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?!