Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dealing with Cervical Stenosis, Neck Pain




Back about six months ago, I had some serious neck pain and swelling. X-rays and MRIs determined that I have cervical spinal stenosis. It's a rather chronic condition which has good days and bad days. It will probably get progressively worse, to the point that I will need surgery. I have been dealing with a recent flare-up these past few days. I lose the ability to use my arms and move my neck. I become fairly immobile.
 I've been trying acupuncture, anti-inflammatories, pain meds, ice and rest with limited success. I don't relish being high and doped up on drugs. Time to get more proactive. I've made an appointment with my family doctor for early next week. I want her to refer me to a specialist. From what I've read, physical therapy and possibly a neck support collar may help. I'll also contact my  massage therapist for cranio sacral work and massage. I will schedule more acupuncture, as funds permit.
 I'm starting to get very concerned about losing muscle strength in my arms. I really enjoy using my arms and hands.
 Currently, I can sit around with my iPad and read books. I haven't been able to shower in days. Im unable to lift my arms above my head or even to tilt my head upwards. I want to do things, but I have to honor where my body is at. My boys are learning to take direction, as they have to lift and move everything , from clothes to pots, pans and plates. I can still feed myself...Yay!
 Anyway, cervical spinal stenosis is another one of those invisible ailments. I look healthy from the outside, but I walk and move stiffly. I'm just sayin'

2 comments:

  1. Sounds truly dreadful, my friend. As if life isn't hard enough .....

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