Still not recovered from PT

field of poppiesIt’s been two and a half weeks since my last PT visit and I’m finally able to sleep through the night without being woken up from the pain. I am able now, for a few days to remain in bed when I wake up and not be in pain. That’s really, really nice.

However, my walking has remained severely limited. I’m about 2000 steps below what I normally do. For all those people out there who are worried about their weight, let me just say this. I’ve gained 3 pounds in the last 2.5 weeks. So, at this point, that’s perhaps what this 2000 steps equates to.

Besides the increased pain and the lack of concentration because of it, I’m bummed because what the loss in steps means. I was working so hard to be able to venture outside of my apartment to go do stuff. I was hoping to be able to walk to the bars come football season to at least be able to watch a quarter there. It would do me tremendous mental good to be able to be around people again. I’m so isolated and so lonely, I was so looking forward to it.

I’d rather be able to do that they have a modicum of increased range of motion.

I go again tomorrow and I am quite frightened.

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Physical Therapy- again

Hello Kitty Bike for my niece

I think I might get this bike for my 4-year old niece, I mean, how awesome is it!

So I went to physical therapy on Monday, June 21st. It went fairly well.

Walking there was easier than I thought it would be. It is literally in the same building as my apartment, but I still have to go out the front door and walk up a slight slope. My back seemed to be fine from that.

The front desk lady was really nice. That helps. Scheduling future appointments with her should be a breeze.

Then I met my therapist. He is a boy, which I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it is what it is. He is the owner of the practice, so that is good.

He seemed to really listen. I liked that. Also, there didn’t seem to be any judgement coming from him. I also liked that. That first therapist I saw when all of this started totally and absolutely judged me. She wanted me to do an exercise and there was no way I could do it. I told her that and after, I don’t know, one or two exercises, she said “You have to be able to do this.” No, I didn’t. I said I was willing to do exercises with her, but maybe she could modify it or come up with a new one. She basically said if I couldn’t do that, then I couldn’t do anything.

With how very limited I am now, I could see someone raising an eyebrow and questioning how little I can do. I did not get that sense from this guy. I will call him B. In fact, I kind of rolled my own eyes when B asked what was wrong with me and I said “an annular tear, but no one seems too impressed by that.” He said that he thought annular tears were worse than just herniations and that the pain could be very bad. That made me feel like he believed me. That made me happy. Too often I feel like people think my condition is no big deal and that I should be better by now.

B gave me two exercises to do and then suggested PT twice a week. I think that sounds reasonable. We discussed the fact that I said I don’t need to be cured, but it would be nice to be more mobile and to be able to do more stuff.

I hope for improvement; what can not happen is that I get worse.

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Physical Therapy: Here we go

So, if you read my bio, you will know that I first hurt my thoracic spine carrying my 60 pound dog, but the real injury came when I tore my L5-S1 annulus at a physical therapy appointment.

Therefore, it has been a very tough road to return to physical therapy. But … I finally decided to get back on the horse again. I am going to a new place and seeing a new therapist. I first saw her last Friday and it went pretty well. She seemed very knowledgeable (I interviewed her this time), thorough, tough and gentle.

So I have decided to keep seeing her and hope for the best. I liked her answer too when I asked her if she thought I was going to get better. She said she didn’t know for sure, but based on my age, level of fitness before the injury, she thinks so. She also said it will take a lot of hard work and I will have good days and bad days. I thought this was an informed, thoughtful answer. It was because of her answer more than anything else that leads me to want to keep going for visits.

However, I didn’t have a ride this week to see her, so my therapy will start up again next week. I have been trying to do her exercises here. I actually bought a simple massage table to do my exercises on and it has been working out perfectly. It is firmer than my bed, but not as hard as the floor (or as difficult to get onto as the floor.)

I just now felt something really twinge in my back, so I’m trying not to freak out. It was higher up in the back, and maybe it was just angry I was pushing it further that I normally do. I tried to just settle into the dtretch, but maybe that is not the best idea. Maybe just hold for a seond, and then release so that if the muscles are so unused to the exercise they don’t just give way right away because they aren’t used to it?