All the back pain

A couple of days ago I stopped taking my antiinflammatories as my new Doctor isn’t keen on me taking them with one of the other medications I’m on. Within 4 days I’m having to take pain killers more frequently as everything between my neck and knees has all but seized up.

I’m pretty tempted to go back on them so I can get a reasonable range of pain free movement, and a good night’s sleep, but I also want the Doctor to see me walking like the tin man, all seized up, at my appointment next week so that she really can see how much pain I’m in.

I’ve tried taking a tumeric tablet, twice a day, as well as some other herbal type remedies, but I think I’m to far gone for them to have much of an effect.

One Month In, Tesla’s SA Battery Is Surpassing Expectations

One Month In, Tesla’s SA Battery Is Surpassing Expectations

“Following the early success of the SA model, Victoria has also secured an agreement to get its own Tesla battery built near the town of Stawell. Victoria’s government will be tracking the Hornsdale battery’s early performance with interest.”

Imagine an intelligent Australian Government where they put together an energy budget that would fund building one of these in each state, along with a great big solar farm.

Imagine the effect that would have on other Government’s around the world.

Imagine the impact that would have on the planet, the environment.

Social Media, and Me

Social Media, and Me

“I have no concrete plan for how to approach the shitshow of social media in 2018 and beyond, but I know it starts with not giving a fuck about it.”

I think that’s a healthy way to deal with social media across the board.

Generally speaking, it’s a very brief and curated glimpse into someone’s life, it barely shows us what the person is really like and what they’re going through. Then when someone does post absolutely everything that is happening, in an honest way, we accuse them of oversharing.

It’s a lose-lose situation.

Improving

Since I had the injection of cortisone the other day, I’ve had a much better range of movement in my upper body…no more being hunched over like a 90 with arthritis. 

I still get the odd tingle of pain in my right thigh, right calf, below my right calf, and I still have all the numbness in my right foot. Not sure how much of that is to be expected, and if it is, how long should it last. 

Off to my GP on Tuesday morning for a checkup and to see what the next steps are. On another note, I need to get a “Fit to Fly” letter from him seeing as I’ve got to fly to Kuala Lumpur Monday week, and Darwin the following week. I guess I might need a letter stating I’m allowed to be carrying the amount of prescription medication I will have with me. 

The other thing I’m hopeful for is that my GP will agree with my that I should get the piece of broken disc or vertebrae removed so that I can go back to normal. Apparently, the cortisone injections work between 2 days and a couple of months, which is fine, except that while ever that piece is floating around I can’t do any sport or activity that may lead to me falling on my ass, as that has the potential to make me paraplegic. 

At least I’m getting a huge amount of use out of my Spotify and Netflix subscriptions.

 

CT Scan & Cortisone Injection

So that straight line on the picture is a needle going into my spine. It hurt, it hurt a lot… If I’m reading the report correctly, the needle was 8.8cm long.

The most fun part was when the Doctor said, “I’ve got the needle in the right spot, but I just want to test something.” and then he pushed the needle in further and my entire leg went into a nerve spasm and felt like it was on fire. The Doctor then said, “Did you feel anything then?” and I cried replied, “Yes.”

Discharged

They just discharged from the hospital, they’re too busy to do the CT scan spinal injection today, I guess this is for the cortisone. On the plus side, they’ve booked me in for one tomorrow away from the hospital at a private, bulk billed, practice.

It was depressing as F**K staying in the neurology ward last night, all the other patients in my room were stroke patients and they were all pretty messed up. Too sad.

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, and your shit stirs! I’m a bit pissed that no one brought me any whisky, though! 

Back pains

So for those that have been following along with my back problem this past week, via Facebook, here’s what’s up.

At some point in the last couple of years, I’ve had a herniated disc, 2 weeks ago part of that disc broke off and is now pressing on my S1 nerve, which is what’s causing all the pain.

Soon I will see a spinal or neurology specialist, who will then advise whether it needs to be fixed surgically, or by cortisone injections.

Oh, and apparently the piece that broke off is apparently 1.5cm in size.

So for the foreseeable future, I’m not allowed to lift anything, I’m not allowed to stretch, and I should stick to wearing pluggers. And of course, I’ll have to continue taking my cocktail of Lyrica, Panadeine Forte, and Valium…