Had my 3rd epidural in 6 months. Again..it helps temporarily. But this time, the pain is worse, in that I now have permanent numbness in the tip of my thumb. I absolutely hate the fact that I have a time bomb that will eventually go off and I will have more numbness....more pain...possible weakness in the arm. GEEZ! Would someone pleeeeze tell me why we bother with PT? Stretch this...strengthen that? What for? The rust is already taken over. The barnacles are on the hull of the ship, and, short of scrapping the hull...you can stretch and strengthen till the cows come in...and the spurring will just continue getting worse. If I don't do anything again in my life...just sit in this friggin chair and don't move....maybe I can slow the process down. But DANG! I just retired early, and I want to be active! My back already sucks...but I can live with that. Punching a hole through the front of my neck, risking losing my voice...is NOT appealing....slicing through the back muscles (which I am told is extremely painful...and leaves a Frankenstein scar of 6 plus inches...to only return with future problems occurring above and below my C5/C6 joint.
My Dad was right....we should be retired when we are born...then go to work when all hell breaks loose!