As you may be aware, I recently went to the doctors to get my Arthritis and other musculoskeletal illnesses checked out for I was having severe pain going from my lower back right down to my ankles. After several blood tests and my appointment today I can reveal what has been said.
First things first, I have been getting monitored for the past 2 years with issues regarding connective tissue damage. I am happy to say that after several tests etc. it is not the case and something I do not have to worry as much about. I will still get my bloods monitored twice a year just as a precaution but I am very happy about the results!
To sum up what the doctor has said to me I have very mixed feelings towards it. Basically in my first appointment I told him how the style of pain has changed from a deep achy sensation to a more dramatic sharp/shooting sensation that gets more and more intense. He recommended new medication for me which I have been on for 2 weeks now and though it is early days yet, I can notice a slight difference.
OLD MEDICATION. NEW MEDICATION.
So I have swapped out Tramadol for Nefopam and Ibuprofen for Naproxen. Though it is not doing too badly at the moment my doctor and I plan on reintroducing Tramadol into the system and taking both Nefopam and Tramadol along side each other to help with the pain.
After the medication was sorted and the blood review was done all the loose ends were almost tide up, I was told to continue with my physio, join a Pilates class and get an exercise ball.. this is where I began to question his theory.
He believes that the use of the combination of the exercise ball at home and regular Pilates classes will help increase my core and balance, along side strengthening my muscles around my troublesome joints. Here, I do not believe his judgement is wrong what so ever.. for a none sufferer, but I feel that this is going to have a negative affect on me rather than a positive. I mean, I struggle enough with physio as it is!
So my tasks to try at home are to:
• Balance on one leg (alternate legs) when brushing my teeth/washing dishes etc. in order to help with core balance and strengthening muscles in my hip/back/knees.
• Buy an exercise ball on sit on it while watching TV/having dinner or performing sitting down tasks. When sitting down try to lift my feet from the floor and balance. Do this in order to again strengthen core, straighten out spin and become more balanced.
Task outside of home are to:
• Join a Pilates group and begin working on my core and muscle building strength in a controlled environment.
• If ever stood still, balance on one leg (alternate legs) or sat for a period of time, sit up straight to alight spin.
So there you have it, new medication and new exercises along side physio. Not sure what to make of it yet but if it’s going to help, may as well give it a go. If any of my Spoonie friends or followers have any comments, suggestions or opinions regarding these new exercises I would love to hear them in order to get a better idea of what I am in for.
Thanks for reading and advising me through these changes.
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