Thursday, June 24, 2010

Poetic justice

I went back to my hand surgeon because I've been having some pain in both arms, and wondered whether I might need more surgery. He didn't think that even my left hand--the one on which I didn't have surgery--looked all that bad in terms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but sent me off to a neurologist for nerve testing, just in case. The nerve tests showed "denervation," a drop in nerve activity(?), particularly in the right hand and arm. So he sent me for an x-ray of the neck to try to see what the problem was. Sure enough, I have two flattened discs in the neck section of my spine (cervical spine?), and, as a result, the nerves that run through that section are now pinched.

Not only does this explain the pain in my arms and hands, it also explains why my neck bothers me whenever I bend my head forward for too long, such as when I'm reading a book in the subway or davvening (praying) in synagogue, in both of which cases the book/prayer book is on my lap rather than on a desk or table. In recent months, I've taken to saying the Aleinu prayer from memory just so that I can literally keep my head straight.

I told my husband that this may be a case of poetic justice--all my life, I've been a pain in the neck, so now, I have a pain in the neck!


Blogger Jendeis said...

Oh no - I'm sorry you're experiencing so much pain. Although, maybe it's good to know what is actually causing all this pain. I'm hoping you find some relief soon.

Thu Jun 24, 11:15:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Jendeis, thanks for your kind thoughts. Fortunately, the discomfort is mild enough that I haven't even needed a Tylenol yet. The doctor does want me to get a little physical therapy, though. I hope that will help some.

Fri Jun 25, 10:31:00 AM 2010  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

Would a Shtender help?

Fri Jun 25, 01:00:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Yeah, but good luck finding a shtender in a non-Orthodox synagogue.

Fri Jun 25, 02:03:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

For those who are wondering what we're talking about, here are some photos of shtenders (book-holders).

Fri Jun 25, 02:15:00 PM 2010  
Anonymous noam said...

You'll be orthodox yet my friend.
Not yet not today but i suspect its not long in coming.

Tue Jun 29, 01:58:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Anything's possible. I'm not making any predictions.

Wed Jun 30, 02:58:00 PM 2010  

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