The good news is that I have diagnosis and something along the lines of what to expect. The bad news is that I have a diagnosis and a fair idea of what to expect.
One ruptured and one herniated disk.
They tried the oral prednisone, very bad side effects related to blood sugar. I will be getting steroid injections. These will cause some blood sugar problems but shouldn’t be as bad. There is good reason to expect some relief from pain for a while; that is, they are cautiously optimistic.
Bad news is that the damage is severe and will take quite a while to heal. The steroids won’t help with that, they will just, hopefully reduce my reliance on narcotic pain meds. I could be unable to work for months. It could be longer.
I need to very quickly and deliberately find a way to live on a lower income. It most likely will include downsizing my living situation to a room or studio apartment.
I feel good though, it’s not overwhelming right now. Things will be okay, just need to adjust. For once in my life I have no one besides myself to take care of and that makes a huge difference for me in terms of stress.
It’s all good.