I went back to Bone and Joint yesterday for yet another caudal epidural. When I went in last month for a follow up with the doctor, she told me that she could basically keep doing the injections, up to 6 times a year…maybe 7 times, since I don’t have diabetes. Steroids can really mess with your blood sugar.
I don’t think that getting multiple injections a year is necessarily the best answer to the pain problem, but it is what I have available to me right now.
Yesterday’s procedure when really well. The entire process was the same as before. But, the pre-op nurse did remind me that I should let the scheduler know that since I don’t take the valium, I can come in 30 minutes later for my arrival time.
I will say that this was the most effective use of lidocaine. She did such a great job of numbing my tailbone that I didn’t feel anything for the rest of the procedure. Once that local anesthesia wore off, I was a bit sore for the rest of the day.
The other thing that I talked about with the doctor at my last appointment was the plan of getting a surgical consult with a spinal surgeon. There is a pretty good spinal surgeon at Bone and Joint. One who works at the hospital where I work. Everyone has good things to say. However, since Bone and Joint is not in my insurance network, I decided to go see a doctor at the Marshfield Clinic.
I called last week to see if I could get an appointment, but they want the referral to come through my doctor at Bone and Joint. So, I had to call back to the nurse who works with my case and ask her to get the ball rolling for me. I swear, insurance is so annoying. I am hoping to hear something back from someone in a week or two so I can schedule the appointment.
The weird thing about this whole process is that I don’t want surgery. And my doctor doesn’t think I am a good surgical candidate. But, she wants to make sure that we are pursuing all possible avenues. So I guess I’ll be talking to a surgeon trying to convince him that he can’t operate on me. In all seriousness, if there is a surgical procedure that will get rid of the pain, while still allowing me to do all the things I want to do, I would really consider it.
Today, I got on the treadmill for 6.5 miles. That is the furthest I have run in over a year. It felt pretty good. I kept the pace slow. While I am slowly building up my mileage, I haven’t gotten anywhere close to the pace I used to run. I wish I could run faster, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?
I am still tossing around the idea of running the Cellcom half marathon in May. That race has always been one I have wanted to run. Since I am definitely going to be running fewer events going forward, I am going to be a bit more selective when deciding on races.
I am also planning on volunteering at the Oshkosh half and full marathon in April. If I can make things work out with the rest of my schedule, I will be in the medical tent at the finish line. Again, I would rather be running, but this is a great way to help out and still be involved.
Let me know if you are going to be at either of those races. I would love to see you.