He wasn't overly enthusiastic, but he did tell me he is going to do his best to come up with an aggressive plan based on the "new diagnosis" and he said he does not need me to do any further tests. He wants to validate the information, but this is conclusive. We know the cause. In addition to endometriosis, I have a bad spine problem, and now it's time to treat it! I have great hope that we may be able to fix this. What if I could try to have a baby? It's a real possibility to work towards. I could just cry from that thought.
Thank you! I really appreciate it. :)
Curious.. do you have spinal stenosis or Ankylosing Spondylitis by chance? You pain and spinal issues seem like it could be one of the two. I know there are medications to treat the AS, and there are surgical methods to reduce pain and improve flexability and use of the spine in spinal stenosis.
I hope your pain improves and that your doc can find some answers for you. I'm a big believer in acupuncture (twice a week, baby!) and meditation (couple times a day).. they get me through the icky daily pain.
I don't have the diagnosis or plan yet. He's making it and verifying it with some spine experts. I'll meet with him in 2 weeks time to get more info.
Oh, basically he showed me that my spine is straight at the bottom and it over bends at the top. When I lean forward rather than curving more, it goes in the wrong direction. If I lean back it actually curves the wrong way too. I won't get details for awhile though.
i'm so glad you have more answers now. Hopefully it leads to some treatment that works great.
I hope so too! Even if it just improves somewhat, that will make a big difference to my life.
I hope that this new plan can give you some relief.
Me too! It's exciting to even have a bit of new information to work with.
Well I am not happy that your spine is that jacked up but I am glad that you finally got to the root of your issue and now can start working towards the things that will specifically help rather than just shooting at fish in a barrel hoping you hit something! *hug* I wish I could be there with you today. We could sure use each other.
I so agree. I miss you like crazy my spicy Redheaded strumpet. :)
*nod* Spinal problems cause far more quality-of-life issues than most people realize, even people experiencing them. Glad to hear that you've got a viable plan to move forward!!! (:
I look forward to getting started with the physical therapy and getting on with feeling better. Honestly, it's so intense that I'd be most excited if he told me there was surgery that could fix it, but just taking more weight off of the lower back by getting my extra skin removed could help some.
That's good news! (in a twisted sort of way)
And I'm glad they doubled your pain patches and stopped treating you like an addict.
Well, the pain patches are just lidocaine, so numbing for the muscles, not real pain medication. They can take the pain down 1 level. Unlike the actual pain medication which can knock it down 4 or 5 levels.
I'm glad you have validation and a plan to hopefully improve things!
It's going to be a few weeks of waiting, but it's exciting to know they found something and may be able to help me!
2008-06-13 09:21 pm (UTC)
*hugs you gently* I am here for your massage needs! And wow... spinal stuff is DEFINITELY not for the faint of heart. I am glad you are validated too.