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.

Femail black lab
Dog therapy is also wonderful!