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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:36 PM
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medical mystery will hopefully soon be resolved.
My husband had spinal decompression on a nerve back in 2010 and made excellent recovery. But just over a week ago he started suddenly having leg/hip pain that has rapidly increased. We were in his neurosurgeon's office today. Doc doesn't think it's related to the spinal situation. So we're off to an orthopedic surgeon Wednesday. Hubby may end up getting an MRI; we'll see.

Here is what I find puzzling: I asked the neurosurgeon if there was a possibility that he had had an injury during his gym workouts. He asked about what exercises hubby did and if he had taken a fall. Since none of this was the problem, the doc says the problem is "wear and tear, related to the aging process."

I got home and started to wonder. It's of course too late to ask but I thought of stress fractures that people get from running, altho hubby doesn't run. So I'll ask the ortho guy when we see him, but I do wonder why it wasn't even mentioned.

It's pretty alarming to see hubby get so progressively worse so quickly...



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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:44 PM
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1. Scary stuff
I have found that as I have gotten older, it takes less and less to set my body off. Last December I had an very minor mishap that in my early years would have hardly merited a notice. It took about 9 months of PT prescribed exercises to make it better.

Aging sucks, but I guess it beats the alternative. Hope your hubby gets better soon.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:52 PM
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2. vicoden seems to help a bit.
At least we have sufficient health care. I've been reading about several DUers severe problems with medical bills and I feel terrible for them...
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:04 PM
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3. An MRI will tell the tale. I don't know how old your husband is,
so I can't speculate. I'm pretty sure there will be an MRI, though, to rule out spinal stenosis and other conditions. There are a number of possibilities. Once you know the cause, you'll know what treatment, if any, will be beneficial. It's good that you're seeing the orthopedic surgeon. It could easily be something that can be effectively treated without surgery.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:10 PM
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4. I can't help worrying because his spinal stenosis came on very fast and very
painfully. Which is why I wondered about a gym injury...
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:43 PM
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5. It may not be spinal stenosis.
Wait for the MRI to figure out what the cause is. That's my advice.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:59 PM
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6. Yeah, at 71 hubby has a few years on him! We'll see. Good advice...
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