Sunday, November 23, 2008

Finding my Routine

Right now my body requires me to run my treatments about every three hours to keep the pain at bay. (Especially the pain in the left hip/pelvis, back and leg). So, I'm trying to plan my activities so I'm home for treatments. Fortunately, I have the ability to plan my day around them. I'd be in big trouble if I was working. So, every three hours I run the hip protocol and the back protocol. It's worth it if it means I'm almost pain free. Can't seem to get the hip pain to go away completely. It typically stays around a level 3-4/10. However, without the treatments it a constant 9, so I'm not complaining. I had a Cat Scan of the hip and pelvis done on Friday, so hopefully they will be able to figure something out. It's been bothering me since the fall i took in May. It's tough that I can't have an MRI because of my implants, we would have had the answer months ago as to what the specific problem is, if I could have had the MRI. Now of course they want to send me to a "pain specialist". Obviously I'm not one for narcotics. I'm on enough meds with the MS, I don't want to take any more, thank you very much. So, I suck it up, do what I can and live with the pain I have. It's also the reason I chose to see Dr. Rhodes. I'm also confident because of the results I've had using the machine, that eventually the rest of the pain will go away. Additionally, because of the treatment I receive through Dr. Rhodes, my balance is A LOT better than it was just two weeks ago. That's not to say I still don't get wobbly and have to hang onto things to get around now and then, but it's a big improvement. I hope that by Christmas I'm only using the chair for energy conservation or when I'm having an "off" day. Speaking of Christmas. Isn't it amazing that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? Where has the year gone? Seems they go by faster and faster every year. Makes me more aware of the need to slow down and enjoy life a bit more.

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