Thursday, April 2, 2009

The results are in - sort of

The MRI results were "normal" so I am being sent to an orthopedic hip specialist. Obviously my hip and back pain is a little out of the realm of knowledge for a gastroenterologist though he is concerned it could be Avascular Necrosis which is caused by taking steroids for long periods of time (or extreme use of alcohol but I don't drink). There was no evidence of this on the MRI but he said it may be too early to see it - hence the follow up with the hip guy. Not sure when that appointment is yet. Hopefully he will be able to help my pain at least. With all the specialists I have does that make me extra special??

I also found out that my Dexiscan was worse than the one I had in 2007 however still within the "OK" range. I will have to start taking some form of medication to prevent further bone loss very soon. Osteoporosis runs in my family and with the Crohn's and the steroids and the fact that I have had a total hysterectomy I am not surprised by these results.

I am still in a lot of pain - it is getting worse every day. I'm okay in the morning. I have pain but not too bad but by the end of the day I can barely walk at all and sitting and laying down hurt too. Last night I could hardly sleep because my hip was actually throbbing so bad. Ice didn't help. Neither did the heating pad. The only pain medication I have been given is Ultram and it isn't doing a thing. Not even touching the pain. Motrin or other kinds of Ibuprofen are out because of the steroids so I'm just hanging on right now and working through the pain. I'm a lot tougher than I give myself credit for.

The good news is that I FINALLY got to decrease my Prednisone!!! I'm started 5 mg this morning and will stay on that for a couple weeks and then hopefully move down more or completely stop taking it. I have four full weeks until May and if you count the whole month of May still technically being May I may reach my goal after all. This makes me happy! Very happy!!!

With Easter quickly approaching I am reminded of everything that Jesus endured up to and including his actual Crucifixion. When I think about this and all the pain that He went through I realize that my hip pain really isn't all that bad after all. I'm very blessed in my life and even when I complain about how much pain I'm in or how unfair this all seems to be nothing I am or could ever go through could be as bad as what Jesus went through for me - and you. This eases my pain a lot. And I am very thankful that He endured what He did. I can only assume my pain has some sort of bigger meaning. Obviously I won't ever save the world from the punishment of sin and I am by no means Jesus - but I can't help but wonder what the bigger picture is with all of this. There has to be one right?

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