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Trying to decide if I should cancel a trip and just take a guilt trip



  • margjo said:
    I'm suppose to leave next week for a trip to Boston, my husband and 2 sons are running the Boston marathon. I was there last year at the finish line waiting for them when bombs went off. I have already said I won't be able to stand the hours required to see them finish. Not I'm debating if I should make the trip at all.
    I have had lower back pains for years, but I have gotten so use to it I work around it. That was until a new symptom started about 6 months ago. It's a lightening bolt type of pain that hits my lower spine and use to leave as fast as it arrived. I would get them once a week. When they increased in frequency I went to an orthopedic. Some of what my MRI showed,
    " severe narrowing on the report for L2-3.

    Maybe you could look into a scooter or light weight walker/ wheel chair ? There's no sense standing around in a crowd suffering. I know the marathon is now history but think about what you might do to make the next trip or event more bearable
    L5S1-Severe right sided posterior facet arthrosis. Is that arthritis?
    L5- 5mm degenerative neocyst versus synovial cyst to the extraforaminal portion of the right L5-S1 facet joint. I've only listed what states severe. There are multi level disc disc bulges with most severe on the right L5-S1 level." Among other things.
    He referred me to a pain specialist. That appointment is late May, possible epidurals. Orthopecic prescribed tramadol, 37.5 mg and acetaminophen, 325 mg. Can't say they help much.
    Over the past couple of weeks my lightening bolts of pain increased dramatically in power and frequency. One time it shot from spine to my foot. It almost feels like something very bad is going to happen. Doc said it's the nerves are being pressed.
    Now I'm not sure if I can do a flight and a "vacation" visiting family. Sure I want to spend time with our kids & grandkids but I'm beginning to see what I'm facing and don't know if I should go. I guess I would feel very guilty not being there.
    We made a trip a couple of months ago. At that time the lightening bolts were infrequent yet I did have one walking through the terminal on our return home. I yelled out loud and held onto a rail that was next to me.
    Sorry this was so long. How do you manage vacations or lack of that cause guilt trips instead.
  • Thanks for sharing his lovely story. He seems like a remarkable young man!
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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