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It's going to be a long journey: otherwise known as getting back to exercising

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Just a suggestion;

With the pain so bad for you, couldn't you entertain a completed rest day, no excersise at all, and then resume?


Also, unless you do, try taking the odd normal main stream, a painkiller for your back pain, and if cost literally isn't an issue, try accessing somebody reputable for a back massage, might feel painful, at first, can do wonders.


I'm just concerned slightly, that you'll be working out, and are in severe pain, not giving the chance for your body to fully recover from a previosu session, depending off course, when you last worked out.


I'm very much into the mode of my working out, low impact aerobic dance, a hard workout, and then a different fitness dvd, for toning worouts. Both consisted of warm ups, and cooldown stretching.



Yours in health and fitness,


Natalie.
 
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Hi Natalie
I am going to have a total rest day today and probably tomorrow as I have physio on Wednesday so he will have a look and see what I've irritated.
I'll go to the pool later to do some gentle stretches and hanging to stretch out my lower back, but there will be no swimming or anything.
I need to do some hip rotation as whatever I've done to my back has nipped a nerve in my hip so I need to do some hip flex work.
Will be purely physio no fitness work today.
Thank you for caring xx Poppy
 
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I give in.
Still having major problems with my back and left side.
But I'm waiting for urgent appointment with orthopedic consultant on Monday.
I knelt down. I was stupid. I know I'm not supposed to kneel down. I forgot.
My kneecap displaced and I tore something, I actually felt it tear and my knee is now strapped back up and I can't push up on that leg.
And to top my week off my chest infection has returned with a vengeance and my eye won't stop weeping.
In am just stalled.
It's bad enough having fibromyalgia, but these pains just add to it.
Normally I cope with pain but it really is getting me down and I'm running out of cope.
But I'm off to the pool to stretch my hip and lower back again. It won't get better by itself.
I feel a steroid injection coming on.
 
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The orthopaedic Dr shouted (he knows me so well) then referred me for xrays and scan. He shouted again when the results were in. I've not only re-the damaged the tendons I originally did but added to them. Back in tape and brace and waiting for a visit to consultant number 8.
It's beginning to sound like one of those How many jokes..
You know, how many orthopods does it take to fix Poppy....
We don't know, she manages to collect a new one every time she passes go!!!
My current list is
1 shoulder
1elbow
2 hand
1 hips
1 knee
1 ankle
1 foot
Now 1spine
I don't actually think there is anyone else left,
So the answer is 8, but we'll ask colleagues to see her as she gets a bit complicated
I hate orthopedics
 
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Well I well and truly did it.

Please however you do it can you really send positive thoughts to my consultants.
What I thought was a back spasm brought on by my knee wasn't.

Tomorrow is D-Day I see the orthopaedic surgeon, the neurosurgeons, the Neuro psychologists, and a specialist in repairing tendon damage.

The pain in my back last month was caused by 2vertebrae collapsing and rupturing l5, s1 and s1, s2 outer discs. The ruptures are completely unable to be repaired and the discs have dried up.
Unfortunately it was only the outer disc that ruptured and the middle part has new been compressed into the the cal sac which surround the spinal cord. I have nerve cord compression which is intermittent and positional. This means they decide to try conservative management and out me on crutches.
Unfortunately at the same time I managed to rupture one of the 4 tendons in my groin which complicates matters as the treatment for back is gentle mobility and the treatment for groin is complete bed rest.
We are working on a modified version of the 2'
3 weeks in and instead of getting better I'm getting worse, my symptoms are in both legs now and the amount of pain relief I have is beyond anything sensible.

Tomorrow they have decided to meet each other and decide whether I'm having 1 huge operation on my back, knee and tendons or 2 operations 1on the spine and 2surgeons at the same op on my knee.
The pain psychologist is supposed to help me manage it.
Apparently it's not my decision... now where did informed consent go?

I absolutely hate me at the minute but surprisingly enough it isn't making me bounce or think stupidly. I'm just mad at being like this then I think I haven't got the energy to be angry and it really isn't worth it.

But honestly I'm absolutely terrified, I told the Dr a porky and said I could do something when I can't, because that can't is a red flag and gets me a one way ticket to urgent spinal surgery tonight.
I'll hold on till tomorrow and then I won't lie.
I just need to get my head around the fact that it's coming and I'm helpless to stop it.

