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mishkammishka Posts: 9
edited 08/15/2015 - 4:58 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all,
This is my first post in the forum, thank you for having me here.:) I've read a lot of the information here for several months now and take comfort in knowing that there are others who can understand what it's like to deal with spine/musculoskeletal issues and the associated pain and disablement. Thank you to everyone for sharing so much information. Below is what seems like a list of issues that should belong to more than one individual, however, sadly it is the current state of my little body.

I have had moderate back problems for over twenty years but it wasn't until May this year where I had another flare up to the point of what seems like no return. I had become increasingly symptomatic over last Christmas/New Year and took more and more pain killers to get through my work. The flare up in my neck in March this year was so bad I ended up with a CT scan and have since had to cease work. I was naive enough to think that I'd magically get better with rest, massage and some intensive PT. I had other issues too in my shoulders, hips and lower spine that I hoped would also magically get better with rest and PT.

Fast forward five months and the results of all investigations via CT and MRI so far are as follows:

Osteoarthritis affects right side facet joints

Osteoarthritis affects right side facet joints
Mild disc space narrowing

C5/6 significant left posterior and paracentral disc protrusion impinging C6 exiting left nerve root
Considerable narrowing of neural foramina at C5/6, more so on the right with encroachment from degenerative bony changes on adjacent neurocentral joint
The disc bulge and dorsal spondylotic osteophytes encroach on the canal producing mild canal stenosis
Moderate disc space narrowing

Marked degenerative disc space narrowing

Mild to moderate spondylosis

L1/2 central disc prolapse with impingement of thecal sac
Mild canal stenosis
Vertebral endplate degenerative changes
Mild to moderate spondylosis

L5/S1central disc prolapse
Impingement of left S1 nerve root within the left lateral recess
Mild canal stenosis
Mild bilateral facet joint hypertrophy / osteoarthritis
Vertebral endplate degenerative changes
Mild to moderate spondylosis

Supraspinatus tendinosis
Subdeltoid-subacromial bursitis with bursal impingement

Subacromial bursitis with bursal impingement
Calcific tendinosis of subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus tendons.
Rim rent tear on supraspinatus

Trochanteric bursitis
Suspected femoro-acetabular impingement and associated labral tear

Trochanteric bursitis
CAM type femoro-acetabular impingement associated with mild osteoarthritis
Anterior superior labral tear
Distal gluteus medius tendinosis

My primary care doc has referred me to a Rheumatologist who excluded Rheumatoid Arthritis and basically put my pain down to musculoskeletal issues. He prescribed Celebrex and a proton pump inhibitor that did not improve things any more than non NSAID options. Breakthrough pain is in the form of burning between my shoulder blades, weakness in my neck/feeling like I can't hold my head up, radiating pain down my arms and general stabs and aches in lower spine etc.

I'm undertaking PT who suggests nine months to help shoulder issues which he believes will assist my neck issues. I'll be seeing a hip surgeon to consider options for those issues. I'm also having weekly laser acupuncture but I'm not sure it's helping.

My primary care doc and Rheumatologist say that I have to try physiotherapy before considering surgery. I must admit though that I want quick results but everyone is telling me surgery will just lead to one operation to another to another and to avoid it as long as possible. My concern is that long term PT is all well and good but what is my long term prognosis? I am unable to work and no one seems to be able to tell me when I might work again.

I guess my main questions at this stage that I hope the community here might be able to help with are the following:

- Does anyone else have degenerative tendons/tendinosis and or bursitis in their shoulders or hips that also has spine issues? I'm trying to discover if the spine problems are causing or adding to the tendon/bursitis issues or vice versa.

- With the multiple issues in my spine from top to bottom do my chances of working in anything besides part time lightest of light duties seem poor if I don't undergo spinal surgery? Asked another way: How bad does the overall picture of my spine look? Mild, moderate, severe or extreme?

