8/06/2009

I love our small town

I really do. Where else can you get a concerned physical therapist that wants you to call him at home when you get back from the ER and a doctor that takes 45 minutes out of his lunch hour to discuss your MRI results together? I really love our small town.

Well, Chris' aunt Barb was kind enough to take me to the doctor yesterday so I could find out my MRI results. She even went in with me because I was really nervous (thanks, Barb!). So, come to find out, I have two ruptured discs...the L4-5 and L5-S1. In the L4-5 I have a 6 mm protusion (which is quite a lot considering there is very little space in there to begin with) indenting the ventral aspect of the thecal sac. (Can you tell I'm writing what's on the paper?) And the L5-S1 has a tear and a 4 mm disc protusion to the left neural foramina. So, the tear is what caused my extreme pain on Friday because of stuff leaking out and touching my nerves. The game plan is to continue physical therapy and to take some steroid medication for the inflammation. In about a week I should be able to do some lifting (finally!), but I won't be fully healed for another 6-8 weeks though. The doctor said that if things get bad then I may need to get a cortizone shot. And then the neurosurgeon would then decide if surgery would be necessary. I'm hoping the physical therapy will be all I need. So, that's where we are at with that. Now I can move on from my back and get back to posting pictures of the kiddos soon.

4 comments:

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Clueless_Mama said...

Angela I am sorry to hear about your back. I had the same type thing in my L4-L5. I did end up with surgery, but everything is fine now. I hope you get better with Physical therapy, but know if not you will be ok too! Good Luck

MoziEsmé said...

Praying no surgery needed... That sounds painful, and like it will continue to be painful for a while!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Oh, how terrible. You (me!) always take your back for granted and then something happens. I had some back problems a few years back however they were very minor and the chiropractor was able to sort them out. We'll pray you don't need surgery!