I went to see the doctor yesterday to follow up on my two sessions of Prolotherapy.
I don’t even like cats, but this little lady is cute
First and foremost he was pleased with my progress. That made me happy. I did get enough courage to ask him how he thought my next few months would look like. He said I would be doing all the things I want to be doing within 4-5 months. He also said that he expected me to go back to work before that.
This made me very happy. He knows me. He knows I like to snowboard, play soccer, and swim. He knows that I am an operating room nurse and that that takes a lot of physical stamina. While I don’t think he thinks I will return to the operating room, it is promising that he knows all the extracurricular activities that I like to do and thinks that I will be able to return to them.
I also like the fact that I told him my fears. I stated I was afraid that I wasn’t going to get better because of how long the recovery was taking. He didn’t seem to blink an eye at that. He said he has had people who were doing far worse than I at this point, and who at or around the year mark, their bodies just seemed to relax and they got better. He then stated that I am getting better and that he thinks I’m going to get better. Not in the wishy-washy way that a lot of doctors have told me, but in a meaningful, believable way.
I’m also surprised I’m not upset about the 4-5 month thing. I think I’m so afraid that I’m going to be like this for the rest of my life, that when someone tells me 4-5 months, I’m not upset at the length of that, which, don’t get me wrong, at any other time in my life would have seemed like forever, but now seems manageable.
So as of this minute, I’m actually a bit positive….
Went to doctor’s office today to get my second set of Prolotherapy. It was a bit annoying because he was an hour and fifteen minutes late for my appointment. At least it wasn’t like the old days, when I could barely stand. It was a bit rude though. I wonder if doctors, who treat patients in pain no less, understand how difficult it can be when they are that behind? I mean, I used to be an operating room nurse, and I took care of pain patients, and it never occurred to me how much pain they might be in at that moment. I think we could all learn a thing or two.
So got the injections — it was fine. Hardly any pain. However, as always, he does something I had no intention of letting him do. Plus, he never discusses these things before hand, so I don’t have time to evaluate whether or not I want him to do it or not. He starts pressing very hard “to work the solution in.” However, then he starts pressing really, really hard into my back, like he is trying to push my whole back into the table. I remind him that my spine really doesn’t like to be in extension, and that when he presses on me like that, it’s causing me to extend.
He didn’t seem to heed any warning. Just muttered “I know.”
Ughh. I wish people would stop treating me like a doll. Throwing me here and there willy-nilly. I’m the one who has to be in pain for weeks after. I still can recall around Thanksgiving of last year I was starting to be able to sit on the family room couch until he pushed my knees to my chest and then laid on them. He never asked if I was remotely able to do that, let alone have him lean on me.
Well, that’s my day folks. Now I’m trying not to freak out.
I had a doctor appointment a little over a week ago to discuss the pros and cons of Prolotherapy. The concept is to inject an irritant. My irritant that he injected was a mix of saline and dextrose (sugar). The thought is it will cause localized inflammation that will then trick your body into repairing the injury site. You can’t take any anti-inflammatory medications for 2 weeks after the injection. The other thought is that it will help your body rebuild connective tissue, like your tendons and ligaments.
So far, so good. Not too much pain after and my physical therapist notices decreased inflammation at the site almost immediately. I didn’t have any negative response to the treatment, so I am going to go back into the office this Wednesday to get the injections a little higher up on my back. This time, it’s to try and build up the connective tissue up there. The thought is that maybe that is not healing because my paraspinal ligaments are too frayed.
It should take up to 6 weeks to see if there is any benefit in that regard to the treatments.
So, lets see how things go.