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Monday, January 16, 2012

Today I saw my orthopedic spine doctor about the results of the EMG I had last month for my right hand/elbow/arm and the cubital tunnel syndrome, also he gave me check up on my back. I waited for over two hours to see him, but he gives patients full attention and great explanations of treatment, etc.

I need to get an elbow splint for cubital tunnel syndrome to wear at night and other times. The office was out of them, so I will check with my physical therapist tomorrow. I also have an appointment with another doctor to further check the cubital tunnel syndrome right elbow next week.

We discussed a great many things, including how lifting 10 lbs is still impossible. Doc said it is still early and may take a while. I am allowed 5 lbs at the moment. I told him it was tough looking up to higher book shelves to read taller shelves, and I cannot climb anything to see it face on.

I told him the job possibilities I spoke with him last appointment pretty much fell through, and that I was creating opportunities to find how my body will react to working by volunteering at two different places. He commended me, and called it "physical therapy." I told him how my body was reacting to the different kinds of volunteer work, and about some other job possibilities I am hoping for. He believes I will probably need to work just part time for a while, that it may take time before I can work up to full time, if I can ever. My doctor was glad I had taken the initiative to find actual library work that I can do volunteer work since I haven't gotten an actual job yet to see what my body can tolerate and handle.

Regarding physical therapy, I only have 3 more sessions. So my doctor is recommending a 6 month gym membership for me. I will see what my nurse liaison can do about that. I am psyched about that possibility. I think I will go to the gym that was going to hire me, lol. (If worker's comp approves and lets me).

Regarding the pain I get when I do my stretches, my doctor said it was because it is breaking up the scar tissue and it is important to keep doing it. That actually encouraged me because it gave me a logical explanation for the pain after I do my morning home PT stretches.

Generally, I am pretty encouraged. Despite the pain, and my griping. Improvement will be slow, but there is improvement.
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  • SCOOTER4263
    You're doing so well! It helps a little, I think, to bear in mind that you're helping the healing process (by breaking up the scar tissue) when the stretches hurt. It's our natural reaction to avoid things that hurt. emoticon
    2741 days ago
  • DAISY443
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  • BEEJAY49
    There are so many things for us that takes a lot of recovery time. I pray yours will be faster and the pain will be gone soon. You're doing so much to help yourself along and I'm in awe of that! Keep up the good work! HUGS!
    2741 days ago
  • MAGA99
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  • _LINDA
    This sounds very progressive! Glad your Dr. is onside! Gym membership would be awesome! My physiotherapist suggested some self massage to help with the after pain stretching and also to massage the incision area regularly to keep it from tightening up. I still find ice keeps some of my soreness at bay.
    I wouldn't get by without splints for my hands. They really are helpful.
    Good luck with it all! You can get through this!!
    2742 days ago
  • no profile photo EMRANA
    Your doctor must be so thrilled with you! Between your sticking with the physio and taking on the volunteer work, you're doing so much good for yourself. Many people resist the slightest discomfort, but it's so important to get your body moving again! When I used to get my facet injections in my spine, I didn't meet a single person in the waiting rooms who would do their physio. It's the best thing for us.

    You should be encouraged! You're doing great!

    2742 days ago
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