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6th-Jul-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
9th-Jul-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
6th-Jul-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I ... don't know what I'm looking at. I'm shit at these, I swear.

What's wrong? How are you?
6th-Jul-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
I *think* it's a pinched nerve in his back? Maybe?
6th-Jul-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Well, that's no good. But it is better than what I was thinking!
9th-Jul-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Started as one when I was 18, I'm 41 now. Detailed explanation below. How you been, buddy? It's been a minute!
6th-Jul-2012 10:16 pm (UTC) - they're vertebrae
the first one looks like a damaged disc (note how all the other discs are bright white, whereas the one circled in black is dark and protruding?) not good.
6th-Jul-2012 11:45 pm (UTC) - Re: they're vertebrae
Vertebrae was the only part I figured with any certainty, but none of the rest - thanks for explaining what and why!
9th-Jul-2012 03:15 am (UTC) - Re: they're vertebrae
Exactly, which is what they're going to examine, explain, and either fix, replace, or fuse - this fix-a-flatting that shit ain't working for me.
9th-Jul-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Skip down a bit, it's all there. How are you, babe?
9th-Jul-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Relatively speaking, doing well at this point in life. Sounds like you are too - aside from the health thing. (Believe me, I know health things are a bitch that you can't just throw money, or anything else, at, to vanish. ugh.)
10th-Jul-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
No, but attitude and intention is the make-or-break method with me. Just tell me the deal, let me know what I'm looking at and what expectations I should have/not have, and I'm good - no matter the circumstance. Because that is when I can get on with it and make a life for myself and Damien regardless. That's all I want and care about right now.
6th-Jul-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
what a lovely L-5/S-1 disc herniation ya got there....

9th-Jul-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
ZING! Post discectomy/laminectomy even.

6th-Jul-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
*gentle hugs* long time no type.
9th-Jul-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Indeed, buddy - hopefully I'll get back into the swing of this.
6th-Jul-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
This is a comparison from the first image, which was a year and a half ago and the one from Monday. First image is a herniated, degenerative disc (L-5/S-1 is correct) was taken prior to my discectomy surgery 6 months ago. Same herniation, only less of the actual disc left to do so. Second two images are with contrast and without, 4 days ago.

The MRI was ordered because I'm also showing a lot more neuropathy in the past year and because I'm showing several signs/symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, & muscular dystrophy - or a combination of, well, you get the point. MS was mentioned specifically by the surgeon after seeing a fresh X-ray of my lower lumbar 2 months ago.

I've applied for SSI disability, because I'm no longer able to work. I have mostly good days, but the bad days are pretty bad. Those days I'm lucky to walk WITH my cane.

I have nothing to complain about otherwise, life is great and I live in paradise with the love of my life. I'm surrounded by love and my beautiful desert, and I get top notch medical care. Regardless of what Dr. #8 says when we go in for the MRI results on the 18th to find out if I have a neurological disease, and regardless what the surgeon who operated says is next (most likely spinal fusion, DON'T get me started), I'm ready for answers so I can know what the fuck I've got to deal with, handle my shit, and make a life in spite of any circumstance.

All is good, all is love.

Edited at 2012-07-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
6th-Jul-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, shit. I'm really fucking sorry, man. We have the same back shit going on (at the same spot even) and it's horrible.

I hope you find the answers you need and the help you deserve.
9th-Jul-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Hey lovey, it is what it is. I just want to know so that I can get treated properly and learn what to do to move forward. Know what I mean?

Likewise, and keep me in the loop on this thread!
6th-Jul-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read all that. I didn't know your health was not good. I have a friend diagnosed almost 13 years with MS, in her forties, doing really pretty well, so there's hope.
9th-Jul-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
There's a lot to think about, but nothing to worry about - at least not until it's time. *huggage*
7th-Jul-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
I do admire your spirit. <3
9th-Jul-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
And I yours, my sweet Dari! <3<3<3<3<3
7th-Jul-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Shit to, well, the shit you-n-y'all are going through.

Yays to the spirit.

Also, one of my dearest friends in Atlanta was diagnosed with MS a few years ago. When the time is right for you, if the time is ever right for you, let me know and I'll make e-introductions if you'd like a sounding board of someone who capital-k Knows.
9th-Jul-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Right on man, and thanks! You're my favorite, but don't tell anyone... ;-}
7th-Jul-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite drug in the world, Nucynta! It's got the same pain relieving properties as oxycodone, ridiculously low side effect profile (literally the only thing it does to me is screw my sleep schedule a little, pause for everyone to laugh and say "who could tell" but I started taking it and my 'day' went from 28h to 36h or so) and actually doesn't get eaten by my liver as fast as any of the other drugs metabolised by the cytochromes I have too many of (although I still have to take the extended release version three times a day instead of two).

Only downside is that it's new and it's expensive, but if you have decent insurance and can afford the copays (it's $75 for me every 30 days, and if I didn't have the insurance it'd be $500/30d because I have to get #90 rather than #60 for a 30 day supply), it's definitely worth a try if for no other reason than it doesn't bring the brainfog.
9th-Jul-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Hey babylove!!! I'll ask about that one for sure when I see the neurologist. They put me on Norco, which helps and I HAVE to have one or two at a time, but never more than 4 a day, though my orders are 1-2 every 4 hours as needed for pain. Yeah - that bothers me, I want something that won't fog me out like Oxycodone, nor be like an acid bath for my liver. As it is, there are so many residual drugs lingering from the 80's & 90's in that thing that just staring at it would induce hallucinations, bouts of extreme rage &/or violence, creative visions of some sort, and unbelievable stories of amazing sex over 3 decades. I don't wanna brag, but DAMN. There's a reason the other alter on here exists!

Thanks for that heads up and also I miss your face and the sound of you explaining ANYTHING, ever. <3<3<3<3<3
9th-Jul-2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I have nothing to complain about otherwise, life is great and I live in paradise with the love of my life. I'm surrounded by love and my beautiful desert, and I get top notch medical care.

Now this is something we shouldn't gloss over. It made me smile big. :)
10th-Jul-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Ugh, wow. Great attitude about it though!

I'm fine -- certainly can't complain, especially not after that! Busy but it's all good.

10th-Jul-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a Tonka boy, babe - takes a lot to put me on my ass and even more to make sure I'm not getting back up. Simple logic and reason keep me driven and motivated.

You have a right to complain about anything that affects you - that's your reality, your life, and what you have to deal with. Unless it's strictly #whitepeopleproblems, because we all could do with some reigning in on that bullshit, right? ;-)
8th-Jul-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Laminectomy time?
9th-Jul-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
You mean another one? Yeah - I'm falling apart already, but HOLY SHIT am I learning about myself in huge ways along this ride, and again - life is amazing, I have few genuine complaints of my own. *snugs*
5th-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, hope you're feeling better. I was wondering if you're on twitter? I'm hardly ever on LJ anymore, but I always enjoyed reading your updates.

Btw, I'm here today looking up your recipe for roasted turkey. Been making it every year for the last four or so years. :)
14th-Dec-2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Hope you are doing well. In fact, I hope you're having the happiest birthday ever! :)
14th-Dec-2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!! MISS YOU!! ♥
15th-Dec-2013 12:56 am (UTC) - Off Topic!
***Happy Birthday*** :) XoX ♥
14th-Dec-2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
***Happy Birthday*** 2015 !!! :)

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