+1 Steroid Shot – 1 IUD

So I got rid of my IUD (Mirena) because I’ve had a lot of problems over the last 6 or so years and was starting to wonder if any of it was because of my IUD. I know that once I had it removed I felt so much better, it’s hard to explain how. I won’t go into lots of TMI detail about my IUD but I believe it did cause a LOT of my weight gain and possibly a lot of my hormone problems.

Ever since I got it removed I am however having menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, which are unbelievably awful. Some mornings my hormones are so out of whack I just want to curl up and die but I have heard it takes a while to your body to adjust to the removal of an IUD so I’ll be patient.

I also read that Mirena can cause lower back pain and I wonder how much of my back pain had to do with this, some of it possibly. Yesterday I got a steroid shot in my spine, which seems completely insane but apparently a lot of people do it and I think I was in and out of the hospital in under 30 minutes. The shot itself was kind of painful-ish but mostly just unpleasant, hard to explain.

When I got home the numbness wore off and I had a lot of pain but mostly pain like my old back pain, when I was just in pain 24/7 and my legs just felt really weird, sort of like Restless Leg Syndrome where I couldn’t sit still, I had to keep moving them.

So I’m not even 24 hours with the shot yet so I can’t really tell you if it worked but I feel pretty good today, just a bit of pain I think where the shot was administered. I’m still going to go to the Chiropractor because I know I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been getting Chiropractic therapy and I believe it’s also helped with getting healthier in a lot of other ways. I still have better allergies than before and breathe better. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time.

To anyone having trouble losing weight my recommendation is:

  1. Go to a Chiropractor
  2. Focus on your health and focus on feeling better, not on losing weight.

I think these things have helped me enormously in so many ways and I’m a happier person as well, which is more important than anything.

 

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My Life – One Day at a Time

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  • Right now I’m reading The Spectacular Now and loving it, it’s reminding me of reading One Day and I looooooved that book, read it several times now. I just really hope I don’t end up curled up in a ball and sobbing at the end like with the latter book.
  • I had some horrible thigh pain this week that made it hard to walk or even move my leg but it’s mostly gone now. I am planning to go back to the gym tomorrow even though my Chiro said no elliptical or treadmill but I think the treadmill will be ok. I figure that not exercising isn’t good either and I can’t walk outside everyday. Plus, I get a better workout at the gym.
  • My show Skins is over and I’m sad but I think it’s time to let it go and by let it go I mean just continually watch the old episodes over and over and over again.
  • On the plus side Breaking Bad is coming back on Sunday. I can’t decide if I should go watch it at one of Manly Man’s friend’s houses or just wait to see it on Monday. If I watch it at their place and they piss me off during it it’s not going to be pretty.
  • I finished The Sopranos and don’t know if I want to write up a post now comparing it to Breaking Bad or wait until Breaking Bad is over? I mean, it’s only 8 more episodes. ::sniff::
  • Sometimes I think I really want to have friends over or go see friends and then I think, no, I think I’ll lay in my hammock or go to my beach instead. Just thinking about dealing with people makes me tired.
  • Speaking of people, family, sigh. Can I just move to England now and just give up on being close to my family?

Back Pain: My Left Foot

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One of the first things I learned at my first chiropractic appointment was that because my alignment was off my right leg was shorter than my left leg. Hearing this was my first moment of “aha!” when it came to this whole chiropractic treatment.

You see, for a long time I’ve been confused as to why my left foot always had calluses but my right foot almost never had any. My flip flops regularly wore out on the left one much quicker than it wore out on the right one. I got this horrible pain recently in my left foot and it appears to be a bone spur, which is caused by pressure on that foot. I truly believe at this point that my misalignment has caused a lot more of my problems that I could have ever imagined.

My back still has a lot of pain but I can feel the pain changing, if that makes any sense. Also, I can breathe so much better and I’m sleeping better. I’ll write more about this later but I’m officially a believer in this.

Back Pain: Part One

One year ago I had some bad back pain but after taking Naproxen for a couple weeks it went away. My back pain came back about 4 months ago and I hoped with some treatment it would go away again but obviously I still have it.

My pain is in my very lower back and moves from my right side to my left side to the middle. I have the most pain when I’m sitting though standing for a long time hurts too. What helps most is walking when I can. I started off just using Naproxen (which never helped as far as I could tell) and doing hot/cold compresses (which helped some but once I took it off the pain came back). The only thing that really worked ever was Icy Hot, which I use all the time but I knew I couldn’t do that forever.

After that I was directed to physical therapy, which at first seemed helpful but I eventually realized it wasn’t helping me. Sometimes when I do stretches I end up in more pain. Out of desperation my doctor gave me pain meds (Tramadol), which actually was helping until I realized it made me just slightly too sleepy to take at work and eventually I think it was making me nauceous. I still take it sometimes when I get home from work and it helps a LOT.

At this point I decided we needed to find out what was wrong with my back so my doctor had me get an MRI. With the MRI I found out I had a “Small central disc protrusion,” which basically means one of the discs in my back is protruding. Ouch! At that point I went to see a spine specialist, which really didn’t help me at all except suggest more stretching. I really wish stretching helped but sometimes I swear it makes it worse.

For a couple weeks after that I was just living in pain, crying everyday. On top of that another medical thing came up that had no relation to my back at all, that sucked. Then I finally decided to go see a Chiropractor because…what do I have to lose? Well, the cost adds up but I was desperate.

Mind you I’m not quite 100% on board with this treatment but it seems it might be helping me. Everything he said and my x-rays all added up and I’m assuming if this doesn’t work the next step is surgery and I really really don’t want that.

I have 2 more chiro appointments this week and 6 more after that. I want to update here about it in case anyone else ever goes through this and wants to know what works and what doesn’t. I feel so hopeless most of the time with this and I’m ready for some hope again.