Wednesday, 08 December 2004

Well, for those who have followed (for some reason) my back ailments here, an update: Surgery will happen on December 22nd.

So, Percutaneous Discectomy it is – removal of some of the material inside the disc at the L5/S1 space to relieve pressure on the nerve root there. The doctor will remove some of the material from inside, the bulge moves back toward the void left by the removal, and the pressure is reduced. Hopefully.

Nice thing is, it’s outpatient day surgery – I’ll walk out and go straight home within a few hours of arriving there. I’ll also be wearing a back brace for a while and will have to do several weeks of physical therapy (whoopee), but in the end I am hopeful it will all be worth it.

I’ve done pretty much everything I can in order to try to make things work without surgery, so this is pretty much it. While I am not big on the idea of surgery, I am very much looking forward to the possibility of some relief and maybe even getting back to where I can physically do the things I used to do.

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Thursday, 09 December 2004 05:18:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
This is actually good news, I know how you have been having pain for such a long time and I this may be very well the only way to get better. But Dec 22nd? Yikes, at least Santa will know where to find you this year?! Good luck and happy no more pain to you!
Tuesday, 14 December 2004 21:02:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Even try that little book by physiotherapist Robin McKenzie with the spine-extension exercises? I modified those exercises a little and it works! Also, please try swimming before surgery
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