Posted 4/14/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)
Well, I went to my drs. appointment this afternoon. I told her that was miserable and she said if it's worse, then maybe i should reconsider the Kyphoplasty that the neurosurgeon offered to do on my back. I told her that he told me i could be paralyzed from it.
I am now reconsidering it. I figure if SE and others can go thru a fusion surgery which i'm sure probably has possibilities ol making you paralyzed? Does it? I haven't read up on fusions so I don't know. A kyphoplasty is where the dr. would go in and put cement in the compression fracture that didn't heal in T-ll and fix it where it would be evened out or something like that. I'm scared to do it, but I know i'm not ready to be in this much pain for very long.
The dr. gave me the same old 5mg of oxycodone that she has always given me. I asked her about Lidoderm patches and voltaren gel. She said we would start with the Lidoderm patches, so she called them into my pharmacy. I called to see if they were filled, and the lady that answered the phone said that medicaid requires that they have an approval number from the dr. before they can fill them, so they called the dr. and it will take an extra day (according to when she calls in with the apppoval number). That really frustrates me. They're only Lidoderm patches, not scheduled II or II narcotics or something. But anyway, I sure do hope they help.
She also referred me to physical therapy which i agreed to. I'm scared about it, but I figured i would give it a try. I sure don't have anything to lose at this point. She also referred me to another pain management dr. I have never heard of him, so I hope he takes my insurance and is a good dr.
I guess my appointment went pretty good. I just wish she would have upped the oxycodone, but i didn't ask her to. i was afraid she would say no. I hope everyone is having a lpn. I'm still pretty miserable, but I did buy a missaging seat that I can sit on our love seat or a chair and get massage. I just go done using it, and it felt sooo good. I just wish I could use it longer than 20 min. That's the amount of time that it says to use it, and i sure don't want to mess anything else up in my back.
I was also wondering if anyone else has had a compression fracture and got the kyphoplasty done. My husband and I are going to discuss it and I'm going to research on the internet and see if I can find anyone that has had it done, and had success. If it just would help the pain it would be worth it. Well, I guess i'll go for now. Take care.
Dx: ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety