instead of curved. I have spent almost the entire last month on some sort of medicine~muscle relaxants, seriously strong pain meds, and finally steroids~in hopes that I'll feel better. I do feel better. But here's the thing~today is the first day since July 27th that I haven't taken any sort of medicine. I took my last steroid yesterday. I have no idea how long the effects of it will last and how I'll feel when it wears off. I don't like the unknown. I don't know what the next step is going to be in my recovery. It makes me twitch to think about it.

I've started physical therapy. It's interesting. I have muscle loss in my arm. I've been put in traction once and am going to be having it again tomorrow. It will be the first session when I'm not under the influence of some sort of medicine. Part of me is extremely nervous as to how my body will react and part of me is hoping that not being on the meds will give me a better idea of whether it's working. But it was disconcerting that the first thing my therapist asked was why surgery wasn't an option for me. Was she implying that no matter what she does I'll end up having surgery? Or was she just surprised that I was willing to try other options?

I go back to the spine specialist next week. I have no idea what she's looking for during that appointment. Will I need another MRI or another some other scan to determine if my disc is still herniated? There are too many unknowns in all of this. I want to be able to plan and prepare and I just can't. Relinquishing control is not my forte but I guess I don't have a choice. I'll take it one day at a time; it's all I can do.


AndreAnna said...

Not knowing - especially with health issues - definitely sucks. I hope the steroids and PT work, at least long enough for you to have the little ones grow up a bit more and be a little more self sufficient before you need surgery.

I'm facing an eventual disc replacement or fusion in my spine and I'm doing everything I can - working out to keep the muscles strong, taking supplements, and occasional pain meds to put it off as long as possible.

I keep hoping that a new technology will come along, something less invasive with a shorter recovery.

I guess it all depends on your quality of life for when the decision for surgery comes.

Thinking about you.

Anonymous said...

Hugs. I hate the unknown too, and I can't imagine an unknown that may/may not involve pain or surgery. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I'm thinking of you - keep us updated, okay?

creative kerfuffle said...

oh kristin--i'm so sorry. i hate the unknown--too much to think about. unknown really is scary, but i know you can get through it, you are a strong woman. sending you lots of hugs : )
btw--i like the new blog look : )