Friday, March 5, 2010
Neck (Cervical) Injections
Well, I did it on Monday and other than a painful needle stick in the hand for the conscious sedation, I didn't feel a thing or feel bad afterward. Now that its been the better part of a week since I got stuck, I do think I have a bit more mobility and less pain in my neck.
I have recovered from last weeks IViG pretty well even while fighting off a cold and sinus issues from very heavy week of tree pollen. I have walked twice this week over thirty minutes... actually 32 each time and have gone farther with less pain and fatigue than in weeks past. Usually, I wonder if I will be able to make it back from my walk for the last 1/4 mile or so but have spent these last few days wondering if I should try for another loop around the block. So progress is being made, step by step, stride by stride. The UPS delivery guy, fondly refered to as James Brown, commented that he would never know I had any walking issue by watching me pole and hoof it around the hood. That was a nice compliment!
The flowers are starting to bloom around the hood so I take my old point and shoot nikon on my walks. The nikon is small and light enough to fit in my pocket so it doesn't have to hang around my neck! So now I carry poles, camera, pedometer, and cell phone. I should wear my motorcycle fanny pack to carry all the stuff! Actually, this photo was taken with the little Canon 20D.
Next week is Cervical injections #2 in series and of course IViG. Ugh. That means I will be down for the count on the weekend. Oh well, not much happens here on weekends since my dear daughter is 18 and off with her friends, not needing Mom for much.
Had a Neurologist appt Tuesday and of course she lambasted me for not taking enough Valium. I did tell her I did up it from 2.5 mg a day to 3.75. She just rolled her eyes. LOL. I don't want to be on 80 mg a day like a lot of folks since I fully intend to get better and get off these drugs.
She had called the company that makes the "bird poison" Ampyra, and they are not marketing it yet to the neuros. But as she has at least one other MS person clamoring for it, she will keep on the company to get a rep out as soon as its available. Interesting. Well maybe next month for that.
Hopefully with that drug and the injections in my neck, lower back and butt (piriformis muscle) I will get back to more normal life and be able to walk better and best of all, handle the heat when it comes this summer. Fingers Crossed!