Saturday, August 8, 2009

High & Dry

I called a different Chiropractor from the one I was waiting to hear from, on the referral of my natural doctor. I got an appointment for the same day (Aug 7) - and, it was free, X-rays and all!

One of my concerns since hurting my back was that I started having massive night sweats. Sheets soaked to the max. Nasty! My doctor said that it sounds like I could have a pinched nerve. See a Chiropractor!

Went for my initial consultation: I got an electric treatment with cold packs, then a warm back roll. After that the doctor got me on the table and cracked this and cracked that. Weird. He then readjusted my hips and asked me to walk down the hall. I felt light.

I'd say just from the initial visit that 60% + of the pain in my arms and legs was gone. It wasn't painful driving home. The radiating spasms in my back that would pulse into my arms and legs had been diminished to just the area in my upper back. By the time I got home, my hands were warm and dry. I could move more like 'normal'.

I went to sleep.

I woke up, dry.

Friday, August 7, 2009

No, Not Knots Of Yarn

Sunday, August 2, I threw out my back. Not into the garbage or anything like that. Although that is sometimes how it feels. On Tuesday, I was able to get a quick 5 minute massage from a good friend who knows what she's doing. She was able to find the kinks in my back and smudge them away. Been drinking plenty of water all week, pray I don't float away.

Wednesday night I was not able to sleep much - had a coughing spell that messed up my back, again.

I'm waiting to hear back (hehe) from the Chiropractor to see what can be done. I'm not much for taking synthetic meds created 'en masse', but I'll say this - I did break down and took some Bayer: Back & Body (Dr. Sullivan would not approve). I only took 1 tab at a time instead of the recommended 2 and I only consumed a total of 4 over a 16-hour period and they still made me a bit loopy and hazy in the head so I decided to stop taking them.

I usually use a product made from Arnica gel to ease away muscle pains/sprains, but this time I think things were too deep in my back for it to reach.

Patiently waiting, by the phone.