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My doctor just called.

The spine MRI showed a ruptured disc, but he said if I do alright with it like it is, I should leave it. He doesn't recommend surgery to anyone when it involves the back. Then he said that the brain had a lot of white spots, which usually means, MS. I have to see a specialist in November for that. The soonest I could get in, was November 7th. So for right now, I will just do some research on MS and find out what it is. This wasn't the news I was hoping for. I was really hoping for a pinched nerve. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm in a little bit of shock right now. I'm anxious to see the Neurologist so he can explain things to me.

Hugs, Patt


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Oct. 15th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I have friends with MS. Not a great diagnosis to be sure, but it's very 'individualized' with long remissions possible and little disability beyond the need to manage energy for years. More a chronic condition than acute. Back exercises might help your spine. Will you be seeing a physiotherapist?
Oct. 15th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing a Neurologist on NOvember 7th. So I'm not going to panic or anything. I'm sure he'll be able to tell me more about the disease. I have a good friend with MS, so I'm familiar with it already. But lots of research will be done now. Thanks for the good thoughts, Marilyn.
Oct. 15th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sending good vibes. Hang in there. *hugs*
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
THank you, M. I'll be fine once I talk to the doctor and learn more about it. The unknown is scary.
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am sorry. At least, as Caarianna said, it's possible to get long remissions (which is very small comfort, I know). I hope the specialist has encouraging news for you. ::hugs tightly::

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Oct. 15th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
My doctor was really happy about the results because he was afraid I had a brain tumor. MS is much easier to deal with than a brain tumor. So I've got a much better outlook then if I was having to deal with brain tumor. Right? I'll be fine, it's just a little bit of a shock to begin with. I'm better at the news already.
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)

Let me know if you need anything!

Oct. 15th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Grey. Next month I will find out more and can make plans. Right now, it's sort of confusing and scary. But I know it'll be fine. I just know it.
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Oct. 15th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I hope a more detailed explanation is forthcoming for you soon. ::hugs::

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Oct. 15th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
THank you for the hugs, Mab. Things will work out better once I've seen the specialist. Then I will have more answers and can move in the right direction. :)
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey. Huge hugs.

MS is a tough diagnosis and there are several kinds. And right now, you don't know you have MS, only that it's a possible explanation of the results you have. What's important is that it's a manageable condition, if it's what you have. Try not to worry too much until you know for sure.
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Morgan. I won't know until the specialist does more tests. How exciting, eh? But I'm trying not to worry or fret. I'm just glad it wasn't a brain tumor. So actually, this is a relief.
Oct. 15th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)

Big hugs, love. ♥ I'm really sorry you're going through all this scary stuff, but hang in there. We're all here for you. *hugs*

Oct. 15th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'll be fine. I tend to freak out at first. I'm already calmer. I have my doctors appointment made and I have a list of questions and tests to ask about. I'm getting prepared. Thank you for the hugs.
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Sending you big hugs!
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, CHris. I found a spot online that tells you what questions to ask. It's great. I'm not nearly as worried about anything now. I have to have more tests of course for the specialist and then we'll move on from there. I'm sure I'll be fine.
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. I was really hoping it was nothing more than a trapped nerve. Though MS... I worked for several years (till I was transferred to another school) with someone who had MS and for months at a time she'd be totally OK; two or three times a year she felt a bit off and had to go to the doctor; she'd be off work for a couple of days, then she'd be fine for another four or five months. So it isn't necessarily a major problem. (((hugs)))
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sheila for telling me about your friend. I could handle that, easily. Although they haven't done 'all' the tests yet, so I think they'll hold off on telling me that for sure until it's done. I'm thinking, swimming might be a good way to exercise and relax. So looks like we might be joining a gym.
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)

*sending much love and good thoughts* <3

*hugs you tight*
Oct. 15th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the hugs. :) THings will turn out just fine, you wait and see.
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh, yikes. I'm keeping a lot of positive thoughts and good energy for you. I hope that things turn out well when you get to go see the neurologist.

I guess, on a positive note, it can't be too serious, because then they'd get you in to see the neurologist right away. So maybe the fact that you don't have an appointment for about a month is a good sign?

Oct. 16th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Sending all good thoughts, Patt. I know how stressed you must be feeling.

My aunt has had MS for many years now so it's something I'm familiar with through her experiences. She gets tired and needs to walk with a cane but she's still very active and travels abroad often.

::hugs you::
Oct. 17th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
I like to hear things like this. :) THank you.
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh, that not-knowing is the hardest part sometimes. Lots of times actually... I think you're doing a smart thing trying to educate yourself (though man, it's not hard to get freaked out about even a hangnail when you start reading about it online :-)). Sounds like there are a lot of positive stories should that be the eventual diagnosis, so I imagine that helps too. I hope that you will get a speedy diagnosis once you see the specialist! *hugs*
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Thank you, Ainm. I'm feeling better about the entire thing now. I just had to get used to the idea. :)
Oct. 19th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it wasn't the news you were hoping to hear, and while its not great, it could have been a lot worse, so keep your spirits.

*sending positive thoughts and vibes your way*
Oct. 19th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Beth, I'm actually over the shock and looking forward to more tests and the ending results. It's still much better than a brain tumor.
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