Sunday, April 8, 2012

the latest in the back saga...

Well, there has been relief of back pain...however, it has been replaced. Just my luck! The left hip has had pain since last June but seemed to get more and more nagging as months went by. Xrays showed nothing...MRI showed a bit of bursitis on both sides but nothing really that would explain the constant pain, let alone the magnitude of the pain.

Over the last several months, I've tried water PT which did not help, though, made the pain worse. I did 12 sessions of open pool following the end of PT - the warm water did help, but with open pool, I could just hang in the water, taking the pressure off the hip and the pain would ease...I was on my own so I didn't have to do scripted exercises. Once that ended, Dr. D suggested acupuncture as the next step since nothing was working. That started in February - 2x a week for many weeks. It's provided a great deal of relief. It hasn't fixed the problem completely but it's helped..bonus! I'm still, to this day, going weekly. I'm not sure it will "FIX" the problem, but at this point, I'll take the relief.

I've begun walking a couple miles a day, trying to lose weight and strengthen my leg and hip muscles. I'm willing to try anything to help at this point.

My back remains better, thankfully! It has it's moments when I've done too much but for the most part, I feel that the series of 3 surgeries and countless injections (mainly the final one) has done the trick.

Here's to strengthening the hip and acupuncture continuing to help minimize the pain!'s about time to start focusing on something else :)

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