Ms. Roberts showed me that the central passageway through the lumbar vertebrae was not, indeed, aligned. There was a noticeable curve and one vertebra in particular was shifted out of position. That meant that the nerves passing down the central core are getting pinched. As bad, or worse, were the bony protrusions on three of the lumbar vertebrae and the bulging discs which are pinching other nerves when they get irritated in the slightest. These nerves are not the spinal cord. That ends where the lumbar vertebrae begin. These are individual nerves that run done the leg. (Apparently those nerves are not damaged beyond repair because I still have reflexes as witnessed by the small kick I gave n both legs when Ms. Roberts
After going over the pictures slice by slice, Ms. Roberts laid out my options:
1) shots of pain killers in the affected area.
2) physical therapy.
3) surgery to get the one disc back in place and to remove some of the bone and open up the channels.
Option #1 would relieve the symptoms (pain) but would do nothing to correct the problem which will continue to get worse.
Option #2 might--with an emphasis on "might"--alleviate some of the symptoms but, again. would not correct the source of the problem.
Option #3 would go right to the source of the problem and would--with almost certainty--correct the problem for the foreseeable future.
So we discussed surgery. Depending upon what the surgeon actually finds in the film and in reality, he could merely go in and, basically, ream out the channel with a minimum invasive technique.If it warrants, he might have to get in and remove--temporarily--a section of one of the vertebra, lift it like a lid and then work on the bone and ligaments.
In either instance, Ms. Roberts said should there be no complications, it would be an overnight operation.
I've an appointment with the surgeon, Dr. Gregorie, on the 30th. I've already said that since the surgery would require a minimum of three months for full recovery, it will have to be put on hold until after January 1st. No way am I missing Christmas in Disneyland!