Hey guys, so I am now exactly 4 months (to the day) post microdiscectomy. Ive had my many ups and downs (and still do). Ive had a post MRI which apparently according to my dr looks really good and sugggested I try PT for 6 weeks. Well my PT, like my recovery, has bee slow going. I knew it would because even before this injury my body has always been alot slower to heal than other "normal" people. Ive always had a very sensitive body to everything. If i take a pain pill, i always have to take half because i get SO messed up from them. If i get sick, i take forever to get better...ive always been this way. The reason i say all this is because ive told my PT this MANY times in hopes they would take it a bit slower than regular. Well they were and i was gradually increasing, but my problem is this. My PT is a place my surgeon recommended, they actually meet with him monthly to discuss his patients-which i found comforting. I had been to another PT place BEFORE surgery, which did not help, however in their defense, PT was not going to help my problem then, my disc was too far gone - and they didnt even know a disc was the problem then. The thing I liked about the first place i went (before surgery) is i only saw one person. She never passed me around like the new place im going (The place my dr recommended).
The new place im going, i have "my pt" who ive only seen 3 out of the 14 times ive been. All the rest have been different pts, So, everytime i go i feel im having to re-explain my situation to someone new - its getting old. My appointment last week my PT agreed i am progressing, albeit slower than "normal" but its happening, which is fine by me. Well i went yesterday, and had yet again another new girl who decided i needed to ramp it up a bit. Normally in my pool routine i do 30 min of "excerises" and 30 min of what they call spine - which is basically floating and they sort of wiggle your back around to get movement in your spine and using the jets for massage. Everytime i do this routine, i feel so good afterwards. Ive even had glimses of days without pain ( only 2 times but it was pretty awesome). Anyways yesterday i spent the entire 60 min doing exercises, i got no break or jets or massage therapy. nada. i kept telling her my pain was getting worse while i was still in the pool. she would just stop that workout and start a new one. UGH! well ive now spent the past 2 days i PAIN ....more pain than ive had in awhile. i even have muscle cramps all the way up my back which ive never had before.
So, im at a dilemma. The thing is i cant go to this PT forever as its an hour away and gas is expensive - esp since im not working, so i knew id have to stop eventually. on top of this, i just dont feel like they are giving me the right attention anyways. im sick of being passed around. so my question is this, has anyone done their own PT at home or on their own?
theres a place close to my house that is a PT place with a pool that you can either go to PT there OR even just use their pool for your own "leisure" im debating just switching to them OR even just going on my own...but i just want to make sure im doing what i need to do to eventually progress and get stronger. is there any place to get PT excercises when i finally can do the ones i know now? i know my core has a LONG way to go - i was prego before back surgery so im basically without core muscles now lol i should also mention, my dr didnt say i had to go there, he said it was my choice, thats just where he usually send patients because he knows them and its close to his office.
any advice would be great!!!! thanks!!!