Saturday, March 08, 2014
Well yesterday I went to see the Physiotherapist and was told to go back in 2 weeks time.
Take the pills and rest up, do a little exercise and walk short distances.
Like I could walk a marathon right now LOL.
No scans will be done unless the spinal cord is effected. The only way I will get a scan done is if I agree to have an operation on my back to remove the offending disc if it does not go back in.
I had researched this in case they mentioned it, for me that would be the last resort not the first option to go for.
So I asked for other options.
Injection in the spine.
This is painful and does not always work, plus some people do not react well to the steroids. I asked where it would be done IF I went for this option. In the Health Centre with a Dr who can do this. So no xray to see where the needle is going just done by feel, 20 minutes and home again. So no observations done either, that did not fill me with enthusiasm. You get three injections over a period of time depending on what they decide at the time.
That seemed better to me. Length of course is 4 weeks then nothing. So short term only then I can arrange to see someone privately which is expensive very expensive. So not an option for me as we could not afford the cost.
I can go to Physio and get on the list for a TENS machine this takes 10 weeks. In the mean time they use the TENS on me once a week. After getting the TENS form Physio I can keep it for 3 weeks then it goes back. So I get to use it for 3 weeks at home then nothing.
I can buy one for myself though and use it at home. I was told which ones to go for and where to get them.
So Option 3 is the way I am going and have ordered a TENS from Amazon as they had the one mentioned at a price I can just about afford. Colin ( DH) said we will afford it as this is important so I have ordered the TENS and it will arrive by Monday.
My back is very painful today but pills and a hot water bottle will see to that. Gentle exercise and helping get the meals ready will also help. Shopping arrives this afternoon with lots of healthy stuff ready for next weeks meals so all is sort of going to plan.