Along with a labral tear, some fraying of my rotator cuff and something they called tendinosis along with a supra-something kind of cyst ... the Orthopod also things I have a herniated disc in my neck. It makes a ton of sense given the numbness and pain in my shoulder, arm and thumb.
I went this morning and had my MRI ... I even got a DVD of all the pictures and it looks like I DO have a herniated disc bulging a bit in the C5 region. Looks kind of textbook-like except that it does not look as extreme as some of the pictures I see. We'll see what the report says. But symptomatically, it makes a ton of sense.
Good news is that the doctor thinks that all of my shoulder stuff is not from one trauma but from several traumas. He is not anxious to jump into any surgery (more conservative) as he thinks that we need to take care of the neck first and then deal with some impingement issues probably through rehab and PT.
Onto another body part -- I have a sinus (ENT) appt. tomorrow and they want to discuss sinus surgery with me to open up some of the blockages that cause a boatload of problems with me and my asthma and chronic sinusitus. I live off of Z-Packs (Zithromax) and even have two of them in my medicine chest because I know what works when stuff in my sinuses just does not drain and causes a nasty infection.
What the hell .... what is a little sinus surgery. Get it the heck out of the way and help some of my snoring (poor Cecilia now really notices snoring and I hate that so much). I feel one of the best gifts I can give her is a good night's sleep without snoring. I'll go under the knife any day if it will help that among keeping me clearer from sinus infections which really are disabling at times.
Ok ... so tomorow we go to consult with the ENT.
I think I already mentioned the stresses around my Dad and his Colorectal cancer (Stage IV). This is rough stuff but I am proud of my parents for taking it so bravely and in stride. I think that chemotherapy should be a good option for him and we are praying it works and really takes. The stress of this cannot be understated with MS. I just need to be aware of symptoms and try to understand if what I am experiencing is MS-related.
It can get confusing.
One thing is for sure. The pain really stinks and can be unrelenting.