Today’s neurology appointment

Today I saw Dr. K for my neurology appointment to find out why I am still having so much pain and if there was anything that he could do.

Wow. That has got to be one of the worst doctor visits I have ever been to! First of all, the door to my room was open. He walks up, breezily looks in at us (my husband and I), continues his conversation with someone unseen off down the hall. Then, he calls me by the wrong name, Beverly, shrugs when I correct him, stating “it must have been my other patient.” Uh … okay? I then tell him my case. He is unimpressed to say the least. He literally stares at me and is like, “what do you want me to do?”

Not vacantly stare at me!

I must have asked him in three different ways if he could think of some reason for my pain. He kept saying, “it’s a pickle the situation you are in.” No kidding! I live that “pickle” every day!

He was just so unhelpful. So completely uninterested in coming up with an answer. He didn’t even try! I have never been so disappointed. It was insulting how little he cared to come up with an answer.

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Random Ramblings: What’s been happening including Venlafaxine withdrawal, new updates from doctor on my progress

So, my Random Ramblings today will be to catch you up on what’s been going on.

So for anyone who is wondering what happened with the Venlafaxine withdrawal, you can rest easy to know that today is 3 1/2 weeks out and I am completely back to normal. I’d say I felt back to normal even a week ago. So don’t worry! It sucks for those 5 days, but you WILL get over it.

As for back pain, I saw my physician on Tuesday February 5th (5 months post injury). He said he was very happy with my pain tolerance, but not happy with my range of motion.

Left leg to chest

So he put me through a few exercises. Mostly bending at the waist on the table and then raised first my right knee to my chest, then my left, and finally, both. Then with both knees to my chest, he rolled them from side to side.

Here is my complaint. He had me on the hardest table — hard like a wood floor. No give.

I could imagine giving that table to someone who had a knee injury, or maybe a broken arm, but, seriously? A back pain patient.


That office should not have a bed like that in it.

Forward bend

So the repercussions was that it rammed my bony sacrum into that table. Also, considering where my injury is, L5-S1, that added pressure and zero give. I think it was all too much on my back. It’s one week after that visit and I am just now starting to be able to sleep at night with underwear again. At first, it really helped my upper back, but now, from lack of movement due to my lower back, I’m getting really stiff all over again.

Also, on the drive to the doctor’s office last Tuesday, I sat the best I ever have in the car. Then, on Thursday, I had to go to my annual mole check and I could barely sit again. : – (

So, I don’t know what to think about all of it. I’m at five months. He said when I left his office he thought I’d be better in 6 months. Now I question whether or not I will meet that goal since my low back is hurting so much from that visit.

I think that’s the common thing for me with this injury is that nagging question of if I will ever be better again.

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