A few weeks ago, well the end of May my right leg became very painful to move from the top of my leg or lower back down to my big toe. I got it checked out by the doc who suggested it was a pulled muscle to go back to work and take an anti inflammatory and let it heal. Meanwhile the pain I felt getting out of bed in the morning was worse than childbirth and going to work on time was not happening. It got worse instead of better so i tried some acupuncture and muscle therapy and went back to the doctor who requested a CT scan since an MRI would take longer. It came back with disc space narrowing, and a first degree pseudospondylolisthesis at L4-L5 and degenerative disc disease at L5-S1, L3-L4 osteoarthritis of both face joints, and stuff. I took time off work and it did improve with time and also physiotherapy to strengthen my core muscles. I went back to work for a week, but it got irritated, and I am off work again. Doctor requested an MRI, and we are trying some different meds. I won’t go into the challenge of short term dissability because it is a process all on it’s own.
The next question is whether or not it is related to my MS. Hard to say, MS doesn’t cause pain. I have no idea, but I did put a call into my neuro, and the MRI will hopefully clarify.
So, to assist with my recovery, I went back to my Yoga 1 CD, respectfully created by Dr. Knight, as part of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course that he teaches. It is lovely. It is kind of like a body scan in motion, the movements are very gentle, and can be done by just about anyone I think. I do try to use the tools from his course on a regular basis, they help me greatfully especially with depression and anxiety.
I also have to not feel guilty about not working in the middle of summer and the weather has been fabulous. I haven’t been in the water yet – hopefully when we go over to Chris mom’s cottage in a couple of weeks, I will get in the water but until then it is walking, and more walking, which I remember my mom doing until she was 82 and she stayed in great shape.