So when I finally got into my PT appointment at the correct time (see News & Updates from noonish today), I reported that my vertigo levels have been higher since being so sick last week. He had me do my exercises, commented that I was a little wobbly – or something like that – and then moved on to the next thing.
At my last appointment he had said that he could help me with my neck and upper spine problems if I was willing. Of course I had said that I was, so that’s what we worked on today. We talked about quality of life issues such as being unable to chop vegetables or, even more important, play my keyboards, and that’s what we’re working on.
He showed me several exercises, and gave me a handout where they are each described. He also led me through a few reps of each, which caused a lot of pain. I said that I spend my life trying to avoid pain, and he said that if I can stick with this program, though it may be uncomfortable, it won’t do any damage and will, in the end, enable me to do things like chop vegetables and play my keyboards without so much pain. He explained that by giving in to the pain I was allowing my spine to lose function in certain areas, or something like that. And that by not giving in to it but rather to make it do what it should be doing I can gain more mobility with less pain.
Having lived for decades as I have (avoiding pain) this is a novel concept but I am absolutely willing to do these exercises and try to improve things for myself, of course! So we shall see! I left the office not only hopeful but almost excited at the prospects. Within the hour, however, there was so much burning in the areas that we’d worked I could hardly stand it. When we got home I took 1300mg of Tylenol, 400mg NSAID, and a muscle relaxer, and I don’t feel so hopeful. BUT I still believe in what he said, and that I can get improvement even after all these years, so I am not throwing in the towel!
So we shall see, and I will let you know how things progress.