Monday, July 21, 2008

Back to the Chiropractor and...

Another visit to the chiropractor this morning. Jerry went with me and asked lots of questions and Dr. C. told him the same things he told me the day I was there in such pain that I couldn't remember some of it!

Friday I called a spine specialist clinic here, answered a lot of questions and the person taking the info said the doctor would contact me early in the week for an appointment and she also said he would probably order new x-rays and an MRI before he even saw me. I like that idea. I think it's time to get to the root of the problem visually. But I got the call today that the doctor recommended 6 weeks of physical therapy before seeing him so no x-rays or MRI.

Basically, this is what everyone is saying - it's just going to take time and adjustments (like raising my table to paint while standing and NOT bending over my work - or sitting and painting).

I do feel like I'm finally on the mend. I'm off the muscle relaxers and just taking the anti-inflammatory now and I'll try to be careful and not rush and start up the pain again. That constant pain is NOT fun and I feel for anyone with chronic pain. Now it only hurts with I move more than I should but not constant.

I'm beginning to sound like an episode of House. I even lost my sense of taste. Do you have any idea how yucky things are when you can't taste anything, but just get a sense of the texture??? EWWWWWWW!!!! This is why I stopped taking the muscle relaxers - a side effect was "unpleasant taste" and I figured no taste was pretty unpleasant, right? After a day off the muscle relaxers, my sense of taste came back.

Now I think I'll go watch....

Brokeback Mountain

(got 'cha!) ha ha
(And sure glad y'all ain't quit me yet.)

While the movie is set in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, it was filmed almost entirely in the Canadian Rockies in southern Alberta.

The "Brokeback Mountain" in the movie, named such because the mountain has the same swayback curve as a brokeback horse or mule, which is swaybacked or sagging in the spine, is actually a composite of Mount Lougheed south of the town of Canmore to Fortress and Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Country. The campsites were filmed at Goat Creek, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Elbow Falls, and Canyon Creek, also in Alberta.


Sandy Maudlin said...

BROKE back? You are too too funny even when you are miserable. Miss ya.

RHCarpenter said...

Well, I broke my back so it seemed like a good choice! ha-ha That old mountain looked like I felt - but the scenery was gorgeous even if it was really Alberta, Canada.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Your back is not broken, it is just "bent" a little! Okay, a lot! Glad you are back to less meds and doing better. One hint for the painting table, if it is raised so you can stand comfortably while painting, you can also buy a higher, good stool with good back support to allow you to sit for small paintings. That way you can change positions during longer painting sessions. I can't stand or sit for very long, either one, so have everything arranged so I can do one or the other interchangeably and that helps. You'll get it all figured out soon, I am sure. Welcome back!