Dear Loyal Readers:
I hope this Blog Entry finds you well. I apologize in advance, but I must be brief. Due to a complicated medical problem involving a Bone Spur in my Neck which is causing a variety of painful symptoms, I must take a break from typing for a while. If I require surgery, I might have to take a little more time off.
I will certainly share the most interesting parts of my medical “journey” as soon as I can. In the meantime, I have been tweeting @HospitalPatient because it’s only 140 characters and I can dictate it. There’s something about the typing position which aggravates my current Neck situation and causes SEVERE PAIN down both arms and at the tip of BOTH shoulders. My Pain Management Doctor believes I have 2 separate problems: 1. A Bone Spur in my Neck compressing nerves in 2 different cervical discs on different sides of my Neck and 2. Severely Inflamed “AC Joints” in BOTH SHOULDERS causing the “shoulder separation feeling” pain.
Given the “coincidence” of both shoulders having this “AC Joint” problem at the same time, it seems this problem likely is the result of my December, 2014 fall off a 10-foot ladder. I fell backwards while standing on the top of the ladder trying to get something from a shelf in my garage. I lost my balance and landed on the upper portion of my back. As I was falling, I swear I thought I was going to be paralyzed. That’s how high the fall was but I only fractured a bone in my back. I am truly LUCKY and THANKFUL. Well, it seems I also damaged my Neck. (But I still consider myself lucky and thankful because it could have been a lot worse.) I don’t understand why it has taken so long to cause all this pain but such unique manifestations of injuries or symptoms have been the story of my life ever since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 30 years ago.
I am also the primary Caretaker for my Mom and that has become much more intense. Accordingly, I must take care of my health and my Mom and take a break. Thank you for reading my Blog and for posting comments, good or bad. If you are interested in reading more of my healthcare writing, my book “Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient” is still available in all media formats at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have been told it is very funny and very informative.