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Old 05-28-2005, 11:25 AM   #2
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Re: injured betty-shed some light

Where to start?

I tore a ligament two years ago. They call it a sprain. It was my SI ligament. I had never heard of that before. I couldn't sit, stand, lay, or ride in a car. My job, at the time, involved lifting, twisting and bending and heavy labor, which I loved. I was in so much pain.

The Chiro told me to walk. Yeah, right. I could walk fine, and still can, and it never hurts as long as I am walking and not stopping, even at lights.

Another Chiro told me that it was a disk problem and put me on some new fangled McKenzie table and whacked my disk and I could not walk for a couple of weeks. I was literally crawling.

The original MD sent me to a DO who diagnosed SI dysfunction. I had MRI's, CT scans, X-rays, pain meds (none worked, not one, they tried them all), anti-inflammatory meds, ice, moist heat, stretches, accupunture, white noise therapy, hypnosis, PT, and an ESI. None of it worked. The only time that I felt relief was when I was sleeping or walking. One night we walked for twelve hours straight, no stopping, in down town New Orleans. I had blisters on my feet. I just wanted to be pain free.

I had the straight leg test, manipulations, and it all proved loose/ torn ligament.

I have pain running from the dimple in my buttocks, around my hip, to my groin. When I walk, I can feel that my leg is out of kilter.

So, the DO sent me to a spine specialist. He does Prolotherapy. I had it done a few times and it tightened up the joint. I was no longer loose and I went on with my life. But, the pain returned. I don't know if it was because I am manic and don't feel pain during periods of mania or if I re-injured myself.

I went back in, saw the spine specialist again, and am set up for more Prolotherapy. This time I am going to do it one more session than is necessary. Insurance won't pay for it. You have to have cash. I would take out a loan if I did not have cash.

You have to search out Prolotherapists, they don't advertise. Also, check out their back ground, completely. Make sure that they have been doing it for at least ten to twenty years. The guy down the street who started just last week, is not going to be a good thing.

I have run the gamut of specialists. I have had every test. I have tried all of the meds. Prolotherapy was my last hope.

The doctor that I see is board certified. He is a keeper.

I hope that this answered your questions.