My MRI yesterday (August 15, 2017)

Blog Post created by xjamarkx on Aug 16, 2017

I had an MRI yesterday. I've had several of them, so I knew what to expect. I'm supposed to go today to pick up the images of it on disk to take to my spine surgeon (out of town) and the pathology report that goes with it. They said I could pick it up around 3-4pm, which is the time my MRI was done yesterday.

I had a nerve conduction study in 2013 (where they stick needles in your arm at different places, then have you to move your arm certain ways and it gives them a reading of a sort). But I'm still having the problem today. I talked to a few of my other doctors about this (Cervical Spine, C5/6 and C6/7 Radiculopathy is what the nerve study showed), and now I'm going to a nurse in the pain clinic at the hospital to get a medication that relieves nerve pain (not a pain pill, but an anti-seizure medication, which has more than one use). I didn't really want to say what it is; all I know is that in July it went to become a 'controlled substance' and the nurse told me people were abusing it. I hate that.

I go to get the results soon. Please keep me in your thoughts, that it may be something the doctors can help to treat, and not something that they will say to me "I can't do anything about it / for you". I've heard that so many times I just want to spontaneously combust!

I had my lower spine surgery in January 2017. Just for those who don't know, I have titanium rods and screws. My lower back / spine had degeneration, 2 herniated discs that needed repair, but 3 more that were not severe enough to treat. I also had bone spurs in my lumbar spine. It is feeling better now, slowly. I have to sit a lot, but do exercises on my treadmill and sit-bicycle. 

It would be scary if the doctor suggests surgery for my neck too. It'd really just be a hassle. For mom and I both. Because he's about 1 1/2 hours away. The car ride kills my back.

I've also had knee surgery on both knees for torn cartlidges (spelling?). I've had inguinal hernia surgery. I've had surgery for gynecomastia (very embarrassing but it's connected with my other problem of the hormones, cancer, hypogonadism and being on Risperdal made me grow man boobs. I hate them.). I've just turned into a medical mess, as mom says. Doctors say "you're falling apart on us!". I'm just 33. I've had these problems for about 10 years or more.

 Anyhoo, just wanted to document this in my blog. Thank you for reading.