Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It has been a tough couple of weeks.
For about a year now I have had a lot of neck pain and a stiff neck off and on. I just thought it was because I carried around a 30 pound child or was sleeping wrong. My self diagnosis made sense to me. Around August right after we moved I started having weird symptoms with numbness, tingling, and burning on the left side of my head, around my neck and down my arm along with more neck problems. I went to the doctor after a few days and was told it was stress from moving and all the changes in my life that just happened. From August till a few weeks ago I just tried to ignore it and hoped it would go away since it was suppose to be stress. Tim encouraged me to see another doctor so I made the appointment. My new doctor was very concerned about my symptoms using the words cancer and tumor. I had some xrays and my doctor said she didn't like what she saw on them and used the words cancer and tumor again and scheduled a mri of my brain and c-spine and sent home to wait. I had my MRI on Monday. It was my first MRI and a very strange experience. After I was finished the tech said you should hear from your doctor in 24-48 hours. It was a tough wait. I got a call this afternoon that I am cancer free and tumor free. I was diagnosed with DDD Degenerative Disk Disease. The disk in my spine showed degeneration which is causing problems and damage to my nerves. I am being referred to a Orthopedic Surgeon for injections in my spine. I was so relieved I didn't have a tumor or cancer I got off the phone to tell Tim and then had a ton of questions. I am so relieved but also have a ton of questions.