Finally have 1 diagnosis while waiting for another 1

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KathyC

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Saw the neurologist & after many months we now know why DH has suffered extreme weakness & stiffness from the waist down making it so difficult for him to walk. He has stenosis in the lower spine (a narrowing in the spinal column) which is pinching the nerves! This stenosis, however, has absolutely nothing to do with the lesions on his spine & elsewhere in his body. The oncologist said he thought we had more than 1 thing going on here & he was right. So DH will start physicasl therapy & continue with anti-inflammatory drugs & hopefully the walking will get better; don't think they want to do any surgery unless absolutely necessary due to the unknown lesions on the spine. The neurologist says it looks like prostate cancer that has spread to the spine but of course all the tests say no--says he has never seen anything like it. He is working with our oncologist & internist & said they are also consulting with other specialists to figure it out. He said that sometimes people develop "cancer markers" in other words, pre-cancerous areas that develop 2 to 5 yrs BEFORE the actual cancer so he said that are going to start checking that possibility out further. However, at this point in time, other than the narrowing of the spine & of course the unknown lesions, DH is in excellent health & actually feels good if he could just walk without feeling so weak. Neurologist didn't say anything negative about the orthopedic dr but seemed shocked that the dr made NO attempt to address the walking issue--oncologist gave us the same reaction when he asked what ortho was doing about the walking issue; I think once the ortho saw the lesions (this was over 3 mo ago) he said to himself the guy has stage 4 cancer of the spine so why bother. For now, we count our blessings and hopefully with therapy & meds the walking problem will get better. At this point it is a relief to at least get 1 problem addressed and treatment started while a whole bunch of drs keep a watchful eye on the other problem. I continue to watch for updates on Elliot and the triplets and truly hope that they can continue with some good reports; it happened to us, just a few months ago we were searching for the primary source of DH stage 4 cancer & now it really doesn't look like cancer.
 
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nieciez

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That is wonderful news Kathy and we will keep on praying for further improvement and positive outcomes! Thanks for the update.
 
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ShipMaven

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Keep up the "good" work. May the rest of the news be better than expected as well!
 
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GloBug

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WONDERFUL news! I am so happy for you both. Prayers will continue.
 
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korinalacount

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Sure hope all the news keeps coming in positive,keep up the spirits,tis the season of miracles. Prayers continue!
 
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Cruise cutie

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opened this one with a bit of trepidation, and let out a WHOOSH of relief..prayers continue, and may it continue to get better each day.keep strong, and thanks for the update...=hugs..Joanne
 
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mrsrocster

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Ooh Kathy, this is good news! We will continue to keep up the positive thoughts and prayers!
 
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Calgon1

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Thank God! Great news. Keep working the system and concentrate on doctors who preform medicine (as opposed to those who only practice medicine)!
 
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Beryl

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=hug=hug=hug Kathy! What a road you are traveling down! I'm praying one day you will just look back on all of this as "craters" in the road. I hope and pray that all the diagnoses are ones that can be dealt with and that your DH finds his way back to good health! To me, your courage is amazing!
 
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frito

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I'm truly happy for you both for the good news.
Continue to be positive!! :wave
 
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Donna - dsw

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Kathy - so glad you have an answer. Keep in touch with the doctors and contine the recovery!
 
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Karry

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So glad you got some good news. Continued prayers to you both. =hug
 

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