See–that’s why we’re not doctors!
My pain is actually caused by a herniated disk pinching a nerve. The problem is in my spine!
For the last few weeks I’ve stayed home, mainly on the sofa on my side. This Friday will mark three weeks since I’ve worked.
Trust me, I wish I could work. I wish I could walk and sit without pain.
The first treatment for this ailment is no treatment! I stopped doing anything that might irritate it. In many cases the hernia retreats through benign neglect. It didn’t for me.
Today was step two. I went to the Shoreline Surgery Center in Guilford for a lumbar epidural steroid injection. The souvenir x-ray at the top of this entry shows the needle being inserted into my spine.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it? It was. For a moment the pain on a scale of one to ten was a sixteen!
What was very impressive was the staff I had contact with. They were confident in a way that implies competence! That was very reassuring–no small thing.
Just in case I was too loopy to say thanks while I was there, thanks. You guys were everything I could have hoped for.
It’s tough for me to go anywhere in Connecticut without being spotted. Today was no exception. A Facebook friend posted:
Just saw you in Guilford didn’t look to happy hope you are feeling better soon!!
She probably saw me on the way in, shuffling from side-to-side and trying to find a comfortable standing spot. I never did. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty to watch.
It will be a day or two before I know if the injection worked. If the hernia retreats (I’m sure this is a terrible way to describe what happens) I will be able to start physical therapy and try to prevent a recurrence. That’s the goal. Unfortunately this treatment only works around half the time.
I am hopeful.