1.28.2008

Thoracic, yeah!

Dooby doooby dooooo, I have back pain,
Dee, dee, de dah daaaaaaah, they give me drugs....

Yeah. Back. Upper back. Issues that are thoracic in nature... Usually found in much older people. Hmmm. Essentially, one or some of my discs don't like my spine so much. They are trying to escape. The attempted escape was discovered last Friday, though I suspect the planning had been going on much, much longer. Yes. So. Due to my continuing pain, I decided it best to go to the docs. With all the cancellations from people afraid to venture out on this snow day, I was able to sneak into my doctor's office this morning. She offered me multiple drugs and a referral to the Physical Therapist. Once again, due to the snow day effect, I was able to see the PT this afternoon. She can't offer drugs, so instead I got some instructions for home work as well as more scheduled PT. One particular exercise I call the "scared turtle." I think she called it "retraction." Yeah. She didn't like the prospect of me flying right now either, airplane seats being among the worst... not to mention the delay to her treatment plan for me. Let's just say I have some interesting looking exercises to do until I see her again. Oh, and lots of sitting up straight with proper lumber support.

Do you think it's weird to eat lunch at a nice restaurant with your V.P. while a towel is rolled up behind you? Nah.

11 comments:

beetlegirl said...

One of my coworkers fell down a flight of stairs a few years ago and has some pretty nasty back issues. She is always walking around with interesting gadgets strapped to her back. She is also lots of fun to talk with at the office, as she is most often on pain killers. I do hope you feel better soon though. Does this mean we will not see your lovely self on Thursday?

another kind of nerd said...

I have every intention of seeing your shining faces on Thursday. I might just come with a little rolled up gadget that makes all chairs magic lumbar thrones.

Speaking of meds, Nurse K. recommended I be extra careful if I have to go to the Head in the middle of the night... The muscle relaxant might make me "flopsy and mopsy." Technical terms those are.

the rambler said...

Hi E, I'm sorry to hear about your back problems, but I am glad you are still determined to come. I hope you will be feeling a wee bit better by then. Take care of yourself!

beetlegirl said...

Well, while you are in your lumbar throne, I will do my "I just got my stitches out" dance. Not sure what this looks like yet, but I think I will be eating something while I do it. I plan on buying us cheeses from TJ's on my way back from the periodontist on Thursday. By the by, Lost is two hours and begins at 8pm. I am so looking forward to two hours of Lost banter from our peanuts gallery.

Trust in Steel said...

I hope you feel better! As one who knows the potential magnitude of this type of pain, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. They're getting better with this type of stuff. Take care!

Dolce Vita said...

"Magic lumbar throne" sounds wonderful and I'm so glad it can travel. I hope it does its job.

The pictures of snow are great, by the way! How do you do it?

Rachel said...

I think a rolled up towel seems completely appropriate. :)

I hope things are better soon. :( Have fun visiting this week! I wish I could. :)

beetlegirl said...

Have I mentioned I am excited? I am making cookie dough, yes, Becky cookies, for the notorious E this evening.

beetlegirl said...

Have I mentioned I am excited? I am making cookie dough, yes, Becky cookies, for the notorious E this evening.

SuperJew said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your aches E! I know the PT routine well, and even sitting with rolled up towels. Would massage help? I used to try and get at least short ones when my upper back/neck would give out.

Anonymous said...

Thorasic

got any gum? Ha haaa