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my back - **warning - I'm being a big whine-y baby**

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

It's official, I have the family back curse* (and of course all the years of carrying too much weight hasn't helped). According to the MRI I have 3 herniated disks. One of which has some small tears in the outer part of the disk. The cortisone shots I got a 2 weeks ago helped. I'm no longer feeling the sharp shooting pains, but now I'm feeling radiating pain. Less severe, less frequent, so it's better but not perfect yet.

Next step is physical therapy - 8 visits over 4 weeks. If that doesn't help/work, then we talk about epidural cortisone injections.

Fingers crossed that the PT works. I was freaked over the SI join injections, I'm pretty sure I'll pass out if I have to have an actual spinal injection!

Feels weird, I'm angry about it, at myself for letting my weight get so out of control, at whatever b/c the weight loss wasn't enough (soon enough) to prevent this. Scared, the uncertainty of it all....

At the dr appt last night (when I got my MRI results), they have this torture tool there..it's this metal pointy thing that they push on your back with to see where it hurts. HELLO it feels like they're trying to pierce you with it! Of course it hurts!! WTH??? Anyway doc yesterday wants to see how my SI joint is doing (apparently me telling her it's not bad isn't good enough) so she stabs me w/ that thing, it hurts like hell (ok, really it's just pressure, and she's probably not pushing hard on it, but I feel it so much b/c the joint is inflamed, but that's all besides the point here!). So anyway, how's about, today the site where she poked me w/ the torture tool is sore as hell! Back feels all around worse today than it did yesterday! OMG! Ugggg ok, I'm done whining now.

*family back curse - both my grandparents (on Dad's side), my Dad, my uncle (my grandparents only 2 children) have all had herniated disks and the surgery to repair it. I know it's not a heridatary thing, but it's a whole lotta coincidence!
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  • no profile photo CD3204221
    I hope everything gets better for you!!! *much love!*
    4386 days ago
    Wow! I know you mist be in pain emoticon

    Is there a cure? Or just relief from pain?
    4393 days ago
    Honey, you have got to take care of your back, so do what the doctor advises and get a second opinion just in case. Keep up your water and write down everything you eat. Physical therapy has helped me so many times. Ask them for suggestions to exercise. Pool nearby?
    I will be thinking of you. Good luck. Patience!lol
    4394 days ago
    Hope you feel better, soon.
    4394 days ago
    Hope you feel better, soon.
    4394 days ago
    That sucks to hear about your back. I know you are frustrated right now but your back will get better. Just think happy thoughts :-)
    4394 days ago
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