First of all, thank you for all your care and concern and prayers.
God is good. I was a little nervous about going to the doc, for fear there might be something serious. Don't get me wrong, it is serious, but not life threatening.
They did 7 x-rays, and lots of twists and turns, and the final verdict was severe, severe osteoarthritis. I have bone spurs, and and more than he would like, discs that are already fused together. That is where the pain is coming from.....pressure on nerves. We looked at the x-rays together and he pinpointed exactly what he was talking about. We had to laugh when he said, you sure have been a hard worker all your life to have done this much damage to your spinal column!
He gave me a prescription to take for 30 days and ordered physical therapy. Not sure the PT is going to do much except maybe make me not stiff and sore all the time. However, when you do something like that for a short period and stop, it all goes back to the way it was before. I am willing, however, to give it a try. I go back to him in 4 weeks to see if we are getting anywhere, getting pain relief, etc. The next step would be steroids and I would like to prevent that as long as I can move. The epidural for the sciatic nerve has steroids in it, so that would be more than I need.
My daughter teased me and said, 'ok mom, you will have to stop moving the piano and other heavy objects around. Leave them alone and vacuum around them.'
I am happy I didn't have a tumor or anything like that, and at least I know it wasn't a heart attack that was making my neck, shoulder and arm hurt. Thanks be to God for His unfailing love.
We just took my car to be serviced and A/C checked. It is certainly getting warm enough to want it cool when we drive.
I guess I will do laundry, and have church tonight. Enjoy your day....I am going to, and smile all the while!