Your are welcome Snowbunny :)
I noticed you have a herniated disc in your lower back. I got an MRI in 2009 that confirmed the L5 (I believe that is the correct term) was pretty much crushed and that the herniation was affecting the medial branch nerves in the region. While my pain for the most part is treatable, I've had a few occasions where yes, I literally could not move. Thank God this hasnt happened in about
a year but the last time it happened, I couldn't sit fully in bed and to lay back down I had to kind of lean to the side because it was painful to move any direction. Well, I made the mistake of getting out of bed and I couldn't stand up and end up dropping to my knees, I was literally stuck in that position for a few minutes shaking and somehow I was able to lay down flat. Somewhere between laying down on the floor and my roomate discovering me unconcious, I passed out. She popped me full of breakthrough medication (which had been out of reach) and she was able to get me to the car, to the hospital, and after a hydromorphone injection and presnidone, I was feeling MUCH better.
I don't have the neck issues, but I can truly emphathize with what you mean literally in not being able to move and finding yourself on your knees. Its really a powerless feeling........but the good news is that you aren't alone :)
Have you gotten a confirmation MRI yet?
At my job, we are "keeping an eye" on the Colorado and Montana fires, and yeah it really is bad IMO. I really am just praying for a monsoon of rain. I know it might bring lightening which could spark fires but if it brings in cooler wetter atmosphere, it should help the existing fires to help bring them under control.
As for the astraphobia, its something I was until recently embarrased about
. A 32 year old guy and prior soldier cowers to lightening, even in a metal (faraday cage) vehicle and the storm is a few miles away? I'm going to look into cognitive behavior therapy for it because I need to get over this fear. Summer is literally my least favorite season because of the thunder storms. That evening this last storm struck, my roomate tried to rationalize with me and bring me into her room to calm me down, but I saw the lightening through her "shades" and in a panic I quickly left the room (she tried to hold on to me and I broke away saying "did you hear that, its right over us", and I asked her to join me in the crowded corner for her safety) and backed myself into the hallway with blankets and pillows, heh.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.
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