Oh boy, how to write a decent 5 year summary that is readable. I'm a 73 year young fighter of spinal arthritis coupled with a few other things 'hanging out' in my cervical back and neck/shoulders. I fight it; I have great medical care; I've done PT 4 to 5 times (came out worse than when I went in); had ablations up the kazoo; done cortizone shots (with fluoroscope) that worked for awhile; use meds like trokendi, lyrica that my body goes poo-poo to now; have had Botox for a year that my body goes ho-hum to now. Walking is painful because it shoots pain up into the head but I walk anyway to get exercise (well, I mean house strolling), etc. and I do neck exercises (mild) -- I also sew (for chemo victims.
Before anyone talks about opiate pain problems: In the past 5 years I have STOPPED my 3 percocet a day several times for weeks at a time and lived WITHOUT my pain help to prove to myself and my body and my helper Pain Specialist that my body and my psyche are NOT addicted to the opiate by sticking with 3 Percocet 10 a day. NOW, however, I cannot stick with that regime and I have my Pain Specialist's blessing to take more if needed with goes against EVERYTHING I BELIEVE IN about opiates.
Three weeks ago my fighting ended. Because, three weeks ago a FLARE shot into the cervical -- AND neck - AND shoulders -- AND the occipital nerve to the top of my head. It felt as if it was Level 8 or 9 or as high as I dare call it ----- and it WOULD not stop. My Pain specialist shot cortisone into the little spot where he and I have identified as the 'epicenter' of the 'bone spur' that maybe has the little teeny nerve causing it all .... and so the middle of the back is better. He X-Ray - ed the area to make sure I had not fractured myself in anyway.... and then sent me off for another MRI. Here's what the RADIOLOGIST stated:
"There is a normal thoracic kyphosis. The thoracic veretobral body heights are normal. There is no compression fracture. There are several hemangiomas seen within the thoracic spine. There are several Schmori's nodes noted, small in size. No bone marrow edema. Multilevel intervertebral disc desiccation with associated mild multilevel degenerative end plate marrow changes. No signal abnormalities are seen within the thoracic spinal cord. No central canal or neural foraminal stenosis."
Any thoughts for those of you who wish to comment?????????? ANYONE? How do I get that occipital nerve to FORGET this flare ---- or what on earth do you think is going on????? Any comments of thoughts would be greatly appreciated? I just want IDEAS and thoughts... I'm just searching for anything that might me the reason for this to pop on my Pain Specialist next week when I see him to talk about the words on this MRI which was done on September 11, 2015. AND.... thoughts be with all of you who may have known or loved anyone who was lost that fateful AMERICAN DAY OF MEMORY !!!!!