Checking in…

Hey all.  Lots going on in the FNHM household.  Nothing too exciting just a lot of “stuff” keeping us forever busy. 

GREAT news…my concerns about never being able to run again have been squashed.  With constant chiropractic care I’m able to continue running.  Like I’ve said before…I really enjoy it.  Hearing the news that I was never able to run again was heart breaking.  You’d think…”this chick?”  “She’s not running marathons.”  “Some days she can barely get out there.”  “Not like she’s breaking any 5k time records…”  I’m not really sure what it is with running…the endorphins I guess.  But I need it for my MENTAL & EMOTIONAL state more than my physical.  I can’t get that endorphin high from less impact exercises like walking, using the elliptical.  Heck, anything.  There’s just something in my brain that responds so well to running.  Ok – jogging.  But it does.

To make a long story short I was laid up again.  But this time it was different – I could walk, heck I could ONLY walk.  I couldn’t lay down, I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t sit.  I would wake up in the middle of the night & cry because I couldn’t move.  There were mornings Rich had to get me out of bed.  At work I’d stand and move back & forth in order to relieve the pain.  I was close to getting a tread desk because it was the only thing that helped – constant movement.  This time I was sent for an MRI.  Ugh – another fear of mine…claustrophobia!  Turns out the best read for what I had was a stand up MRI.  It’s completely open.  I actually had to sit, which hurt like hell, but gave the BEST reading for my back. 

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When the reports came back I have a herniated disc L4 & L5 pressing on the spinal cord & pinching the nerves on my left side and signs of degenerative disc disease.  I also have a bulging disc I think it was T12 & L1 that is also pressing on the spinal cord with signs of degenerative disc disease.  I was given a prescription to see a pain management doctor.  Hoping to get an epidural to knock out the inflammation.  I dreaded being told I’d be put on pain meds.  I wasn’t interested at all.  I knew there had to be another way.  So I ended up cancelling the appointment & continuing my chiropractor treatments.  Once he had the results he started me on the decompression table.  Within the first week of treatment I had relief.  Ummm…  I heart this thing.  Seriously!

Here’s an example of what the machine looks like…

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About Lori

I'm a 37 year old Mom to a wonderful little boy - who lights up my life. I'm happily married to boot! Currently working on getting my health, which includes my weight in order. I'm hoping this blog will be a tool in my journey.
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9 Responses to Checking in…

  1. So glad you are able to run again!!! I admire your persistence! Keep up the good work!

  2. biz319 says:

    Wow, so glad that is working for you – that’s some scary shit! And I have never had an MRI in my life.

    Hugs!

    • Lori says:

      This was my second MRI & went much better than my first. My first I freaked out! It was an open MRI, but I didn’t see open with the top an inch from my face…and my head locked in like Hannibal Lecter! I cried through the entire thing. :p

  3. mcdougs33 says:

    WOW!!! I’m so glad you figured out what’s going on and can treat it without surgery!! Keep working hard to get better and let us know if we can do anything to help!! xoxo

  4. biz319 says:

    OMG, that photo you sent me from the thrift store killed! Loved it! I am going to put it on the blog tomorrow if you don’t mind? Happy Friday!

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