Matt, When Sylvia had her back surgery years ago she emphasized the importance of using a neurosurgeon who knows all the spinal nerve intricacies well. At that time there was a great neurosurgeon at GW, and all the Doctors went to him for back surgery. Find out where the doctors are going these days, and at least have a consult with a neurosurgeon.
drunkenmister replied to your post: …It Was Only A Matter Of Time. best of luck with everything. Thanks! I appreciate it!
...It Was Only A Matter Of Time.
Well… I said I would keep you updated… So here it is. I went for the MRI last Thursday after my last post. What I failed to mention then, along with the numbness of the skin on my left shin and foot, was that I also have weakness in my shin and a reduced range of motion than normal. This was apparently a pretty important factor today as the doctor was looking over my MRI. The...
Yet another setback...... GGGRRRRRR!
So as I mentioned, and as the picture showed in my previous post, Thursday I received a Caudal Epidural Injection. It was definitely the most painful of the shots that I have received to date. Lots of pressure and stabbing pains through my butt. Now…before I continue, Let me share a quick anecdote about the preparation for the procedure. As you may have noticed in the picture of the...
....About Four Months Later....
I decided today… “That’s IT! I’m going back!”… It’s been a bit over four months since the last time I stepped on the mat(t) at Yamasaki! I just couldn’t take it any more. My back still hurts like hell (but better) and I want to train… Badly…. like FOUR MONTHS AGO!!!! So, I messaged my Master, Fernando Yamasaki this morning and asked him...
4 More Weeks.... :(
After visiting the Doc on Tuesday, He refilled my scripts (Celebrex and Soma) and is sending me to a different Physical Therapist 2 times a week for the next 4 weeks. That means I can’t do anything for at least 4 more weeks. This is killing me!!!! In the meantime, I continue to visualize Jiu Jitsu in my mind so that when I come back, at least I will be thinking clearly and hopefully wont...
It's back to the Doc today
It’s been a while since I have posted but this morning I go back to the Doc for my follow up and I’ve been hoping that I would be getting cleared today. The past few weeks have been up and down. I’ve actually been improving quite well. Between the meds and Physical Therapy, I have been improving steadily. I was actually running again and it felt great, and even did some light...
In the Chinese language, the subject is an animal, and an object is a...– Spark, by John J. Ratey MD
Let the Healing Begin!!!!
Today: Physical Therapy at 10:00am then off to Acupuncture at 12:00pm… and some meditation somewhere in there too (Thanks Morgann). Busy morning.
....And the diagnosis is....
No training until further notice. Disc herniation at L5-S1 and bulging discs from L3-L4. Cleberex for swelling and pain now so I don’t cry at commercials anymore like the Prednozone was making me do…. And Carisoprodol as a muscle relaxer as not cause dependency from Diazepam. Depending how physical therapy goes, depends on how soon I get back to it. I guess I better get a move on and put as much...
Wishing I was I doctor.... or at least could read...
Just got the films back from my MRI today…. Can’t tell what the heck I’m looking at. GRRRR! I want this fixed already. Pain is lingering longer than it usually has in the past. Hoping that surgery is not in my future but if that’s what it takes to get back to it…. So be it!
MRI day today
Let’s hope I can get back on the mat soon. I’m having BJJ withdrawals.
4 weeks Down and out! :(
The Doc said today that I definitely re-aggravated my pre-existing disc herniations. He put me on Prednisone for the next week to reduce swelling around the disc and Diazepam to control muscle spasms. On Tuesday, I go in for an MRI to see how good ( or bad ) the condition is this time. But for now, I’ll be watching from the side, by order of the Doc, for the next 4 weeks. Booooooooo! I...
Around 13 years ago, I was granted a medical discharge from the United States Marine Corps for what they called a service aggravated disability. I was shoulder-deep digging a fighting hole during a training exercise when a formation was called. I tried to stand up but couldn’t. I was literally stuck; bent over in a hole that I had dug for myself. Ever since that day, My back has been a...
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog… it’s fresh and honest. It’s nice to hear a male perspective on being a white belt in jiu jitsu since I’m female and also a white belt. (You wouldn’t know this by looking at my blog… the bjj portion is password protected). Thanks for sharing :) Keep it up! TRAIN HARD FIGHT EASY!
Buddy Tape it and Keep Rollin'
After a week…. I Finally went to the Doc about my finger, (Thanks Will) Just a small fracture… Buddy tape it and keep rollin’.
When I first got the idea to start training in Jiu Jitsu back in February, I thought to myself “Self…I’m going to get me one of those Black Belts!”. Well…NO, not really. I really just wanted to do well and I figured that since I had a solid wrestling background, this Jiu Jitsu promotion thing would come kinda quickly. Generally speaking, although it comes easier to...
majormajor asked: Hey man, Cool blog. BJJ is pretty amazing - we incorporate a bit of it into our training in Kung Fu and there is some similar groundwork in ninjutsu.