More Medical Stuff To Deal With...

By SongDude Latest Reply 2011-06-25 10:10:25 -0500
Started 2011-06-21 13:47:53 -0500

As you all know, I tend to be a really upbeat guy - positive attitude, and all of that. However, today has been a Class A, kick-me-in-the-@$$ kind of day. I've learned that I have more disk problems in my spine, and I'm scheduled for yet ANOTHER MRI tomorrow. Not only do I have bad cervical disks, they've determined that I have thoracic disk problems, due to the tracking of neuropathic pain along radial nerves in my right arm, shoulder, and middle back. My diabetes has been doing well - my meter shows that my 'average' (not quite an A1C) over the last few weeks is a bgl of 104. Pretty darned good.

However, everything else - it's just like a ton of bricks crashing down. All I have to do is move the wrong way, and the pain sears from the right side of my neck and back, down through my shoulder blade, under my armpit, and down the triceps of my right arm, and it finishes over the top of my right hand - where two fingers, my third and fourth; or, my second and third fingers during other spasms from the impinged nerves - will go numb, and tingle. As I type this, I have the laptop really, really close - and I mouse with the track pad, using my left hand.

I've lost another three pounds; if you've been tracking my weight loss from other threads, you'll know what I've lost. No need to go overboard - though, it's a good thing.

I have 18 friends confirmed here in Diabetic Connect. Not bad, seeing that I've only been a member here for nearly a month and a half; so, this goes out to all of you wonderful 'diabeats' (my cool little word for all of us, in a musical way). I would be honored to get more friend requests, as we can all come together, and support one another.

I'm trying to be positive; but, the possibility of more surgeries doesn't really 'float my boat', as it were… so, as they say in all of the social networking sites:

Friend me. I'm a pretty nice guy, and I try to help where I can - when it comes to our situation here in Diabetic Connect. I want to know more of you, and, of course - you can't really 'know' someone when your online, writing back and forth, but - you can get a pretty good idea about a person, just through written words. Words, indeed, can be powerful.

Let's be powerful together. Friend me, and even if you don't feel like friending me - just send some positive vibrations my way. I'm not too hard to please. I'm just a regular person, just like all of us here. Wish me luck, and Godspeed.

(The truth of the matter is, I'm very claustrophobic - I hate laying down inside that MRI tube, listening to a bunch of clacking noises - that are truly unnerving, to say the least… I'm also afraid of what I will find out. With a lot of love, I think I'll be okay.)

Be well.

Your SongDude

19 replies

YogaGal 2011-06-23 10:15:37 -0500 Report

Please don't get upset with me for asking this (I know everyone gets so much "advice" when they share a medical problem anywhere in life), but have you been to a chiropractor? I also HAVE to tell you — because it's the truth — that while I have not had the disk problems you describe, I do have degenerative disk disease in my neck. When I was first diagnosed, I called it "the claw," because the pain felt like a metal claw was gouging my neck. It was awful. The doctor gave me anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers. What worked? A good chiropractor and a regular yoga practice. I am not "supposed" to not be in pain. But I haven't been for years. Occasionally, I get a little stiff neck or a sudden muscle cramp, but very very rarely does that happen. Good luck in getting better!
My point is don't think there is only one treatment for something. Ever!

SongDude 2011-06-23 12:19:26 -0500 Report

YogaGal -
Thank you for your friendship here in DC, and, yes - I've been to chiropractors, and I've had some success with their treatments. I even used a traction device last week from Empi/Saunders Group, and, I think that it aggravated the problem (however, during the time that I used it, it felt really good). I need to do what you do, and stretch EVERYTHING in my body, through yoga. It was explained to me by a neurosurgeon that whenever a weakness, or injury occurs anywhere in your skeletal system, and because of how you move around while you are injured, the muscles will end up trying to be the support system. Of course, the muscles don't think for themselves (!), it is how you move - in order not to trigger pain, that makes it happen. That, by itself, can create more problems locally. So, this is where I'm at. My wife is a certified massage therapist, and I do use the inversion table. We have audio CDs that we use for meditation, and I try to adhere to the Reiki principle (my wife is really into it). You're correct about having multiple ways in alleviating health problems, and I agree with you. Thank you for your inspiring post.

