Sunday, June 07, 2009
I've been off sick since last Tuesday because of soreness in my back specifically my lower back, my upper back, my mid-back, and my ribcage. Not necessarily all at the same time but enough of them to make sleeping uncomfortable and just wanting to hook up to my heating pad!
I don't know why my back is acting up this week; the weather has been sunny and warm. Usually dampness is a trigger for me.
On Wednesday, I went and had a massage hoping that would help and while it felt good when I was having it, it didn't seem to help any longer than that half hour.
On Thursday, I tried acupuncture for the first time ever. It was a very interesting procedure.
The doctor I chose is a Chinese woman who is an acupuncturist and a physician and the first thing she did was the patient evaluation where I noted which areas of my body were currently bothering me and the fact that I have rheumatoid arthritis.
Then she had me take off everything except my underwear and lie face down on a massage table.
She stuck needles into my ankles, back of my knees, around my lower back and buttocks, up my spine to my neck, some at the base of my neck and some on either side on my ribcage.
Mostly, they didn't hurt. Although, they pinched a bit on my ankles and my lower back (my lower back was what was hurting the most that day).
And, then she used a heat lamp on the different areas of my body where she had put the needles starting with my lower back. After about 5 minutes, the heat lamp became extremely uncomfortable and I told her that it felt like she was baking me so she moved it to my ankles and then to my knees and then to the top of my back. The only place it bothered me had been my lower back.
After the heat lamp procedure, she left the room for awhile and told me to just relax, which was quite easy to do because she had soft piano music playing.
When she came back, she removed the needles and massaged my entire body using the sheet that was covering me and then it was over and I was told to take my time, don't stand up too quickly and get dressed and come out, which I did.
When I got up to the front to pay, the receptionist asked how I felt and I said hungry (it was around 12ish) and very, very tired and she said that the tiredness was quite normal and that I should drink lots of water and maybe have a nap (and I'm thinking it's not going to be much of a nap if I drink lots of water).
After I left, the only part of my body that didn't hurt was my lower back. First my left arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my right arm and elbow was really sore for about an hour and then my ribcage started to really ache and then my lower back started to ache again (this was the evening by the time this happened).
But, on Friday morning, I felt great! Nothing hurt until that afternoon when my ribcage and upper back started giving me problems again and since then it's been off and on achiness depending on whether I have taken any OTC meds to help ease the pain or not. I'm finding if I take them every 3 hours or so, it really helps in preventing the achiness.
I'm supposed to go back to the acupuncturist once a week for at least a month and then we'll reevaluate to see if it's helping so I have booked the following two Tuesdays and we'll see if it helps or not.
And, I'm going back to work tomorrow regardless of how I feel. I'll take my heating pad with me if necessary.