I can’t believe I almost forgot to post a HYC Update today! I’m all thrown off because yesterday was a holiday and all day I’ve been thinking it was Monday (nice surprise!). But I’ve got quite an update for you, so it will be worth the wait.
(No, this isn’t a photo of me )
I got a voicemail from my doctor today informing me that I have an arthritic spine involving my C3, C4, and C5 vertebrae. It’s also known as an arthritic cervical spine . I also have pressure on a nerve. All of this is causing the numbness in my arm/hand/fingers. (The hand brace wasn’t helping at all, so I figured the problem wasn’t carpal tunnel). Apparently by the time numbness sets in, things are fairly severe. The thing is, I haven’t felt any neck pain at all up to this point (and still don’t) and the only indication that there was any problem at all was the numbness.
The doctor told me that she’s recommending physical therapy, so she’s going to put in the referral for that. I haven’t actually spoken to her on the phone, but I did email her to ask how long she thought I’d need to do the physical therapy and what would be other steps if that didn’t help. From the brief bit of research I’ve done this evening, surgery is a real possibility. And that’s a scary prospect.
Surgery is always risky, but it’s so much more risky because of my weight, which gives me all the more incentive and motivation to take this weight off so I can get lap band surgery and help take a chunk of this weight off for good. I really hope that I don’t have to worry about this at all, but I do want to be prepared and get myself in as good a shape as possible so that things can go as smoothly as possible.
My dad said that this was the exact problem (in the same area) that he had, and he ended up needing surgery. But he also said that was because he waited to address it which made the problem all the more serious. My dad was about 15 years older than I am now when he had his surgery, and he came out of it really well. If I do have to have he surgery, I hope I can come out as well.
So there you have it. Some really unfortunate news that I’m going to take as even more motivation to lose weight. And in the mean time, I’m going to think good thoughts that physical therapy will do the trick so that I can avoid surgery altogether. And I am really thankful that I at least know what I’m dealing with and that the doctor is giving me a course of action to follow.