Hi every one! I haven't posted in quite awhile for many reasons, but wanted to let you all know, that I have been checking up and reading posts (lurking) LOL.
Back in Feb. I moved to a new town, and had to start all over with new doctors. This turned out to be one of the best things that I could ever have done! My new back Dr. is a physiatrist (sp) and is WONDERFUL!!! He realizes that I have tried many of the therapies in the past, and respects my wishes to (for now) remain off of narcotics due to my having three teens! And although acknowledges my weight/smoking issues, is not pressuring me for surgery or anything else for that matter!
My oldest daughter(14) has also been having back pain, and was found to have a slight curve of her spine. She was sent to a chiropracter, who after a few adjustments, realized thatd she actually has one leg just a few millimeters shorter than the other, and after a few weeks with a small heel lift in her shoe, is doing better.
In the process of taking my daughter to her visits, and noticing my pain levels, and difficulties walking, he expressed an interest in trying to help me as well. (imagine, somebody OFFERING to help!) so after having my back Dr. giving the referral, and a few gental adjustments later, I must say, that I do notice a difference. I am better able to maintain a decent posture, my shoulders have come out of my ears, and have taken some cues from a diet plan they use, and may be actually starting to lose some weight after only a week! (will keep you posted!)
I still have constant pain, and have alot of difficulty walking/ sitting/ standing, but am starting to maybe see at least a slow to the degeneration.
My meds now are: Mobic, Effexor, Tramadol, Tizanidine, Detrol, anda simvistatin. I have tried the Butrans patch, and it did help do more than just take the edge off, but insurance will not pay for it!
I also have a tens unit, and lidoderm patches.
Well, I guess that's it for now,