Tuesday, November 1, 2016

8mos. Post-OP and all is well

The surgery couldn't have gone better than it did. Everything is awesome. No pain, no stiffness, no issues. I know I don't post very often, seemly never it seems anymore. There is just not that much to say. My MS is well controlled on Aubagio. I love this stuff.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Surgery tomorrow morning

Well after seeing surgeons and such about my neck, the day is finally here. Tomorrow I will get an artificial disc (Mobi-C) inserted at C5-C6. The surgery is set for about 1.5 hours and I will spend at least a day in the hospital before being released. 6 weeks estimated for recovery wearing soft collar during the day and nothing at night as pillow support is sufficient.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More Medical

I had an MRI of my Head, Neck and Upper back (Head, C-spine, T-spine) and woohoo, no MS progression! BUT, I have a 'significantly ruptured disc' at C5-C6. That is no good. I have an appointment with a Spine surgeon to get more opinions / options at the end of December. Yay me.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Elbow Saga

Well my elbow hurts. A lot. It has been for some time now. Starting in Jan/Feb of 2014 after a big dead lift. I set my new max and was very happy about it. A couple of days later my forearm muscles hurt and discussing it with my trainer it seemed rather obvious it was from gripping the bar so hard. Made sense. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) all done per usual on anything that hurts. That helped a bit, but nothing really improved for real. May of 2014 I see a chiropractor through a chance encounter. All in all, those treatments helped quite a bit, but again, no real healing. I got a cortisone shot in July if 2014. Voila! Much better. But then the pain came back around January of this year (2015). I have been fighting it ever since. In July of 2015 I again had a cortisone shot before we left on vacation. This time very little help indeed. I went again to my orthopedist and had an MRI done. Ick. 40% tear in my right extensor tendon. Commonly known as Tennis Elbow (although I've never played). Anyway, on Wednesday I had a procedure done called TENEX. I don't know if I am pleased yet with it or not, but I really do not want full on surgery if I can avoid it. It hurts a lot although the radiating pain into my shoulder and back are much less. I talked with Alan (a friend in BSF leadership with me) this morning about it and his wife has had similar issues. She had TENEX and it did not help. She got the surgery (whatever they do in the cut world) and is perfect now. He just told me not to get discouraged if this does not work and to not sweat the surgery and rehab. I don't know what the next so many weeks will bring, but I will be happy when I can get more than a few hours of sleep a night.