Feeling the weather

Yeah, weird title.

Bear with me.  The past couple of weeks has been mentally and physically… trying. I’ve been having extra back pain for a few weeks now, in a new place. As always with a cancer patient, the doctor was disposed to do a bit of investigating, and because of previous back surgery, he put a bit of a rush on it. Off to the CT scanner I went. Now, I think you’ll agree that images like this will cause a little stress in someone whose cancer is predisposed to metastasise into the spine….

My T8 vertebra, with mystery object

However.  It’s not the bad news I’ve been stressing about for days and days. I have IVP, or intervertebral vacuum phenomenon, or air pockets between the vertebral end plate and the disk. Probably caused by osteophytic degeneration of the endplate, or old age, to those of us speaking English. Oh, there are other issues too, which will cause problems down the road, but that’s pretty much to be expected with the degeneration that’s going on.

One of the interesting things about IVP is that not only is it affected by position and posture, it’s also sensitive to atmospherics. I feel atmospheric high and low pressure in my back. It’s storm season here, and we’re having an endless band of thunderstorms passing over us. Not only is poor doggo in a constant state of stress, but I’m also getting gyp from it. Happy days.

On a more cheerful note, I now have additional medication which is working a treat. But if you tell me about the bad weather and I say, “I feel your pain”, I mean it… literally.

Excuse me, I’m off to tai chi while the sun is shining!

61 thoughts on “Feeling the weather

  1. I am so glad it wasn’t The Bad News, and glad you have found some ways of alleviating the pains…and I hope the weather moderates soon for your sake and Mouse’s.

    • katechiconi says:

      The relief is enormous. It would have been about as bad as news could get. So even though my spine is actually v e r y slowly falling apart, I’m actually really happy about the outcome! Mouse has forgotten about his bad weather experiences thanks to the liberal administration of frozen chicken necks, aka chickypops.

  2. In the case of bad news, this is the best of the bad news. Spine problems make a lot of things in life hard. Like sitting in a chair sewing. I’m sorry and happy at the same time. Sending hugs to you and doggo. I know how much most dogs love thunderstorms.

  3. Marty K says:

    Sounds like this is the kind of “bad news” that one would select, if one has the option among “bad newses.” That being said, I’m very sorry that there was any bad news at all and am glad you’re getting some good pain relief. Also glad that chickypops seem to cause a bit of memory loss in certain Greyhounds. 💜

    Hugs to you and ear skritchies/belly rubbins to Mousiekins (unless you’d like ear skritchies/belly rubbins too. I don’t judge).

  4. craftycreeky says:

    That must be a great relief, both from the worry of what it might have been and relief from the pain with the new meds. Hope the weather improves for you soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is a huge relief. Apparently the improvement is visible! I must have looked a bit dragged-down… And we’re currently ‘enjoying’ a massive thunderstorm and power outage, so that particular improvement might take a while!

  5. Bugger. But bless pain meds and bless your positive attitude. And bless the “could have been worse but wasn’t” option. xx

  6. What a relief! And fascinating – I have never heard of the spine as a barometer in this way before. Take care Kate ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      Can’t say I had either, but we learn something new every day 😊 Thankfully, it’s not a very common condition, or we’d be able to do without the weather forecast!

  7. Oh the ironically cheery but reassuring diagnosis D.O.B. as my aunt likes to reassure me!

  8. tialys says:

    Thank goodness Kate. What a horrible couple of weeks for you – your relief is palpable. Keep taking the tablets! xx

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes… that Little Stranger was definitely scary, and i feel about a million times lighter. The pills really help, they started working very quickly. I’m really amused at the idea I can ‘feel’ storms coming, though!

  9. Thank goodness it wasn’t the news you were fearing, but pockets belong in clothes!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll take unsuitable pockets over the alternative, every time. Perhaps i can view it as an early warning system that lets me dose doggo with his herbal drops *before* the thunderstorm strikes…

      • If our bodies can just willy nilly develop pockets, I’d prefer it if we were consulted. I could use a side mouth pocket that lets me pretend to take a bite of something, then politely discard it unswallowed later. I wouldn’t mind an ear pocket where I could store things I am not ready to hear. And oh, a pain pocket to collect
        aches, ills, and sorrows like so much lint.

      • katechiconi says:

        The pain pocket sounds ideal. Perhaps they could start dump sites to empty them into, like you get for camper vans… I imagine the contents would get pretty stinky after a while; pain festers, doesn’t it?

  10. Sharon says:

    Relieved to read it was not the dreaded C word and it can be managed 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, it’s a reprieve alright… If it had been the Bad Thing, I’d have had to start my quilting and travel bucket list, and I’m not quite ready to do that yet!

