Had the appointment with the neurosurgeon on Monday & Tuesday of last week.
After an MRI (boy those things are noisy & claustrophobic), the diagnosis was 2 prolapsed discs. One has a tear and has been leaking fluid. The other is pressing onto both the left & right nerve bundles, causing loss of reflexes & numbness.
Plan of attack is to try cortisone injections into the affected sites. That needs to be arranged through my GP, and will be administered by a pain anaethetist. One, possibly two injections, depending upon how I respond.
In addition to that, I am supposed to swim – in Walcha where it is winter 8 months of the year??!!! – do abdominal strengthening exercises & try physio again. I’m opting for weekly massages, treat the whole body -not just the affected area.
So for now it is back to playing the waiting game….
We got to see the Pasha Bulker though, on our way through to Sydney – WOW!! The captain really needs his butt kicked.