This is just a little update on me medically. I had another spinal MRI on June 15th to see why I was still in pain and not getting any better. On June 19th (my daddy's birthday!) I went to get my results....so here they are:
1. The spot in my spine that caused this flareup looks good. It is still visible (maybe it always will be?) but it is not inflammed. That is good because the steroids did their job at the beginning.
2. Why am I still in pain? There is possible severe nerve damage at the spot.
3. What does that mean? Well, this could be permanent. So I asked, "How long until you would medically call it permanent?" Answer..."One year." So basically, the longer I go without healing the higher the chances that this is permanent. But of course we know God can do His healing whenever He pleases! : )
4. To help with this pain I am upping the dose of one med and adding another....so we will see!
5. There was another iffy spot on my spine they saw. This could be the start of another flareup. I am to call him if I have anymore symptoms that last more than a day.
6. Here comes the hard part...for me at least. Now that the other spot is there and this flareup has not gone away I can technically start MS medicine. (The other meds I take are not for MS but for the pain). So no big deal right? Well.....the medicine for MS does not come in pill form. I will have to give myself shots! Anyone who knows me knows why this is VERY hard for me. Let me just say that I have MANY stories of passing out when it comes to needles or talking about needles or any of that medical stuff....yes I am a wimp! : )
7. One side effect of the shots is flu like symptoms.....fever, aches, chills, etc. So there are daily shots or weekly shots with pros and cons of each. Daily shots don't go as deep in your leg, so the injection site isn't as sore, and the flu symptoms aren't as severe or last as long each day....but I have to do this every day! Weekly shots go deeper into the muscle so the injection site is more sore and the flu symptoms last longer and are more severe....but I only have to give a shot once a week.
8. I can wait to start this medicine until I have another flareup or if my brain MRI in October shows MS lesions. Matt and I have decided that I will wait. So for now there are no needles in this house! : )
That is pretty much it!!!