- How do you deal with the sense of hopelessness? I feel completely useless to my husband and young sons. With my shoulder issues I can do virtually nothing and this combined with my symptomatic back and hips leaving me constantly needing to avoid prolonged sitting and standing and avoiding walking. I have well meaning relatives sending me links to jobs they think I could apply for that I couldn't possibly do. I feel there is a question running in people's heads such as "How could all this be wrong with one person and is it really that bad she can't work even a few hours!?" Perhaps that is just my guilt of feeling useless and adding pressure to our finances as I'm not able to work.

I'm 47 years old but feel significantly older.

Thank you to anyone who has read this far and that might have some words of wisdom, thoughts on my likely prognosis in terms of medium to long term functionality or any thing else to share.


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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
    MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
    SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary

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  • Welcome to the family.
    All i can tell you is you if you feel useless to your husband,open up thoselines of communication wide,to everyone in your circle
    Make them understand where your coming from..so that they may understand where you are mentally and,emotionally.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...titled, " spoon theory" and I found it to be a helpful way for others to understand that even if I seem to be functioning, everything I do takes a lot out of me.
    For ex...if I shower in morning, I need to rest for awhile. It used to be...get ready and out the door.

    Talking about how many "spoons" I have left at any time, seems effective with some of my people.
    Then I may explain that I choose not to do this or that as I am saving spoons for latter part of the day for family.

    Of course, sometimes no matter how we explain, some people will not understand, but others will try their best.
    When chronic pain first entered my life, I found it unbelievable, and I was living it.
    The spoon theory helped me to understand myself better, also.

    You can find it by using_ search_ on this site, upper right on page.

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  • mishkammishka Posts: 9
    edited 08/17/2015 - 3:59 PM
    Thanks Ranchhand. My husband certainly knows how I feel and he wants to wait on me hand and foot but I do feel guilty he has to do so much. I think the harder part from there is not knowing how this will ever end. Phsyio is painfully slow and doing nothing much for me but they expect it to be slow...I'm a hundred miles an hour type person/overachieving career woman who is now sidelined indefinitely. Just got to work out how to accept it all and deal with the financial losses that go with not working in my career. Your idea to expand how I feel to others in my circle is something I'm slowly doing but feel pressure to behave/display utmost positivity and 110% effort. Well-meaning people send me job ads expecting that three months off work must mean I'm better. :-0 I really appreciate your reply, it's nice to be welcomed to the family. :)

    Savage I will definitely take a look at the spoon thread, it sounds like it would be helpful. I understand exactly about the shower! The idea of a shower, hair washing and drying is like the idea of climbing Mt Everest. I also understand that sense of the chronic pain at first being unbelievable. I have soldiered on through so much pain and severe flare ups in the past always thinking I'll stop and get some help soon/when I can afford it. That day never came and I ended up forced to stop as I had virtually no function left in my neck and shoulders and serious persistent pain. From there I had the rudest of awakenings when I asked various doctors and specialists to "Just put me on the path to the quickest recovery so I can get back to normal life!" and they replied "We can't just cut it all away, it's degenerative".....cried for hours after being told that a few times over. Slowly the mental side will catch up I guess and find a way through as so many others here have done. Thanks for your reply, I really appreciate the support.

  • Instead of focussing on how to get back to where you were, try thinking of this as being on a journey to a new, as yet unknown, place.

    Like you - I was a highly focussed upwardly moving career orientated workaholic. I defined myself by what I did and had no alternative vision that I could grab a hold of. I struggled for three years following the fall that changed my life. I continued to work as long and as hard regardless of the pain. My only confession was to use a walking stick to get around. As a part of my job I travelled around Australia almost every week - I lived on airplanes and in a motels. I was driven. That was until I had surgery in 2011. A simple fusion at L4/5. I though ... Ok - 3 months off work and then the pain would be gone and I could get back on with my life! Boy was I wrong!

    Complications in the surgery meant that I could only go back to work part time. It also meant more surgery in 2012. This was followed by the need for long term pain management options. Thus started my life on opiates. Then a spinal cord stimulator in 2013 in the hope that I could get off the meds. All the time thinking that if I could just get on top of this I could go back to work - go back to being me.

