GPOYW. Took this last night. Found out on Monday that I have two discs in my neck that are 75% gone, daddy, gone. Ive been having neck pain for awhileand my neck froze up on me completely last month. I really didnt suspect a disc problem though.
After talking it over with the sports therapy doctor who will be helping me through this, we both came to the conclusion that a very traumatic bicycle accident that I had when I was around 10 years old was probably the culprit. Nothing like slamming head first into pavement like a jackhammer and sliding 15 feet on your face to make your spine a little screwy. Only back then, nobody really thought to take a look at my spine. I was stitched up (about 100 stitches.), wrapped up like an extra from M*A*S*H* and sent home.
After thinking about it over the past few days, and paying attention to the referred pain spots that the doctor pointed out, I realized Ive been suffering with this ever since then. Going out shopping with my mom would ultimately end with me complaining that my back hurt. Leaning over a desk to do anything like crafts or cooking would ache and hurt to the point where I would have to go lay down in order to get some relief. I just chalked it up to having a long spine (which I do), and something you simply suffer with. Silly goofball. Geez.
The exact spot thats always been the killer for me, is the very spot that the referred pain of crushed or degenerative discs in those particular places in the neck will go. Huh. Wish I had thought about all of this much earlier.
Fortunately, the clinic Im going to called BioSports is a very advanced place, which encourages therapy over surgery. So Im heading there in a couple of hours to talk about treatment options. Is it wrong that Im secretly hoping theyll prescribe lots of massage therapy for me? :)
I have a fondness for praying mantises. They started showing up where my father worked in the early 80s, and he brought one home. We named her Mandee, and kept her for six months, beyond when she would have lived in cold weather. She was as alien as anything I had ever encountered, and yet so observant and gentle well, gentle if you werent a moth or a fly.
Mantises are a regular sight in our yard now.. and at the end of summer I love spying their egg sacs here and there in secret places. Makes me smile to think Ill see more of them the following year.
Two of my favorite singers from the 80s, Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw. together on stage in 2008, singing a fantastic rendition of Wouldnt It Be Good. Do yourself a favorand have a listen. Talented folks, out there doing what they love. This makes me so happy. ~Aimee~