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UPDATE - Doctor's appointment today

SueDSSueD Posts: 545
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Chronic Pain
Thanks for your advice on my 'delicate' posting.

Just thought I'd update you.

I went to my GP armed with a list of all my symptoms - because I'm very forgetful - and he got half way down and said it could be the [slow] onset of Cauda Equine Syndrome. It freaked me out! He phoned the on-call doctor at the hospital and advised me to go to A+E (where he said they had special equipment). So off we trotted. THREE hours later, the hospital doctor said that he thought my local doctor had over-reacted. The symptoms weren't typical for the Syndrome and that it was more likely to be a water infection. I had a urine sample done which showed something - but it wasn't conclusive, so they've sent it off for testing. He tested my muscle 'tone' (where the sun don't shine, if you don't mind!!!) and said that was fine, so I've been given antibiotics. No 'special equipment' used then, thank goodness.

I've gotta phone my GP on Monday to see if the results are back and we'll take it from there. If my symptoms get worse then, of course, he said I could go back at any time. I'm pleased that my GP chose to send me there to be on the safe side I suppose, but I could have done without the worry. Needless to say I've caved in and had a couple of ciggies to calm me down.

It's a funny old business - spines. The extra pain I've had for a week in my back/legs seems to be linked to so many different things that I can understand why doctors could be accused of going overboard. They're damned if they do and damned if they don't. I am still having increased pain issues, but I believe they may be coming from pressure on the spine, or my medication or now it seems, possibly a water infection. It's just unfortunate that it's all happened in the last week and is just one of those things.

I didn't get to find out what the cause of my increased joint pain was (in my knee, elbow, fingers and feet) as my doc didn't get that far. Perhaps this could be arthritis triggered by some infection which is showing up in my water - I've no idea. Hopefully the antibiotics will take EVERYTHING away and I'll be back to normal (whatever that is) very soon.

Oh, and by the way, I'm starting my phased return to work on Tuesday 5 April - so it's all good.
SUE
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
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  • Sue, I have been reading your posts and wanted to offer my support. I do hope that you find out what is causing all of your symptoms..selfishly too, because I seem to be feeling everything (almost exactly) that you are. Increased pain and all. The only difference is that the glands in my neck are starting to hurt. I had a refill on the Z-pac that I just finished up last week so I started the new one today. It being Friday and me feeling so lethargic, I just decided not to even call my Dr until next week.

    You are so right about the damned if they do damned if they don't remark. It's good we pick up on that sometimes instead of always thinking of what doesn't work out, and in your case at least your Dr is trying. Good for you, and hope you feel better with less pain soon.
  • I'm glad your doctor sent you for the work up, I know it must of been awfully frightful for you. But better safe then sorry. I hope the antibiotics kick in quickly & clear up the infection. Keep us updated
    V
  • considering your new back/? problems dont you think that a return to work would be ill advised ...remember last time ?? just thinking of you hun
    tx
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • considering your new back/? problems dont you think that a return to work would be ill advised ...remember last time ?? just thinking of you hun
    tx
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • considering your new back/? problems dont you think that a return to work would be ill advised ...remember last time ?? just thinking of you hun
    tx
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Only joking, I presume you hit the button by mistake.

    As for going back to work, it's not that bad. I'm going in for a training session from 10 - 12noon on Tuesday, then I'll be having a 'brief' meeting with my manager. I want to make sure everything is done properly this time and, hopefully, she'll put it all in writing also. Then I'll go home.

    It's Easter for 2 weeks after that so we'll be off anyway. Then I can start my phased return just before the Royal Wedding.

    Today I received a date for my injections - Thursday 26 May - I'll have to book those 2 days as 'disability leave'. I'm relying on these injections to help with my back pain!

    So it's all good. I feel that I need to be doing something to keep me occupied. I won't know how work will affect my back until I try first. The Occupational Health doctor will be monitoring my progress and if I have any problems, I can tell my manager/doctor. They've got all the equipment in place now and I've also got a mobile back rest and seat wedge (I can take these to my training session next week).

    Thanks Tony for your concern, I do appreciate it and know exactly where you're coming from. To be honest, the way I'm feeling right now, I don't relish going back to work. But hopefully the antibiotics will kick in and get me right for next week - and it's only about 3 hours anyway so I think I can handle that. I want to give it a try first so that if it doesn't work out in the end, then at least I know I've done everything possible to help myself. Do you see what I mean?

    You take care. Sorry about your recliner - but at least it will be fixed on Monday. You tell 'Olly' to behave himself!!!!!
    SUE
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
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