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2022 May Neo-Neuro Hopes and Fears

May 10 is going to be the first of two rounds of injections into the lower right side of my back — L4-L5 and L5-S1, specifically.

This area has been the site of knotted muscles for over 7 years and the reason that I have moved away from my primary care physicians to someone new. They considered the muscle knotting to just be an issue with the way I was sitting and gave me glib answers to my medical questions without ever considering something more severe.

Well, May 10, we will begin attacking this area of my spine. The invasion will consist of two rounds of injections placed two weeks apart to help the surgeon identify the most accurate point of attack.

I have to prefix this with the fact that I am not a doctor, just someone that has read considerable volumes of information in clinical reports and physiological resources.

Contained in the spikes of vertebral joints are sympathetic nerve endings. When they get inflamed, they send out erroneous information to your spine and ostensibly, your brain. In my body, these nerves have been in the location of tremendous departure from the normal levels of operation. The injections are going into this area. The operation will either remove arthritic bone from the area, or the nerve endings themselves.

I know from the first operation that a post-operative increase in neurological symptoms are the norm.  The weeks since February 7th have been anything but normal.  The pain from the left side of my back is gone, but the increase in neurological symptoms has been dramatic. They are tapering off, but they have been difficult to cope with.

Now, we are targeting THE center of my agony. Following the neurological behavioral increase pattern from the first operation, I expect an explosion of symptoms initially, then once my brain is capable of handling and interpreting the signals coming from the newly exposed nerves, … Silence. I pray.

I don’t know the ultimate outcome of this next operation. But, I hope that it takes me out of the agony I have been in and have been putting my family in for the last half-dozen years or so. I don’t expect to be whole. But, I suspect that I will be on the dance floor with my loving wife for years to come. That is my dream. That is my target. I want to be able to dance with my wife on the weekends like we were starting to do long before all of this Hell has started.

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. “Jazzy J” Theriot

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