Had my appointment with the physiologist.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my appointment with the physiologist yesterday and I guess all in all it did not go to bad. She didn't question how much pain I am in and seemed to listen to everything I had to say and asked some good questions. The exam she performed on me has left me pretty sore though, but at the same time I am glad she took the time to really check me out instead of either just taking my word for things or discounting what I had to tell her.

She at first suggested facet injections and an epidural injection to see if that would do any good but when I told her of my experience with the last round of the facet injections (being in increased pain for a year) she quickly trashed that idea. In the end we agreed to try the epidural and then a month or aquatic physical therapy to see if either or both would help bring any relief. Personally I have my doubts but I am willing to try. Who knows maybe one or the other might surprise me.

The only other note of interest is that it looks like I won't be trying Nucynta after all. It was flat out denied by the insurance (Medicaid type) even after the doctor presented documentation of all the other medications I have been on for my back pain. I left a note for my PCP about it and am waiting to hear back on what she suggests to do next.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad the appointment went reasonably well - at least she listened to you about the facet injections! I hope maybe the epidural and/or the water therapy do bring some positive surprises!

Let us know how it goes once you hit the water!


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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim glad to hear how your appt went, sorry you are a little sore but you are so right, by her doing an exam it gave her a better idea of your situation. Eppies are done in a series of three as a rule, is this what she is considering? Hope you can get some relief.
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   Posted 11/4/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I suffer from different pain but the water therapy helped me build strength and fitness, plus it was lovely being with other people in various stages of recovery from injury. I want to do another course, I think it helped my head cope as well. I really hope you get something out of it, but be prepared to do nothing afterwards. I was always really sore later, sometimes took me a day to recover but I noticed the strength and feel overall it built my core strength.
Hope it gives you some improvement, golitho

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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
     Good evening *huggs* I hope you are having a nice evening so far. I am so glad the appointment went well. It sounds like she is truly listening to what you have to say & trying to treat your pain in best possible ways.  I hope everything goes well.



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