    Move along to 2014 - my focus shifted to keeping away from hospitals (so over them after repeated surgeries, extended periods in rehab facilities ect). And now 2015 - waiting for another surgery and another stint in rehab.

    Through this journey I have struggled with the loss of my career, who I am and who I will be. I have lost a sense of self. What I have found is a whole different person. I have learned to crochet and stopped to appreciate the world around me. I have realised that underneath the career driven maniac that I was is a person who had forgotten to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. I no longer care what other people think. If I want to stay in bed until lunch time because I am having a bad day - then so be it. I used to feel guilty because I wasn't who I thought I should be but now I try not to. I try to think about how lucky I am. I'm alive. After the journey I have been through there were a few times when I nearly didn't make it.

    I suggest you go see a pain management specialist to help you deal with the pain issues and also a psychologist to help you find your way through the adjustment issues. Life shouldn't be about mourning the loss of who we were but about finding a path to who we will be.
  • William GarzaWilliam Garza TexasPosts: 2,365
    edited 08/17/2015 - 8:44 PM
    Will it end?
    Be gentle with yourself.
    As long as your moving forward toward who you will be,rather than salvaging who you were,and trying to make progress with broken pieces it will be a slow time of it.

    If they can handle the brutality and honesty of the truth of who you were
    And will become,you willbe fortunate indeed!
    Not everyone will be willing to spend time to get to know you..and thats ok
    The pain martyrdom is uncomfortable for anyone in the best of times.
    The excess energy will be killer at first,then you will adjust.

    I went from 100 plus hours a week
    To having all the time in the world.
    All because i had been pushing myself beyond for years.,and paid the price.

    Take this time slowly and methodically create the new you.
    All the tools are right there,ready to be used,you dont lose them.
    We look forward to walking this road with you,sometimes beside you
    Sometimes behind,but always with you.
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  • mishkammishka Posts: 9
    edited 08/19/2015 - 9:48 PM
    Wow, CherylC and Ranchhand, your posts brought me to tears in a good way!!! Thank you so much for all your kind words of wisdom and support, I could relate to so much of what your wrote.

    CherylC your thought process and level of drive sounds so similar to mine...I am also in Australia. :) You have been through an enormous amount and I can see how I would be the same, always thinking 'I just need to get on top of this and then....'. I still do that everyday but it really is dawning on me that an 'ultimate end point' is not possible to predict.

    Your comment about loss of career and sense of self, yes I feel that! Having spent almost three months now going from one appointment to the next in search of answers and solutions to make it all go away, to arrive at nothing really changing other than the realisation of 'life will never be the same.' Two years ago I fought hard to return to my career after a TEN year break to have kids. I started back at mid level management and worked my way quickly into a more senior role within two years (aching and grimacing all the way through, determined to not let my age and the career gap stop me from progressing!!! I too am a workaholic maniac.) I had plans to be back at a national management level within the next year...until my neck, shoulders etc all finally stopped me in my tracks.

    It's so insightful to read how you've found a whole other 'you'. It gave me hope and a level of excitement of what the unknown will be. It made me realise I could look at the fact that an alternative future might be better than the one I had planned. Of course the pain and disfunction are not 'better' but I can't change that, so wondering what great things can happen now I'm in this situation is where I can find hope....'finding the path to who we will be'...you summed it up perfectly. Wishing you super amounts of good luck with your next round of surgery and rehab.

    Ranchhand your comment about 'excess energy' is so true. Being 'grounded' so to speak has been so difficult. I cannot 'do nothing'. I refused to watch day time TV and almost clock watched each day to end so tomorrow would come and hopefully have me closer to 'being back to normal.' Stopping the process in my head of trying to salvage who I was is a great point you make and the alternative to instead make progress forward to who I will be. Yes, others might find it hard to not want to put me back in the box from where I once was but eventually they will adjust as I am having to.

