Thursday, May 13, 2010
I have been having back pain off and on since October. It finally got really bad, forcing me to go to the doctor. I knew it was pressure on my sciatic nerve, but I didn't know that my L5/S1 disc is completely gone. No bulge or rupture... just no disc what so ever. I go for a MRI tomorrow and then I will find out what my options are. In the mean time, I am having trouble sitting for more than a few minutes and laying down is also a problem. The doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory and gave me a back brace to wear at all times (except sleeping) Since this has been in the acute phase for over 2 weeks, I have not been able to walk any significant distances and can see that my weight is not budging. This is distressing to me since the weather has gotten a bit warmer and all I want to do is go hiking with my DH. I guess that will have to wait a while. I hope I can back to walking/hiking soon because I really miss this part of my day. Since I have changed my eating habits and lifestyle, I have started to become a more active person and this is really putting a damper on that. I have to stay positive and get through this so I can get back to being "the new me".