I had an MRI on Thursday. Boy oh Boy was that an experience! I am claustrophobic... enough said?! I'll just say that the MRI "tunnel", as I like to call it, was the absolute smallest space I have ever had to be in!! :( I kept my eyes closed and sang all sorts of praise and worship songs in my head. It was a very long 20 mins. I survived.
The results: I have a bulging disc in my lower spine. I don't know the exact location (like L4 or whatever). The person who called me didn't seem as informative as I expected. She just told me "uh, Mrs. Mayfied? You're MRI results are in and the doctor found that you have a bulging disc. It's what's causing your pain. You need to follow up with the pain management specialist. Do you have any questions?" —UHHH . . . YEAH!! is what I was thinking. I had to ask about being able to return to work. I was just told "if pain is manageable, you can return to work". Really?! that's all?! wow.
So, now knowing that something definitely is messed up in there, I was bummed and concerned, of course. When I called the pain management specialist, the next available appointment, because I am a new patient, isn't until January 12th!! What am I supposed to do about the pain and stiffness until then?! :( How frustrating!!
I just don't know what else to do right now --other than continue strong pain meds, that aren't even working anymore... and rest as much as possible. I plan on working this week. I'm just not sure exactly which day will be my first. I'm not sure how I'm going to manage. I must rely on God —for healing, strength, motivation, and positive thoughts...
I must say, though, I have been absolutely amazed with the wonderful people in my life —such blessings. They've gone above and beyond. So kind and thoughtful. So willing and quick to respond. I am so blessed and thankful.