Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oh, My Aching Back!

For as long as I can remember I have dealt with pain in my lower back. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was in elementary school and made the rounds with all the doctors every so often, only to be told that it wasn't severe enough to do anything about, but I would still have symptoms. From the outside, my lower back looks like it's been in a fist fight with someone with permanent bruising ruling the day. Fun, huh?
When I was pregnant with both of my kiddos, the pain would be excrutiating from time to time and especially toward the end of the pregnancy.
This time around was no different.
After Caleb it resolved to the state that it was at before I was big and pregnant, however after Piper things have not been getting any better, but have been getting worse.
(It couldn't at all have to do with that rookie anaesthesiologist digging around in my spinal column for over half and hour and after 4 sticks with that HUGE needle blaming me for being a hard stick, now could it? Oh, but that's a story for another time!)
I have been having considerable trouble sitting, bending over, sleeping, holding my baby, etc because of the pain. So, today I bit the bullet, as they say, and scheduled an appointment with a guy who specializes in spines. We'll see what he has to say on Thursday when I go in, but I'm taking Jes with me so that he can describe what he has seen back there, as I don't have a birds eye view of it all. Please pray that it is an easy fix, which means no surgery. I'll let you know waht I find out!


Coby and Sally said...

Shannon, same thing here. I finally went to the chiropractor today and will find out my xray results tomorrow. However, I am interested in seeing how your visit with the spine doctor goes. Keep us posted. I may be following suit. And praying for healing for your back!

Mommy of Multiples said...

SO sorry to hear your dealing with all that, and yes I'm glad you are getting it looked at. Don't know who your doctor is..but just in case you don''t like them or want another opinoin...the Texas Back Institute is the most academic private practice in spinal care and is the largest freestanding multidisciplinary academic spine center in the world. I have been there for my head and neck stuff, get my physical therapy there and steroid shots. My grandfather has spinal stenosis and sees a doctor there and has had surgery with doctors in that practice. So just in case...thought I'd let ya know. :) Love the pics from the pumpkin patch! So cute!

Joy said...

I am sorry you are having so much trouble.