Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's not Loopner's disease

Does anyone remember Lisa Loopner? She was a character played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live back in the late 1970s in the U.S. Lisa was a very nerdy high school girl whose father, the late Mr. Loopner (God rest his soul) had died from Loopner's disease. He was born without a spine.

A side view of my neck. Too much information?

Clearly the evidence shows that I've got a spine. This is one of four x-ray images I had made yesterday. The radiologist said that there was some slight dislocation between two of the vertebrae and some swelling between two others. This is what's putting pressure on my arm nerves, apparently. He said it was nothing serious and if the medicine I'm taking is helping, then things should be alright. I can't see anything on the x-rays. I guess that's why doctors get all that schooling.

Now I have to go back to my primary doctor and see what he says. I can still feel twinges in the arm, but there is no serious pain like before. I suppose it's the drugs and the neck brace.


  1. Glad to know there is nothing serious. With rest, medication and patience everything should be back to normal pretty soon. At least that's what my wishes are for you.

  2. I loved Lisa Loopner, Rosanne Rosanna-danna (sp) and all her characters. Gilda Radner was the best.

    As for your spine, I'm glad to see you've got one. Hope all fare's well.

  3. Yes, it's good to know it's not serious. That's quite a photo!

  4. Just don't go giving Ken any "noogies" just yet...until your arm and back heal that is...;)

    My husband mentions a website for you to look at...not sure if they do this in France. For the future maybe, a very simple procedure called "x-stop" to relieve nerve pain from disc issues. Not very invasive, quick procedure, very quick recovery. Works extremely well.

    www.xstop.com FYI.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  5. That must be a great relief, to know that it's not too serious - even if the photos are a bit on the gruesome side!

  6. Rest and relieve the swelling. Let Ken paint for now, please.

  7. I am so glad you had good news. Now let it remain good by resting and letting the healing complete itself! My little dog is at my feet as I type and he says you should go take Callie for lots of walks and not paint for a good while.

    Bo's advice is very good.

  8. What good news! Best words a dr. can utter: "Nothing serious."

    Best words Rosanna Rosanadanna can utter: "Never mind."

  9. chm, thanks! Normal will be nice.

    rick, that was a good cast. Ah, the old days!

    judy, I just scanned the x-ray and enhanced it a little.

    suzanne, thanks, I'll take a look!

    autolycus, it's almost a let-down, but in a good way. ;)

    ginny, I'm doing the easy painting.

    kristi, not to worry. I'm wearing a hole in the couch cushions.

    cheryl, right! But Roseanne Rosannadanna said, "It's always something. If it's not one thing, it's another." Actually, she was quoting her father when she said that. I think it was Emily Litella who said, "Never mind!" :)

  10. You are right, Walt. "Never mind."

  11. Good news about your neck, now don't you even think about trimming that monstrous hedge! :)


  12. It seems the French doctors know what they're doing.

  13. cheryl, :)

    bettyann, I think about it all the time...

    starman, let's hope so!

  14. This must be something of a milestone -- to get through a non-routine medical issue in your second language. (Colonoscopies don't count.) Bravo!


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