Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Another Trip to Plano

so i had to go back down to plano today to have another test done on my back... i had a discogram done... the only good thing about this test is that you will know immediately if your back pain is being caused by a disc... mine is... long procedure short: the dr. sticks three needles into three discs in your back (specified by your dr.) and then injects dye into each of them one at a time, looking for 3 specific things... if the disc is "good" you won't feel anything... if the disc is "bad" you will feel pain... my first two discs are good... the third disc was bad... but, before you go in to have the procedure done the assistant tells you, this test is meant to cause pain, that is it, that is the only reason for the test... we are purposely irritating the disc and you will hurt/be really sore for a few days... nice, because that's something you always want to hear right before you're about to have the test done... i have never ever ever experienced pain like that and i hope with everything inside me that i never have to again!! like i said though, at least we learned (and confirmed) where the pain is coming from...
i did get to see my back dr. about the results of my discogram today though... that was a good thing, it saved us another trip to the back institute... and to the best of my memory, this is all that dr. h said after he asked me where/if the discogram hurt me... basically you have two options... option 1: do nothing and learn to deal with the pain or option 2: surgery...
under option 2: surgery there are two more options... sub-option 1: a spinal fusion (http://www.texasback.com/spin_fus.htm) or sub-option 2: an artificial disc replacement...
then he said, we'll get you more information on these options and then you can make a decision... apparently when he said we'll get you more information he didn't mean today... that was it... that was all he said, besides recommending the fusion over the artificial disc... then momma and i discovered that ah ha, we'll have to make another appt to come back so that we can watch an hour long video and then what?? 5 hours of driving... ok, i am starting to veer off into the way negative... (deep breaths, deep breaths)
so today i found out that it is a disc causing my pain and now i know what my options are... this is where i'm at and this is all i know... i'm going to do some searching online to see what i can find... after i get my ice pack though...
(yeah, it sucks but everything happens for a reason right?!?! we can always take something positive from every situation yes?!?! i'm trying though, i really am!!!)

6 comments:

mannyed said...

well it is good news that you know the source of the pain. at least its only one. I know, that probably doesn't help much. I hope your pain goes away...do lots of research to figure out what option is best for you!

courtneym said...

thanks for helping me try to stay positive!! i need all the help i can get in that area right now!! i'm going to do all the research that i can, i'm scared of my options!!

Anonymous said...

U must mean plano tx?? If so - What a small cyber world! I hope that they fix you up quick - there is nothing worse than being physically unwell - it gets in the way of living life - that's for sure!

Alleycat

courtneym said...

yes m'am, plano, tx... i live about 2 hours west... yes, it is a small cyber world!!
:o)

kilax said...

You are so brave Courtney! I feel so bad for you :( I hope the option you select helps ASAP!!! :)

courtneym said...

i don't know if i would say brave, i was scared to death but i knew it was something that i had to do... i hope it helps too!!
:)