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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Now it is pinched nerves, stenosis of the spine, etc. – September 2017


If we were having coffee this weekend, I would be drinking water (my main drink since my diabetes is so out of control) although I would prefer hot chocolate and whipped cream it is so chilly toady and you could have your choice of beverages.

The results of my tests showed worse damage than they thought and now they say I might have to have surgery instead of or in addition to the steroid shots.  That scares me. At least I got some pain pills and enough to take every 8 hours until I get to the pain management doctor.

My cervical spine MRI was finally approved due to the new complications showing in the tests that have come back so far.

If we were having coffee I would tell you about the visit with my grandson who is a Marine. He is now stationed in Japan for 2 years. Long time and I know his mom is really going to miss him. He is a new Marine, not even in for a year yet, and freshly out of training.

As some of you might know my best friend and I have brunch every Saturday at the same restaurant and I am getting mighty fed up with the place. Their wait staff is not trained right and some of them  have been there for a long time. Very annoying to have to deal with every week. Most times we don’t complain to the manager, but sometimes it has to be done.

 

 

Hope you all have a great and blessed week!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Now it is pinched nerves – September 2017


If we were having coffee this weekend, I would be drinking water (my main drink since my diabetes is so out of control) and you could have your choice of beverages.

I would tell you about my new struggles with life. I have pinched nerves in my neck and back causing extensive pain, more than my normal chronic pain. I was given a few percocets, but they won’t last until my pain management appointment October 17. Thanks to all the people abusing drugs, those of us in true pain can’t get what we need. I am thankful for what they could give me.

I have MRI’s to get, a nerve test to study the amount of damage and then steroid injections (there goes my sugar levels sky high) and then hopefully pain meds. This is the second time in 7 years I went through this. Last time I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. That is adding its 2 cents as well.

My bipolar is not as bad right now, but it is adding its 2 cents as well. I can’t help, but feel depression during all of this. I have lived with chronic pain for 40 years now and this is so much worse. Hopefully the injections will help. I am going to the same dr so I hope she will follow along with the same treatment.

I am skipping the 2 treatments of physical therapy due to cost and they really didn’t help much last time. Living on a government disability check is impossible and I have no choice, but to go for this medical treatment. It will push the added burden of the bankruptcy sooner rather than later.

I keep trying to remind myself that God will provide for my needs, but the other part of me wants to know why I must go through all this pain, both physical and mental. I know there are people worse off than I and surgery is not on the table at this point, but this is degenerative, hence the name Degenerative Disk Disease. The inflammation from the arthritis and herniated disks is what is pinching the nerves. The injections if possible will help take down some of the inflammation.

They say that not eating sugar helps inflammation. I barely eat any following this low carb diet, but it doesn’t seem to help the inflammation from my standpoint.

Okay, done complaining for now.

Hope you all have a great and blessed week!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (moving posts to other blog and will be deleting this one.