    I really thought I was the only one who had pushed through pain for years. You and CherylC mention you did that. Not sure about you two, but I have spent quite a bit of time beating myself up over not 'looking after myself' and 'look what I've done, what a blinking idiot!' But as I'm sure you would know, that got me no where and I have since ceased being in 'regret' and moving to acceptance. To know there are others who experience the same challenges and can share wisdom from the path already trodden is such a comfort. I can't thank you guys enough for shedding light on what has been a dark space in my mind. I look forward to sharing the path and hopefully being able to support you and others along the way too.
  • Don't be so hard on yourself Mishka. It's a process we all have to go through. When I first got hurt I could have just given in to it but look at all the wonderful experiences I would have missed out on if I did! I got an extra 3 years before it all came crashing down. I was already a senior director when I had the accident and by keeping going I got to do some amazing work and even got to do a stint as an acting Assistant Commissioner. In that 3 years I made a difference. If I had given in to it earlier my physical health outcome wouldn't have been any different. I am where I am now because I was just plain unlucky.

    There is nothing to gain from looking back and saying "what if". The best thing to do is look forward and wonder what can be. My favourite saying is "It is what it is".

    Where do you go from here ... Who knows? But that is the beauty of it. The next page hadn't been written yet and the best part of that is that you are the author of your own story. Like all good stories there will be hardship and there will be joy for without struggle we would not be able to appreciate achievements. If you have bad days then accept them as just that - a bad day. They will pass. Start every day on a fresh page. Rest when you need to, go for a walk and "smell the roses" when you can. It is a new adventure!

    What part of Australia are you from? I live in the hinterland behind the Gold Coast in QLD.
  • I'm right down south in Melbourne, Victoria - the big smoke! :)

    I still wonder 'what if' far too often. :/ Because I've decided in my head, rightly or wrongly, that if I'd sought help sooner rather than soldiering on I might not have done so much damage. But alas, I do need to now move on and adopt the 'It is what it is' mindset and look forward to a new future, and as you say, looking back gains nothing.

    I'm finding each day really is an unknown entity, even if it starts out well. I can fee physically ok relatively speaking, and be somewhat upbeat and then I might do two errands and or turn my neck/back/hip/shoulder a certain way and wham, I'm in some other place suddenly climbing the walls from the pain and downing pain killers asap to escape it. At times I find that after taking the pain killers and the acute pain subsides I'm up and about doing a lot more than I probably should, and then end up in even more pain once the drugs wear off. :( I need to somehow gauge/learn that just because the current pain is masked doesn't mean I should get busy! Besides using pain as a measure, I'm still not sure exactly what actions I should and shouldn't be doing to avoid aggravating things and becoming more symptomatic and to avoid making my conditions worse. Confusing but I guess I'll learn and hopefully people like my hip surgeon when I see him will advise on those things in detail.

    I love the new adventure outlook you talk about and that is a must for me to view it like that to keep out of the doldrums. :)

    You sure sound like you've achieved a lot in your career and despite adversity have a great outlook now and that certainly is helping me and no doubt others here to learn that life does go on. Thank you. :)
  • CherylCCCherylC Posts: 185
    edited 08/23/2015 - 8:52 PM
    It can be a struggle at times. Like you - I think I'm doing fine then hit a wall because I have done too much. I've learned that everything has a cost. When I do something that is going to result in a trip to pain Central I think about whether it was worth the price or not. Sometimes the pleasure you get from doing something makes it worth it. The thing is - breakthrough pain is not a permanent state of affairs. It's horrid while it's there but it does settle. Breakthrough pain meds help until it settles again as do TENS machines and heat packs. Warm baths /showers are also good as are relaxation activities such as visualisation and meditation. Distraction is also good - your brain can only cope with a certain amount of information at a time - sometimes you can fill up that space with something else and that doesn't leave much space for the pain. Mind you - when pain breaks through it tends to overwhelm your brain leaving little room for other thoughts - that's when breakthrough meds are helpful.

