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My ass. I can't feel my frickin' ass.

In August, I went in to get a facet rhizotomy on my lower back, which is where they burn the nerves going to the facet joints in your spine. Since I have arthritis in those joints in my lower back, and had responded well to facet joint injections, they thought it would help with the arthritis pain. It did WONDERFULLY!

But - I still have disk degeneration, so while we got rid of my arthritis pain for anywhere from 3-18 months, I still had disk issues. This morning, I went in to get a lumbar epidural injection. This is steroid and anestetic medication injected into the epidural space of my spine to try to get rid of the pain from the disks. I was worried about the procedure, and it still remains to be seen whether it will help.

But I am numb from my mid-back down to my toes. *laugh* They made me go to the bathroom before leaving the surgery center and I realized I can't feel my ass. At all. What a weird feeling.

Anyway, now I'm off to lay around on the couch all day, watching TV and playing on the computer, taking wonderful pain killers and dreaming about how wonderful it would be to have NO back pain, even for a little while.

Medical advances are just wonderful!!!


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Oct. 20th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I'm praying those medical advances keep on helping you out girl. Something that works for the long run.
Oct. 21st, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Wendy!

I always feel like I'm bitching when I talk about medical problems, and I try to avoid it in 'real life'. My journal gives me a forum to complain or to write out the things that are happening to me so I can work out my true feelings on them.

That said, it also makes me feel good that people read it, don't judge it and send their support my way. Good times AND bad :)
Oct. 22nd, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
I am soooooooooooo tempted to respond to this "can't feel my ass" posting, but my lawyer advises I should be silent. Alas, this is just the latest sock placed in the mouth of Gene-Bob.
Oct. 22nd, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
Why? I can see it now, I slap you with a sexual harassment suit and you pull out my statement about being wiling to pay money to see you in a rubber suit going to the Fetish Ball? Sure, that works. *laugh*

Nobody can say anything worse than what my own husband did about my numb ass!!! I'm glad it only lasted 4 hours!
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