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 🙂