I did look them up on the internet - I'm just trying to find out if it's going to be a struggle to get them to deal with me.
I've done multiple rounds of physical therapy - and am still slowly trying to pay them off. Also, seen a chiropractor, again no help. I went to see a pain doctor the middle of last year and ALL he did in his practice was pain shots. I did 4 rounds of at least 20 shots each time, he said they were nerve blocks and trigger point injects, it didn't help. I'm hoping I can get records from these places so that they don't put me in debt again. Plus after doing so much physical therapy and not getting any help from it, I'm just tired from it. Every therapist I saw said the same thing - what was going was not something they could fix.
The main reason I'm so worried is that three weeks ago I had to make an emergency trip to Virgina to help my mother take care of my grandfather. I called my doctors office to see if I could a pain med refill without seeing her that day so I had meds to get me through the trip. When the nurse called back she asked me if I had always had a "shrunk" L2-L3, and bulging L3-L4 on top of the fusion. Which were both new. She couldn't get me more information than that, she told me it would require an office visit and my doctor to speak with me. Which I didn't have time for. So I took off on the red eye flight that night, and don't know anything else yet.
I'm down 80 pounds since December sixth, have cut so many things out of my life to try to avoid hurting my back more, and I still did it. The nurse suggested not picking anything up weighing more than 5 pounds, avoiding sudden jerks, and being very careful about
bending. She did tell me the good thing was the disc hadn't ruptured yet, which is really only a half blessing. I broke down in tears. To know that I've done so much, and my back is WORSE.
I know I have degenerative disc disease, I just hoped that things would be easier after the weight loss, and that I could stall the DDD, and here I am, in more pain than I was when I hurt my back in 2000.
Sorry for the pity party, I've just go so much going on, I'm physically broke down an exhausted, and mentally too.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)