    Do you see a pain management specialist? If you do - ask whether you can be referred to a pain management program. You learn a lot about how to live with, and manage pain in these programs. If not - then ask to be referred to a pain specialist.

    One thing I learned about in the program was about trying to manage boom / bust behaviour. That's all about smoothing out what you do. In other words don't over do on a good day and don't give up on a bad day. They also teach you how to manage day to day activities in a way that will minimise pain outcomes. There are also heaps of tools and aids available to help you maintain mobility and independence as you try to do things.
  • CherylC no I haven't seen a pain management specialist yet but as things progress I will no doubt get to that. I've been using your approach of 'what is the cost' of the thing I want to do in terms of pain. It works well as I feel in control of something. Weird but it works.:)
  • It was such a comfort to read this thread. For the first time I feel like I found a club of women (and some men :)) who really get my journey.

    I too was 110% and always trying to get back to me when the Avalanche started. I'd get covered over and over again, but I am tough and knew I could do it. I was a librarian for children and exceptional at it. People cried when I retired, at 40! Who retires at 40!?! I made such a difference in children's lives, teaching them to love literature. I was amazing, top of my game professionally and a leader in my field. I achieved awards. I taught more than 4,000 children to read. I think only you all can understand how incredibly painful it was to finally accept I had to retire.

    I was so angry, I still have trouble accepting it. We have a boat and enjoy weekends on it. You will laugh, I named it: It Is What It Is, "iiwii" for short. That boat isn't an option for me right now. I'm trying to encourage my family to go without me. Hoping they will soon.

    I always wanted to get back to me. This year I have accepted I will never do that. I found some ways in last few years to volunteer sporadically in libraries and read. That helped. Crocheting really helped! I look out my window as the clock passes and love the beauty of the day, the flow of the world. I crochet as I watch it. Very very difficult to watch it and not be in it. I'm currently working to let go of anger and feel a part of the world, not watching it.

    I struggle when people hear I'm having a better day. They say they are so happy I'm better. These are friends of mine who don't understand yet, because I probably haven't communicated properly that better isn't well. A good day is a pain level of 4/5 . There is always pain. They say feel better. As I type this I realize I need to use spoon theory with these people and see if they can understand. I'm lucky to have many intimates that understand. I think the others are part of a life I still wish I had. They text me to check in, which is so sweet. I can't really explain to them back on a text that yes, I'm better than yesterday, but most likely this smooth patch will last an hour. If they see me in the physical world on a smooth time, they assume I'm better. I guess I need to balance out what I care about. I like that you all said to let go of what others think. I will work on that.

    Anyways, I'm not from Australia, I'm American. Know that I'm part of this club. Of people that are positive and seek life and living. Who are having the gift of a new life. Any life is worth living, I'm trying to make my new one as rewarding as my last one was.
  • CherylCCCherylC Posts: 185
    edited 09/06/2015 - 12:02 AM
    I started off pretty good this morning and was so relieved because I have things I need to do. We are going away in our caravan for a while. Planning on a visit with my daughter and granddaughter in Gladstone and then heading west to camp by a lake near a little town called Eidsvold. Sounds lovely doesn't it ... Only trouble is - I have to start packing the van - clothes, food, etc. Started out by making up the bed, cleaning out the fridge (it has been sitting for a while), packing the clothes into their various little cupboards. Van is down the back yard so lots of trips back and forth and lots of bending, twisting - all the things my spine really does not like.

    And now - onto this afternoon ... I have now had the maximum amount of breakthrough medication, I am using heat packs and have my Spinal Cord Stimulator working overtime and I just can't get on top of the pain.

