Hi Ann, could you send some cooler air toward the south, please?!
I'm thinking about an orthopedic doc, but I'd rather have a neurosurgeon since the spinal cord is involved. I don't want surgery at all, but I know these bone spurs continue to grow. They don't shrink or disappear without Divine Intervention (which I've had before with my lumbar area). The more these bone spurs impinge on my spinal cord, the harder it will be to do surgery (I think) and I really don't think I can go on like this for years. Besides, after the spinal cord has been damaged, it probably won't go back to it's previous state, so I'll have numbness, possibly paralysis, who knows.
I'm going to send my report and films to various places.
It should be interesting to get the opinions of endoscopic surgeons.
I recently bought bed risers for my cutting table and that helped so much.
I had to cut squares for 'hobo' packs for the children at church and the added height was great. My back went into spasms, but not as bad as it normally would.
Also, Ann, our church has theater-type seats, not the fancy rocking ones, just padded, comfortable seats with arms. We're a contemporary style church and the lights are somewhat low during the service, so if I need to, I cross my legs in the seat, take my shoes off, whatever I need to be comfy!
I totally agree with you about sticking to my guns on doctors. I did my research with the lumbar pain and found doctors in Atlanta (5 hours away) who would actually listen and not treat me like I was nuts. I really don't think a pain clinic is going to do a lot of good. Sure, it will treat the symptoms briefly, but the problem remains that I have a 'spear' going into my spinal cord.
If I don't like a doctor, I just don't go back. I'm not assertive enough to tell them what I think, but I certainly don't go back for more of the same!
So I'll do my research on the computer and pray lots for wisdom and guidance in every little detail and when it's right, I'll know it.
If you think of anything else that might help me out in my quest for info, please let me know.
Have a great weekend, Sharon in TN