Going for a second opinion today at a local NS. I had seen this guy once before, prior to my first surgery, and I really liked him. I'm going to talk to him about doing a nerve block first, to see if that provides any relief. The previous NS I had seen had mentioned doing it, but not as diagnostic. He felt confident that he knew which disc, T10/11, was causing the pain. I've still been in a lot of pain these day. I've been working a lot, though, and sitting at work provides me some relief. It's when I'm home and on my feet for extended periods of time that the pain becomes intolerable.
I'm also going to talk to him about the ankylosing spondylitis. He had mentioned it when I first saw him, and since then I have tested positive for the gene. I have many of the symptoms of it, so I'm curious to hear his take on that.
I've also been having a lot of discomfort in my neck and down my left shoulder/arm since last week, so I may talk to him about adding in an MRI of the c-spine, along with my upcoming t-spine MRI on 11/16.
Well, I will keep you posted! Sorry I've been MIA lately. As I said, I've been working quite a bit these days. But, I'm loving my new job, and I feel blessed to have found something I can do, despite my bad back and other health problems. If I do end up needing another surgery, I'm going to push it off until early 2012, if I can, because that's when I'd be eligible for short-term disability. Fingers crossed it doesn't come to that, though!