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  • Anatomy and Me

    August
    27
    2005

    This is for Taba, and whoever else might find this remotely interesting. Seriously, I don’t care for/am not seeking pity or “omg that looks awful”, I am captivated by the human body. How much I’ve managed to screw mine up is really beside the point for the purpose of this discussion. :lol:

    For reference, let’s start with the good discs! Those can be found within the yellow circle, or L1-L4. See how the discs look like little hamburgers between the vertebrae? That’s almost normal. They are degenerating, but so far they’re not as ugly as the rest of my spine. There’s a good point of reference for you then. Those within the yellow circle are decent, not bulging, not causing any interruption. Good boys. Sit. Stay.

    Alrightie then, that about covers the good stuff. That seems to be a trend this week anyway, so may as well end the week the way it started, right? Right. Moving on.

    See that green line on the left, the nice curvy one? Well that, my friends, is the curve of a normal spine in this area. See the actual image? The curve is going bye-bye. Slowly but surely, the curvature in the lumbar region is diminishing, causing even more stress to the sqwished up mess going on there.

    Let’s move on now to the red circles. Wee!

    Between the Sacrum (S1) and L5, we’ve got one giant ugly mess. What’s happening here is that the vertebrae are squishing the hamburger, and the ketchup is dripping down the leg of the table. You catch my drift? This disc also has what’s been described as a “teenie tiny herniation”. Me? Any herniation is a bad herniation, but I’m not a doctor now am I? No. There is a defined interruption between the drippy ketchup and the nerve bundle, and that’d probably be why sometimes I drag my left leg behind me like Egor. But I digress.

    The upstairs neighbor to L5 is getting pretty ticked off about all the screaming from its downstairs neighbor, and boy he’s about ready to go down there and join the fight. He’s really annoying my right leg in the process, so if he’d just put some earplugs in or something and ignore all the screaming downstairs? I’d be most grateful. Translated, L4 is also bulging, pinching nerves, and almost acting like L5.

    Well then we have some peace and quiet in the yellow region. Ahh. Enjoy the silence.

    From L1 up, through all the T’s we have minor bulging, which since my boob job uh… breast reduction er… reduction mammoplasty hasn’t bothered me at all. Fortunately, removing 2 pounds from the front of me probably saved the back of me from what’s happening below the waistline. Crazy how the body works, isn’t it?

    To sum it up: Hamburgers good, big black hole bad.

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    {11 Comments}

    1
    pam said,

    :shock: If I do just one OMG you won’t mind, right…? Because that looks ugly painful. Bless your heart.

    I know what you mean about a view into the human body; once in a while I take out the pics of hubby’s colon and glance at the polyps. Sounds strange, but it’s a place one normally doesn’t get to see often… :wink:

    8.27.2005 @ 10:50 am
    2
    Leanne said,

    Okay, just the one, then that’s it alright? LOL

    When my chiro put this film up on the x-ray light thing, I started to cry. It is painfully obvious, even without a written report, that this isn’t a healthy spine. I’m more mad at myself for treating my body so poorly for so long.

    Polyps, now I’ve never seen polyps. Studied a ganglion cyst last fall though, wierd looking things, they are. :razz:

    Talk about knowing someone inside & out, huh?

    8.27.2005 @ 11:02 am
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    pam said,

    Something you did or didn’t do contributed to the condition of your spine? :sad:

    If I can find my scanner I’ll post his colon next week. :razz:

    8.27.2005 @ 11:09 am
    4
    annie said,

    That suck-eth, big time, but I liked how you described it! You should be a Doctor!

    8.27.2005 @ 3:32 pm
    5
    Rockchild said,

    Sorry bout your spine, Leanne.

    I commented on most of your posts on Michele’s blog, they was fun!

    I hope you are having a nice weekend, with icecream and water balloons full of water.

    P.S’s. Hi, you sent me! I hope Michele don’t get mad, because I wants to live!

    8.28.2005 @ 5:52 am
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    1.25.2006 @ 11:35 pm
    7

    […] I need to go do my abs though – I spoke with the trainer today and she said that I shouldn’t be doing the ab equipment at the gym because of my back. The 8 minute abs on the floor has never caused me lower back pain so she said to stick with that instead. […]

    1.27.2006 @ 4:40 pm
    8

    […] 8. Did I tell you my back went out again? Oy. Well, if you weren’t here for the back-capades last year, here’s the scoop. This was my back nearly a year ago to the date. This year, when Chloe passed away I had another episode where L4 and L5 decided to tell me they hate me again. My doc gave me some really great meds, and beginning in 14 days, I start physical therapy. The funny thing is that I’ve been blowing off the whole therapy thing, and they’ve been like boot camp drill sergeants. Callin me, reminding me that I need it, making me go, calling and telling me when my appointments are, calling the insurance company and setting it all up since I’ve blown it off for a month. It feels kinda good, like they really give a hoot about me and my advanced degenerative disc disease. It’s sweet, really. I wish someone would do that about my nutrition and weight goals. […]

    8.17.2006 @ 8:56 am
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    Andy said,

    ow, that does look painful. my dad has the ‘ddd’ as he calls it. today he controls it with physical therapy and he lost some weight. still hurts him, but he can move around a lot better. his doc said lifestyle changes are the best thing anybody can do for back pain…

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