Friday, December 3, 2010

Wait, is that a hope glimmer I see?

We had a very promising visit with the neurologist (first time to him) yesterday. He is working on the "not-obvious" which is totally where I shine! :) He is looking at the brain and neck now to see if that would be affecting the hip via MRI's. He has given me new medicine, which I pray will help alleviate the pain and what he thinks are severe muscle spasms due to nerve problems. Something about "Spasticity" being a symptom of something wrong with the neck and or brain.He noticed that I am "off" on my left side movements. Everything he said to me sounded treatable- hooray! He said I definitely have a neurological issue and that finally we were in the right place. Praise the Lord!!

I have hope I might even walk pain-free by Christmas. But for me, it's a prayer request to not put faith in doctors, but in the Lord and His perfect will.

Oh and the best quotes/funny of the day:
Backstory: I had a gown on for examination purposes and everything. I didn't know the doctor wanted me to change back, because he didn't tell me and I'm literal. Believe me, I'm the change-back fast girl! So he comes back in and says:
"Usually I prefer to talk to people when they are fully dressed."
John being the funny one, says real quick out loud: "Me too!"
OH THE LAUGHS! He even made the doctor crack up! I heart John.

1 comment:

Jon said...

spasticity and gait disorders are one of my clinic's specialties. these things more often than not dont show up (or at least dont show up as anything more identifiable than mild volume changes in certain areas) on MRIs. Its worth getting of course, to test for vascular issues or obvious problems. Spasticity and Gait disturbance are symptoms, not diseases. The processes for isolating the cause usually include genetic testing and blood-iron levels. If he calls you back with the MRI results ask him to read off the official differential diagnosis from the H&P. Left sided movements "off" can mean a lot of things. The character of the "offness" is what's important. Does it look ataxic (usually cerebellar and/or spinal), parkinsonian (stiff, rigid, decreased swing and bounce), or dystonic (stiff, contorted, crampy). You'd treat all of them in different ways and look for different causes. Nearly all of the causes are in fact treatable, including the genetic ones, but some are higher maintainance than others.