An answer to one prayer. I was able to get the Radio Frequency Nerve root Ablation procedure scheduled for tomorrow when my parents were already planning on coming down. Definitely feeling the hand of God on this. PTL. Kristen Long good advice!! So I decided that it was a good day to shave my legs. Plus I have PT later today and thought it would be a good idea 😉
I survived ETran, walked a half a mile, had a great lunch and will now get a very painful massage also known as PT. Always feels better later but not much fun during. Good thing my physical therapist is really nice.
This is exactly what I am trying to lean on.
This first group of pictures was from May 14th through May 19th…the nerve block was amazing!!!! It was so much fun to get my camera back out. These were the first pictures I took since January that weren’t on my iPhone.
The rest of the pictures from May were taken in Midland at my mom’s. These pics were from May 23rd the day after I had the Radio-frequency nerve root ablation and I was taking Toradol shots every 12 hours to keep all pain at bay. So once again I was able to get my camera out for a few minutes.
Starting with the positives. The neurologist did the nerve block again and again with success. And although temporary it means that I not only have some headache free days over the next week as along as I don’t push it, but it also means that I am a good candidate for the radio frequency nerve ablation, where they basically kill the nerve that is giving me such terrible headaches. I meet with the Pain Specialist next Monday for a consult and will hopefully get that scheduled, however they are scheduling 6-8 weeks out. This will be a more permanent solution whereas the nerve blocks at most last a week.
They are also checking with my insurance company about Botox injections to see if they are covered. The neurologist is hoping that ablation in combination with the Botox and medication (of which I am now only on one called Lyrica) should treat all three headaches that I have going on at any given time.
The physical therapist also gave me a script for a tens unit to help between now and when all of the above have been completed and take affect. I am also going to physical therapy and for the first time in a long time the majority of the tension in my neck is relieved. So that is wonderful.
My next apt with the neurologist is June 10th and so my return to work date is June 10th. My FMLA runs out May 25th, so I am not sure what that will mean for my job. Trying pretty hard to put this all in God’s hands because it is truly out of my control. I really would hate to lose that job, it was one of the best jobs I have had and it was such a great company to work for, but at this point there is no way I could possibly work. When all 3 headaches decide to be present I am down for about 3 days, in bed all day. And although I am learning some of the triggers and can try to avoid them, talking is one of my biggest triggers as well as bending over or looking down, chin to chest. I have also found that using my arms out in front of me quite quickly brings on at least one of the headaches.
So again I say this is all in God’s hands at this point and I have to rely fully on him.