Hi Spiney friends,
I just wanted to let you know why I have been MIA. While I was running around crazy with doctors appointments for my son, I noticed one of my toes getting tingly and numb. I hoped that it would get better, but it started to spread slowly. I went to the doctor for a cold/sinus infection and mentioned it. She was much more concerned about the toe and foot. I promised that I would go to the ER if it got worse. I must admit that I thought she was overly concerned as there was no pain involved. All my pain is in the neck and thoracic area. Boy, I was wrong. It progressed, and I went to the ER. I was sent to another hospital for an MRI with contrast and had emergency surgery. It turned out that I had a benign( Thank God!)mass intertwined in my L1 nerve root. It was an intradural tumor that was compressing on my spine and had to be removed and required a lami. I am so thankful that I listened to the dr!! I am at Rehab. right now and will remain here another estimated two weeks. I can't walk yet, but I have regained feeling and some strength in my right leg. Please listen to the subtle feelings from your body. I have been a neckie for over five years, and I just wanted the tingling to go away on its own. I still don't know how much nerve damage I have to face, but I know that it could have been much worse. I hope this experience helps someone else to listen better to their bodies, DON'T HESITATE TO SEEK PROF. HELP!!
-Missing you from Mass.