Shoulder problems suck. I dislocated my right shoulder in 89. I went in for arthroscopic surgery and woke up to major surgery as the Doc couldn't do it all through a scope. He basically cut off my arm, shortened up all the tendons and put it back together. I had 2 years of rehab, then laser surgery and lost 10-15% range of motion compared to 50% prior to laser surgery. The laser surgery really helped and recovery time after was much less than the 1st surgery. Thankfully I'm left handed and it's my anchor for archery.
So that's old news, but if there is anyone more injury pron than JPH it's me. Last week Fri I woke up with the usual stiff and sore lower back. Same minor pain I've had for years, no big deal. I sat down with a cup of coffee and when I went to stand up, I had instant bad pain in my lower back. A couple hours I still could hardly stand up. I took 2 Vicodin pain killers and got a ride to the ER. The ER doc gave my meds for inflammation, a muscle relaxer and the strongest vicodin made. He took an ex ray and said there was very little space under my lowest vertebrae. I went to see my doc Monday as the pain all weekend was more than the vicodin could handle. She got me in for an MRI on Wed. . I didn't here anything Thurs. and yesterday the doc left a message on my answer machine.
The message said that there wasn't anything too scary, but they found a lump on my last disk which explains the pain but not the pins and needle feeling I get from sitting too long. She said that a neurosurgeon would be calling me to set an appointment. At this point I should say English isn't my doctors first language. What the heck is a lump on my disk? Is it a bulging disk? a herniated disk? (i was told a herniated disk shows up as a "lump" on an MRI by a nurse) Is it a growth? a tumor? All she said was a lump and she also said the radiologist may have missed something and of course when I called back minutes later the doc was gone and the nurse knew nothing.
So here I sit. The meds have helped a lot and the pain is still there but not bad enough to need pain killers yesterday or today. I haven't hunted now in 9 days. Wife says no hunting until I see the neurosurgeon and after that she doesn't want me hunting alone no more. I don't know anyone nearby that bow hunts, my 2 bow hunting buddies are retired now. I should be out hunting right now, but here I sit. I doubt this will go away on it's own, it would be nice to know if my bow season is over, or how long this will take to heal. Hopefully I'll get some answers Monday. Between the ER, my Doc, the MRI and the meds, I've already shelled out over $500 this week, if my back doesn't stop me from hunting, a lack of money will. What is really killing me is 10 days ago I thought I had a 10 pointer figured out on public land and am itching to get my climber in a certain tree before his pattern changes. I've put in a lot of work to find him, had him at 28 yards quartering to me at full draw. I waited for a better angle and didn't get one, he walked away never knowing how close he was to death. I doubt right now I could get to that tree with my bow and climber or even with out, a rescue would be very difficult and on my best day I'm not sure I could drag that buck out on my own or not. I'd sure like to try and I'd get him out if I had to do it one quarter at a time. lol If I don't hunt again this year, the last hunt was a good one and I'll appreciate the next hunt even more.
American by birth, hunter by choice.