spitfirelady 2011-06-22 16:28:12 -0500 Report

Hi there! I am not on here very often, but check my email to see if someone is checking in… My comment here is to add a GOOD physical Therapist to the list. Sometimes a physician will suggest a good PT (or a friend, etc) and they may have some wonderful exercises to add to your daily activities that will eliminate your pain but strengthening the muscles opposite the ones you use on a routine basis. Seriously, this can work for some problems. I say this, because I did this and it saved my life years ago…and was lucky at the time to NOT need surgery at that time. Call a nurse or a medical person in your area and search to see if this will work for you along with the xrays/MRI, etc…Ask your doctor if this can be an option FIRST! :)
I was in a ski accident in 97 and have had 7 surgeries in the past 14 years on my right leg. A good PT is a God Send…(and I am an RN). Know about MRI's, my right leg throbs because of the metal in it! Ha God bless! :)

SongDude 2011-06-23 12:31:48 -0500 Report

I agree with you as well. I have a PT regimen that I do myself, since I already have limitations in my spine, due to the metal cages, et cetera. Now, I need to do PT therapy to alleviate this. During yesterday's MRI, they allowed me to go in wearing pants - and, my belt was still on. When the cycle began, I could feel my lower back being pulled upward, from the magnetism. I squeezed 'the ball' as, they called it, to stop the procedure. When the lady spoke to me through the speaker in the MRI, she asked me if I was all right. I said, "My belt's still on, and, this may interfere with the MRI results." I felt the place where I was laying start to move, and out I came - belt in hand (haha); they whirred me back into 'the tube', and restarted the procedure. I've already told my doctor that surgery isn't an option, so, you and I seem to be on the same page.

spitfirelady 2011-06-23 17:19:01 -0500 Report

Yes, as long as it is the LAST resort or only choice for the problem. Good for you. Silly tech's, didn't do a thorough check of all your metal! Ha Wish they could slip out my Knee replacement and plates/screws! ( I knew I had a screw loose! :) ) Hope all is well.

jayabee52 2011-06-21 23:34:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Darel! I will most certainly send the most powerful vibrations your way in the form of prayer! Can't friend you again, unless I unfriend you and then send another request. I don't think I 'll do that.

I share your fear of the MRI tube too. I have to employ breathing techniques and mind calming techniques I have learned over the years. People usually can't tell from the outside what I endure on the inside, so what I am doing seems to be working for me.

You are aware of the other, sister communities to DC? Look at the black header and "visit other communities". Sign in with your DC information.

Praying God's richest blessings for you and yours!

James Baker

SongDude 2011-06-23 12:38:42 -0500 Report

Thank you for your prayers, James. I will go to the other communities you mentioned, as this forum is for diabetics trying to make things work, and, I shouldn't be taking up too much space here on subject matter that isn't related (I apologize, DC Folk!). Through all of this, my diabetes has been under control, and I'm doing well in that regard. To everyone else - I hope that your diabetic situation is well in hand, and, if not, please post right here, within this thread. If I can be of any encouragement, then, please, message me - I will try to make you feel good, just like these people here have done for me. :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-21 15:39:15 -0500 Report

Can I friend you twice? You are a special person. How much weight have you lost? I have to lose 75-80 lbs. I can use all the encouragement that I can get. I also hate the MRI tube. It seems that every time I get in one so they can look at my spine that I start itching somewhere. It's hard to be perfectly still thats for shure. I try to take a nap but then I start thinking that if I fall asleep that I will start snoring and then start scratching where it itches in my sleep. Not good, better stay awake. Besides the noise from the MRI tube drives me crazy & keeps me from falling asleep. You must have a very special wife that gives you alot of support & help. I don't know what I would do without my husband, he gives me so much support and takes me to doctor appointments, to do testing, MRIs, ect. I can't drive right now because I'm so tired all the time. My husband is my number 1 support person & then my daughters and then all of my friends on DC!!!

