I hope you are all refreshed and ready for lesson 2 in spinal probs.
yesterday afternoon I was sat quiet ( not much option) when I started to get spasms from my spine down my thighs and into my legs then ankles, these were happening every 3 / 4 minutes; I phoned hubs told him said this might be it, phoned the doctor and was told to take another of the nerve suppressants I told her no way could I take the gabepentin as I wouldn't wake up so agreed to take anothe 25 mg of amytriptylene, that now makes it 100mg a day. I did as she said an made a cup of ginger lemon and ginseng tea and waited, gradually i could feel the spasms shortening and then they were gone; i know all that was happening was the nerve endings were being suppressed but you know I don't care all I want is to stop hurting. Now in part 1 I told you about the nervous system and it's telegraph system.
Here's part 2.
With spinal stenosis, nerves can become compressed, either within the spinal cord, or as the spinal nerves exit the spinal cord. Compression of these nerves leads to the common symptoms experienced by people who have spinal stenosis. When the nerves are compressed, abnormal signals are sent to and from the brain, or sometimes the signals don't get past the area of compression. Therefore, patients with spinal stenosis may experience pain, numbness or weakness.
Who Gets S S ?
Spinal stenosis affects men and women equally, and most often is seen in people over the age of 50. People who have careers that are labor intensive are more prone to developing symptoms of spinal stenosis. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis of the spine and it is uncommon to find this condition in individuals younger than 30 years old.
What Causes S S
Spinal stenosis may be caused by a wide variety of conditions, all of which lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal. These conditions may be either acquired or inherited. Spinal stenosis can be caused from rheumatoid arthritis, a process that causes synovial leakage into the facets and can cause arthritic changes in the spine leading to nerve compression. Common changes of spinal arthritis include the formation of bone spurs, calcification of spinal ligaments, thickening of joint tissue due to chronic inflammation, and degeneration of the spinal disc. All of these changes narrow the space around the nerves, eventually leading to nerve compression.
If the area of narrowing of the spine is in the cervical (neck) region, the symptoms are felt in the arms, and if the area of narrowing is in the lumbar (low back) the symptoms are felt in the legs.
Other symptoms may occur as a result of spinal stenosis. One particularly worrisome symptom is bowel or bladder dysfunction (inability to control urination or bowel movements). This can be a symptom of cauda equina syndrome, and should be treated as a medical emergency. Cauda equina syndrome may require immediate surgery to decompress (create more space) the area of the spine that is seriously affected by nerve compression.
So like expecting a baby I’ve got my bag packed, an extra supply of medication to take with me and a book which I’ll never get to read.
My biggest worry is cauda equine if the bladder and bowel get damaged and I end up wearing tena pads for the rest of my life.
But heyho, I’ll try to keep going until they give me the call to have it pinned and screwed together. or, have another day and night like yesterday and when I can't take any more make hubs drive me to Oxford JR hospital, and refuse to leave unless I get my spine operated on. Then of course i'll be off the Humira AGAIN for a few weeks, then if the RA decides to flare where will it attack me next time???? it only took 6 weeks of not having humira in April - May for the RA to attack my spine. So be careful don't ignore pain in your neck and back it could be serious.
pace your self