Well, I spent a few minutes being frustrated and just a bit angry this morning. Then I thanked God for my blessings and found a better attitude.
I wanted a clear-cut diagnosis and a game plan. Although I didn’t quite get my wish, I did get some answers. That’s a start.
I have a couple of vertebra that aren’t quite aligned (lumbar spondylolisthesis), probably due to my previous traumas and surgeries. Not a huge problem, not much that needs to be done about it except: try not to fall, avoid lifting anything over 15 pounds, and lose some weight.
My knees are “bone on bone” which means they are worn out and will probably need to be replaced in a few years, but not now. The doctor has recommended a series of injections of Synvisc. I’m considering it and will talk with my regular physician about the procedure tomorrow. It would also help my knees if I would….wait for it….lose some weight.
It also seems highly likely that I have “small fiber sensory neuropathy”. One more test, a skin biopsy, is required for confirmation and that can’t be done until the end of the month. Oh, boy, am I learning to be a patient patient!!! There are a dozen possible reasons for this condition and sometimes it can’t be directly related to any cause. There is no cure, but it isn’t fatal either, so that’s a blessing. It’s an annoying sensation (tingling, burning) but one that I’ve lived with for four years. So…on with my life.
Game plan: Figure out how to lose weight. (Eat less stupid!) Walk more. Improve balance. Continue to keep a good attitude!