Posted 7/14/2018 12:48 PM (GMT -6)
Hello Susie, thank you for responding. I have been seeing a pain specialist who did trigger point injections last Thursday. No miracle, but some relief. He has referred me to the pain clinic and I am waiting for their call. Current x-ray shows concern for hardware failure, so I had an MRI which shows nothing since the hardware was in the way. The MRI written report said there were no bulging discs. Hmm I do not have discs, so he should have been looking for absence of discs, and I have asked the pain specialist to have another radiologist read the scans. The good news is that my new insurance will pay for rides which make going to these appointments bearable. (145 miles round trip).
I did try the Robaxin and it was horrible. Vertigo, Nystagmus, total impairment, and that was on half dose. I had the same reaction to Baclofen, Soma and Flexeral. I see my primary on Monday and will ask about Zanaflex. Maybe it will be different.
Also, the pain is making my blood pressure pretty high. 161/101. So I have been taking my BP (doctor's orders) twice a day and recording my pain level. At home when I am able to rest and not be in a car all day, my BP is lower as well as my pain level. I do not have cardiac issues and my BMI is 19, so I do not have classic high blood pressure.
I just hope I got the tumor out soon enough for my bones to recalcify a bit so the ACDF can solidify. I hope it is not too late. (The parathyroid tumor took the calcium from my bones and kept in my blood). The neurosurgeon either didn't know or didn't care. Cutters gonna cut.
I have been on light duty for 2 1/2 years and I am going a bit nuts. I want to not hurt so much, and I want to be able to do stuff even if I am never able to split wood or use the chain saw again. I want an expert to tell me to rest for another 6 months, or to tell me this is as good as it gets. Either I am disabled, or I am not.
At least I got myself to a good PC and got my insurance straightened out. The bill for the tumor was 55 thousand dollars. Lots of stress about that, but I got a letter last week, and the ins will pay. Big relief.
That's all I know. Thanks for listening.