  11. jmcheney says:

    I am so happy for your better than worst case outcome too, Kate. And for those Chickypops for Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      Same 😊 Mouse is having a bit of a rough run just now due to daily thunderstorms, but the steady stream of fuss, attention and chickypops seems to help after the terrors are over.

  12. Chris S in Canada says:

    Glad this is manageable.
    I get migraines with weather changes, so I have great sympathy.

  13. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am very glad that th news is of the ‘could be much worse’ kind and that new meds are helping. Poor mouse – I suppose chickypops are his meds!

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, they’re certainly his consolation after the event. During a thunderstorm, while he’s painting and trembling, he’s not interested in anything to eat at all, and I have to get his ‘rescue remedy’ drops into him with a dropper between his clenched teeth. It does help…

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        Poor Mouse! My 2 seem to be unconcerned by thunder which seems unfair as we only get a few storms a year and you seem to get a lot more.

      • katechiconi says:

        Being in the tropics, we get a lot of storms at this time of year. It’s the annual wind-up to the monsoon season, aka, The Wet. Luckily The Wet tends to be mostly ‘just’ torrential rain (and occasionally a cyclone, of course!). He only dislikes rain because his fur gets wet when he goes out to do his business!

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        Poor Mouse! He may think he has a hard life but he landed on his paws with you two.

      • katechiconi says:

        He did, rather… Tonight was cleaning the plates after roast chicken. It’s a hard life!

  14. magpiesue says:

    So sorry about new pains! What a nuisance. Thank goodness for the better part of the news and that you have medication that seems to be working for you. Wishing you peace in your body and peace of mind for the Royal Doggo.

    • katechiconi says:

      I feel much more peaceful now, so your good wishes are working… Poor old doggo will have to wait until this latest band of storms is past before there’s peace for him, but he struggles along somehow with a steady stream of fuss, treats, attention and hugs.

  15. Definitely the good news we need and if you can feel the weather in your bones then it’s a good thing …
    Any sort of good news in your case is always excellent. Prays of thanksgiving still being offered and I’m always praying for all 🙏 ❤️

  16. kymlucas says:

    Oh, Kate, it’s just one thing after another, isn’t it? So sorry about your new ailment, but very glad to hear the pills help.

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it, though. And it seems to come thicker and faster the older I get. To be honest, now that the pain’s under control, I’m mostly just forgetting about the entire experience; you can’t let this stuff haunt you.

  17. thank goodness the news wasn’t as bad as it might have been, what a relief. Hopefully the new meds will relieve the pain. Poor Mouse, hope the storms take a rest and then you and mouse can too.

    • katechiconi says:

      BIG relief! The new stuff is very good and started to have an effect very quickly. Mouse is more cheerful today as there was no thunder, but the three days before were dreadful for him, poor old noodle-hound.

  18. Dayphoto says:

    Oh, gosh! Hugs to you.

  19. Gosh, Kate, you have been through the wringer so many times. I’m relieved to hear that you don’t have a cancer recurrence. It must be something that is always at the back of your mind. I’m sorry that those storms are rattling the pooch and aggravating your back. I must admit to a bit of envy at those storms. We’re dry, dry, dry. I’m sending a hug your way. xo

    • katechiconi says:

      It would have been a great blow. I’m not sure I could have achieved everything I want to in the comparatively short time it would have meant. As things stand, although a slowly crumbling spine isn’t ideal, I should be good for many more years yet! I’d love to share some of our rain with you, but I fear it comes with thunder, lightning, occasional big hail, flooding and power outages….

  20. claire93 says:

    so pleased you’ve got something for pain relief ^^

  21. nanacathy2 says:

    Delighted it wasn’t bad news and something can help.I had no idea that atmosphere could cause pain.

  22. Emmely says:

    Oh wow, that does sound like a really weird experience. Very glad though that it is a bit more benign than the bad news that you feared!

  23. Debbierose says:

    Glad the new meds are providing some relief and it’s a better diagnosis than METs. Take care

  24. Lynda says:

    Good morning Kate. I’m finally able to sit at the computer and found your news via Lynn. I’m so happy for a less drastic diagnosis! ❤ May I ask what your miracle med is? And is it specifically for bone pain or does it have a different action?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s for neurological pain caused by the degeneration of bone in my spine. Things are slipping more and more out of alignment and irritating the nerves that go to my arms and legs. It’s called pregabalin, and I’m on a low dose right now. With a very different dosage, it’s also used to treat seizures, but that’s not relevant here. It’s not for everyone, but is very effective for me.

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