Thursday, August 29, 2019
Diagnosis: Disk Herniation S1 - L5
So about a month ago, I awoke on a Saturday morning and when I got out of bed, I could not stand up straight because of excruciating pain! What the heck? I went to a doctor on that Monday, got a shot and some meds, but there wasn't much change. I did manage to go to Stellafane, with Stan driving and me bringing a "cane stool" because after standing for a minute or two, I needed to sit down so the pain would go away. I had an MRI and was prescribed physical therapy twice a week. Very very gradually the pain was reduced, little by little. It still hurts if I stand for two minutes, and I can't mow the lawn. I am hoping that I will be able to fly out to Yellowstone National Park, with Stan, where we meet our friend Rush. My fingers are crossed. On Wednesday I finally had a meeting with the Orthopedic doctor, and he showed me the MRI. Turns out I have a herniated disk. You can see it here - the disk is black in the image, and it is impinging on the nerves of the spine, which are white in the photo. It is kind of intersecting to see what "a slipped disk" looks like. The hope is that the herniated disk will be absorbed back away from the nerve. We'll see.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 7:45 PM