Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Physical therapy

This morning I finished my fifth appointment with the physical therapist.  I must confess, it isn't as bad as it's made out to be.  I have heard, and said, many a joke about physical therapists.  The physical therapy center locally is even in the bottom of the medical building.  I've commented that it makes sense, after all that is where torture chambers belong: in the dungeon or the basement.

I have noticed a difference in my lower back since I've started.  The catching feeling is only there if I turn funny.  The 'hot' feeling is only there if I do all exercises, afternoon walking, AND physical therapy.  I call that major improvement.

One of the other benefits of all of this extra exercise is the effect it has on my blood sugar levels.
I have to start a lower temp basal about 15 minutes before I arrive and have it last for about 30 minutes after I leave.  Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't.  Today I had to do a couple glucose tabs, where as last week I ran higher than normal.  Oh the science and fickleness of diabetes.

I have five more sessions that the doctor originally ordered.  The goal is to be nearly back to normal and pain free by the end.  If I keep up with my at home exercises that I've been assigned, I fully expect this to be an achievable goal.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pain in the .. back?

Tomorrow begins a new adventure for me.

Tomorrow I begin physical therapy for my back... my butt... for my pain.

Last week I went to my orthopedic about a pain I've been dealing with in my lower back.  He went through all the regular questions.  He had me move this way, and that way, and walk, and balance on my toes, and spin in circles.  Ok, maybe not spin in circles, but I definitely felt like if there had been music I'd be dancing.  He pushed and poked and located the exact spot that I had been complaining about.  Why do they always poke the hardest on the spot that hurts the most?

I have trochanteric bursitis in my left hip so he wanted to confirm that the trochanter tendon on my right side was good.  It is.  One less thing to worry about.  He did find the spot that is giving me grief now, and it is technically a joint.  I say "technically" because it sure doesn't look like any joint I remember studying in biology.  It doesn't have a large normal range of motion either, only 1-3 millimeters.  It is the sacroiliac joint on my right side that is irritated.

How did I irritate it?  THAT is a good question, and one we've not been able to figure out.  We may never figure it out, but that's OK as long as I can work through it and make the pain stop.

Hopefully Miss Physical Therapy will do just that.