Sunday, April 01, 2012
Well as some of you know I started the year with foot surgery in hopes that I would be ready to tackle spring with a new bounce in my step. The foot surgery went well, but by the time I got the A-OK to start walking my back flared up. It ends up I have a herniated disc and I have been seeing a Chiropractor for 5 weeks now. He changed my treatment from the regular back manipulation to decompression. I have not seen much of an improvement but it can take 12 - 20 visits for the full treatment. On Friday I also went to a pain management doctor and he gave me a shot of cortisone in the back into the nerve that is causing most of my pain. I could feel the medicine travel right down my leg. It was a little bit painful, but overall I came out with a little relief. Yesterday I was able for function a lot better than I have in the last five weeks, but today I woke with pain and am more uncomfortable again.
Unfortunately, when I started treatment for the back I was told not to do any exercise because it was counterproductive. Thankfully last week he gave me some exercises to do so Iím hopefully on the road to recovery. I am trying to be patient, but it has been awful to have this amount of pain and be so limited in what I can do. On the other hand I have read some members blogs that have issues much worse than I and made progress. I always know it could be worse.
Today is Palm Sunday and even though the date is not correct my Dad died in a car accident on Palm Sunday when he was only 36 years old. I was only six. I think of him today with love and a little bit of sadness.