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Old 10-08-2008, 08:00 PM   #1
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Update and sitting here with lots of questions

Yesterday I had an EMG and basically they say I have chronic L5/s1 radiculopathies with denervation present. I am meeting with my surgeon next Tuesday to find out the specifics but I suspect I will be going back to the OR based upon what my family doctor told me this morning and what my surgeon said last month.

In some ways, I want to scream NOOOOOOOOOOO!! But in other ways, I am excited because there might be a chance for me to be rid of some of this chronic pain. It will be nice if I can get off of some of this meds and my pain reduced.

I will keep you all informed as things unravel. IF you don't mind saying some prayers, I would really appreciate it.

I do want to share some good news. All of the leg cramping in my legs has been reduced greatly since going on thyroid medication. I was having such severe leg cramps that I was climbing the walls. I was going crazy -- So all of my leg pain has been a combination of spinal issues and thyroid. I just wonder how long my thyroid has been messed up. It had not been tested since 2004 until 5 weeks ago.

Miss you all and I pray that tonight finds you in low pain.


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Old 10-09-2008, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: Update and sitting here with lots of questions

Pepper, Just wanted you to know I will keep you in my prayers.
I have heard of people having thyroid problems & it being over looked for years. The thyroid sounds like it can really cause alot of issues with our bodies.
I have been told that the standard test they do for thyroid problems can be very misleading. That there is a certain test that can indicate if you are having problems but it is often not done.
I am so happy you have some relief at least with your leg cramps.
As far as the rest well you are a person who has alot of faith & that is what you need. It seems like lately you have had so much going on I would imagine it could be abit overwhelming. Hang in there my friend I have a feeling that you will be fine. It would be so wonderful after all the suffering you have went through that you finally get some relief that you so deserve. I can completly understand you having mixed emotions over it all, I'll bet your having alot of conversations with yourself right now,lol.
Its funny you have went from feeling like there was no hope at times to all of this. I have a feeling all your faith is paying off & all your prayers are being heard, & I will pray you have better days ahead. I am excited for you! You are such a wonderful person & so giving, I truely hope all goes well, you so deserve it.
Keep us posted & god bless, Sammy

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Best of luck to you Diet....I hope the potential surgery can finally rid you of some chronic pain....That would be great! Please keep us posted.

Take care.



Old 10-09-2008, 06:26 AM   #4
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diet so glad about the thryiod meds i regularly suggest that testing to folks here because it can cause so much crud not even funny.
Also another trick with leg cramping is bananas potassium , some folks get vita em b 12 shots which help greatly.
As far as surgery goes. If it can help on any of the pain level reduction i can truly understand your desire to have a try at it.
But i want you to research completely from what your co pay is. Is everyone on the surgeon's team in network ask. most importantly meet with anesthesiologist before surgery and tell them about your current meds.
Find out who will be managing pain after surgery.
Make the facility call you with co pay information before hand. Go through pre surgical approval with your insurance company. Do lots of research and do not go in there without answers first.

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