hi ya'all. (and yes, spellcheck, that IS the proper spelling in oklahoma! lol) i've been going thru much of what a lot of you have for years now... already had deg disk disease but strangely enough, after a drunken ex hurled me over his back & bounced me down my hallway on my head, bone fragments in my subarachnoid space around my brain, cervical bilateral neural foraminal stenoses at 3 levels and broad based disk protrusions with extrusion were found in mri's. i had had my 1st temp (thank goodness - TEMP) paralysis, neck down, about a month after the 'incident.' i also have a hemangioma at T2 which i guess isn't unusual, but i can guess where that came from. these are in addition to lumbar spondylolisthesis secondary to spondylolysis which i think ? is a break or fracture that may or not have happened at the same time with bilateral S1 nerve root contact. i already posted half of my recent life story, so didn't go into quite this much additional detail, but did talk about the nightmare trying to deal with oxycodone/percocet/oxycontin over the past 4 yrs. i've been off all pain med except neurontin now for over a week & have an appt with the ortho. surgeon who wanted to operate last february thursday, in 3 days. now i'm just hoping he'll do the surgery without having to do all the horrible tests i keep reading about that sound worse than the actual surgery! i truly can't cope with the pain, trying to handle anything small (buttons, money) and tingling & numbness on & off, and never knowing when the next fall will come. i want this done yesterday... and i want to be all healed up & running marathons.... even though i never ran one before,
) . as for me, my nearest & dearest are 4 legged furballs who bring me presents of crickets and the occasional pony tail band to toss & play fetch with... 2 tomcats who love me no matter what and couldn't throw me around if they wanted to. i have to be honest: i've had very little life to speak of since i started those pills 4 yrs ago. they have taken over my life - and I'M TAKING IT BACK! i welcome friends with similar interests or those who'd like to chat since i'm actually talking to people again. it feels so good... glad to be here, ya'all!