Today I spent the majority of the day at the orthopaedic dr. This is a new doctor, in a new city, new state. Gulp. Always challenging.
He is on the same page as me in regards to treatment, and respects how I want to stay away from any kind of heavy medication to solve the pain. That just doesn't "solve" it.
He is sending me to physical therapy, and changed one medication, and ask that I take the muscle relaxant at night to help with the back pain that wakes me up.
From what he saw on the x-rays, and listened to me talk about, it is the DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) and the spinal stenosis pinching a nerve, a long with some good old fashioned arthritis. He says my back fusion from 2011 looks fine, and solid. So, I will go to the physical therapist tomorrow and set up a schedule, and then I return to the Dr. on my birthday in October.
Physical therapy at this point will help me safely manipulate my fitness routine without getting hurt. I am so ready for this.
Despite the fact I have been having breakthrough pain at night, I definitely know I have improved since before my surgeries in 2011, and afterward. It has been since 2013 that I saw the ortho spine specialist back in CT. I would say it is progress. Right now my worse pain is at night when it wakes me up, and sometimes at night when we relax to watch tv. The answer - get up and walk about every twenty minutes or commercial break. The answer is in more steps according to the doctor.
I had three nights in a row where I got a total for the three nights of about 13 hours sleep.
Can anyone say exhausted?
So, I am spending no time on here.
Big day tomorrow.
Go to the PT and set it all up.
Get a haircut.
Weigh in day.
Work on finishing my current freelance project.
Now, drowsy is calling me. I will hold my therapy cat and nod.
Getting healthier, etc. zzzz