Our world is constantly changing, and so is our society. Social practices are changing all the time. What men wouldn’t dream of doing 10 years ago is slowly becoming commonplace. The 21st century man is able to express his feelings and emotions, cook, decorate, and dress stylishly, all while maintaining his masculinity. So where does that leave you? If you are visiting this blog, you're probably looking for some tips on how to improve your lifestyle. This is your chance to get started.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Diagnosis

My MRI was read yesterday and the diagnosis was positive for a herniated disc at L5 S1 (a coordinate at the specific location in the spine.) I wanted to thank everyone who has sent me well wishes and also to let you know I am fine. I am quite a stoic person when it comes to pain.

The doctor prescribed me morphine last week, but I only took it for 2 days. Currently I am just trying to rest; my hope is that the inflammation dies down without the need for surgery. Oddly enough my younger brother just had surgery for this exact same thing in March however; the disc (in precisely the same location) was bulging quite substantially and causing him major complications with sciatica and numbness.

I will write more later. Again, thank you all, but you don’t have to be concerned as I am coping just fine.

59 Comments:

Blogger venus said...

I'm glad to hear that you are doing better and coping with the pain. Good wishes for faster recovery!

2:50 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

i guess we won't be having kids together then.. my genetics are fucked as it is. ;)

all kidding aside, i'm glad everything is OK. i hope you won't have to have surgery, because it's scary. and i don't blame you for not taking the morphine.. it will make you itch like a monkey with fleas.

3:02 PM

 
Blogger JWM said...

i've never had morphine... weed yes. tylenol 3 yes. mushrooms yes (unfortunately.) i think that drugs in general (especially prescription drugs) are a bad thing. eventually become accustomed to the shite and when you REALLY need it to work it doesn't do nuthin'.

4:19 PM

 
Blogger Barbara said...

It is always nice to finally get a diagnosis even if the diagnosis is a negative one. Now you will be able to take the steps towards recovery.
Hang in there and rest. Thinking about you. ;)

4:27 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Venus, thank you very much, you're too kind.

Sarah, perhaps genetic enhancement is in order (for our child). *wink*

Thanks, yes the morphine makes most people itch as it did me, plus it makes you a bit cookoo!

Brokenguerilla, there are definitely prescription drugs that help many people to survive, but when people take them irresponsibly or they are prescribed irresponsibly they can do more harm than good.

Barbara, you are very sweet. I wouldnt say this is a terribly negative diagnosis because there is the chance for it to heal without surgery, but it is up to me to take care not to make things worse.

7:38 PM

 
Blogger transience said...

i am glad you are coping well. you are missed. wishing you well, neel.

7:49 PM

 
Blogger mermaid said...

Is it congenital, coincidence, or a cycle, or all three?

9:11 PM

 
Blogger nin said...

best of luck...
recover soon...
take care...

5:45 AM

 
Blogger cedia said...

I hope the inflammation and pain goes away soon. Anything concerning your spine is quite scary.

I'll keep you in my prayers. I also hope there will be no surgery needed.

Rest up.

9:23 AM

 
Blogger gusgreeper said...

keep us posted! glad you do!

rad though you have morphine...glad you are good with pain that shit be crazy!

10:06 AM

 
Blogger boabhan sith said...

If it loosens up enough they may be able to pop it back in with some therapy.

I'll keep my fingers crossed!

6:14 PM

 
Blogger Carrie said...

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7:59 PM

 
Blogger Carrie said...

I won't give u any advice, I'm sure you've had it up to your yin yang, and since you are living with this, you know what's up with it.....so, on that note...you are so liked, EH?! all these commenters...awww. ;)

anyhoo....I loved "it's time for some draino to get the CLOG out"...

rest well sir.

8:01 PM

 
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Hope you have lots of good books and movies to distract you. The next time I'm too ill to do anything I'm going to watch the entire Lord of the Rings triology

12:32 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

i love how i'm moving up on your list on the right.

and no worries about the genetic enhancement.. we'll just practice practice practice..

because.. you know what they say.

practice makes perfect.

bah!

feel better soon Neel.

4:38 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Transience, thank you very much. I will try and comment, and create new posts as much as possible.

Mermaid, who knows?

Avik, thank you very much you are very kind.

Cedia, I hope all is well with you. Thanks for the well wishes, I will get better.

Corinna, you can have the morphine if you want it. Thank you.

Bohabahn Sith, I am not letting anyone pop anything into place. Hopefully it will reduce on its own.

Comment Deleted, I agree!

6:14 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Mitzzee, thank you! You are so sweet and kind, and you understand me. I appreciate that. Did you get the clog out?

