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Thursday, March 14 My back story continues...

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I was surprised when I received a call from the nurse at the pain clinic and she offered me an appointment to see my pain doctor at 3PM. I jumped on it and canceled the other appointment that I had scheduled. Something kind of snapped when I got there and I was teary-eyed over the pain and frustration of my back. He knew I was in trouble--we have been together a long time--so he checked my back and determined that the source of my pain is my S-I joint. He gave me an injection and told me to double the amount of hydrocodone that I have been taking. I would like to say that it is better but the reality right now is that I am sort of numb and so is my back. I can feel the pain that is there, but it is as if my brain just isn't caring nearly as much, unless I yawn or cough.

I looked up S-I joint and injections on the search engine here and found out more than I realized. It is a tricky and big deal. I am so lucky to have Dr. Fullenkamp to care for me.

I lost 2.2 pounds at WI this week. That is from a good effort to not eat extra things during my break and keeping busy. I have exercised at the pool every day until today--but the injection prohibits that for 24 hours. I'll get back there tomorrow afternoon.

That's today in a nutshell. I'm hoping that tomorrow is uneventful! Peaceful spring days sound like a heavenly gift.

Gentle hugs,
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    Hang in there. I'm so happy you have a compassionate doctor that is good at their job and knows you well.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    1925 days ago
    I certainly hope this works now that they have found the source of pain. emoticon
    1926 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad you got in to see this wonderful Dr.! I just got the bombshell my Rhuemy is suffering from Leukemia and the reason my appointment was pushed back was because she was sick from chemotherapy :( My previous rheumy died from brain cancer at the fairly young age of 66. I had seen him since I first got it at age 6.5. So I have known my current one a really long time. My last blog gives my radiologist's report from the bone scan. I once took cortisone injections to my elbows which did nothing at all for me, so I am not so sure I would allow anything to get near my lower back. I am all too aware of how risky injections are, not only for the damage they can cause, but also for the infection risk. A woman at the bridge club got an injection in her hip area, and ended up getting a hematoma and damage to her sciatic and was in incredible pain for a whole two years before it finally subsided. A nurse had given the injection and hit the area by mistake.
    I hope you have a good Friday and a great weekend!
    {{{genltle hugs}}}
    1926 days ago
    Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!
    1926 days ago
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