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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Today, I had a doctor’s appointment with my neuro psych specialist. The practice specializes in all kinds of neurological things that are a result of illness, trauma and injury. My migraine specialist referred me to the practice. It’s very interesting going there. You see all kinds of people with a huge variety of issues. Today, I met an interesting woman in the waiting room, who had multiple autoimmune diseases. I’ve also met people who are doing brain retraining (I find this really fascinating) after a stroke, a seizure or traumatic brain injury. The practice has a very positive, upbeat atmosphere. I actually like going there.
I have been going to this practice for a little over a year. This specialist doctor was able to change one of my prescriptions so that my neuropathy was treated and my leg pain has pretty much disappeared. This pleased my primary doctor, my neurologist and my migraine neurologist. It also made me feel better overall. She addresses the common issues found with chronic pain sufferers, due to trauma, illness and injury (including wear and tear on the body). She was pleased that I finally had the reconstruction surgery on my wrist. She had been a little concerned about the length of time it took before my surgery was scheduled. (It was over six months but who’s counting!) My hot pink cast was a big hit as a fashion accessory!
Then we got down to business. The doctor expressed concern over the weight of the cast. It weighs around 3 pounds or more. The concerns were regarding the pull on my cervical (neck) and thoracic (upper back) spine areas. We discussed being careful with body position, resting, supporting my arm, eating more protein and my pain level. What was ultra cool was the discussion about how the pain was affecting sleep, body, thinking and emotions. Our discussion ran the whole gambit of how pain affects the physical and psychological aspects of the body. She told me that I’m coping extremely well and I exhibit an admirable level of resilience. I initially was surprised at this and was a bit skeptical. Really? Wow! Here I see myself as being whiny and needy. She sees me as independent, tenacious and resilient. Hummmmm! I think I need to work on my self talk and self perception.
I left my appointment feeling empowered, positive, motivated and validated! It was like receiving a lovely gift.