I've already made one post in a different section but thought I'd make an introduction post as well. My name is Angie, been married for 17 years to a wonderful man who took on the job of being dad to my oldest son 23, and daughter 22, at the age of 20. I have two other kiddos, a daughter, 16 and a son, 14. I have a 1 yo granddaughter and a grandson who will be arriving sometime this month! I love gardening, country dancing, rodeos, cooking and at Christmastime it's hard to get me out of the itchen because I absolutely enjoy baking!
I have worked in warehousing for the last 10 years, which I know has caused all the back and leg problems I now have. I was an order selector for 8 of those years and regularly had to select 3000 lbs of product in 24 minutes. Mom always told me a woman was not built for that type of work, but who listens to mom??? I was out to prove I could do anything a man could do, only better. HAHA- guess I should have listened! After seeing 2 MRI's, one of the lumbar and one of the knees, my OS says I now have the back and knees of a 65 yo. I went out of work and onto Short term disability in Feb. because of the pain in my leg and knee.Dr tried to rehab it for two months. I had a meniscectomy done on the left knee in April. And I never gained the strength back in the leg. OS sent me 10 days ago for an MRI on the lower back and then referred me to a NS. Waiting now to hear back from them...but did get a copy of the MRI to compare it to an MRI I had done last year. Impression shows disc bulging and mild spondylosis at L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1, central canal stenosis most prominent at L4-5.
8 years ago, when I really started having pain and numbness in my left leg, i just chalked it up to aging and the beginning of arthritis, and I'm stubborn. My OS guesses by the condition of the torn meniscus that it had been torn for several years already and doesn't understand how I walked on it. Told him I just pushed the pain aside because I had to help support my family.
Now, I'm not so sure what the future holds. I was just finishing prereqs in college to pursue a degree in RN, OS says better rethink that and pursue something not so dependent on my knees and back. Maybe I'll pursue my true passion and go into Culinary Arts!