Monthly Archives: February 2017

Improving

Since I had the injection of cortisone the other day, I’ve had a much better range of movement in my upper body…no more being hunched over like a 90 with arthritis. 

I still get the odd tingle of pain in my right thigh, right calf, below my right calf, and I still have all the numbness in my right foot. Not sure how much of that is to be expected, and if it is, how long should it last. 

Off to my GP on Tuesday morning for a checkup and to see what the next steps are. On another note, I need to get a “Fit to Fly” letter from him seeing as I’ve got to fly to Kuala Lumpur Monday week, and Darwin the following week. I guess I might need a letter stating I’m allowed to be carrying the amount of prescription medication I will have with me. 

The other thing I’m hopeful for is that my GP will agree with my that I should get the piece of broken disc or vertebrae removed so that I can go back to normal. Apparently, the cortisone injections work between 2 days and a couple of months, which is fine, except that while ever that piece is floating around I can’t do any sport or activity that may lead to me falling on my ass, as that has the potential to make me paraplegic. 

At least I’m getting a huge amount of use out of my Spotify and Netflix subscriptions.

 

CT Scan & Cortisone Injection

So that straight line on the picture is a needle going into my spine. It hurt, it hurt a lot… If I’m reading the report correctly, the needle was 8.8cm long.

The most fun part was when the Doctor said, “I’ve got the needle in the right spot, but I just want to test something.” and then he pushed the needle in further and my entire leg went into a nerve spasm and felt like it was on fire. The Doctor then said, “Did you feel anything then?” and I cried replied, “Yes.”

Discharged

They just discharged from the hospital, they’re too busy to do the CT scan spinal injection today, I guess this is for the cortisone. On the plus side, they’ve booked me in for one tomorrow away from the hospital at a private, bulk billed, practice.

It was depressing as F**K staying in the neurology ward last night, all the other patients in my room were stroke patients and they were all pretty messed up. Too sad.

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, and your shit stirs! I’m a bit pissed that no one brought me any whisky, though! 

JHH Emergency Department

So after reviewing my MRI, and the comments from my visit to the Sports and Spinal guys in Adamstown yesterday, my GP sent me to the hospital to see a neurosurgeon…

Here comes fun…

Back pains

So for those that have been following along with my back problem this past week, via Facebook, here’s what’s up.

At some point in the last couple of years, I’ve had a herniated disc, 2 weeks ago part of that disc broke off and is now pressing on my S1 nerve, which is what’s causing all the pain.

Soon I will see a spinal or neurology specialist, who will then advise whether it needs to be fixed surgically, or by cortisone injections.

Oh, and apparently the piece that broke off is apparently 1.5cm in size.

So for the foreseeable future, I’m not allowed to lift anything, I’m not allowed to stretch, and I should stick to wearing pluggers. And of course, I’ll have to continue taking my cocktail of Lyrica, Panadeine Forte, and Valium…