June 28, 2005

happy birthday!!! your life is over!!!

Not really. But I did just receive an interesting callback from my doctor. It appears that, after over a month of persistent pain which began with several trips to the emergency room, and doctors' offices - I finally have some sort of diagnosis for the near-crippling pain I've been suffering. This stems from a MRI that was finally ordered for me last week... six weeks after the original onset of pain. Am I bitter about this? Nooooooo! (yes.)

I have a herniated disc. I'm not sure if it's one or two of them, as the doctor was a bit scattered during the call. He mentioned something about L4 and L5, and that he was referring me to a specialist. Happy birthday to me!

It's not going to stop me from going to Sequoia National Park this weekend, however. I'm even going to do some hiking... er, um.. walking... on dirt. Yeah. Let's not go crazy! So yeah, I know nothing about herniated discs (only what I've just looked up on WebMD and stuff), so I really don't know where it goes from here. I don't know whether to be relieved about the fact that there's an actual empirical physical REASON for the pain I've had, or to be worried about my prognosis.

Oh well, I'm just going to enjoy the birthday dinner Erik is treating me to and leave the worrying to the physicians!


posted by julie at June 28, 2005 04:17 PM


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