Friday, March 31, 2006

My Pain May Be A Thing Of The Past

For about 5 years now, I've been plagued by a terrible pain in my lower back/hip/butt area. It's a pain that seems to come and go, making it hurt when I walk, lie down flat, use my leg muscles in any number of every-day movements, sit cross legged on the floor, etc. Sometimes it gets so bad that I can't even sleep because of the pain and I can barely roll over in my bed or get up. After having seen a doctor a couple of times over the years and after having an MRI after one doctor theorized that my problem was sciatica I sort of gave up hope.

Well, recently I did something to a vertebrate between my shoulders on my upper back, some kind of injury I'm not sure, it feels like a pulled muscle and it's sore to the touch like a bruise. This, along with a new development in my hip problem, motivated me to go see a rheumatologist, and I'm really glad that I did because I may finally have an answer to all of this. Apparently there is a small joint in my hip that has become dislocated, as evidenced by the fact that when I lie flat, one of my legs becomes longer than the other. The on and off nature of my pain is explained by the joint getting popped back in over time, and then getting popped out again. It also explains why when the problem is acting up, sitting is a comfortable position while lying down is not.

The doctor referred me to a physical therapist whom he claims can help me. Apparently she'll fix the problem and teach me exercises to repair and strengthen the muscles and ligaments so it will become less likely over time to throw out the joint again. The doctor tells me it's a problem with a very high success rate for those who seek physical therapy. I'm really happy about this. For too long I've been really upset about being in my 20's and constantly suffering from pains some old guy with a fake hip bone.

And now, without further ado, here is BrokenAxe trying to find a faster and cheaper method of travel.


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