Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Diagnosis Finally!

FINALLY! There is a diagnosis for Snowbirds tailfeathers--the lower back pain. It is called SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. That is a mouthful to say without slurring or stuttering. One vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra. And what caused the slip? Two cracks / breaks / fractures in L5. How did that happen? Who knows. Doctor said it could have happened in childhood and just gotten worse with time and the disk finally slipped. The back has always bothered me, but has been worse over the last 7 years. So we will have a program of treatment which includes injection in lower back to reduce inflamation on Monday so he can see the nerves and what all is being compressed.
Sitting is not the best thing for Snowbirds tailfeathers and it shows with the lack of knitting projects. I have spent most evenings laying down because I can't stand the pain from sitting for long periods of time. Makes the 40 hour work week almost unbearable too. Constant pain can not only be physically tasking, but emotionally draining as well. I tried knitting halfway sitting up in bed, but not really comfortable. Knitters will try anything to work on a project. So if I do a couple rows here and there, I might be able to complete another project without any undo stress on the tailfeathers.
Thank God for this doctor! Maybe Snowbirds tailfeathers will be on the mend.


wendy g said...

I am so glad your Dr. has a plan for treatment! Hopefully you will have some releif soon. I have had back problems for years too.

Theresa said...

I hope your back is feeling better with the treatments!