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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Not even an hour after I made my last post, I went to clean up some cat vomit under my desk. (I know, not a pretty thing.) I threw my back out as a result. I spent all day Sunday in an inordinate amount of pain. I have degenerative disk disease, and bulging discs at L4 and L5, and this was just the latest flare-up. I don't get these often, but when they do, I literally lose my legs. My back gets incredibly weak and I can't support my legs. This time it was just the left leg, but still...not good at all. And did I mention the sciatica?

Of course, I'm in panic mode. I have to get on a plane and fly across the country on Saturday morning! I'm going on a two-week bucket list type of vacation! The Pacific Northwest! Alaskan cruise! THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!

Out came the muscle relaxers. The ice packs. The Tylenol. The topical NSAID was repurposed for this. All day was an exercise in agony. Yesterday I was at the Carolina Back Institute first thing...I'm doing all the right things, the nurse practitioner I see said I can continue massage therapy. I have standing orders for physical therapy and a steroid injection if I decide I need it. (I've never had an injection for this back thing before, but time isn't on my side here, so it's still an option to consider.) I went to massage therapy yesterday and go again tomorrow, and may go again Friday. I dug out my TENS unit and intend to take that with me on my trip.

It is improving. Slowly. The sciatica is gone. My back is supporting my legs again. I still have pain, but I'm not shuffling around like I was. I was literally dragging my left leg around on Sunday. However, I've now got the side effect of flared-up core muscles. Including around my ribs. I cannot seem to catch a break so my body can calm down. There is a lot of downtime built into our cruise, and I hope that will help my health anxiety and my assorted aches. Perhaps a change of scenery will do good in more than one way.

I'm hopeful that I can drive myself to massage therapy tomorrow. My fiance drove me to the doctor and the massage therapist yesterday...I couldn't move very well at all. I think I'll be able to cope with the long plane ride on Saturday. It's walking around Seattle that I may have to scale back on a bit...will have to see. Right now, I'm optimistic. I think I caught this before it got really bad. It's just the latest installment of a long line of back injury. I've been having issues with it since high school.

One thing is for sure--I am positive that the fact I haven't been able to work out in two months contributed to this flareup. Exercise really does help keep me at a level of fitness that I don't have right now. As soon as I can, I will be back working out...although I will have to ease into it.
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    So sorry that you have this set back right before your awesome trip. Remember to gently stretch while on the cruise...the tens unit should help as well. One thing you might consider is getting wheel chair assistance at the airports. That might help with some of that walking. I know your pain well, as mine is in the same area as well as the S1 disc, no fun....
    But have been on the cruise to Alaska, (twice as a matter of fact), and it's awesome. Don't forget your camera and take advantage of the side trips if possible. The cruise directors can tell you how difficult the trips might be for you, if you continue to need assistance. Besides going to Glacier Bay, taking a boat trip to see the Whales was my next fav. Have fun and enjoy....I'm betting the change in scenery will help you lots. Just be careful with what you do. emoticon
    1678 days ago
    emoticon I,too, have DDD & sciatica.....Know the pain well. Hope the trip to Seattle & beyond is within your physical condition.
    1678 days ago
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