Missed Part I?
Summer 2009- So while taking two summer classes ( Physics and Organic Lab) as well as teaching boot camp.
I started physical therapy for my ” disc” problem- I was going 2X a week. Along with back extensions to move the disc back in place I was getting ice and electrode therapy.
I was disappointed that nothing was helping, but I decided to stick with it because it might work out in the end.
Meanwhile my symptoms were getting worse, I could not sit or walk for long. Sitting for long like driving caused a tingling nerve pain down my legs. And bending down to tie my shoes was out of the question
I went back to my spine surgeon at the end of the summer for some more options.
Option #1 MRI
Option#2 Steroid Pack ( to reduce nerve inflammation)
I went with the open MRI.
Yeah- it looks totally harmless- but I had a panic attack in the middle and I wanted to stop. I did not have my contacts on so I could not see that I was not as trapped as I felt. However, there was noway to stop the test and have me come back another day. So my mom came in and sat next to me and I was able to finish it.
The results of the MRI showed that I had Spondylolysis (Pars Fracture of the Spine). This is not the same thing as the disc problem I went to PT for. In fact all the exercises I was doing- worsen the condition that I do have.
Well my doctor called me over the phone and told me to exercise by walking up hill and that I should be better in 6-8weeks.
6-8 weeks later- I was NOT better and still miserable and so I went back to the doctor.
Here were my options:
Option #2 Steroid Pack ( to reduce nerve inflammation)
Option #3 Back brace
I went with the back brace.
I name my back brace turtle !
With the help of a good friend I wore this bad boy for 6 weeks. I even got over my fear of pills and took the steroid pack.
Today- I am 91% better! This was a long journey- but getting better is soo worth it. I spent most of the year feeling sorry for myself and gained 20 pounds. I was not focused on what I was eat- I ate whatever made me feel good. It was not until Jan 1st that I started to watch what I ate.
-Just by tracking what I eat daily I have lost 3 pounds.
- I have also been working out: I am going to stick with non impact workouts till March, because I still feel pain in my back every now and then. If in March I am feeling 100% better I will start training for my first 1/2 marathon in October.
- I will wear my back brace every now and then, when I feel like I need it.
Moral of the story: Keep going back to the doctor until you get the RIGHT solution. Being injury and pain free is worth it.