There are lots of words ending in -lysis, -osis, -ative, etc. I can quote chapter and verse if anyone’s interested. But the upshot is that my biggest, lowest, lumbar vertebra, L5, has slid backwards by 6mm and is now compressing my spinal column and starting to impinge on the nerve roots that make my legs work. The canal for the spinal cord should be anywhere from 27 – 15mm wide at this point, depending on the size of the individual. Mine is less than 10mm. Action is required, rapidly.
We have gone straight past conservative treatments such as exercises and physiotherapy, and have arrived directly at two nerve block injections into my spinal column, one on either side. The day after tomorrow.
The hope is that the cocktail of local anaesthetic and steroids will reduce the inflammation of the bulging disk, which is the worst culprit in this sorry tale. I get three goes with the steroids if they help. After that, we’re on to surgery.
Is there anyone out there who can tell me this is all going to be OK? Who’s maybe had something similar, and it was a breeze, and I shouldn’t worry? Who can tell me it won’t hurt like hell, and there’s no need to shake like a leaf at the whole idea? I just can’t get past the idea of two CT scan-guided needles shoving stuff into my spine. I’m terrified something may go wrong.
I didn’t have time to make anything pretty today to show you. I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better tomorrow, when hopefully some of the worst of the fear has receded.
So, maybe, if you have some spare time, can you cross fingers and send up positive thoughts at 10am this Thursday, Australian EST?