He said he had no idea why it's happened, I first thought of Pred being to blame but he didn't offer any suggestions.
When I met him for the first time he basically told me that I have 2 Prolapsed discs, showed me the pictures and then proceeded to tell me that without surgery I didn't have a chance my pain would soon increase and I would finally be paralysed, he further said that there were of course risks with surgery and that surgery could also result in paralysis.
All the questions I wrote down just became so irrelevant, I looked at Mandy in what must have been deep shock and asked her what I should do, I have never known her to be so quiet hee hee, she said that she couldn't advise me on any decision, I had to make that 100%, but of course she would support me fully whatever happened, I gotta tell you it was the scariest day of my life.
After the surgery, the Army hospital liaison officer who had been present during the first meet with the surgeon told me that she thought I knew I was in such a serious state, but I didn't I really did not have a clue! It was only thanks to my rheumatologist in the first place that I saw the surgeon, he wasn't happy that what I thought was the arthritis pain in my hands, arms, shoulder and neck was increasing and so booked me in for an MRI scan, I think it was the day after the MRI scan the receptionist from the medical centre phoned me on my mobile phone and told me that something had shown up on the MRI and I had an appointment with a neurosurgeon!
The receptionist could not tell me any more info, so I went to the medical centre in a bit of a panic, and within minutes I had seen the practice manager and a doctor, I was signed off work straight away and apologised to for finding out in that manner ha ha good old Military
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