Sue, I have been kind of doing that, but I have a hard time laying around. So I have been planting a few flowers. Nice to get your fingers in the earth.

Sarah, you are funny and a sweetheart. Did you see that episode of Seinfeld where the mother and girlfriend we competing to get up higher on the speed dial?

6:18 PM

 
Blogger Carrie said...

aw, gee thank you. yes, i got the clog out. shhhh!

6:58 PM

 
Blogger cedia said...

I hope things are better since the last time you posted, which seemed so long ago.

Happy 4th, Neel.

8:28 PM

 
Blogger venus said...

I am very flattered :)
wishing u well.

8:28 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Mitzzee, good job girl! I'll pop round.

Cedia, it seems like neither you or I are around as much these days. I am okay, thanks. I hope you had a good weekend too!

Venus, you deserve it. Thank you, all my best to you also.

11:48 AM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

i think so Neel..

but my absolute favorite episode was.. i'm sure you can guess this one...


sponge-worthy.

12:18 PM

 
Blogger gusgreeper said...

no none for me thanks. drugs that strong are scary.

i just hope you get better. sorry for being an ass.

2:44 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

oh ho.. thanks for thinking i'm sweet and cute. i don't know how true it is.. but i'll take the compliment nevertheless..

5:39 PM

 
Blogger Lorena said...

good to hear neal. we hope you will be back 100 % with more exciting posts.

6:08 PM

 
Blogger mermaid said...

You are coping, aren't you? I only presecribe wellness. The nature of the Rx is up to you:)

8:36 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Well, I am up late because there was a bit of a family crisis today and I am trying to help my parents through it. Funny, how at some point we start taking care of them. I worry though that i can not move too far away or something may happen.

1:10 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Mitzzee, great job, what can i say? Brilliant!

Sarah, thats a great episode!

Corinna, youre not an ass, even if you have a nice one!

Sarah, aw shucks you know its true.

1:18 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Lorena, you must be getting me back for me skipping your post. You spelled my name wrong. I dont know about exciting, but something should be coming soon.

Mermaid, I am getting better thanks for your advice. I try to cope in other ways. I try to get in 1 to 2 hours of yoga a day, which (according to Sting) makes you a great lover!

1:21 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

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2:03 AM

 
Blogger Pallavi said...

First time here.. hope you get better soon.. will be back :)

4:32 AM

 
Blogger Lorena said...

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7:58 AM

 
Blogger Lorena said...

oops neel, no of course not! :)

7:59 AM

 
Blogger Srikar said...

Nice blog. First time here.
Will surely come back.

8:01 AM

 
Blogger Sk8RN said...

Wow. I'm so sorry. I'm glad they're giving you good pain meds. Are you going to have to have surgery, too?

8:47 AM

 
Blogger Aaron the Truck Driver said...

Neel, i need to hire you.

I want 50 million comments per post but i dont have time to answer them all.

Ill pay you one Barbecue Corn Nut per post. AND ill pay you overtime!

3 Corn Nuts for anything past 6pm.

I have connections. I can get BAGS of these things.

You in???

9:28 AM

 
Blogger boabhan sith said...

how are you doing?

9:36 AM

 
Blogger Carrie said...

thanks Neel. ;)

10:48 AM

 
Blogger mermaid said...

Sting and his wife do practice a form of tantra that I always found intriguing. As I get bigger, and feel like a beach whale, I joke with my husband that maybe we should check it out. I will one day...

Yoga's great, isn't it? I've learned to modify it to my own likes and dislikes, as long as it helps the problem areas.

I hope your family crisis is better. Are your parents OK?

12:51 PM

 
Blogger M said...

Good to hear you are well...hope you don't need surgery..

2:39 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

aaron: why would one do this for BBQ corn nuts? everyone knows the nacho ones are the best..

3:00 PM

 
Blogger Jaxe said...

Neel, OUCH! Why does The Good Lord play such dirty tricks on us men? I mean, c'mon, we already die 8 years earlier than women, isn't that enough??!! But the back? That's just an evil evil joke! :-) Good luck, and um, if your not going to use all that morphine, I know a failed guitarist that could!

3:56 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Comment Deleted, I see you have been visiting me again, thanks!

Pallavi, Thank you, and its great having new readers thanks for stopping by.

Lorena, I know I was just teasing, easy mistake.

Srikar, thanks for visiting. I'll be round to yours.

Sk8r, I gave up the meds, apart from the occasional muscle relaxer. I am hoping I wont need surgery, I just need to take care not to injure it again.

