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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 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.
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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