Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Today's Dr. Visit

I know there are several of you who are following my back situation so I thought I would catch you up on today's visit. You recall I had a discogram last week. They injected dye into my disc's and then I had CT scan. Today I had the followup with the Dr. He said the CT shows an "annular tear" in the disc and has refered me to a surgeon for a surgical opinion.

Apparently the discogram was a real challenge for him. He said I was on the table for over an hour though the normal time is more like 20 minutes. He said my anatomy is such that he just could not get a needle into the bottom disc properly. He said this also rules out a possible procedure that involves inserting a wire and creating scar tissue to repair the disc. He said that it is not unusual for men to be put together this way but it is never a problem with women.

Anyway, I now have an appointment with a surgeon scheduled for next Wed. I will let you all know what happens.

Dianna left for California this morning. Both of us are feeling better from our colds, but we are not over them yet.

That's all the news that fit to print.


  1. Wow! It sounds like you have been through a lot with your back. I really hope they are able to give you some relief soon!

  2. After reading this, I am even more glad I'm a woman.

    I hope Dianna didn't have problems with flying while she has a cold. It can wreak havoc on plugged ears.