On Monday morning I was oddly excited to get to work, hop on the computer and pull up my MRI report. I know - weirdo! Just as I had suspected, I have a herniated disc pressing on the affected nerve root. I see folks for this kind of thing all the time and I've been self-treating but also avoiding my own advice - if it hurts don't do it. Unfortunately, I still have to work and help take care of the babies. I have been telling some of my clients who are going through the same thing that I just want to know what they're going through to help me be a better clinician. Which also leads me to some of the frustration; other than not sleeping well, if I can't fix myself how can I help others in the same boat?
I am unable to get into the specialist until next week for an epidural steroid injection to decrease the inflammation around the nerve root. It is inflammation and not the disc itself that actually causes the pain. Because my reflexes have gotten a little worse, lost a little more strength and since I can't get in for a while, I am going to try another dose of oral steroids since the numbness and weakness didn't start until after I finished the first round of steroids.
Thank you for the kind thoughts, advice, and prayers.