Thursday, January 20, 2011

Seriously? Like I need something else!

Happy 2011! My year started off with a strange pain in my neck. You know, one of those I must have slept wrong last night and now I have a stiff neck pain. So, I managed through day 1 thinking that all would be resolved soon. Well, it didn't. In fact, it got worse day by day. On New Year's Day, the pain had progressed from just my neck to my neck and down my right arm. Throbbing, keep me awake at night pain made me actually call and make an appointment with my doctor.

She suspected a pinched nerve in my neck and was concerned about the cause of it and sent me for x-rays. She called with the really great (can you hear the sarcasm?) news that I have "narrowing disc space between c-5 and c-6 in my spine. Talk about a punch in the gut!!!! Narrowing disc space . . . pain in my neck (literally) and down my arm . . . am i feeling old or what??????

Still the rotating pain and stiffness between my psoas, adductor and IT band resulting in a very tender and painful back and now this. Ugh!!! Does it ever end?

I haven't done anything yet to call Dr. Philippon's office and schedule surgery. There is something about the thought of dislocating my hip again that makes me queasy and makes it darn near impossible to pick up the phone and voluntarily schedule myself for that. I know it has to be done and I know it's probably inevitable but I am just not ready to deal with it yet. I was originally thinking that I might try for another April surgery but I don't know. Why am I having such a difficult time getting this scheduled? I really want some relief in this back pain and I would think that would be a major motivating factor but it's not. Living on muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories and vicodin doesn't seem like a good long-term solution, huh?

Anyone care to give me words that will motivate me?


azdre78 said...

I've been trying to think of something to say to motivate you, but I'm at my wit's end myself. Best of luck to you!

azdre78 said...

After my last hip surgery in 2008 I was confident that I was healed and donated my anti-rotation boots and brace back to my doc's office for a less-insured person to make use of. Well, now I am going to get a revision done with Dr P and will need the boots and the brace again and I'm hoping that you can help me and post a plea for any of your readers who have a Right sided Phillipon brace and anti-rotation booties to help me out by donating or loaning them to me.


Anonymous said...

I have had a total of eight hip scopes last three with Dr Philippon who is the best. The left is better except for buttocks tightness the right was just done for adhesions. Still recovering. Dr Philippon is the most knowlegable in the field. If you are having a lot of pain I would have the surgery.