    My mantra - "it is what it is" is sometimes difficult to deal with but what am I going to do ... My choice is to stay at home looking at the same walls and cry over what I have lost or to try and find some enjoyment with what I have left. Pain is not going to kill me (although sometimes I wish it would). I have learned that, bad as it gets, it does eventually ease off. When it does - there is still life to be lived. Not life like it used to be, filled with executive meetings and business trips, but life all the same. My meetings are now with pain specialists, neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, rheumatologists, primary care physicians and a host of other medically related experts in their field and my business trips often involve hospital stays. You see I have a new job now - the job requirements are tough but the hoped for outcome is a relatively pain free day. Like all jobs - some days are good and some are bad. And like all jobs, there are all these last minute things to get through so you can have a little holiday.

    Once I get through this pain episode I'll finish the packing and then I'll have myself a holiday. I'll look at the water, I'll enjoy the sunsets and I will breath. Some days really are better than others. It is what it is ...

    Sorry for my rambling :)

  • Glad you could join us 2dgs. :) I get what you mean about people thinking you're better when you might just be having an hour of less pain. I too am trying to let go of what others think.

    CherylC I feel the tiredness and pain of all that you're doing to prepare for your holiday, but as you've said before, weighing up the cost helps. You will indeed enjoy all those things you mentioned once you settle into your camp site - the sunsets alone will make it all worth it. Enjoy. :)

    PS I too am now in similar 'meetings' and 'managing' a diary of appointments at the same time as constantly trying to win the pain game.
  • So today the car went in for a service and we did the grocery shopping. It has been a tough one. Instead of easing off with rest, my back actually got worse over night. I can only move if I don't twist in any way. Pain has been like it was after each of my fusion surgeries and I was back to using a walker to get through the day.

    One more day of preparing the van to go and we will finally get out of here!

    Hubby is worried about the current pain levels. He thinks something may be wrong. He has even suggested that we put off the trip until I feel better ... like that's going to happen!

    Cost = a few days of intense pain
    Benefit = a few weeks of sunshine, relaxation, a chance to take the boat out, and maybe even a fresh fish or two ...

    Is it worth it? Definitely!

    Why is it that I struggled so hard with forced retirement? Oh that's right - I miss my career. I miss working 70-80 hours a week, I miss the high pressure environment where taking a holiday was often difficult to manage.
  • Sorry to hear you're in so much pain. For sure the benefits will outweigh the costs, as terrible as the costs are. :( I hope things have improved and you're on the road ready to take in all the wonderful sights and sounds that await.
  • CherylCCCherylC Posts: 185
    edited 09/10/2015 - 2:45 AM
    Pain levels finally got to be too much and so on Tuesday I went and saw my physiotherapist (couldn't get onto the doctor and refused to go to the ER). Anyway - physio said there is lots of inflammation and swelling at L4/5. He also said I appear to be having a protective spasm in that it is stopping me from doing any type of twisting that might cause further injury. He did some massage and acupuncture and said it's going to take a while before it settles. Am now taking some diazepam and using heat packs to get the spasm to release.

    The up side ... With my husband's help, we managed to finish packing the van. We are now on the second night of our trip away. Moving in the morning after sleeping in the one position is horrid but once we get into the car for the next leg of the journey it tends to get a lot better. I think the heat pack I rest against might have a lot to do with that. The afternoons (we only drive for about 2 hours a day) are much better. Hubby gets my folding recliner out of the car and I just take it easy under the shade of the awning. Today it was so relaxing to just lie back and listen to the birds ...

    Cost = horrid pain
    Benefit = peaceful rest in new surroundings, not having any pressure to do anything unless I feel up to it, getting out of the house and experiencing something else for a change.

    Outcome = worth it. I would have been in pain anyway. Might as well get some enjoyment along the way.

    Remember - life is a journey. Some of it is good and some not so great but all of it goes into making us the people we are now and will be in the future!
  • mishkammishka Posts: 9
    edited 09/15/2015 - 2:47 AM
    CherylC I hope you are enjoying your time away. Reclining under the awning listening to the birds sounds so relaxing and peaceful. I hope that lumber spine has been behaving itself! If not I hope the heat pack and or meds are helping keep the pain away. :)

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