Not Dead Yet

I feel so bad. I missed the Blog Crush day and everything!! Yikes! Between icing and foul weather messing up the internet and socking me in at home, I've also been fighting this mystery pain.

A few of you regulars (Hi guys~~ I know you're still there and I really appreciate it~~) remember when I told you awhile back (August?) about the doctor thinking I had tendinitis in my shoulder and sending me to physical therapy. I was a good patient and did that, finally quitting when we became so busy at work I couldn't make it and it didn't appear to be doing me much good. As weeks and fall went by, nothing got better and, in fact, got worse. Now I not only had one arm and shoulder involved, but both… and all across the back and neck. Ugh.

Two weeks ago I went back to the doctor for my regular blood work and told him what was going on. In an effort to find a solution, he sent me for x-rays of my neck and put me on Vicodin…. drug choice of the stars…and what "House" is hooked on, I believe! Silly me. I thought that was going to be a wonderful escape from the pain, if only at night. No luck. I just happen to be one of those strange people for whom it does nothing. Seriously. Not a darn thing. No pain relief, no drowsiness, nothing. I swear, I felt like I hadn't even taken anything… except after awhile it made me nauseous. How disappointing. No, I'm not sending you what I have left.

So, I piggy-backed along with my husband last week when he went to his doctor appointment (same doc) for his regular blood work check. After switching out the Vicodin for Oxycontin (another supposed drug of choice that I found did absolutely nothing) we discussed my x-rays. The doctor said he couldn't see anything wrong, but set up an appointment with an orthopedic doctor.

This morning I had that appointment. They started by taking x-rays of my shoulders. (I should be able to glow in the dark any time now!). Then I was presented with them on a handheld computer which the doc was able to go into various views, zoom, the whole 9 yards. I love technology.

The verdict? While I have some tendinitis in both shoulders, it appears the vertebra below the one that got operated on (fused) years ago is now going to hell and taking the proverbial hand basket with it… that would be me. I have an appointment on Wednesday for an MRI and another appointment, this time with the neurosurgeon the first week in January. It is beginning to look like I have another back / neck surgery in my future.

To be honest? If it gets rid of the pain? I'm all for it.

Hopefully, you'll all forgive me for my lack of posting and lack of visiting. I hope to be back in full swing soon. I haven't forgotten you! Honest! Remember, if you want a card, I still need your address, too. It's still on my "to do" list! (For those of you who I've already gotten cards from, you have brighten my days!!)