After much reading, talking to my chiropractor a second time and talking to my brother (a chiropractor), it sounds pretty much like surgery is unavoidable. When you get two chiropractors saying, “Yeah, that’s pretty bad, I think you’ll need surgery”, that’s fairly definitive. Chiropractors very rarely want anyone to go the surgical route, if they can be helped any other way. So, I have a consult with an orthopedic surgeon on November 8th, the earliest appointment I could get.
Next week, I have to go to his office for a twenty minute consult with someone on his staff. I guess to see if I’m worthy or something. Anyway, I’m hoping that maybe that consult can get my appointment with the doctor moved up. My hope for seeing the sports medicine specialist was dashed when his office informed me that he didn’t do spinal work. It’s too bad, as his office is so much closer and convenient – he’s a couple of blocks from the chiropractor and maybe a block away from the radiologist and not too far from the house. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men…
Honestly, I thought I’d go in for the MRI and they wouldn’t find much. I’m the only person in my family who’s never had surgery of any kind. I thought I’d keep that streak for a good long while. The positive side – hopefully I can get rid of the pain and bladder problems for good. That would make me ever so happy. I do realize that I’m going to have to change my lifestyle. Less time on the computer, as all of this sitting is bad for my back. Lose a little weight – it can’t hurt. Exercise, so I can strengthen all of the muscles that’ll keep my new back all shiny and new car scenty…or something.
Tomorrow, the day I’ve been looking forward to for about a week now. I have an appointment with an MD associated with my chiro, so I can get some pain meds. Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Soma, etc. – my leg pain laughs at you guys. The only relief comes from sitting on ice packs and that only helps until I get up and walk around for a bit. It’s better than nothing, but it isn’t enough.
I’m tired of basically moving from place to place in the house and seeing which spot is most comfortable. It almost makes me want to weep when my bed isn’t comfortable. I love reading before bed, and sleeping. I LOVE sleeping. Right now, I have to sleep on my right side, with a pillow between my legs (yes, Silent Leanne, only a pillow) and not move the whole night. Although, I must occasionally move because sometimes I find the pillow on the floor. I’m sure it freaks Cricket out when my pillow drops right next to her head suddenly in the middle of the night. I’m sure she’ll be very happy when this whole nonsense stops.
When I win the lottery, I’m going to get The Swopper ergonomic desk chair. We’ve tried it out at the Relax the Back store and it seems really comfortable. I’m accepting that if I want to spend time on the computer, I need to get a decent chair.
And now, this ends one of the longest days of my life. Tomorrow morning, I will NOT wake up at 5:37am. I will NOT shower at 6am. I will not be in my car, in traffic (that was a shock) at 7am, even if it is my only opportunity to listen to Mark & Mercedes, my favorite morning team. Good night.