Monday, May 23, 2011


TIRED - BV WILL BE BACK ON WEDNESDAY

On Sunday I drove to SA for a Monday morning caudal racz. While the procedure is routine for me, it is still exhauting - the drive - the hour on the table - I just need the day.


Here is a great video of the procedure.

http://www.spine-health.com/video/racz-caudal-neurolysis-video

What is a caudal racz? It is used to remove adhesions from the spine. Mine are caused by a tear in the annulus, which is causing fluid to leak out and damage the nerve endings. It started over 10 years ago with numbing pain whenever I slept on my back. I learned to sleep on my belly. For 10 years the VA sent me to one incompetent doctor after another. The physical therapy actually enlarged the tear.

I only got help once it reach the point I loss use of my legs while surf fishing and horrible burning in my legs. Even then the doctors dismissed me until the chief medical officer at the VA-SA intervened and sent me to the new pain management doctor. Based on my symptoms alone he was able to diagnosis adhesions at L4-L5.    When the adhesions are at L4 L5 the neuropathy starts at  the feet and climbs to the thighs. 

I detailed this so when people google burning in legs they may find this and know to see a qualified pain management doctor.  My doctor is hoping the repair to the annulus worked and the new adhesions are the result of large amounts of fluid leaking out during the repair.  This would explain the large adhesion on the right side, which had not been there before.  If this is the case - I am finally done with treatment and all should be well.  We will know in 3-6 months.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope that pain management procedure improves your condition!!

Anonymous said...

Hope that pain management procedure improves your condition!!