I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank the many people who emailed and commented to me last week about my back injury. I’m happy to report that I am feeling better. I’m still in pain but it’s no where near as intense as it was. I saw a chiropractor a couple of times last week with only minimal improvement. I finally broke down and went to my nurse practitioner on Monday, who prescribed a few days of prednisone (yes, I know that stuff isn’t good but I was desperate for relief in any form!) and a muscle relaxer for the pain. The meds are helping quite a bit, and I’m hopeful that most of the pain will be gone by early next week.
My nurse practitioner ordered an x-ray, and unfortunately I added a couple of new diagnoses to my ever-growing list. The x-ray showed I have narrowing of my spine (stenosis), scoliosis and am in the early stages of osteoarthritis. I need an MRI to determine if I have any issues with my discs, etc.
For now, my plan is to finish out this course of prednisone and then make a decision whether to proceed with the MRI. From what I’ve read online, the treatments for stenosis and osteoarthritis mirror those of fibromyalgia: physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and exercise. Sometimes there are surgical options but obviously I’d like to avoid that if possible.
If you’ve dealt with a similar back issue, I’d love to hear what helps you the most to manage it. Again, thank you guys so much for understanding the short break from posting content last week, and I hope you all are feeling as well as possible today. Gentle hugs!
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