Brought to you by a very rarely scared Poppy.
 
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Hi Poppy,

I was so sorry to have heard about you, though I do apologise, I can't get to grips with the medical terminology and numbers.


My thoughts are with you, and I can only wish you hopefully slightly better.


Regards,


Natalie.
 
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Thank you Natalie,
I forget not everyone speaks nurse.
Simply put I have 2 torn
discs in the base of my spine.
The bit where it goes into your pelvis (so just at the bottom of the curve in your back)
Because they tore rather than slipped, it means they won't get better by themselves ( to put it into perspective I have just dropped from 176cm to 174 cm because the discs are missing.

The the hard tendon on the inside of your thigh that fixes your leg to your pelvis (right at the top) mine tore, the tendon fixes on at 4 points in your groin to make your keg stable. I broke the one that joins at the front which means I can't move my leg sideways.

The torn disc has a jelly an outer ring and an inner ring, it's the inner ring that protects your spinal cord from getting damaged.
My inner disc got squashed due to the speed at which the injury happened and because the only place it can go is inwards its squashing my spinal cord.
This is a medical emergency, but we found during a scan it only gets squeezed if I sit, lay down or stand for too long.

Because of this the surgeons were hoping it would settle down and the swelling would go away leaving me to get on with life, but it hasn't, it's got worse.
A red flag symptom is something that if the Dr heard would mean I'd be on the operating table tonight.

Other than that the orthopaedic Dr wants to replace my knee and the general surgeon wants to repair the 4tendons I've torn. 3 in my knee and my groin all in one go because the spinal surgery recovery is about the same length as the knee.

But all 3 have a high failure rate and I'm not the luckiest person when it comes to surgery
 
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5 weeks in and finally my main back symptoms have started to settle. The surgeons finally decided we would leave it until I felt like I couldn't live with it anymore. I really don't want rods putting in my spine and having lower base fused together so I can't bend.
I finally got back in the pool this week for physio and it feels so good yo be able to do something.
The knee surgeon was so frustratingly irritating.
Because only half the knee cap is damaged and I can tape it up to help he won't operate. I have to go back when the other half is broken as well. (Whatever happened to preventive medicine. In the mean time up the painkillers and stretch the hamstring and ileotibial band as they are both too tight and not helping

So I've finally been given permission under strict supervision to start hydrotherapy again and very gentle stretches under the supervision of my gym instructor Mark.
I also have permission to start physio exercises under the supervision of John who does my hydrotherapy.

Glad to be back.
 
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Hi Poppy2014,


Just touching base/to catch up how are you/have you been managing these days with your hydrotherapy and also under supervsion, physio exercises? I do hope that you are managing still, just about ok?


Take very good care now,


Natalie.
 
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Well, hold your breath, cross your legs, fingers and even your eyes if physically possible.
I am out of splints, off crutches, holding myself up, despite falling down stairs 5 weeks ago and giving myself another ruptured disc.
I saw a neuro-physiotherapist and my word, it's so different when you have a 2 hour appointment and they start at the top and go to the bottom and decide with you and your physio what would be a good thing to do.

After 2 rounds of treatment I actually slept for 4 hours of undisturbed painless sleep, I didn't wake up numb from the waist down with no feeling to the tip of my toes.
And after almost 18 months of issues with my knee, and 6 months of serious back spasm I can finally stand, walk and GO INTO THE SWIMMING POOL. I can't wait, I have a buddy who is going to go with me to make sure I'm safe and we are going to make sure we leave work once a week at 4 pm to go.

I've had a rough time, physically, mentally recently and work nearly destroyed me. But I fought back, won a grievance against the head of school, feel like I have had a huge weight off my shoulders, I couldn't believe just how much time the job I had took up and now it's gone I feel very free and ready to move on and to try and get back into the gym/pool and weight loss.

Determination.
 
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Good luck Poppy. You've been through so much, well done for keeping going and being so determined. xx
 
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Hi Poppy,

I'm so relieved you are very much better and physically very well. Just be absolutely very careful, my brother had suffered slipped discs in his, back, and after natural alternative remedy treatments, he'd been to specialised pshyio as well, and GP he has been better for a long time now, considering he does delivery driving work.

Anyway, I'm so glad to hear you are very much better.
 
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