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02 May 2008 @ 09:20 pm
Update on the Health Issues  
So...for those who have asked how I've been doing, here goes...

As you know, everything started with daily severe migraine-type headaches last August and continued through several doctors and tests and medicines...stretching over months, until I finally found an incredible neurologist at The University of Md Hospital. She got me on the right meds and stopped the severe burning headaches and ordered MRIs of my neck. There they discovered something that was very disturbing, so she referred me to a neurosurgeon there at The Hospital (he's the head of neurosurgery). He examined me and the MRI of my neck and ordered a CatScan of my neck and X-Rays from different perspectives.

So, I went back to the neurosurgeon on St Patty's day and he had discovered that my first vertebrae is fused to the base of my skull...then there is a space...then my next two vertebrae are fused together. This causes lots of strain on me and lots of problems, but that's not the major problem. inside the two fused vertebrae I have bone spurs growing in towards my spinal cord leaving very little clearance. In June, I am to go for another series of MRIs, CatScans and XRays to see how much the spurs have grown. If the spurs grow into my cord, I'm told I will stroke or become paralyzed. My neurologist, whom I saw a few weeks later, says that my neurosurgeon is one of the best and that he will have to operate in the near future. Tha..tha...thaaaaaa...that's all folks! :)
Dennis The Homophobe Slayeryep_i_am_dennis on May 3rd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Mark: dennis the menaceboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, Den! *Hugs back*

(Love the icon *grin*)
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Mark: guy Farmers sonboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Mark! That helps! :)

*hugs back*
Glenn: Calvin & Hobbesrestoman on May 3rd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

My thoughts are with you too, Sweetie!!

It is a very good thing that you have an excellent neurosurgeon, and that he discovered the bone spurs before they did any permanent damage.

**more hugs**
Mark: Calvin Hobbes Hugboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, Glenn!

Yeah...and that the neurologist thought to MRI my neck. My first neurologist was terrible...I went to him twice and dumped him...thank GOD!

*Hugs back*
turtleinashell: Gay couple huggingturtleinashell on May 3rd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
*hugs* You're continually in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you're finding good physicians. That gives one some confidence. Hang in there and keep us posted when you're up to it. You're very special!
Mark: gay qaf hot hugboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, Paul! The prayers and thoughts help.You're a special guy yourself, sweetie. *hugs back*
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Mark: comic oops puppyboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Not cliche at all, Phil! Thoughts and prayers are always welcome, hon! Yeah, it was kinda weird news to receive...lol, he had the films up on the screens, computer images up and even a model set up. It was alot to take in. The fused vertebrae I can live with...a bit of discomfort, but the bone spurs, that's bad news...kinda leaves me feeling like a ticking time bomb, ya know. Can't wait for June to come and go so I can find something out and get it over with. *hug back*
blue_aingeal: calvinballaingeal311 on May 3rd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh dear, you're certainly putting on a brave face, aren't you? Well, I'll be keeping you in my prayers, Mark. This sounds like big stuff. I really hope this neurosurgeon can get you all fixed. <3
Mark: comic Spaceman Spiffboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
LOL...I may as well put on a brave face, nothing else I can do! Thanks for the prayers, Reese! Those are always welcome. I feel good about this neurosurgeon...not only is he the head of neurosurgery, but my neurologist had him do surgery on her brother. I'd say that's a vote of confidence. :) *hugs*
Zupzuptd on May 3rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Hey there guy! Just some *hugz* hoping that the health issues resolve in the best way possible. Those sound like serious problems, but it also sounds like you have some good doctors on the case!
Mark: guy green arrow smallvilleboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Thanks,Zup! Yep...it's all just a waiting game really. Taking the meds and waiting til June to get the next series of MRIs, etc to see how the bone spurs have progressed, blah,blah...the end result eventually is going to be surgery. Yep,I think I have some really great docs on the case. *hugs back* :)
james__sndchasr on May 3rd, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
I hope they are able to help you. I've been worried about you and want you to be ok! *hugs*
Mark: Treasure Planetboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, James! That's so sweet...I'm hangin' on, hon! *hugs back* :)
You People And Your Quaint Little Categories: Jack Quaint Little Categoriesjoanne_c on May 3rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Sending you many hugs and all my good thoughts that you will be okay, Mark. I have been thinking of you too, and I will continue to send good thoughts. *hugs*
Mark: guy James Marsden BWboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwww! Thank you, Joanne! I'll take all the good thoughts you can send! *hugs back*
Clay - Knight in Shining Armorozgryph on May 3rd, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Aw Precious, all my best wishes and prayers to you. Thank goodness you found good doctor's though!
Mark: Puppies hey youboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks,Clay! I'm hoarding wishes and prayers for the day I'm going to need surgery. :)

I feel truely blessed that I found the docs that I did! *hugs*
Milambermilamberrex on May 3rd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Mark: comic cloud paradiseboywondermark on May 3rd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rex! *hugglesmooch back*
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Mark: Cute WiddleKittyboywondermark on May 4th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Cassie! *Throws myself in the path of the beamed thoughts*

*Snugglehugs back*
Angel13angelo13 on May 3rd, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Goodness. All my best wishes with you.
Mark: comic Naruto smileboywondermark on May 4th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, Angelo! Long time no see! *hugs* :)
erskie: Love youerskie on May 3rd, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)

Thats not good news!! But I'm really glad to hear they have figured out what the problem is and that its operable! I'm keeping you in my thought and prayers and hope everything gets better soon!!

Mark: Lollipop Girlboywondermark on May 4th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah!I was relieved to have them find out something instead of getting those blank stares and medicines that did nothing! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers, sweetie!

*hugs back* :)
lomelinde_sama on May 3rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry to hear that, sweetie. I am glad that you got diagnosed quickly enough and that someone managed to give you the right meds. I sure hope that you get good news soon and that the operation is a success.

Why does everyone I like get bad news like those ? It's not fair !
Mark: comic Bleach coversboywondermark on May 4th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Thank you,D! I like you right back! It was a relief to get diagnosed after all those months of just hurting and nothing! Crossing my fingers for that good news too!