L2/L3 Bilateral Laminectomy

Well, I did my best trying to get stronger and hoping that things would improve. They did but not enough. Dr. Gul ordered another thoracic and lumbar MRI along with a contrast at the end. I was in that darn machine for 1 1/2 hours. No moving. It was ugly.

I tried to get them to put me in feet first because I had some claustrophobic last time That was weird and unpleasant. Unfortunately, there was no option to do that. I had them put a towel over my eyes and I just braced myself for it. I have had way too many MRI’s and never had an event so I hoped I could just not think about it. It snuck up on me before. Well, that worked but it still was not a pleasant experience.

I can hardly believe how soon I got MRI. I saw Dr. Gul in his office on June 24. I had the MRI 2 weeks later and a repeat appointment on July 22. Unheard of! Usually you can expect to wait at least 6 weeks and that’s if you are on the urgent list.

Anyway, long story short L2/L3 has bilateral blockage of the nerve roots. So that means a bilateral laminectomy. I sure hope it’s better than the L1/L2 laminectomy that I had Oct 17. That’s what is causing the problems with the lower extremities. Apparently the stenosis is also a problem because there isn’t sufficient blood supply getting to the lower nerve. Geez.

At the same time, the L5 nerve is compressed. That explains why I have so many symptoms on the right. But just to be sure that the surgery at this level will help, Dr. Gul wants to do a steroid injection. Really don’t want that. However, they are doing under fluoroscopy which is pretty safe. The sound of it is enough to give me the willies.

Anyway, if I feel some relief after the injection, he will do L5 on the right at the same time as the laminectomy. Recovery is going to be tough.

When I was leaving the appointment with Dr. Gul, he had the nurse do the pre surgical admission. Right. I phoned his secretary and she said that the doctor that does the injection is off for a week but that once I get the injection, my surgery will be around 4 weeks after that. So September sometime….

This is really a lousy situation. I was hoping to go back to work in September…Forget that. And Bill and I were working towards going back to San Miguel in October. Forget that.

You know, sometimes life just sucks.

Good News but more Magnesium Citrate :-(

Had a second x-ray. Really started cramping and my doc wants me to see a surgeon. YUK! Went to see her again because nothing from the surgeon – I could sit her forever in pain waiting. Because of the cramping now she was able to give me meds that have helped tremendously.

The second x-ray totally ruled out a blockage which is fantastic. Still wants me to see a surgeon. Could be twisting in the lower colon from the surgery I had in 1994…

Ordered a second purge and clear fluids though to clean out the colon. Still too much stuff hanging in there. Have to contact the neurosurgeon now to make sure it’s not the result of complications for the Laminectomy…

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Up and Down, The Yo-Yo Syndrome

Woke up feeling pain in my leg and hip. I had trouble walking yesterday and Bill noticed it in the house. I’m not sure what is going on.

We got up at 4:45AM. I was having trouble sleeping because of my hip and Bill is still having trouble getting used to day shift instead of graveyards.

I went for my walk just after Bill left for work at 7AM. Very soon after starting both my hips starting giving me trouble. I ended up walking a short 20 minutes and that was too much. I was hoping to get all my walk in (an hour) because it’s going to start raining very hard in a little while.

I got home and took 2mg dilaudid but that didn’t help. I’m getting up and down a lot. Basically I’m doing some computer stuff and then going into the kitchen and doing stuff there. Making Bill’s lunch, preparing dinner. We’re having Shepherd’s Pie tonight if I can get all the carrots and potatoes peeled. Otherwise we’ll have roast chicken and I’ll finish the shepherd’s pie then.

That’s basically how the

Life in the Sunshine

Well I’m doing not too badly lately. Just tire more easily then I would like. And the pain comes and goes. But I’m moving forward and that’s what counts. The yoga doesn’t hurt (muscle soreness not pain) anymore and I feel like I’m recovering.

And I’ve decided that I just can’t sit around and not teach. I love to teach so even if it’s beginners, I’m going to do what I can.

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Third Opinion

First of all, let me say that there are definitely good and bad days. I can’t wait to have the L2/3 done and maybe I can get on with my live sans pain meds. I added one small exercise (the clam) to my workout and I paid for it yesterday. Didn’t sleep that night and had to resort to medication…

So yesterday, I was so annoyed (childish, eh?) that I just went out and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and my yoga. I’ve been weaning myself back on increasing 10% a week and I was up to 13minutes. Anyway, I didn’t suffer any worse the wear from the workout. Felt it in the buns though!

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Still Doing Well

Things are progressing nicely. I’m able to do the Essential Reformer except for anything that has lateral flexion or curling up (like the Short Spine). I’ve added some Intermediate arm work and it’s nice to see the muscles coming back.

I’ve also added the Be Kind to Your Spine Level 3 and am doing that twice a week. I’m losing that awful spare tire around the midline. 🙂

A few days ago I tried to do the Basic Pilates routine. Almost killed myself. I tried to do the Rolling Like a Ball and it did me in. I also can’t do much in the way of extension. I more or less take my head off the mat. But let me tell you, that night I had to double up the pain meds…it was not pretty.

Also up to doing 12 minutes on the elliptical and my 45 minute walk is now 10 minutes shorter ie I am getting faster. My legs feel stronger and the stronger core helps.

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