Thursday, March 26, 2009
I finally got to see my pain management doctor today. (She is an amazing, compassionate human being) I suffer from the chronic pain, produced by degenerative disk disease, which is usually at least somewhat under control. (I have one fusion and have had 2 blocks on my spine so far.) Coupled with my two knee replacements, managing pain can often times get a little tricky. Sometimes I can exercise and function for a few months with tolerable amounts of pain. (Of course over the years this has upped my pain tolerance significantly) Water exercise, a TENs unit, PT, hot/cold packs, prescriptions and therapeutic massages are all very helpful. Sometimes the pain gets away from me and I need a little medical intervention. I often wait too long to seek medical help because I first want to see if I can get it controlled myself or I wait to see if it goes away by itself. Yeah, right like that's going to happen. I should know better! Anyway, I paid my doctor a little visit this morning. She was surprised at the current shape of my back. You could bounce a coin off just about any place on my back because the muscles are so hard and bunched. Thank goodness the good doctor didn't give me a lecture about coming in sooner - she knows me fairly well by now! She gave me some new meds to take and wants me to have an MRI of the thoracic spine in case I ruptured a disk. With my high pain tolerance this easily could have happened last October 28 when I felt my back stiffen while I was doing my weight routine. I did go to physical therapy for it but it only worked up to a point. Right after that, I broke my foot and irritated my Achilles tendon (which caused me to waddle like a duck). I'm sure that didn't help my back any. Perhaps I should turn the waddle into a new dance that they could do on Dancing With the Stars! lol
A long time ago I decided that I could be positive, upbeat and hopeful or I could have a pity party and wallow in pain, which to me isn't a life-long option. Those of you who know me, know that I decided that being positive is preferable to any other option. Consequently, I'm not all that bummed about my current situation. At least it takes my mind off my foot! lol The doctor said she was very surprised at how I look and at how much weight I've lost since the beginning of 2008! She could see that I now have muscles and was impressed with my attitude. Of course I had to tell her I owe a significant amount of my progress to Spark People! She also told me that water exercise is a good way for people with knee and back problems to exercise, so I'm doing the right thing. Don't you just love it when you're doing the right thing? I know I do!!!
So, I will patiently or not so patiently wait for the MRI office to tell me when they have scheduled me to come in for my MRI. Meanwhile, I will paddle around in the water (I seem to have a duck fixation today) until I start quacking up. lol I will do what exercises I can and see what shows up on the MRI. Life goes on....... and........ I will prevail!!!!