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Pathway to Betterness

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.

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Dog therapy is also wonderful!

By Sarah Lomas

I have my eyes wide open to catch all my dreams. MSWarrior! Widowed and then some, proud mom of two fantastic kids. Wear two hearing aids and primarily lip read. Always looking for new things to to try.