Interesting day at the doctor’s office

Was supposed to get PRP today. That’s platelet rich plasma. Actually, I was supposed to get it last week, until I realized that I was on Celebrex and that meant that I couldn’t get it done. Funny, my doctor didn’t realize it, I had to tell him.

 

So I get there today, and he tells me that we can’t do it because he doesn’t have the right equipment. Really? I had to secure a ride, go off my anti-inflammatory, and suffer the pain of driving there — for him not to have the equipment? That’s just so irresponsible.

 

The other issue I have is that I talked to him about maybe some questions I might have about an alternate way to go — the whole steroid route. Someone in my life was questioning whether I should or should not have the PRP. So I simply asked. Well, before I know it, I’m getting steroid injections. Now, I’m going down the steroid route. That means two weeks from now if the trigger point injections don’t work, I will then take an oral dose pack. If that doesn’t work, I will also have an SI trigger point injection.

 

I’m a little miffed at myself, because, again, I let myself be swayed. I wanted the PRP. I should have stayed with that. I’m also a little perturbed that the doctor was so easily swayed. He should have stuck to his guns if he thought the PRP was the way to go. It should have still been the way to go even if he didn’t have the kit.

 

We will see how things go.

 

So now I have a follow-up appointment in two weeks. Who knows? Maybe this will help. I really have to say that I doubt it, but I will cross my fingers.

Random Ramblings: Doctor visit for second Prolotherapy

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.

Love,

Madeline

Random Ramblings: Post doctor visit and Prolotherapy

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.

Love,

Madeline