Friday, January 20, 2017

A New Year, Old Pain & A New Hope

As of this writing, I have been living with non-stop, excruciating pain for 29 years, 3 months and 2 days. That's 351 months or 1,521 weeks or 10,322 days or 247,714 hours or 14,862,840 minutes. Any way you look at it, I've been dealing with pain for a very long time. Now with the 30th year of dealing with pain looming, I'm celebrating the new year of 2017 with a renewed hope. There have been some amazing results for other patients with arachnoiditis via stem cell treatment.

I'm not talking embryonic stem cells, here; I'm talking about doctors harvesting my very own stem cells and treating them so that they will repair the damage to the nerves once they're reintroduced to my body. A lady who lives within 30 miles of me had the treatments done in 2015 and she's now walking again after spending 14 years in a wheelchair.

Now, my case is somewhat different in that I'm already experiencing a miracle in that I'm not confined to a wheelchair despite having arachnoiditis in 11 nerve roots in my spine. The lady I mentioned above went into a wheelchair within 1 year of developing a single location of arachnoiditis and I've been dealing with this condition for 20+ years! But, having such widespread arachnoiditis may also make it impossible, or nearly impossible, for the stem cell treatment to work on my nerves. We just don't have much of an idea, yet, until we can find a doctor who does the stem cell treatments and he examines my case and my spine.

I've been standing here, so to speak, waiting for my miracle for so long I forgot that I AM a miracle! I receive a miracle each every time I get to my feet and take a step. Each morning when I wake up and get out of bed and walk to the kitchen for my first cup of coffee, I receive a miracle! I freely admit, however, that I want MORE! I want the miracle of living without pain every single second of every single minute of every single day, etc., et al.

Today I'm going in for my umpteenth MRI. On Monday I will have the final half of my umpteenth EMG. I'll then be sitting down with my doctor to determine the next course of action and we will begin the process of locating a stem cell specialist who will, hopefully, be willing to take my case. My doctor is also going to be contacting the utmost authority on arachnoiditis in America and see if he would be interested in working with me to improve my situation. For the first time in a very long time, I have a glimmer of hope that I will once again be able to live my life without the constant, intractible pain in my neck, back, hips, arms, legs and feet.

This is the dawning of a new day that I have longed for; my miracle is beginning to take shape and materialize before my eyes. And I am so grateful to God that He has been patient with me during my times of impatience and ungratefulness. He has truly been so good to me that words could not begin to describe. He remains my rock, my anchor and my hope.