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2018 – 12 Injections For Pain For Self

on December 31, 2018

29 December 2018, I realised something is not right with my limbs, specifically upper thigh region.

It was deja vu as the same pain that afflicted me whilst I was in Brighton UK returned with a venegance.

It first reappeared when I took the intellectually disabled out for the Zoo trip in November and the pain was so bad that I told my Lords that I needed to sit this one out and wait for them to finish the zoo trip at the entrance.

On that day I took 10,000 steps and ended the day at 11,000 odd steps.

The pain never left me and plaques me still.

So on 20 December 2018, I visited Doctor Boey Wah Keong at Gleneagles. He is my trusted anesthesiologist who saw me through very many surgeries just to chat him up and find out if I need to be warded in hospital to sort this out.

He did a pain check of my back and discovered 12 pain points. He hoped that by injecting me with Shincort at the 12 points, the pain would abate and if so, it was the best case of muscular pain.

I am hoping this is the case but he did say that it would be best for me to be seen by my surgical team led by Dr James Tan Siah Heng for his opinion.

Dr Boey is reluctant to put me through an MRI as I have titanium rods and screws and the big magnets pulling me may not be good for me.

Sigh….I have new challenges and I could still hear the echoing words of Prof Fong Kok Yong when I last saw him in November when he shared that he was worried about my spine.

The same fear and concerns was also felt by Dr Lui Hock Foong when he last saw me in October 2018 when he said it was best I do not mess with my spine anymore.

I am mindful that one day I may lose the use of my legs as my entire spine could end up being a bag of fallen bones. But with that as the end in mind, I try my best to start doing something now and avoid unnecessary load toย  spine by being careful at what I do and carry.

I am also aware that if my hearing goes as I suffer from vertigo and sometimes have spaces of minute seconds of ringing and then silence, I must not become like my difficult mum as I have no children or any loved one to care for me.

I will then learn sign language and remembered when I was in school, I was put in charge of a visually impaired student and when at my first job, I supervised 4 hearing and speech impaired lads.

Perhaps back then, the heavens above knew that I would end up this way and put me near them to understand their feeling and how to communicate with them. They were not beating selves up and laughed with me, teaching me sign language. I learnt how to be happy with a disability by watching them.

I remembered when I was diagnosed with spinal issues and surgeons were begging me to undergo immediate surgery or else I end up like the late Christopher Reeve.

I was calm back then and took me 3 months to decide. Whilst the surgeon bit their nails waiting for me to undergo surgery, I was calmly finishing work and ensuring that should I not be able to return to work, at least the company had a headstart to find a replacement.

Today, I am equally calm.

My gut tells me something is horribly wrong with my spine again and I suspect that due to massive scarring, the nerve roots may be trapped again and this will require intervention of sorts.

As to if it will relieve me of leg stiffness or pain, I am unsure how.

Will it be cauterization of facet nerve joints? Or new surgery?

I do not know and am cool about it.

If I have a problem, I will act like any manager and treat it as a problem and solve it to the best of my ability with resources that are available and make an informed decision.

2019 is not looking good for me on the health front. But life goes on.

7 responses to “2018 – 12 Injections For Pain For Self

  1. juliehcares says:

    Oh no, I hope everything turns out okay!

  2. Ooof! Please go back and read what I wrote about caring for your parents! You need to have your siblings involved in this!

  3. Virginia says:

    SO sorry for these medical challenges, GH – hope you can sort out the best way forward with extra doses of wisdom & clarity. Hugs (careful ones) & prayers. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒท

  4. Edward Tan says:

    Sorry for all the pain you suffered, hope you are getting better now!

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