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Still in Tremendous Pain

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yesterday I walked up to the mailbox twice (total mileage: 0.6 miles) and I was in a world of hurt. TC saw me walking back and said, "You are really in pain, aren't you??" YES, I was!

Today I saw the chiropractor again for Session #2. Did exactly the same thing as Session #1. I don't think my problem is the spine. The pain is in my right butt cheek/glute. I can't walk one step without feeling pain. I walk like an old woman. (OK, an OLDER woman!)

I asked the chiro what I should be doing on my own: stretching? walking? heating pad?

He said YES! Stretch gently and walk until I feel pain. Which, HAVEN'T YOU BEEN LISTENING? PAIN IS WITH ME THE FIRST STEP OF THE DAY UNTIL THE LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watermellen suggest physical therapy, specifically the GRASTON method. Can you believe I found a physical therapy clinic in my town of 23,000 that has a therapist trained in this method of soft-tissue therapy? Woo hoo!

So tomorrow I will make an appointment. Only 6 weeks until we leave for hiking in Nepal and today I can't walk the distance from my bedroom to the den without tremendous pain.

At least I have plenty of documentation for the trip insurance company that I am trying to get better.

Ps - eating hasn't been great; just sort of wandering between boredom and stress. NEED to get active!!!!!!!!!!

Another stressor is that my mother's first 2 rounds of chemo have NOT shrunk the tumor in her lungs. She will submit to radiation, albeit reluctantly. I think she's trying to let her five children know that she's going to be refusing treatment pretty soon. She's terminal, they've told her so, the best they can do is buy her time. But at what cost? She's not interested in buying NON-QUALITY time, so...????

Have a great day, Sparkfriends! We soldier on no matter what the obstacles, do we not??

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  • v BUTTERFLY-1976
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    732 days ago
  • v LESLIESENIOR
    Keep on Keepin' on. I know you will. You will be in my prayers.
    I'm so sorry about your mom. I am helping a 91 year old friend who has been a mother figure to me. She has lung cancer and has opted for chemo. There are many of us helping her as she has no biological family and has been a mom to so many of us. She is opting for chemo, but we all have the same life question...........At what cost to the quality of her life. She is making the decisions and we all respect that. God Bless your mom.
    Big Hug!!!!!
    732 days ago
  • v BUNERGIRL
    Oh my goodness... you have soo much to deal with right now. My heart goes out to you! My mother died from a malignant melanoma 3 years ago, Sept. 8th. It was so hard to lose her, but she was suffering and was looking forward to reuniting with my father, he died from brain cancer about 29 years ago. I can't imagine how hard it is for you to be dealing with that, the pain in your body, and the pressure of all those things right before your trip. So much at once. I don't know what else to say other than I hope your body co-operates with you soon, so that you can focus on your mom and your trip... both are important for so many different reasons... Hang in there girl!
    732 days ago
  • v KELLYFIT123
    I am so sorry the pain is not subsiding. emoticon
    732 days ago
  • v KANOE10
    I am glad you have found physical therapy. I really hope it will help your pain.

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It may be so hard, but I respect any decision she makes. emoticon
    732 days ago
  • v NANCY-
    Movement is a problem, what about building arm strength? Ankle circles?
    Glad you found a therapist to work with your soft tissue.
    Hope you heal soon.
    732 days ago
  • v SANDICANE
    Hope your new therapy works!!

    And, about your mom, there are some non-traditional therapies out there that are having some excellent results. Maybe if she doesn't want radiation, she may opt for something a little "off the beaten path".

    Hugs.
    732 days ago
  • v SUGAR0814
    Praying that the treatments get better for your mom! Also, praying that you get better!! Start looking for a plan B just in case therapy doesn't work as you expected. emoticon
    732 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    I'll be keeping me fingers crossed that the Graston treatment helps you as much as it helped me . . .

    And so sorry about your mum. The radiation treatment has some pretty significant side effects (or at least it did in my case, and for my sister) and I can well understand why she might not want to follow up with it if the results aren't there . . . but hard to accept her decision if that's what she prefers.
    732 days ago
  • v KELLIEBEAN
    I'm so sorry you are still in pain. I hope that eases in time for your hiking trip.

    I am really sorry to hear about your mom. I feel your pain. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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    732 days ago
  • v KNEEMAKER
    Keep on keeping on! You'll reach your destination for certain step by step. emoticon
    732 days ago
  • v KALISWALKER
    Hiking in Nepal, I am sure your butt will be better before then. Sorry to hear about your mother.

    How did you decide on that trip? I am going to start reading a travel book. I don't have a burning desire to travel right now, but it is important to see my DD in China before she moves back here.
    732 days ago
  • v MEADSBAY
    Oh, my.
    I hope you find relief soon.
    So very sad about your mother, too.
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    732 days ago
  • v MYTHMYTH
    So very sorry to hear about your mother and your continuing pain. Have you thought about seeing your Dr?
    732 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2014 6:48:23 PM
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