According to the MRI, the back pain is real

According to the doctor, I have a “left para-central disc protrusion which effaces the left lateral recess and exerts mass-effect upon the left S1 nerve root.”

And that, my invisible friends, is my excuse for not blogging tonight.

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15 Comments

  1. Brackinald Achery
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    What’s it mean?

  2. Posted March 26, 2009 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I think it means that one of my disks is squishing out from between two vertebrae at the base of my spine and putting pressure on the bundle of nerves that runs down my left leg, which would explain the pain I’m feeling. Basically, it’s stuff I knew already – just now I know the scientific jargon to explain it.

  3. Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I think you should try to get medical marijuana prescribed and then blog about the experience. We could see how the new law works.

    In all seriousness, I hope your back feels better.

  4. tommy
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Same thing my Mom had to deal with for years. Degenerated to the point where surgery was needed due to increased pain over time. Started off with Chiropractic, then accupuncture, and finally surgery. Hopefully your condition stabilizes. The pot thing sounds like a great idea – Chronic for Chronic!

  5. Brackinald Achery
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    How do you fix it?

  6. Oliva
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Feeling for you and that poor bundle of pressed nerves.

  7. Joanne
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Mark, you should try physical therapy at St. Joe’s Occupational Therapy building. You need to ask for Katie, the back specialist. She is amazing. See if your doctor can refer you to St. Joe if your insurance covers it.

  8. Paw
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    MRI?

    Massive Rump Irrigator?

    Michigan Rectum Inflamer?

  9. Sue
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Welcome to middle age. :-)

  10. Daniel
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Hey Mark, I had my first MRI late last year. I have some similiar back issues and feel your pain – literally. Get some PT and pain meds – I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  11. Posted March 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Mark — I hope you feel better. Back pain is bad news.

  12. Posted March 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Yikes! I hope they can get you some good drugs or other fix!

  13. Ol' E Cross
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I have to confess, I was tempted to make light of your agony, but then I realized how the public would respond.

  14. Posted March 27, 2009 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Great clip. I’m a huge Tim Carey fan. Man, that guy is brilliant…. I actually want to post something about him next week. Stay tuned.

  15. Robert
    Posted March 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I just got back from a doctor appointment too, and it turns out all my comfort is imagined.

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