Here are the procedures I'll soon be having:
~A Percutaneous Disc Removal (minimally invasive technique). Hopefully he won't have to remove too much. From an MRI the doctor found a disc piece about the size of a marble pressing against a nerve.
~An EMG/NCS nerve conduction test on my thighs.
~Possible MRI on my thighs.
The New York Hospital for Special Surgery is working on setting up a way to do these procedures on the same day. It takes about 6 hours for me to drive to New York City so this would be a tremendous help.
Even though the procedures will be at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery (they handle sports injuries and use up to date techniques); I'm still a little nervous.
A few years ago I had back pain and tried epidural injections. It only helped a little but when I began taking Cymbalta the pain was completely gone.
This time besides the excruciating pain I have a weakness in my legs.
After an epidural injection there was a tremendous relief. I no longer need Oxycontin to control the pain.
Because of the weakness in my legs I'm using a walker to prevent hurting myself in a fall.
My legs only give out on me occasionally but it's enough to be a risk. I don't want to break a bone, especially a hip. The fall could also cause more injury to my back.
I'm not supposed to drive, which is a terrible limit on my freedom. I live out in the country, no buses or local trains. I can hire a cab but that's expensive. Otherwise I have to ask my wife to take me places.
I hope this per-cutaneous disc removal will bring back the strength in my legs and prevent the pain from returning.
Here are two videos that explain the details.
Don't watch them if you're squeamish.
All this is only an inconvenience when compared with someone who has a serious problem like cancer or a stroke. I just thank God it's nothing really bad.