Sunday, August 26, 2012

august 25th, 201 Pain is my middle name. It is particularly vicious pain  in my right buttock, and radiating down my right leg. I just could not manage at home and ended up here in KU Med Center. the neurosurgeon I had originally consulted would not admit me. But thanks to the humanity of an ER doctor I was admitted to a  medical service, for work up for fitness for anesthesia tomorrow I hoe to see a spinal orthopod who is highly recommended, and whom I will hope to ask to perform the necessary surgery. The original neurosurgeon  has all the empathy of a block of ice. I do not want him performing the surgery.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A New Problem

Since my last post, I have been afflicted with a ruptured disc problem, with sciatic pain radiating down the back and side of my right leg, (L4 and 5),.The pain has been severe and disabling, and causes me great difficulty in walking and taking care of things around the house, including the dog, without pain. I have some pain pills but they make me "woozy", nauseate me slightly, and are very constipating. What a fine situation to be in!

Have been doing small work outs at the gym, stressing extension of my back, with  Latissimus dorsi pull downs, quadriceps and hamstring exercises, with some relief. On Monday, I will see a PT at the gym, and start on a formal 4 week PT program, to see if the pain can be lessened or improved.

This has been probably the most disabling "illness" of my life, and threatens my future in this home. More later.