SongDude 2011-06-23 12:56:46 -0500 Report

To the Rockin' Guitar Girl -
Thanks for your wonderful words - you are a very special person as well, and the only advice that I can give in regard to losing weight, and keeping your diabetes in check, are the following:
I don't know you personally, but, I sense that you're a wonderful human being. Tell your husband that he's a lucky man! ;)

granniesophie 2011-06-21 15:08:36 -0500 Report

I'll trade my stomach flu for your MRI anytime!!
You'll do fine-listen to some really cool music-they should have headphones for you, and think about some place really cool and beachy and you'll be done in no time.
I'm rooting for you-you'll do fine :)

SongDude 2011-06-23 12:59:10 -0500 Report

Ouch! Stomach flu is no picnic… I think that your right, in that comparison. The MRI went fine, and, I just 'breathed' my way through it. I hope that your diabetic situation is doing well, and, thank you for your posts, and friendship here at DC!

MewElla 2011-06-21 13:55:07 -0500 Report

You definitely have my thoughts and prayers that you will get some relief. You mention words are so powerful, and I so believe in the power of prayer. I know how much I always appreciate hearing from you and it meant the world to me when I was on vacation recently and I heard from "one of our DC family" which made my day so I want you to know you are not alone…God Bless You, my friend, I will be thinking good thoughts for you tomorrow!!

SongDude 2011-06-23 13:10:34 -0500 Report

As I wrote to you in my message, the DC family felt a void without your posts here, and, your encouragement. I told my wife Linda about you, and when I first started up here, I called you 'the hug lady'. You, MewElla, are an inspiration to many - when I click to read "Everyone", there you are - with lots of 'hugs', and good words. May the Lord bless you, and keep you, Mew Ella. I never had a big sister (I was the oldest out of two boys), so, I guess I'll have to adopt you - as my big sister. Maybe we can organize a DC convention in Texas, so we could ALL meet one another in person. Then, I will be in pure Heaven - since you folks ('clap-clap-clap-clap - deep in the heart of Texas…') make the best BBQ beef ribs in the world! Maybe the 'big wigs' here at DC will consider the idea. Love you, MewElla!

MewElla 2011-06-23 13:45:15 -0500 Report

What nice things you said…I so appreciate them. Great idea about convention in TX, ya'll come on down and I'll get the BBQ ribs on the grill…put on enough for all our DC friends to have a "meet and greet!!" You take care of yourself and be sure and keep me posted as I do worry about you…Love ya!! clear from DEEP IN THE HEART OF TX!!!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-23 13:21:20 -0500 Report

I lived in Texas for 8 yrs., Love the barbeque & miss it! Love you too MewElla !!!

SongDude 2011-06-25 09:35:17 -0500 Report

Teresa Rose, and MewElla - thanks for being such wonderful people - thanks for the gifts on the other thread - I got up early, took my requisite 13 pills (I do this in front of young children, just to show them that it can be done - parents are such wussies today), and still - I'm dealing with this pinched-nerve dilemma - however, if the check is in our mailbox today - we're going to the beach - YIPPEE - my Linda and I need some 'away time'… it's only a two-hour ride, so - we hope the weather cooperates.

Well, I've gotta 'skip-hop-diddly-bop' - that's 'diabeat-ese' for 'I've gotta go' - we're taking the laptop with us, so, I'll post here later. Also, a friendly hello to Cheryl_G - a new friend in the DC community that I've just met. Be well! :)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-25 10:10:25 -0500 Report

Have a great day! I wish I could go to the beach, I miss the beach on the Texas Gulf. We use to take our children to Port Aransas. Loved it so much!!! ☺

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