Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Update on my Back

So I went to the orthopedic office yesterday.  They compared x rays to those taken last year and my L5 S1 disc has degenerated more since the last xray.  I knew I had degenerative disc disease.  I was given some pain medication, steroids to calm the inflammation and muscle relaxers.  I go back in a month to see if I am better.  If not...............I will have another MRI to see exactly what is going on.  That will be probably $500 out of pocket.  At least that is what it was in 2012.    I was given a shot in the spot that hurt the most in my back, I think it was a steroid shot.  This is supposed to help......it has a little bit but will take a few days and up to a few weeks for the full affect.

I will see what the next month brings!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Called in Sick

This is the first time I have called in sick in over a year and a half.  What's wrong?  My back.  I had back surgery in 2013.  Things have been great until about 1 1/2-2 weeks ago.  I turned the water on to take a shower and it felt like my lower back just gave out on me, like it caved in.  And the pain returned.  I've been going to work every day since then and coming home and lying flat on my back on the bed with pillows under my knees and heating pad.  I've been using left over muscle relaxers from my surgery and even some dh's pain medication he has in case of kidney stones. I can not lean over the sink to wash my face, brush my teeth and forget picking up something in the shower if it falls.

I put the items I need in the shower higher up so I won't have to bend over and it still is very painful. right now as I type the pain is going down my left leg.

I called my ortho surgeon's office and got an appointment to see his physican assistant today.  I really hope this will blow over and that I won't need another surgery.

There ain't nothing remotely frugal about this post but I can say that reading blondeonabudget.com has gotten me fired up to rev up my savings while paying down our debt.

For those who believe in the power of prayer please pray for me this afternoon at 3:20.  I also do not want to go through another spinal MRI.  I thought I would lose it the last time.  I felt like I was in a coffin.