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Old 09-13-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Checking in/update on my situation

Hi all!

I've been away from the boards for a while now because I've been pretty busy. I've been in physical therapy for my back, and I've also started taking pool exercise classes for arthritis at the YMCA. Plus I enrolled my son in a tumbling class there as well.

The physical therapy has been frustrating. We were able to partially relieve the sciatic pain that was radiating down both legs, but it still comes and goes. My progress has pretty much flatlined for the past two weeks. My therapist, who was all gung-ho and sunshine and rainbows in the beginning is now starting to suggest that this may not help me as much as she said it would. My appointments started out at twice a week and are now down to once every two weeks, because my insurance will only pay for a certain number of sessions per year and we don't want to waste them if it's not doing any good.

The classes have been going pretty well. It doesn't feel like much while you're doing it, but the next day you definitely feel the burn. It is developed by the Arthritis Association, so it helps improve strength, balance and flexibility. Until this class, I thought my balance was fairly good, but now I realize how bad it really is. But the class should help improve it.

My son's tumbling classes have been great for all of us. He has something that he looks forward to, plus he burns up some of that boundless energy and has started listening a lot better. He is so good in the classes; he's the only one there who patiently waits for his turn and doesn't run around screaming (well, not too much anyway ) I am so proud of him.

I think about you all every day. How is everyone doing? I tried to read through some of the back posts, but I'm having a really fuzzy day today and...well, you know how it is.

I hope everybody is doing well and I send you all love and prayers.

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Old 09-13-2011, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Checking in/update on my situation

Hi Caribear-

Thanks for the update. What type of therapy are you having done on your back? I herniated a disc about a year and a half ago and what really helped me was a combination of acupuncture, back strengthening exercises (such as supermans, planks, etc) and stretching. I'm mostly pain free these days.

That's great about your son and his tumbling classes!

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Well, you have been a busy lady haven't you! To bad the PT didn't do much (it did little for my back too). My bet is on the pool exercise helping some. Keep busy, it's good for the soul and helps takes the mind off the pain.

 
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Re: Checking in/update on my situation

hey kiddo!
glad to see you back. since i am going thru the same thing, remember my fanny? well it's been over 3 years and the only thing that helps is ablations. they go in with a needle and stun the sciatic nerves. i get about 4 to 6 months almost total relief. i tried everything else. also if your doc will script it and insurance will pay for it my sis turned me on to Voltaren Gel 1% Viclofenac. waiting for prior auth from the insurance co. but am excited to know something just may help along with the ablations.
very happy for your son. i loved tumbling and did gymnastics as a kid and teen. good for you getting him in a class!
take a lap for me. i sure miss our pool. no place clean to go here. small towns have their downs.
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Hey, cari!! Good to hear from you!! My doc is completely against PT for fibro. He does suggest aqua therapy, which I really would like to try. Tumbling class sounds fun (for your little one, anyways!! lol). hugs, Diane

 
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Good to hear from you all. The only thing that my physical therapist has done is to have me do some stretches/back strengthening exercises. I don't know exactly what the stretch is called, but it's similar to the "cobra" position in pilates. I lay flat on my stomach, then prop my upper body up on my arms and hold for 3 to 5 minutes. I do this every 2 to 3 hours throughout the day. It has lessened the sciatic pain that was radiating down my legs, but it has not resolved it or even touched the buttock/low back pain on either side. Every time my therapist tries to progress to the next level of stretching, my back protests and starts to hurt badly again.

I may have to look into ablation if my doctor/insurance will cooperate. Her original plan was that if PT didn't help that she would refer me to a pain clinic to begin injections. I've researched the injections a little bit, and frankly it freaks me out just a little. I will discuss my options with her when I go in again in two weeks.
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The pain in your sides may be coming from your hips rather than your back. I found that a lot of what I thought was lower back pain and the associated sciatic pain was actually being caused by my hips. I have a very tight right hip joint that pulls my lower back out of whack. The sciatic nerve runs down through your hip so both your back and your hip can cause the pain. I do hip stretches every day to help combat that, plus my acupuncturist adjusts my hip when I see her, plus I get massage on it. That helps a lot.

 
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Caribear, I had 3 rounds of 3 shots each round. The first series kept me out of major pain for almost 6 months so I went for another round. That one wasn't as effective or as long lasting. The Dr doing my first 2 sets did not use imaging and that made me nervous but he never hit a nerve. About a year later I wanted any relief I could get .and sought out a pain specialist the used fluoroscopy while doing the injection, that made me feel more comfortable..guess what
The Dr hit a freakin` nerve!! I lay there with a needle in my back and feel the nerve get hit, let out a big scream and the dr barely seemed fazed. That was my last injection and I'm to the point I'd almost rather get the fusion that was recommended than another injection. The ESIs can also help osteoarthritis along in the back, like any of us need that on top of the other back issues.

 
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hey little bear buddy,
i have the injections. they are not that bad and most of all they help!!! i have been doing the injections for well over a year. go in every 3 to 6 months for a reblast. sometimes it lasts longer than that. i cannot tell you how relieved i feel when it takes affect. it's like getting a piece of me back. it's also really trippy. they give me pictures after cause i like to see what they did. my personal photos, giggle.
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