So today I went in for my physical therapy assessment. Thankfully it’s in the same building as my spine doctor – so he was able to access my MRI, no problem.

Since my horrid spinal injection, I’ve had little to no pain. On the 1-1o pain scale they have a cute little chart:

Yeah - doesn't quite work

I prefer Hyperbole and a Half’s pain scale that she came up with on her blog post entitled “Boyfriend Doesn’t Have Ebola. Probably.”

Yep, this is more like it

This is much more accurate

Pre-injection my pain was about a 10 on her scale – when I moved. Now according to her pain scale, I sometimes have a mild ache of about a 1 or 2. Enough that I continue taking my muscle relaxers about 3-4 times per week.

Oh – and I got a definitive answer on exactly what the MRI conclusions were:
L4-5 left neural foraminal disc protrusion with annular tear
L5-S1 right paracentral disc protrusion, compression of Rt S2 nerve root

The physical therapist looked at the MRI and said – it’s not terribly severe. He then said I could jog, walk, or swim, no problem. He also wants me to do core exercises. Then he prescribed that I come in 6 times in the next 2 weeks. I’ll be in on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week and next. We will be doing:

  • Heat therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • TENS therapy
  • Exercise education

I’m happy. Thrilled. I feel like I’m finally going to be proactive. I will let you know how it goes. Also, I have some exciting news that I’m going to break this week.

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