We went to both of my doctor's office today and I got good reports from both of them. I went to Dr. Kallil, my neurologist, first and did two more tests, an EEG (Electroencephalogram) that checks for any abnormalities of the brain. Hey, at least it wasn't a straight line! And a EMG (Electromyography) which is a test of the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them. The technician that gave me the tests was very nice and we bantered back and forth while she gave me the tests.
I had an EEG done many years ago after I got hit by a car when I was 14, but since it's been 55 or so years since I've had one, I didn't remember the amount of goop they put on my head to attach the electrodes, but other than messing up my hairdo, it was painless. I didn't remember the bright light that was shined on my face, but my eyes were closed and it didn't hurt. The EMG was easy as well, but they gave me tiny shocks with a low voltage. It made my feet move and flinch, but nothing I couldn't handle. Doctor Kallil came in and stuck me with some tiny needles for the last test and then he gave me my report.
Almost everything came back normal but the MRI discovered the big problem with my leg pain and weakness. It is my sciatic nerve and a couple of slipped discs in my spine. He said that this could be handled by a cortisone shot, some pain killers, muscle relaxers and physical therapy, so it was good news. I will pick up my prescriptions and return on Wednesday for my shot and instructions on therapy. Whoopee!!
I then went for a follow up visit with Dr. Shalaby, my cardiologist. We discussed what happened on Thursday, the apparent causes and he gave me instructions on handling any future problems. I have an appointment with him in October, so I think I'm good to go. Feeling much better about the situation now...