X-ray results

The doc called just after 9.15 this morning. We hoped she’d call early so that we could get on with the day, especially the way things had turned out in the garden.
I promised Bro I’d let him know which is why I’m late putting this out as I wanted to talk to him first.
Good news and bad news.

Good news is it is not another cancer, the constipation was not related (and now seems sorted anyway) and my blood tests were all clear. In fact, apart from my back, the doc says I’m practically as fit as a fiddle, which is very reassuring.

The bad news is the arthritis in my back has progressed and I now have severe multi levels of intervertebral disc narrowing over 4 disc spaces.

I looked it up and found this:

An L5-S1 disc disease is a disease of the intervertebral disc space between two vertebrae of the spine. The most frequently encountered is degenerative disc disease, a process of gradual deterioration of an intervertebral disc mainly due to osteoarthritis. In most cases, this disc degeneration is located at the lumbosacral junction between the L5 and S1 vertebrae. There is stiffening, drying, and a gradual settling of the disc. This is due to cellular aging of the intervertebral disc. (Source)

The doc is going to arrange for a consultation with a back specialist to discuss it and how we progress from here. I have the option of physio, which I have declined as it didn’t help last time, pain management or surgery. She says I do not need surgery unless it becomes intolerably bad, so we are going with pain management and she has put the painkillers on repeat prescription for me. I’m not taking them every day anyway and paracetamol which I can take as well is usually good enough to take the edge off.

I’m feeling good today with only a little twinge, so no painkillers are needed at all at the moment. We’re not surprised though, and I guess it’s another sign of old age. I need to put my mind to losing the few pounds I’ve put on recently which should help.
I’m wonder if that’s why I’m shrinking?!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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42 Responses to X-ray results

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    It IS a case of good news and bad news, but the good news part is spectacularly good Di. I am thrilled and relieved for you. That said I am sorry you still have the back pain to deal with, but fingers crossed the pain meds do the trick. You are so very active I am sure that will help you as well. And maybe they can provide you with some exercises and stretches you can do at home. Also wonder if applying heat would give you some comfort. It is so common, in fact I have 2 friends and a cousin all going through the same thing right now. FYI, I’ve been taking a lot of Advil recently because of pain I’m experiencing and that caused me to get constipated. Painkillers have that effect. Thanks for the update Di. You’ve been in my thoughts all day today.

    • Thanks Fransi. I wanted to talk to Bro before I published the result as I’d promised I’d let him know in a phone call, not a text or email. He’s had back trouble for years too, so like you, he knows what it’s like.
      I asked the doc if eating too much fruit could cause constipation as I had been eating loads trying to lose the few pounds to keep me in target. Apparently the answer is YES!!!!
      For contact relief, I have found cold better than heat as it reduces the inflammation. The pain meds work though, and as they’re not needed every day I’m pretty sure I can get it sorted. We’re relieved anyway that it’s arthritis as we thought and not something more sinister. Will have to cancel the hang gliding and bungee jumps though!!!! LOL

  2. Sorry to hear this but at least its not more serious. Hopefully you can manage with meds.

  3. PaperKutzs says:

    Glad for the good news and the not too bad bad news have a nice time in the garden

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Pain management is a good option they can offer you many things not just painkillers. I am so pleased it was not cancer … Be healthy 💜💜💜

  5. murisopsis says:

    At least the good news is very good! The bad news – well it isn’t all that bad. I have issues with L5-S1 as I have a stenosis (narrowing) and they put me on a rack and stretch me to open up that space… I’ve been good for about 5 years so I must be doing something right. Any time your discs compress you lose height. That’s why you are a tad bit taller in the morning than in the evening….

  6. Sadje says:

    So glad it was all clear. Bone degeneration is a part of growing old. Can’t they prescribe meds to increase bone density for you?

  7. Maggie says:

    That is wuite a mixed bag of news, but hopefully the positive news somewhat outweighs the slightly less than positive other news. Holding good thoughts for you.

  8. Sue Vincent says:

    I’m glad this is being dealt with for you. The soft south takes much longer…I’m still waiting for movement after scans in March to see how much more my spine has deteriorated…

  9. jenanita01 says:

    I have arthritis pretty much everywhere now, and most days are extremely painful. It has now reached my knees, making walking a nightmare, so I can sympathise, Di…

  10. Ian Kay says:

    There’s no end to it when we unwillingly have to join Club Aged. It’s like you just get through one thing only to end up with another.
    Yeah, last year’s health check, the nurse told me I’d lost nearly an inch in height. How did that happen? I’ve tried hanging from the door frame now.

  11. rugby843 says:

    It’s one of the things wrong with my back also.

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  12. joylennick says:

    Poor you! Back pain can’t be much fun. The good news sounds better than the bad, of course. Let’s hope the right pain killers and exercise help. Here’s wishing so, Cheers! x

    • Thank you! It’s not been too bad today, though I woke up pretty stiff. The pain killers do the job when needed, and I’m glad I don’t have to take them every day.

  13. Glad it is not more cancer, I have bad discs and have refuse surgery, I have had enough of it. Stay safe.

    • Thanks Bettylouise. Hopefully I’ll be able to control the pain with medication. At the moment, it;s not too bad at all, but it depends on the weather, what I’ve been doing and also how I sleep!

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