For The Long Haul

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I didn’t want to go to the pain clinic.  I have this vision in my mind of desperados milling around, chain smoking, waiting to be seen and get their meds.  That vision is there because my allergy clinic’s former location was next to a pain clinic/pill mill that has since been shut down.  Anyway those thoughts were absolutely unfounded at Kaiser.  In fact my visit was pleasant even though the news was unpleasant.

Her: Did the doctor go over the x-ray with you?
Me: Yeah they said I have arthritis and told me I could do nothing but walk, ride a stationary bike and practice yoga until I came here.
Her: Yes you do have arthritis in your back, severe arthritis.
Me: How did this happen?
Her: Have you had any injuries to your back?
Me: No but I’ve had problems off and on for almost 30 years. How did this happen anyway?
Her: You’re just unlucky.

She proceeded to have me bend and twist and touch toes and all sorts of thangs which I had no problem with.  However I still had the the spasmatic butt-cheek thing and numbness/tingling going down my right leg. She prescribed meds, physical therapy and to maintain the current level of activity.

One week later.

I’m at the physical therapy facility.  My therapist is late, I’m hot to death and about to leave.  It was a scheduling problem and I’d been told the wrong time. Hmph.  Anyway the therapist arrives. She’s nice, experienced and thorough.  She explained everything that was going on with my spine and my hip.  In addition to the arthritis in my back, it turns out that the right side of my pelvis is tilted forward.  She prescibes one exercise for the right leg alone to be performed one zillion times a day.  I push the envelope and ask what else I can do? Her reply? Definitely no running, walking (for exercise) nor biking and the killer NO YOGA. I’m like what????????? Yoga is the only thing I’ve been practicing and I have done so DAILY.  What’s acceptable, strength training of the upper body only with a protective back brace/wrap on if needed, swimming and the one legged therapy exercise.

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(ye olde broad’s pelvis)

That’s it.

My fitness program has gone straight to the sh****r, but I have to get well.  I will absolutely comply as much as I hate it because I want to be active going forward.  Reduced activity in the short-term is truly a sacrifice, but who know I might end up a master swimmer after all this is over. Just don’t tell my current instructor that, she would beg to differ.

Until next time, see you in the living room, where I’ll be doing a zillion reps of one exercise AND at the gym, thank you JESUS!!!!!!!

For more information on the diagnoses go here and here.

Photos: MsThorns

A Real Pain In The…

20130619_150939Some comic details came forth from my visit to urgent care Sunday. Stuff like jumping butt cheeks, stale graham crackers and x-ray technicians who know only of x-ray film from books like they’re ancient history. Then stuff got kinda serious. I’m diabetic after all and I do get a little scared sometimes. My sugar was down to 59 and my arse was hurting and messing up other stuff.

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I’d been having these muscle spasms for a week in my fanny. Thinking that skipping running a week I’d be in good shape so I kept it moving. Lifting weights, Tai Chi, yoga everyday and some time on the elliptical. By Sunday I couldn’t take it. I had this tingly and numbness that ran from my rear end all the way down my leg to my right foot. The doctor ordered an x-ray, instructed not to run or lift weights and prescribed oral steroids and pain meds.

The doctor called later that evening and stated that I have arthritis in back. Queue expletives.

Today wasn’t much better. I did some yoga took the meds which I hate and made an appointment to go back Tuesday. The pain isn’t bad it’s the spasms and tingling stuff that is wearing me out. My paranoia about not being able to move runs deep. Moving and diet changes enabled me to be off medication for diabetes for the last 6 years. What I believe is that I’m paying the price for carrying 200+ pounds on a small frame for years and that the damage was already done when I finally got my act together in ’08.

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I’m trying to be optimistic but I’m fearful of being limited after coming so far.

Stay tuned…

Photos: MsThorns