1:10 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Aaron, thanks for stopping by. Sounds like a pretty good deal, I would have to be purty foolish to pass it up... so sure, I'm in!

Boahbhan Sith, I'm doing okay, but I would like to be able to work out again, I have to wait about 6 weeks.

Mitzzee, pleasure my dear. *Muah!*

Mermaid, Yes, I was aware of Sting. He made stirred up quite a bit of controversy when he mentioned that he made love for something like 7 hours on one of the talk shows.

Yes, yoga can help the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and elimination systems. Also, its calming effects can illiminate insomnia caused by mental restlessness. Also, the breathing exercises are extremely benificial to those like me who suffer from asthma or other respitory ailments. Obviously I could go on and on, maybe in a future post. Thanks Mermaid for stimulating my mind once again.

M, where have you been? Anyway, great to have you back. I am going to be fine as long as I rest properly and take medication when necessary.

Sarah, I know this is a conversation between you and Aaron, but I really know nothing about corn nuts, sorry.

Jaxe, my Les Paul is pretty heavy on my back when it's aching. My Gretsch is a little lighter, but different sound as you know. I also have a pretty cool 61 SG Custom Shop in my collection of about 15. Would love to jam with you some time. Which failed guitarist are you refering to? Well, since I'm not going to use it sure!

1:41 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

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2:24 AM

 
Blogger Carrie said...

awwww....cyber kisses, me likey! ;) hope all is fizzling down on the home front. take care.

7:26 AM

 
Blogger Jaxe said...

Neel, you'll have to enlighten me to your Rock Star life and experiences, did you play in bands, cut Cd's, or just as a hobby, what kind of music, do you write / record anything now? I never really got out of the box so I just use it now as major stress relief :-) I'm a hack, but I love it. Post some of your mp3's MAN! Or let me know what recording software you use, maybe we could collaborate on something via email / file transfer. I have Acid Pro and Cakewalk Guitar Tracks for recording, and some bunk loops! I can't sing worth a crap, but I have to do it so I know where I am in the song, LOL!

Sorry post is so long, but that's the main reason I fired up my blog again, was to meet some people who play :-)

ROCK ON!

9:03 AM

 
Blogger DeeM said...

I heard a little red wine is good for this sort of thing.
I hope the pain, etc. goes away soon. Especially before August...

12:19 PM

 
Blogger Natasha said...

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12:37 AM

 
Blogger Natasha said...

im back! hope you are feeling better.

12:38 AM

 
Blogger stella said...

neel, you are stoic. in my eyes especially.

7:38 AM

 
Blogger venus said...

hope, your family and friends are well and safe in brit. my good wishes for them.

9:22 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Comment deleted, thanks for stopping by again.

Mitz, things are getting a bit better, thank you.

Jaxe, I like long comments, so thank you. Email me and I will tell you more about my experiences, I dont really like to brag. I use ProTools, but I havent used it for a while. i am going into the world famous London Bridge Studios next week.

Deem, I shall try your prescription. I bit of news, I may be moving to New York!

Natasha, thank you.

Stella, you are sexy in my eyes.

Venus, thank you so much.

9:32 PM

 
Blogger Veeba said...

Just wanted to offer my support because I too had a herniated disc in the exact same position yours is. Mine required surgery because of sciatica and extreme nagging pain. It's a miserable situation but hopefully if you caught in early the pain killers and steroid shots will be of more help to you than they were to me. Herniated discs are miserable and most people don't understand so just letting you know that I feel your pain and wish you the best of luck! Feel free to ask me any questions about the surgery or procedure because I would strongly recommend it. I have been 100 percent since recovering.

6:26 AM

 
Blogger Veeba said...

Just wanted to offer my support because I too had a herniated disc in the exact same position yours is. Mine required surgery because of sciatica and extreme nagging pain. It's a miserable situation but hopefully if you caught in early the pain killers and steroid shots will be of more help to you than they were to me. Herniated discs are miserable and most people don't understand so just letting you know that I feel your pain and wish you the best of luck! Feel free to ask me any questions about the surgery or procedure because I would strongly recommend it. I have been 100 percent since recovering.

6:27 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Hi Veeba, thank you very much. My brother just went through the surgery, but I appreciate your offer.

At the moment I am feeling quite well, i just have to be careful with it and take things slowly. I am hoping to avoid surgery. Thank you again!

12:37 PM

 
Blogger Natasha said...

i know what i could do to take your mind off your back. :)

10:47 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

and what would that be?

2:34 PM

 
Blogger Natasha said...

what do you think??? :)

9:00 PM

 

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