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Medical, Shmedical.

I saw the ortho surgeon today and he was really calm and laid back. Maybe I only got in so soon because there was just a last minute cancellation. He thinks it will get better by itself, he thinks it is highly unlikely I'll need surgery.

I am, however, welcome to have a nerve block in the meanwhile if I want.

And I have said yes to this. Booked in for next Friday.

Pain is ... painful, it's barely touched by codeine and I can't take the normal anti-inflammatories people take because they mess with the Crohn's Disease. And it is effecting my sleep. And I don't want to find myself even further deconditioned than I am.


It also seems I am 10 kilos heavier than this time last year. I'm a bit surprised and bummed out by this, particularly because I don't think my diet is worse than it was. If anything, I suspect it's better.

I guess all I can do is hope the changes I'm currently working on make a difference, and that I don't need high doses of prednisolone again for a while.

I've been contemplating the fact of next week's timetable: I have a sleep study overnight on Wednesday and this nerve block on the Friday. And two more medical appointments the week after that....and on it goes with more appointments.

I feel stretched by the simple fact of all these excursions, even without the unexpected back problem, and I am not sure how I'll react if/when something else pops up.

And every so often the implications of All This tend to weigh me down. A bunch of physical problems which rather ironically appear to be unconnected to each other, and unconnected to the thing that disables me for which there is no treatment and no obvious visual signs. My body is breaking down.

I'm shifting my attention away from this stuff as much as I can, but it is a hell of a juggling act.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad he thinks you don't need surgery. Hope you can cope with the pain until next Friday, bugger it getting cold again.
Aug. 17th, 2017 02:04 pm (UTC)
I am very glad to read that there will be no surgery for now and hopefully never. A nerve block will help you through the flare. I have been dealing with chronic pain on a much lesser scale than you have. Ali, and it is wearing, daunting and just kind of awful. The whole right side of my body is ganging up on me...so yeah...as the book title says, Things Fall Apart.
I hope all the stuff lightens up for you.
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