Sunday, November 1, 2009
Well most of you know that Shaun had another procedure last Tuesday. They seem to be a regular occurrence for us. The doctor thinks this may be a regular event for him. He has a healthy nerve that regrows rather quickly and the headaches come back each time. This time they came on with a vengeance. Though we still hold to a hope that one day the nerve will grow back and there be no pain at all.
I am not sure why they sometimes cauterize the nerve with one needle or two, but this time there is a third needle that was used and can be seen in the right top picture. We would not have even noticed it in the pictures, except for the fact we saw the three injection points on his shoulder. Not sure what it did, but it was not near the near area, so must have been for something else.
Any way, because they insert the needles from the shoulder up to the top of the neck (actually the third vertebrae from the top), he of course has had a bunch of neck pain and swelling. He is now in phase two which is the feeling of burning. This is a pretty painful stage. He describes it as though he has a severe burn on impacted area of the neck. If he keeps laying down and ices lots and takes his medications, the pain does not radiate to the rest of his neck. For the most part his vertigo dizziness is mostly gone, which is nice.
Anyhow he hopes to return to work soon. As they are down an another employee and there is only one employee at work handling the work of three. None the less, he knows that if he pushes it to soon then the pain and swelling flairs up and healing takes twice as long.