Hi everyone, I joined back in May, I think, and made one post about my back pain, and several of you said you thought it was arthritis. Well, a light bulb went off in my head, since for two years I had just thought that if I could find the right pair of expensive shoes then that would take care of the problem. I went to my doctor and had an x-ray, which did indeed show arthritis, and was referred to therapy, which did me a whole lot of good as far as learning exercises and positions and tricks to deal with it. I never got around to coming back here, and then I had a computer crash, and it seems you moved things, but I wanted to come back and read and learn some more, so I did a search and managed to get on again.
I want to thank those of you who saw my symptoms for what they were and pointed me in the right direction. Unfortunately, it seems that I also have it in my hips and neck (I am going back to talk to my doctor about that), so I will probably be around a lot more now.
The main thing that is bugging me now is, what do you do when sitting in a wheelchair bothers your back??? Those crazy things are as straight up and down as a board, and I am at the point that I don't know what I'd rather do, walk all over the farmers' market or the mall or the fairgrounds, or sit in that thing and still be in the same miserable condition. I am thinking of getting a foam block from Jo Ann 's or something and cutting it on a diagonal in hopes of getting my back adjusted to the right angle.
Anyway, it's great to have found this place again!