(This is a non-pet portraiture -related post. I'm just letting you know so please feel free to skip down to Gypsy Girl if you like!)
I don't want to keep anyone in suspense over my progress with my back issue, so here is the update:
Went to my new Dr. on Monday (at the Spine Center, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston). She was GREAT and I feel very confident about having her as my new touchstone for my back care!! She is a physiologist, not an ortho surgeon. there is really no need for me to have an ortho surgeon as a consult any more, because I have no plans to pursue surgery at this point. I am going to go through a lot of strengthening, stability and stretching work for my entire trunk and back muscles so that they then in turn hold the disc in it's 'new' position in such a way so that the end result is that I will not be walking around constantly inflamed and in pain. At least, that's how I understand it.
Today, I went to my new Physical Therapist (referred from my new Dr., and a former PT at NEBH). She was GREAT and very thorough in assessing what I need to be doing to improve and, more importantly I gather, what I need to change in order to improve. I was so thrilled to have someone do so much talking to me about this condition - explaining things so thoroughly and telling me the total truth about what she has in store for me. I immediately thought of the analogy as McDonald's (old PT) vs. Ruth's Chris Steak House (new PT). (Don't ask me why. I very rarely eat burgers OR steak so why I likened my PT's to meat is beyond me. I've never been to Ruth's chris Steak House, I just know it has a great reputation as far as steak. I'm digressing.) My new PT is a back specialist so I am totally thrilled to have her. She also is not going to baby me which is good. I want to get better and I am very willing to do all the work required! I want to get back to doing the things I love - step and weights, and after all this I will be much more diligent in my stretching!!
I am SO very grateful that I am improving.(!!!) I cannot adequately express how unnerving, unpredictable, physically painful, psychologically tormenting and just plain terrifying having this condition has been, being someone who has never before had back problems (not counting the initial back episode and the two-year in-denial follow-up I went through, before getting to the point of seeking professional help). I have some other chronic conditions which can be painful (who doesn't) but in terms of affecting EVERYTHING in your life, nothing touches back trouble...Yay recovery!