Will It Go Round In Circles

March 17, 2008

I went back to the Orthopedic Surgeon today to review the results of the EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies. As it turns out, I do have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but it’s a relatively mild case, so, of course, there is – let’s all say it together – no treatment. Just more pain to bear without any relief in sight.

In reference to the god-awful pain in my right shoulder blade, Dr. Bones wants me to have an MRI. (This will be my 12th, I think.) He also mentioned pain management. We’ll re-open that discussion after the MRI.

Dr. Bones remarked that it’s a shame that there isn’t one doctor overseeing “the whole picture.” My primary care physician should be doing that, but:

1. He’s worthless.
2. He doesn’t get involved with Worker’s Comp cases, which means that my lower back problems are a taboo subject.

Anyway, Dr, Bones went on to speculate that, if one doctor was seeing me for all of my medical issues, more effective pain meds might be prescribed. Instead, I am seeing a variety of specialists, each one concentrating on a single area (without doing anything to actually treat any of the problems, I might add).

Not knowing what else to say, he advised me to listen to my body and limit my activities accordingly. He told me to avoid doing things that will exacerbate my pain, and try to get as much rest as possible.

That’s pretty much what I have been doing. Today, however, I followed the doctor’s advice by popping a Vicodin when I got home, and spending the next couple of hours in the kitchen cooking. I prepared three meals – a big pot of tomato sauce, Spanish chicken & rice, and kielbasa and cabbage. (I’ve given up on corned beef.)

Oh well, at least I won’t have to cook when I get home from work for a few days… I’m not going to cook on Easter, either. One holiday a year is more than enough for me.

We’re going to a restaurant, just like we did last year. (By the way, the student referenced in the latter part of that linked entry was sentenced today to 20 years to life in prison.)

I have a feeling this new tradition will continue in future years unless someone else offers to take over the hosting duties. I’m in too much pain to care one way or the other, as long as I don’t have to do it.

Song of the Day: Will It Go Round In Circles by Billy Preston

8 Responses to “Will It Go Round In Circles”

  1. Carol said

    I think going to a restaurant for Easter is a great idea.

  2. Kim said

    ooh yum, your cooking binge sounds heavenly. I am in the process of cooking corned beef and cabbage right now. But Id rather have the spanish chicken and rice, I think…

  3. Michael said

    Yeah, the Spanish chicken and rice sounds good to me, too. I don’t think you’re required to cook and entertain if you’re always the only one doing it. There’s some kind of statue of limitations or critical mass or something on things like that.

  4. terri t. said

    It is too bad that Dr. Bones or some other dr. dr. doesn’t take over all the care. It does seem sad that you continue to suffer this way. Good idea on the eating out….I know what you mean…I get very tired of being the one who is supposed to host big events. Probably why we don’t do big events very often any more.

  5. Sunshyn said

    We’re gonna bbq hamburgers and hot dogs for Easter. Downer cow? Bring it on! I love corned beef. But I never buy a brisket; I get a round, which is much more tender. Roo, though, insisted on mashed potatoes and gravy, so I had to cook Trader Joe’s frozen mashed potatoes (they’re GOOD) and a packet of au jus gravy.

  6. LeAnn said

    Just because one doctor says your carpel tunnel is too mild to need treatment doesn’t mean another doc wouldn’t think it needed treatment, right? Can you not see another doc about that? With all the health issues you have going on, I can’t imagine not treating a treatable one!! That’s insane!!! I hope it’s possible to get a second opionion!! When I went to the ER last summer for a strangulated bowel obstruction the first doc said there was nothing wrong with me. I’d have died if I didn’t go to another ER. Have a happy Easter!!

  7. LA said

    Excellent choice of song and holiday plans!

    I was just telling GWB (via blog comment) that when I’m off my meds it’s stupid hard for me to communicate. Why Chatty Cathy turns mute is a mystery, but there it is.

    I want to see you so bad and never know if I should press the issue or not. On one hand we both come away feeling better, at least in spirit. On the other I know how weary you are and don’t want to make things worse. I do know you need to see my hair while it’s still pink. (Yes, PINK stripes. My %&*$# camera is still offline so I haven’t said anything in my diary lest the screaming for pics gets out of hand.) Anyhow, mini spring break starting Thu. Jet has a full tank and I have a buck for the bridge. YAY! Love, ~LA

  8. Holiday cooking can be either a good sleep inducer, or an insomnia inducer as it makes me (at least) very tired.

    As for going from doctor to doctor, if you can’t find ANY way to find a “total” doctor to help you, try drugbuyers.com (they have information of physicians that treat pain management as they should). There’s got to be some solution! Yes, it’s gotten a rep as a hangout o’ drug addicts, but that’s par for the course. There are plenty of people with real pain issues that post there–you just have to slog through the posts.

    (Hey! All those drugs and behavior classes are finally being used!)

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