I went to my Orthopedic surgeon yesterday, and the problem that is causing my pain is due to a cyst growing on the bone. As a result there is less room for the nerve. He has recommended surgery. It appears pretty simple compared to most back surgery which usually involves removing a disk or fusing.
So I have decided to get it done. The problem has been trying to fit it into my life. I have 6 weeks where I will not be able to lift more than 15 lbs. I have scheduled a retreat at the end of July and then the trip to South Carolina in September. I was thinking of getting it done before the retreat. The six weeks won't have passed yet but I should be on my way to recovery and I will have the trailer to sleep in so I can just do that if I am not feeling good. Or I guess I could cancel the retreat but I really don't want to miss it. Or I could wait till all of these events are over with but I don't think I want to wait that long. Why do things have to be so difficult.
Then to throw a wrench into all those decisions I decided that I would like a 2nd opinion. What a fiasco that has been so far. I called one doctor and they can't get me in for a month. The other chice I call yesterday and they won't even make an appt until I am sure that my insurance will pay. So I call the insurance line and then they tell you their answers are not guaranteed, now what the hell does that mean. I finally give up for the day, I figure when Dave comes home he can find out for me. So he find that yest this will be covered and that there are a preferred provider that I can call. This is the same person I called the day before, so I call again and the only person who can make appointments doesn't work till Monday. GRRRrrrrr....... Now if I have to wait a month to get an appointment with them I am not sure what I will do. They say to get a 2nd opinion and then they make it so difficult to do so. Part of me wants to just skip this and have the surgery in a couple weeks. I am tired of being in pain...is that too much to ask. Sorry about all this, I just needed to vent... I will figure it all out.