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Old 12-03-2008, 04:12 AM   #1
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Jinks is home from hospital

Hello all,

Well, I had an eventful two weeks...I had to go to ER because the pain in my right-leg was unbearable and unrelenting one night (was awake 1-2.30am, then from 5am til I got to hospital at midday). They gave me morphine for the pain and I had a new CT scan done (last MRI (5mths post op) was feb 2008, xray Aug 2008 showed instability). All my problems were always on the left (herniation at L5/S1, 2 unsuccessful decompression ops), but it seems from the scan that there's nothing new happening on the right and that all the nerve pain on the right is coming from the slippage, which is getting worse (gross instability is how they describe it).

So, they ended up keeping me in for 2 weeks while I had a brace fitted ...(I'm supposed to be either upright with the brace - I can manage 10mins usually - or lying down) and dosed me with anti-inflammatories, pain relief etc...

Well, the upshot is that finally things are moving a bit quicker on the medical side, and I've finally learned that I should be doing absolutely zilch around the house. I've to make an appointment to see a new orthopaedic surgeon and I just hope he's good and I can get the operation sorted sooner rather than later. Also got the names of two more surgeons further afield for second opinions.

Can't really believe I let myself get into this situation. The latest was that I was looking for a new surgeon and in the meantime following doctor's orders to get some proper was frustrating as I knew I needed the op and things were worse, but noone here in France was listening....seems they're all listening now. The doctors on the ward I was in were fantastic and really pushed to get things moving.

Well, I hope everyone else is well....if you're reading this Diet...seems i'm going to be following you into the operating room again - this is getting really spooky now!

Take care all,
Jinks xx

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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Gosh Jinks! I hope you are getting some pain relief! What an ordeal!! I hope you get the surgery soon. I still have pain issues but nothing like pre-surgery! I am gald I had it and I hope you have a doctor as wonderful as I did!
I will add you to my list of "spinys" I pray for daily! Keep us posted on how you are doing!


Old 12-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #3
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Thankfully the pain isn't too bad at all now - as long as I don't do anything! Unfortunately, I'm just re-discovering the joys of constipation as a consequence of all the medication

Anyhow, its great to hear from people like yourself who are doing well...I'm starting to get panicky about the op now (I guess cos I've realised for the first time how serious its become), so its always good to have some encouragement...

I'll keep you updated in the coming weeks - I know I'll have lots of questions once things start rolling

Thanks again
Jinks xx

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