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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 8/8/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I had two SI joint injections three weeks ago, and they have kicked in and are really helping the pain. Saw the doctor today and he said my pelvis still looked a little wonky and not as mobile as it should be, but that I need to just keep doing the PT and I may get it mobile enough for long term relief. So PT 3x a day for the next month and then we'll reevaluate.

My PCP just increased my dose of gabapentin to 600mg 3x a day, and it seems to be working. I wake up with fibro pain, take the gabapentin, and within an hour the fibro pain is lessened. The drawback is the new dose is making me sleepy, but I'm hoping that is temporary.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 8/8/2011 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
HeatherLynn

I am happy for you that you found relief. i too have fibro on top of pain in my left leg due to a work related injury. I see a pain management doc and she has been a help. I do PT twice a week also.

Continue to improve and keep us updated at your progress comes along.

Congratulations

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/8/2011 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
 
       Hello Heather!
 
              Glad your feeling better! I'm guessing you are doing the PT at home?...since it's three times a day?
 
      This is one thing my Dr really suggest that I keep up with, and I have to agree that it helps. I do get a little lazy a times, but I think it is worth the effort...so several times a week I try to do the exercise's.
 
    Good luck to you, and let us know how it's going when you can.
 
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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 8/8/2011 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is at home PT. It is definitely hard to stick with, but I want to be disciplined about it so I can really say I have done PT and either it did or didn't work. I used to go to PT at the clinic once a week, but I've used up my allotment for "lower back" for the year.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

NiNi53
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   Posted 8/8/2011 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heather, I take neurontin of which the generic is gab........ its easier for me to spell neurontin the generic.  I think the sleepiness will go away with time.  Sometimes at night I will take an extra mine are 300mg 3xday and at night, with my doctors approval I have taken 600mg.  That helps me get to sleep, staying asleep is the problem.
 
I have a urinary tract infections, and omg, I get up I know one time last night no more than 5-6 minutes went by before I was right back.  I swear I felt like putting on a depends.  But I figure, time enough for that in 25-30 years, so no need to rush it.  But it is so annoying and painful.
 
Well hopefully your body will adjust to the medicine and it wont make you so sleepy.  I am so glad you are feeling better, take care, and hope you are feeling well today.
 
Oh I am going to the doctor (gp) tomorrow to get rid of the uta.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

NiNi53
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   Posted 8/8/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again, I meant uti.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/8/2011 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
 
         Heather, one of the exercise's they have me doing is lay down on my back and pull one leg over the other and pull on the knee across with my hand. It stretches the muscle on the rear end, and the lower back. Absolutely feels wonderful when it's released. You need to hold it for several seconds.
 
    ...also while still laying on you're back....raise one leg and interlace both hands behind it and pull it towards you. Again,.... it will stretch the buttock and lower back muscle's. Of course,... make sure this is approved with your PT specialist first. Everyone is different, and they may be having you do something completely different.
 
   ...even if this does not work at reducing your pain...it will keep your muscle's stretched out....and that is the reason I continue to do it to this day.
 
     Take care
 
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Alcie
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   Posted 8/8/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
SE - sounds like a pyriformis muscle stretch. I do it sitting, anytime anywhere. Looks just like you crossed your ankle over your knee, then lean into it. It didn't help my sciatica, but it seems to help lumbar some.

I read on an orthopedic site that we should never stretch cold muscles, always warm them with heating pad or hot water bottle first. Sort of makes sense. It's recommended for runners too. I like to sit in my little tiny hot tub for my stretches. No room for all exercises, but the heat lets me stretch hamstrings better than when I'm on floor. It was the only way I could stand to do axillary cording (after breast cancer surgery) stretches too.

For a very few more weeks I hope to keep swimming with the grandkids - 1, 3, 5. I got two to swim a few feet without "swimmies" this summer. It's the best overall stretching and gentle exercise I know. When my son had elbow surgery, months in a cast (years ago) he was told he would never get his range of motion back. I got him in the pool, didn't even work on PT, just racing strokes, and he got it back by the end of summer.
Alcie
 
 

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/8/2011 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats a very good suggestion Alice!….I think swimming would be superb!..as it will work most all the muscle groups. It may not be as handy for some, but if it is,... I would highly suggest it too!

Warming the muscle's would be ideal as well….maybe a heating pad like you say would be the ticket. When I went through PT at our local clinic, they never warmed up the muscle's, but I think easing into it slowly should be fine. Right now with the Temps in the 100 plus degrease….I would think just a few minuets out doors would work quite well! smilewinkgrin

Good suggestions, and I was hoping that the new member who is a PT, might join in here to see if we are on the right track….and maybe suggest a few stretches for Heather.

Have a great evening!

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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 8/13/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
SE, thanks for the exercises, I forgot to thank you at the time. I had the first one already, but the second one is new to me.

The PT seems to be helping! Hallelujah! Also, my PT taught my partner two SI joint corrections she can do on me when things feel "out of whack". That has helped immensely, especially now that I am out of visits to the actual PT.

This week I was feeling good enough to get back on my bike a little bit. I'm an avid rider, and this injury was originally a strain I got riding a poorly adjusted tandem bike. Getting in as much movement/exercise as possible really does help me to feel better.

I'm getting married in four weeks, so I'm just hoping that the pain stays low until then. Been trying to pace myself. Sewing a flower girl dress for my little niece today. I can only do about an hour at a time, but it's worth it, this dress is so cute!
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/13/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Heather! Good to see you again!

You know, for some silly reason today,... I looked up the pyriformis muscle stretch, and or lower-back stretches on youtube today…and I'm pleased to say I found several of them!

Do a quick search…and see if you can find a few of them…and I'm sure it will be a much better way to learn them, than listening to my poor descriptions of them. wink

If you have trouble finding them, let me know, and I will make a hot-link or two…of them for you here.

Take care!…and keep on doing the PT. And please do report back how you are doing. I think so many people give up too quickly on PT, and I think there is more benefit than many realize.

SE
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 8/13/2011 4:34:20 PM (GMT-6)

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