I have an update to Thursday’s entry regarding Howie’s back.
Our family doctor returned his call this evening and filled him in on more MRI details. This is the synopsis he sent me in an e-mail:
L1 L2 has drying of the disc
L2 L3 has arthritis and foraminal stenosis
L3 L4 no disc plus foraminal stenosis
L4 L5 no disc plus foraminal stenosis
L5 spinal stenosis plus a possible tethered spinal cord
Plus there’s arachnoiditis, which is thickening of the area around the nerves. Not sure where she said this was. May be all over.
The tethered cord is the worst. I think by the sound of it this that it could paralyze me. She did not say that but I would think if something is stretching your cord. She said if that is the case it would require surgery. The stenosis is where the area where the spinal cord is located gets narrow. The spinal stenosis is the canal where the cord goes and the foraminal is on the sides where it shoots out and forms the sciatic nerve.
Who knew all this was going on in my dear husband’s poor back? Sometimes ignorance is bliss. And it still sucks that he’d work so hard to lose his weight and get fit, only to have a diagnoses like this pop up.
I know, I know…Knowledge is power. Life isn’t fair. Good thing he lost the weight or it might have been worse. One day at a time. As you can see, I am not at a loss for comforting affirmations. I’m at a lack for peace.
I know that whatever comes, we’ll get throught it. I mean, really, is it a matter of strength when you come right down to it? People do what they need to do when the poop hits the fan. I just wish my husband didn’t have to be going through this.