OMT and Dry Needling – awesome!

img_1906These last few years have been very hard for me. I’ve gone through a lot medically. I’ve seen a multitude of doctors and no one could ever figure out what my problem was. I should’ve known to take the naturopath way. I probably could have gotten my issue solved a long time ago. Anyone who reads my blog knows what I’ve been going through over the last couple of years. But for those of you that don’t read my blog, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Over the last couple of years I have had:

  • back surgery
  • sciatic pain
  • foot drop
  • migraines
  • dizziness
  • neurogenic bladder

I have just been in pain 24/7.

Well I am very happy to report that most of that is done. I was having migraines weekly and haven’t had a migraine in two months. I had orthostatic hypotension (dizzy every time I stood up)…and I haven’t been dizzy in months. My foot drop has gone away and foot function is back to normal. I no longer have muscle atrophy in my left leg.  I’m able to bend over without crying. I’m able to play with my kids. I’m able to pee without taking a pill. I WILL NOT have daily catheters in my near future. So…..Right now I am a happy, happy girl.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been to an urologist for my bladder, three neurologist for my foot drop and leg pain. I have seen an orthopedic surgeon for my back pain. I finally went to my last neurologist who happened to be a DO and she said I don’t need any more testing. I don’t need any more imaging. I just needed to get some massages and some OMT adjustments from another DO and hope that this will help. The goal was to give my body a break. She sent me to an orthopedic DO. I began the OMT (osteopathic manipulative therapy). Basically it’s chiropractic care but by a certified doctor. And it’s a little more in depth than just getting an adjustment from a chiropractor. And I have to say I loved it. On my first visit he adjusted me from head to toe and I already felt a difference. Then he sent me to physical therapy. It took two tries with two different physical therapy facilities…but I finally found one that I liked and that is helping too.

The physical therapist I’m seeing does dry needling. I always heard bad things about dry needling but the way he does it isnt so bad. The old way is where they jab the needle in you and then take it out and jab it in again and take it out and jab it in again. Painful. This one…it’s not like that. He puts the needle in til he hits the muscle, twists a little and then put the tens unit attached to it so that the muscle jumps and stretches and releases. This process was way better than being tortured by needles. And I have to say it’s great. The procedure lasts for about 15 minutes but the relief that I feel after is amazing. My back doesn’t hurt, my butt doesn’t hurt, I’m able to stretch, and able to move. I’m able to do my exercises without hurting myself. Granted there are a few times where I had a little too much to drink and stretched a little too far or did a little too much ballet. But then all I had to get adjusted with OMT and get a little dry needling and I felt 100% better. I have to say… With how I felt two years ago compared to how I feel now… It’s amazing… It’s at least 90% better than how I felt before and I’m ecstatic.

I’m Still In Recovery

Recovering from back surgery has been a struggle. I have yet to find a happy medium. Say that I will take a happy medium, seeing how I’m not sure if I’m going to have 100% recovery. Earlier had posted that I had back surgery and I was glad I did it because the pain was gone. And apparently that was my medicated illusion.

Two weeks after my surgery I thought I was fine. Everything was good. I was able to slightly bend over. I could sit and not wense. I could stand and not want to cry….but then the meds wore off. I started getting pain in my back, it was a light pain…. Nothing compared to what it was before. But still it was pain. Then the pain started going down my leg and to my toes. All I could think was crap….the surgery didn’t work. I mean I’ve heard of this happening before… Failed back surgery syndrome. and I was really hoping this was not the case. So I looked it up.

Apparently, this is a typical thing after back surgery. From all of the forums I read, it happens a lot. There was a lot of people out there that got leg pain (nerve pain) after surgery. So I was worried but not to much. And my follow up appointment was coming up in the next couple days…so I figured I would just ask my doctor.

I finally got to my doctor and explained what was happening and he said everything I was feeling was completely normal. Especially because I had nerve pain for so long before the surgery.  The way he put it I was thatthere was compression on for so many years that now that the compression is not there my nerve doesn’t realize that and is still acting out. So basically my nerve has a bad attitude. I have to wait another month to see if the pain goes away. He said it could take a few days to a few months. So in the meantime I am taking my anti-inflammatory meds until my next appointment. If I’m still feeling pain within that time I might have to start taking nerve medication, such as Lyrica. Basically, to train my nerve not to flare up when nothing touching it.

Well it has been about a week since my appointment and I am still getting leg pain. I will have a good day with no pain and then the next day I’m taking pain pills and laying in the couch. And it doesn’t help that I have started working too. And don’t confuse that for not “wanting” to work…it’s more like not knowing “how” to work. I tried to sit the whole time and it hurt s little (more like moderate pain). Then I tried to stand the whole time which ended up hurting more than sitting. I ended up having to take 2 pills and laying down. I don’t know what I’m gonna do….sit, stand, sit, stand…

I will try that tomorrow and see where I stand. my next appointment is in 2 weeks….so until then I will keep taking my anti inflammatory meds and hope that I don’t have to start nerve meds. (Fingers crossed – no more pain!)