52% intelligent. 9% modest. More monkey than bear.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

don't think, don't worry. everything's just fine. just fine.

Finally, my neurologist called me this evening (the back story to this is in here somewhere)

My scans have revealed a patch of inflammation on my cervical cord. This confirms the intial diagnosis of myelitis. The scans have ruled out a whole pile of other things though. Nasty things, like fluid on the brain, tumours and stuff like that. Clearly this is good news, although it leaves us no further forward in understanding what has caused this inflammation.

I have three options:

1) Do nothing, and wait for the inflammation to subside

2) Have a course of intravenous steroids to try to accelerate the healing

3) Have lumbar punctures to try and understand the underlying cause of the myelitis.

The lumbar punctures would not be very likely to tell us much more than we already know, apparently, and the steroids are pretty serious drugs and may trigger something else (and would also rule me out of international sport for the forseeable future). So waiting it is. I'll leave it another week, then talk to the neurologist again to see if my symptoms have turned the corner, and then probably go and see him for another consultation the week after that. In the meantime "gentle exercise" must be my reluctant watchword (the neurologist pointed out that this was a relative term: what is gentle exercise for me, would be very strenuous for him. I took this as a gentle nudge that I should take things easier).

Frustrating, but I suppose it's a step forwards.


À propos nothing, except that I saw someone wearing a pair when I was leaving work, I feel that I need to tell you that I really, really hate this kind of shoe. I think they are hideous. I'm not really sure why I think like this, but somehow I feel the need to share that piece of information with you.

If you happen to own a pair of these (or their ilk), I can only apologise, but it's the way I feel.

Phew. Glad I got that off my chest!


  • At 11:23 pm, Blogger adem said…

    Good news about not being too f**ked-up on the back front. Why don't you go for option 2 and you'll be stacked within no time - Arnie stylee (sadly you may experience testicle shrinkage!)

    On the shoe front, I don't think they do them in your size, so you should be able to avoid them.

  • At 9:12 am, Blogger Teresa Bowman said…

    I hate those shoes too! I saw a woman yesterday teetering across Bristol city centre in a pair, and she looked utterly ridiculous.

    Glad the "weirdy tingles" don't have their origin in anything too serious, although it's a bummer from the sport/exercise point of view. Maybe you'll have to take up some other leisure activity - taxidermy, for instance, or trout-tickling.

  • At 2:17 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    The man has numbness! How can he effectively tickle a trout? That's just mean, teasing him with that.

  • At 8:07 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    A touch frustrating, yet mostly just relief-y. Excellent news.

  • At 3:54 pm, Blogger red one said…

    Good luck with the back. Is it worth checking whether mundane anti-inflammatories like Ibruprofen (nurofen) etc will help?

    I've recently seen spinal cord problems at second hand and know it can be stressful - as well as the symptoms and the impact on your life, there's the horrid bit of having your body do strange stuff on you. Not nice.

    I think you're right to wait if there's a possibility it can clear up on its own, and on the basis that the doc is keeping a regular eye on you.

    But it may be worth finding out about the steroids, in case waiting doesn't do it. They are not always the scary things that turn you into a shot-put champion, affect vital organs or whatever. There are different kinds and strengths and so on.

    Those shoes are bad for your back, though. Wearing 'em, looking at 'em, whatever. Avoid.

  • At 3:20 pm, Blogger Ali said…

    They're called Cork Wedge Heels. Last in fashion in 1981 - I know, because my 9 year old self had a lower version which I wore to the street party to celebrate Diana & Charles' wedding.

    Say no more.


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