Disappointing news

Last Friday I visited a specialist about my back.  The scans show that I have another slipped disk, but this time it’s at a different location which is much more difficult to access, with a high risk of serious damage to nerves.

There is no surgeon up here who is willing to do this risky operation, so they have referred my case to Stockholm, in the hope that someone there will be willing to do it.

If no one is willing to do it, then I will just be given medicine to control the pain and this will mean that I will most likely not be able to work again and it will mean an end to my days out in the forest and the wilderness.

I am unlikely to hear from Stockholm before August, so it is going to be a looooooonnnnggg summer!!

The temperature over the last few days has been between 20 and 26 degrees, all the snow has now melted.  Myself and Teres are getting married next Monday, here at our house, in the garden, but unfortunately the weather is due to change to 10 degrees and rain.

At least we have friends and family arriving from England on Thursday which is something to look forward too.



20 thoughts on “Disappointing news

  1. I have been a tradesman remodeling homes for a business and would come home to remodel my own. This caused me the same back issues you speak of. I even had pain going down both legs. I ignored physical therapy as I told myself I need surgery. Truth is physical therapy does help! It’s a long road but doing all the seemingly minor exercises helped me to regain some of my back back. Not 100% but up to 75%. Then I would over do it and have another 6-9 month set back. I lived and worked like this for 25 years. Don’t give up just yet, Your body can heal itself quite a bit with the proper diet and physical therapy. That disc will be able to get sucked back into place far enough to take away 75% of your pain. BTW, I still worked with my bad back as I was trying to heal, I just slowed down and let my 2 helpers do the hard stuff while I worked on trim.

    • The PS i received last time made me much worse which is why I am so worried about doing it again, but have decided to give it another try

  2. Congratulations on your coming marriage and I hope things work out on getting your back fixed. Is there a possibility of getting surgery in England if no one in Stockholm can do it?

    • Thanks Stan. I can get surgery if I pay for it but have no idea what it would cost at the moment

  3. I wish you both so much happiness in your life together 🙂 have you checked out exercises to strengthen your core and back muscles. Perhaps for when you are not in so much pain. Fantastic news about your wedding 🙂

  4. Congrats! I’m happy for you two.
    Sorry to hear about your back. I had back surgery awhile ago myself. L3, L4, L5/S1 are now permanently bolted and fused. Now I’m having trouble with two disks between T6-T7 and T7-T8. The pain was constant and physically and mentally draining. No one wants to operate to correct it so I know what you’re going through. As a last ditch, a friend recommended Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. I was VERY skeptical but opted to try it. Wow! What a difference. I’m back outside gardening and hiking and fishing etc. Might be worth a shot for you as well.
    Good luck and I hope you find a solution. Jeff

  5. As I sit here reading of your diagnosis I really feel for you as I have not been able to work for four years due to a back injury. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean an end to your time in the woodlands and wilderness. It just means a different way of looking at tasks is needed. If you do not get a cure then you will have big changes in the things you do and how you do them. Frustrating, yes. Impossible, no. It takes more planning and often a little bit of ingenuity but isn’t that what you have been doing all along. It also opens doors to viewing the world from a different angle, at a different pace, with different viewpoints. Re-invention might become your catchcry. Don’t despair. What I have alluded to is worst case scenario where you won’t get a satisfactory cure. The other scenario is a full cure. The reality is probably somewhere in between. You definitely have an interesting journey ahead. Enjoy your wedding and treasure those around you.
    I leave you with this old favourite.

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
    And sorry I could not travel both 
    And be one traveler, long I stood 
    And looked down one as far as I could 
    To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

    Then took the other, as just as fair, 
    And having perhaps the better claim 
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear, 
    Though as for that the passing there 
    Had worn them really about the same, 

    And both that morning equally lay 
    In leaves no step had trodden black. 
    Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
    I doubted if I should ever come back. 

    I shall be telling this with a sigh 
    Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
    I took the one less traveled by, 
    And that has made all the difference.

    by Robert Frost

  6. That is too bad about your back. Since an injury when I was in the Army, I have had back problems, so I know your pain. Congratulation on the wedding. I wish the two of you well.

  7. Congratulations on the wedding! Hope that they somehow will manage to fix your back so that you can continue to enjoy the great outdoors…

  8. Hi Kevin,
    congrats to your wedding mate! About your problems with your back and the disc´s.
    I had a very bad back with a fully broken disc. 4 years of terrible pain until I discovered the Alexander technic and healed myself. Today I am totally pain free and have a very strong back, I do Yoga and meditation too. Here are some books I used, they are very good.
    Best of course is if you find a good teacher. I believe there is one in Luleå, you will have to check out.


    this is a very good book to get started


    this is an excellent book for deeper understanding
    Reading the Alexander books you will understand why we got the problems in the first place and how to help yourself when none other can.

    all the best to you and your family
    Abbe Osram

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