Two weeks ago I got the trigger point injection near L5-S1 in the erector spinae muscle. I have to say, when I get the prolotherapy injections, usually within three days I can’t feel the injection site anymore. With the trigger point, it took about a week in a half. That made it a lot harder to tell if it was “working” or not.
Yet, within the last two days I was able to walk farther, I was able to bend a little bit more, which was very rewarding.
I saw him today and he was pleased with my progress. That made me feel good. I hate it when I go, like the other day with my Endocrinologist, and he/she seems disappointed or discouraged. Because I had made some progress, he wanted to wait on giving me oral steroids. He seems pretty opposed to them. I asked if it was because they can cause weaken the ligaments and tendons in the body, and I have this problem where I don’t seem to heal as easily as other people — he said that wasn’t it. He said that it was because it can cause necrosis in something in the hip? That seemed rare to me and I didn’t probe any further.
However, at the end of the appointment (stupid me!) I asked what stretches I could do to help loosen up the lower part of my back now that I seem to have much better range up top. Hmm. That didn’t go as well. First he had me sit in a chair and put my feet up on a stool out in front of me. I just teeter-tottered back. I had to openly laugh out loud at my rigidity. Sometimes, how unwell I am makes me laugh. Then he tried taking the stool out. That was better. But. We HAD to take it a step further. I pointed to the spot where it was tight. He decided to then place his thumb in that area and press really, really hard. I asked him what the goal of that was, and he said to loosen up the scar tissue that had formed there. However, he kept having me bend forward while I did it. As we all know, I can’t ever tell when I am doing something if I am hurting myself. So, now I’m a bit on the freaked out side that I might have done something stupid. Remember, my last set back was, and still is ongoing, 9 weeks ago. When all of this started, I only had a T10-T11 ligament tear. It was after one stupid move at the physical therapist office that caused an annular tear in my L5-S1 disc. I have to be so very careful every time I do something since my body is so fragile.
Now it’s a difficult wait game. I will at least not freak out tonight. If I wake up tomorrow morning and I am significantly restricted or in pain, then I will very much start to worry if I actually set myself back.
Next appointment is in three weeks on November 20th, 2013.
On a side note, Happy Halloween everyone. Halloween is actually my favorite holiday/non-holiday. It’s all about having fun, being a little goofy, and candy! There is no family drama wrapped up in this day, and everyone gets great pictures out of it.
Enjoy. And, if you are in pain, just watch spooky movie with some popcorn and some candy. Partake as much as you can!