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The Saga Continues....

Thursday, September 04, 2014

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As I stated in my last blog: on Tuesday I did the chiropractic appt. and afterward went to the Clinic I saw 5 days after the ladder fall to get a referral for physical therapy. I was refused the referral: the doctor said she "wasn't comfortable" giving me a referral because "You didn't have any X-rays." WELL, WHOSE FAULT WAS THAT? (Mine, apparently!) emoticon

As a result of that I made an appointment with my primary care physician (45 miles away) AND rescheduled the physical therapy appointment for Monday, Sept. 8. I mean, all I want is a fricking REFERRAL! Figure Primary Care Physician knows me well enough to just write a script for the physical therapy.

Alas -- NO! Primary Care doctor ALSO won't send me to physical therapy without further intervention! But here's what she did:

* Told me to stop the Chiropractic immediately. I am always in more pain after I'm "manipulated" and she thinks he's exacerbating my pain & inflammation.

* Did a thorough exam of my hip/back/side area to see what hurt. Thinks it could be a fracture in the sacral area, so sent me to an imaging clinic to get 10 x-rays. Apparently these fractures are common as a result of a fall "from a great height, especially in older people."

* Gave me a shot of some sort of anti-inflammatory/pain med -- I'm feeling the best I've felt in two weeks!

* Gave me a prescription for Celebrex and a muscle relaxant.

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As soon as she gets the results of the xrays we will have a plan of action. She is not opposed to physical therapy as long as I don't have a fracture, which will require different treatment.

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I feel hopeful we have a good plan this time....nearly three weeks after the fall, only 5 weeks before I leave for Nepal...this is a pretty tense time for me. At least I'm doing everything I can, and if I have to cancel the trip because of the fall I should have all my bases covered to collect on our trip insurance. I've already told TC he may have to go without me, and he looked like he might be tempted to do so!

I'm doing fine with my eating; not gaining, which is a success by itself. When I feel the need to eat when I shouldn't, I tell myself: HUNGER IS NOT AN EMERGENCY! RIDE IT OUT AND YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY YOUR NEXT MEAL!!! (this is what I learned from Judith Beck's book, "The Beck Diet Solution: Train your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person.")

So that's it from my Corner of the Universe! I'm feeling encouraged that I'm in good hands. Sorry this blog is all over the place.

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, and STAY THE COURSE! Hugs to all!!!

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  • KONRAD695
    Let me start with "I Love" your outlook on eating. I can do it for a few days, but then break down. I'm trying to train myself to at least think that way for more than 3 days in a row.

    Glad you are getting some x-rays. I would start poking people with questions like- How do I insure that next time I don't have to wait so long for them? or how much further along would I be If I got more expedient care for this injury? Maybe they would get the hint that you would like better care, without them feeling the blame for it.

    As your hip goes. If you are already walking on it and staying active, then recovery should be quick. The fact that you were so active before is probably what is allowing you to work through it right now. My guess is you'll make the trip, even with some breaks. If you're tough enough to walk now, the 5 weeks should be magic.

    Wishing the best for you, Konrad
    1408 days ago
  • BUNERGIRL
    I think the fact that you've maintained through all this is amazing... GOOD FOR YOU!!! Hope you get the results you need phsically...
    1408 days ago
  • no profile photo ATGOALWT
    For some problems going to a chiropractor is O.K. I guess but I never met one who said, this injury is for a M.D and not for me. I once went to one who treated me for lower back pain and made it worse. My fault for not going to a medical doctor first. Have fun on your vacation
    1409 days ago
  • MARMAERT
    that was good advice from your primary dr. glad you went to see her before you got PT! hope that Nepal will be a "go" for you both!
    1409 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    So glad you're feeling encouraged -- and hope that there is no fracture.

    Yay, "hunger is not an emergency": one of my most-often repeated mantras (thank you Dr. Beck!!)
    1410 days ago
  • BOOKAPHILE
    Sounds like you have a good doc with a reasonable plan. I hope it all works out for Nepal! I'm betting TC would be miserable without you!
    1410 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Aw, it all sounds so painful and frustrating! I hope the x-rays reveal all and the right treatment plan is found quickly.
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    1411 days ago
  • SCRAPPYGAMBLER
    So sorry to hear that you fell. I hope this doesn't ruin your trip to Nepal! I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon!
    1411 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Your doc sounds very good! I have been on Celebrex for YEARS and love it! Hope you do too!

    Have a great day and feel better soon!
    1411 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is a great Beck quote. Hunger is not an emergency and ride it out so you can enjoy your next meal.

    I had the same thing happen. I went to a drop in for back pain. The dr said yes I had sciatica problems but would not give me a PT referrral. Then I had to see a primary dr to get a referral.

    I am glad you are feeling better and found a good dr to give you xrays.


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  • NANCY-
    Not whining... venting. You were NOT all over the place. You were just expressing what is going on. Hope all is going to be well. You are doing great in addressing the situation.

    FYI - hopefully the muscle relaxant will be a good match for you, if not call the doctor for a different type.
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    1411 days ago
  • FEEDTHEHUNGER
    Nothing is more disheartening than encountering the medical profession these days with all the rules and regulations, etc. Having said that, I will also say that your doctor seems to be spot on with what she's recommending and your treatment plan. I know it's hard to go the "wait until the tests come back" route, but you don't want to risk further injury either. I hope it all works out and you get to go on your trip! Fingers crossed!!!
    1411 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Oh you poor thing! (Just what you needed to hear to feel sorry for yourself, right? Hehe, what are SparkFriends for? :-))
    I'm hoping nothing's broken and that you'll be able to move forward with physical therapy. With 5 weeks to go there is still a chance it'll happen.
    Hang in there.
    Sending hugs.
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    1411 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Sounds like you're on track to recovery! emoticon emoticon
    1412 days ago
  • KELLYFIT123
    I am glad you went to the "real" doctor -- though I'm sorry it's so far away! I hope you can go on your trip.
    1412 days ago
  • PRETTYPITHY
    Congrats on not gaining -- a major success! I will check out that Beck book -- thanks for the rec!
    1412 days ago
  • MYTHMYTH
    So very glad to hear that you are getting some relief and that you have a well reasoned plan for moving forward.
    1412 days ago
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