I had an appointment with an orthopedic doctor yesterday.
This was for my shoulder/shoulder blade part of back/down my arm issue I wrote a post about.
I had it in my mind this was just a muscle issue.
I guess this also kind of explains why everything I’ve tried to use to ease the pain didn’t 100% work.
I went by myself since I didn’t think this appointment was going to end up the way it did.
My husband was off since he had Veteran’s Day off.
He was at home with Dusty.
So… I get there do the normal packet of paperwork when you go to a new doc.
It’s funny because this is the same doc that my bff sees for her hand she hurt at work.
I was texting her back and forth telling her I wanted my living room the size of their waiting room.
It was nice. It wasn’t too big but big enough for a Lovesac sectional and still move around like I want to.
One of these days I am going to be able to get one of these sectionals. When? Who knows.
Anyway, So the nurse calls me back.
She does the normal first time seeing a doc things.
Then tells me they would need to do more extras on top of the ones already done and sent over by my primary doc.
They have an in-house X-Ray machine. They proceed to take a photography session’s worth of X-rays.
Having to move this way, turn this way or that way, fold a fitted sheet while jumping on one foot moves.
Maybe I should have asked for the photos so I could give them to my husband as a gift? 😉
They take me back in the room and I wait for the doc to come in.
Then he comes in, introduces himself…
Then proceeds to lay this on me … without lube mind you 😉
Meanwhile I still haven’t fully grasped the situation.
I hear the doc talking like you hear Charlie Brown’s teacher.
He tells me the nerves in my neck have been damaged. He makes me do different things like squeeze his hands, etc testing the strength in both of my arms and hands.
On top of the damage to my nerves I have bone spurs on my spine.
Since the arm/shoulder blade/muscle spasms issue started the strength in my right arm and hand have diminished greatly. I’d say about half of what my left is. Roughly…
Well the doc tried to explain to me what happened.
He said Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah… at least that’s how my brain heard it.
I can’t fucking spell the sounds Charlie Brown’s teacher made right now so just imagine I wrote that instead.
He tells me he I more than likely will not gain the strength back in my arm. Furthermore if we do not address the issue soon I would lose all control of my right arm and hand.
I am right- handed and at almost 50 yrs old with having had a stroke and 9 mini-strokes I brain might now be willing to try and learn how to use my left hand LOL. My handwriting might end up looking like a toddler trying to learn how to write permanently.
I told him I recently had the lumbar spinal injection where some of cerebral fluid leaked out in the process and I have been having headaches and pain starting at the base of my skull going down my spine stopping just about the area where my spine was already fused.
I asked him if this could be related to this. He said more than likely it’s both.
I asked him if this was due to my degenerative disc disease. Which for some reason I couldn’t say the words so I just said “triple D’s” Well… He ended up laughing because it sounded like I was talking about a set of big boobs LOL. I explained I have a habit of joking about things trying to make light of the situations.
I asked him if this situation wasn’t addressed soon what happens. He told me issues like this in the neck/cervical spine progress quicker than those in the lumbar region.
What would need to happen? Well they would need to decompress my spine in my neck as well as fuse it.
It’s kinda funny because I figured the area above my lumbar fusion would be the area needing the fusion next. NOPE!
So… he tells me we need to do the EMG and MRI quickly, once all records and results would be sent to a neurosurgeon.
He walks of the room and I hear him talking to the nurse. He tells the nurse the tests needed to be done STAT and I guess the nurse looks at the x-rays he had and I hear her go OOOOHH.. (did I spell that right? Oh who cares… you get it right?)
All of this reminds me when I was told I broke my spine when I lived in Las Vegas Nevada. I had my momma then and this time… well I don’t. I know my husband, my bff, her husband, niece, nephew, etc will help me. It’s just eerily similar to that and not having my momma this time just isn’t the same.
I could here her in my head. I know she will be with me in spirit but as anyone else knows it’s not the same.
I heard this song called “I Need You by Jelly Roll“. It’s been playing in my head and speaking to me… with concert speaker intensity. Why, I don’t know. It just has.
When I got home I told my husband everything and he says ” it’s ok hun, we’ll take of it”. How do I go from being caregiver to him and Dusty needing to be cared for soon?
I will update as soon as I know more. My EMG is next week. Waiting for them to call for MRI.
If I have any grammatical errors please tell the teacher to let me know and I might correct them later