Tuesday, December 13, 2011

At the Doctor's

So yesterday was my 6 week follow-up.  Hard to believe 6 weeks have passed by!  The physical therapist and I have been concerned about all the sciatic pain I've had.  It's really slowed down my rehab and time is running out.  Two weeks ago, I called the doctor's office and talked to the PA, who assured me he would hook me up with a spine doctor within two days.  Two weeks later still nothing, so the PT called Dr. LeGrande just before my appointment and emphasized that we were running out of time and that the extreme pain I am in was hindering our good work.

So finally, yesterday, the doc swooped in and announced that we had to do something soon because our window of opportunity for good flexibility was about over.  (Ya think??!!)  They were also very concerned that I was still limping.  So this morning I was at the imaging center at 6:15 for an MRI, the first I've ever had.  Wasn't horrible-noisy and my back hurt because I couldn't move, but the new machines are shorter so you're not locked in this huge long tube.  They played Christmas music in the headphones and gave me a blankie so I did just fine.

Now, let's see if they can relieve the pain so I can finish with my knee.  Still bending at 100 degrees, not terrible for 6 weeks, and I am doing OK on the exercise bike-lowered the seat so that's good.  If there is a ruptured disc I'm sure I'll have to have surgery sooner or later, but for now we need to concentrate on the first job.  I'll keep you posted-at least I can drive now and I'm off the aspirin.


  1. I am still limping at 4 months. It takes many months to rebuild the muscles plus part of the limping is due to compensation from the good side. Glad you are driving, I'm sure you feel freer.

  2. Oh dear! Do they think the back issue could have been caused by the surgery? Sorry you have to deal with all this. Praying for relief and some answers! Hmm do I really want a new knee?

  3. Most people never have a problem like this. I really think I had a disc that was about to go, and the surgery was the "straw that broke Marty's back!" If you don't get your knee fixed, you WILL have a bad back.

  4. oh, dear, let's hope that more surgery is not needed. Tough to be in constant pain but yeah on getting the keys to the car!


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