I’m worried about this next year.

For over a month now I have a lot of pain in my lower back and legs.  The diagnosis from a recent MRI is that I have Spinal Stenosis.  A couple of years ago I had to have a procedure on my upper back for pain and the diagnosis at that time was that I have degenerative disk disease.  The level of pain I am currently having will make it difficult to interact with  approx. 30  five-year olds. I don’t have a lot of patience when I’m hurting. I go in this week to a specialist to see what they can do.  Hopefully it won’t involve complicated surgery…….

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6 thoughts on “I’m worried about this next year.

  1. Chronic pain is awful. I’ve never had to deal with it for too long but even for just a week or two it can be horrific. I’m so sorry you are hurting.

  2. I have been in almost constant pain for ten years now, but I am usually at a low level during the day when I am busy and distracted. I have several things wrong and have had disc surgery, and had a tumor removed from my spinal column. I am grateful to still be walking- three months in a wheel chair gave me a preview of the alternative. i understand your concerns and I hope you find a solution that benefits your health and your students.

    • I went to pain managment yesterday, he upped my pain meds a little and also scheduled me for injections to block the pain at the site. It’s only a stop-gap measure, but hopefully will allow me to state the school year and be nice to the kids. I had a similar procedure done on my upper back 3 years ago and it hasn’t bothered me since, so hopefully this will help. It it requires surgery, they expect a three month recovery time. I hate taking that much time away from my kids.

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