So do these same genii wait until their car breaks down before attending to it, or a tire blows before checking the tread remaining?
What happened to the new focus on wellness to mitigate health care costs?
Why take cardiac meds if you should just wait for the heart attack!
He's not doing that well. His wife is a pharmacist and works 12 hr shifts. He's been having pain days in the 10's. I think he's over doing it. I talked him into doing as close to nothing as possible today and take the max meds AS PRESCRIBED. It's common for people to think it's better to try and wean off of the meds ASAP so they instead of taking them as prescribed they wait until they can't tolerate the pain to take a dosing. This is the worst thing possible especially weeks post op from having 7-8 vertebrae fused!
He and his wife go to the doc tomorrow hopefully he'll make it over the hump and start recovering. In my experience it takes a good month to start recovering from a serious back surgery. That's just to get out of hell and start to recover. I think this was week three. I'm hoping of he can rest and do nothing except a little walking and breathing exercises to keep his lungs clear, he can start to feel pain relief. Once he gets a realistic baseline he can start to increase activity as tolerated....I hope!
At least you got answers, those can be so hard to come by! You sound somewhat relieved in your text. I read a little humor in your words and that's always healthy.
Good luck and I'll keep you in my prayers. This was an interesting dilemma. It sound like instead of a glass house you will be living with a glass skeleton.
It does infuriate me when insurance companies tell doctors "no." I got denied for a refill years ago. My doc wrote a script to make up for meds I'd used for breakthrough pain. (I was honest with my doc so he wrote me a script to make up what I had used) Since it was the same medication and the same dosing they said it was a refill and not a new script therefore I was refilling it too soon... I asked the insurance SPECIALIST where he got his medical degree? He asked "What?" I explained that the doctor that wrote the prescription has an MD along with other specialty degrees. What medical expertise do you have to override his medical decision?
I was furious, he was clueless!
Hi Aprilrose, my doc won't do discograms anymore. He went to a training seminar and they discussed that the contemporary findings are sticking a syringe in the disc annolus tends to cause herniations .
As I'm sure you know, the annolus is a coarse woven fiber. It gas very little blood flow and dose not heal. The small hole from the syringe tends to cause herniations on discs that were normal.
I know some docs still do them, but that's what I like about mines he's always learning everything he can to stay in front of the learning curve.
It's great the hear from you!
As for advice, I'm with you. Too soon to do anything invasive. My last fusion took 18 months to heal. When it finally did it felt pretty good 80%-90% pain reduction in that area.
First, what or whom do you coach? My daughter will be a senior in high school and has played soccer and basketball for at least half of her life.
Thank you for all the time you put in helping others!
Ok, sudden atrophy is a reason for concern. If I were you and I had my choice I would see an orthopedic physiatrist. They're trained to look at the underlying cause and find a solution. Many general practitioners mean well, but tend to treat the effect and not the cause. This masks the cause and in the end makes things worse.
If you go to an orthopedic surgeon he/she may just determine if there is a surgical solution and either decide to cut on you prematurely or send you on your way...neither one being the best solution.
A neurologist may be an alternate solution.
Now that I've said that I'll throw out the caveat that there are exceptions to every rule.
I would see a neurologist . The nerves supporting your calves, feet and toes come through that area of your lumbar. If it's getting worse I would go in for a diagnosis as soon as possible. Since it seems to be a nerve issue I would go straight for a neurologist as I mentioned earlier.
At that point of your lumbar in your spine there's no more spinal chord, rather individual nerves look like hairs of a horse's tail. Thus the name "Cuada Equina" which directly translates from Latin to "horses tail"