Pain Medication

Today I am grateful for pain medication, and without it I wouldn’t be able to work today. I have osteoarthritis in my lower back, specifically in my lumbar facet joints, and it has flared up since last weekend.

When I first started having symptoms about 3 years ago I saw my Chiropracter for treatment. Any niggles I had in my neck and shoulders he was able to treat fine, but for some reason my lower back just got progressively worse. I checked it out with my doctor and what followed was 12 months of tests; ultrasounds, bloods, and MRIs, and endless specialist appointments before finally reaching a diagnosis. (thankfully they ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis along the way) During this time I experienced chronic uncontrolled pain and I was a total wreak from it, but thankfully I had people around me who helped me out of the hole.

I’ve now been on daily pain medication (oxycontin) for the last 2 years which has really helped me get my life back. I’ve been able to keep working, and for the most part life has returned to normal, but from time to time it still flares up for no apparent reason. Unfortunately this week has been one of those weeks.

So that’s why I’m grateful to all the researchers and scientists that spent years developing these drugs that have given me relief when not much else has.

And yoga…. I’m off to yoga tonight too which helps my mind, body & soul 🙂

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5 responses to “Pain Medication

  1. Hi! How are you doing now? I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis too. The pain was on and off. I also had different lab and xray procedures. I had physical therapy for several weeks, but it didn’t do well on me. That time, my aunt was having a stem cell treatment for her tendonitis. She recommended me her orthopedic surgeon, Dr Purita of Stem MD and I was scheduled for stem cell therapy for 5 weeks. The treatment was good. I was able to get the beneficial effect 3 months after my last session, while my aunt only took 6 weeks. I hope you will find the appropriate treatment for you too. Good luck!

    • Hi kirs10woods!
      I’m doing much better tonight after my yoga practice – it always makes me feel better and not so tense.
      Your stem cell treatment sounds really interesting, and I’m glad you’ve had such great results. I’m going to do some reading about it, so thank you for sharing your experience. I tried having a nerve block on four occasions last year, but could only get about 2 weeks relief each time which was a bit disappointing. So for now at least I am just managing the pain with medication.
      Take care & good luck!

  2. Thank you… 🙂 There’s a lot of articles and blogs about stem cell now, I’m just not sure if they’re all accurate… You may try consulting to my ortho surgeon at Stem MD.. I think they still offer free consultation… Stay positive… 🙂

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