I posted before that I had visited the Orthopedic doctor for my back. He spoke to me at length about my symptoms, he decided that we would not try physical therapy again because it did not work previously, and prescribed an MRI. FINALLY. I have wanted to get an MRI done for a long time now and hadn’t been able to get a doctor to agree with me that I needed it.
So on Monday I went in for my first MRI (which wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be) and got my scans there and then. Of course that night I looked them over – the amazing radiologist that I am- and froze when I spotted a huge white blob next to my spine. I was positive that I had a tumor/ cancer. The following day I was a wreck. My next Ortho appointment wasn’t until Thursday and it was only Tuesday. It felt forever away to figure out my actual results… but then a co-worker told me that I could call the radiologist and request copies of my written results within 48 hours of my MRI. Perfect. I was scared, but I called and requested them. I booked it over to the radiologist and picked up my results 30 mins before they closed.
I opened them.
I didn’t have cancer.
Thank you, God.
What it did say though was that I have two herniated and ruptured discs pressing against my spinal cord, affecting my nerves (Stenosis). Well crap. I was so happy that I didn’t have what I originally thought, but what is this??
Today was the official appointment with my Ortho doctor. Basically what he said was that this will never go away. My options at this point are all to just alleviate the pain and numbness. Steroids, Cortisone shots, or surgery to remove the part of the disc that is pressing into my spinal cord.
I really do feel lucky and blessed to be spared from the big “C”. I was so worried and, being the pessimistic person I am, was POSITIVE that is what I had. I can still hike, camp, throw, teach, etc- as long as the pain is gone.