Once again, they didn't believe me. The staff took their sweet time, ordering a sonogram to see how much fluid was actually retained in my bladder. Only after this procedure did they assess that my hollering was for a legitimate reason, and gave me a catheter. Immediately, almost a liter was emptied. I could feel the plastic tubing scraping the insides of my body which later on provided me with a gift of a urinary tract infection on top of everything else that was going on. As I wept more quietly, I changed the the mantra to, "I neeed an MRIIIIII!" After an hour and a half more, I was rolled into the MRI area and also had an XRAY of my back. As I suspected, the spondololysthesis weakened the spine, and there was a disc herniation between my lumbar 5 and sacrum. In my case, the center of the disc leaked onto the main nerves controlling the muscles in the buttocks and legs. The gel, particles of hard disc, and broken lumbar bone were entering my nerves, creating the severe internal electrocution of the right lower parts of my body.
I was admitted to the hospital while they were trying to figure out what to do next. I continued to cry, my jars of tears collected from the fact that for days the medical professionals didn't believe me, as much as from the continuous pain and suffering. Luckily for me, I was scheduled for an emergency epidural the next day, a Monday, To my surprise, my regular chronic pain doctor was there to administer the steroids into my spine on the right side. An epidural puts steroid medicine precisely into the area of the spine to help relief the pain for months. It is not the same as a completely numbing epidural when a woman chooses this in labor and delivery. The epidural gave me some relief for about 24 hours. I still was not permitted to get out of bed, as I could not anyway. It was physically impossible.
My chronic pain doctor checked in on me on Tuesday afternoon in my room. He set up an appointment for later in the day with a spine surgeon specialist by Zoom. Hallelujah!
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