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Monday, July 13, 2009

Nerves

I had an interesting little test today at the Virginia Mason Hospital Neuroscience Clinic, a Nerve Conduction test. I have had carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms for years now, and wear a brace on my right hand at night. Now that I'm officially old and on Medicare, I decided it was time to push harder with my Doc, and saw her last week. The result was more back xrays, and referrals for my hands. So today I had electrodes stuck to my hands and wrists and was told to relax my hands and arms while electric jolts "stimulated" my nerves. I can report that I do have nerves, and that when jolted, they make things jerk around. And that's all I know so far. When I got home, I had a message to call my doctor. The new xrays show the spondylolisthesis in my back is "mobile", which means "not stabilized". So now I have a new referral to Neuroscience. This will be a long saga. Don't hold your breath for me. I'm just glad to be getting more information so I know what's going on.

5 comments:

  1. It's always good to get more information. We went to see Art's NEW doctor today now that he's officially on Medicare and got good information. I guess we're of the age when we need to stay on top of things. Not always easy. That nerve test on the hand sounded interesting. I hope everything is OK everywhere else. Please let us know.

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  2. One of the challenges of aging is dealing with physical problems of the body but they also have emotional ramifications that are sometimes more challenging. It certainly teaches us patience...

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  3. It's always good to know what your dealing with. Better not to have to deal with it at all.
    I hope they can help.

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  4. My aunt gave me a pillow for my birthday a few years back.. It reads, "After 60, it's just patch, patch, patch..." Not funny.

    I too have had that electronic testing on what we thought was carpel tunnel. Also not funny. The jolly, friendly physician who administered it turned out to be Dr. Jekyl and Mr Hyde. He was just having way too good a time shocking me. He'd laugh when I'd jerk... speaking of jerk... well, maybe that is a little harsh. He really was funny.

    Anyway... keep us posted on what's going on with you. Hope it all turns out to be nothing more than a minor inconvenience...not something you have to "deal" with.

    I love getting older. Honestly, I do. Except for this lousy physical deterioration part of it. And maybe the part about having to restrict our diets. I just learned how to make the MOTHER LODE of all chocolate cakes, and now I'm told to cut out sugar? How fair is that?

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  5. Your extended blogging family will want to keep up with your health news. Keep us in the loop and I wish you the best test results possible!

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