The good news is I am feeling stronger with every yoga class I take and I am more flexible. I even notice my shoulders shaping up nicely. The bad news is my MRI shows extreme neuropathy all over my body (hands, feet, hips, legs, etc) and degenerative disc disease not only in my upper C4,5 & 6 vertebrae but now in my Lower vertebrae. It is so bad apparently they can't even operate because it is in multiple locations. :(
Dr Fagan (family doctor) has me trying a new drug ... called Cymbalta which I take at night. This drug is to help me sleep and take away the pain I am in. Because of the continuous pain, it is super tough for me to have even two hours continuous sleep. If I roll or move, I am jolted with pain and it wakes me up. It has been a week and I am not noticing any relief. However I have another 2 weeks of samples to try so maybe I will have some pain relief soon. Meanwhile I continue to take yoga (a stretching class) which helps elongate my spine, hopefully stretching out the discs so they give me some relief. I bought a new bed at Sleep Country hoping that would help me sleep better at night and I have an appointment at Kintec for new orthotics. I have made an appointment with a pain specialist next week. I swear I need to be full time at this & I am so thankful work has been accommodating with all my appointments.
To look at me (if you have never met me) you would never know I have been through cancer treatment this past year. I am thankful I do not look sick anymore. I am thankful for my friends who continue to encourage me when I get down. And I am so thankful for the continued prayers. Dr Fagan was blunt with me. We just don't know how long this could last. It could be for 6-8 months, 6-8 years or forever. We just don't know. That does bum me out. I was not expecting this sort of a side effect that impacts my ability to do things. My ability to sleep more than 2 hours. I really need to rethink what my new normal is. I need to wrap my head around that I will not be able to do a Mudderlla or ski and be as active as I once was. I know, I am not a spring chicken but in my mind I am in my 30's. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for being alive. I am so thankful for so many things. I am thankful for my family and my friends, but for those who know me, you know how tough it will be for me to adjust to slowing down. LOL Those word beside my name are an oxymoron. items with 3 4 sleeve to wear of the wedding
All this to say, I am not giving up on finding what will help. I believe staying active in some form is good and positive. I also believe in the power of prayer.See More