i’m in a lot of pain folks! i honestly thought after the miscarriages, surgeries, IVF treatments, D&C, OHSS, pregnancy, labor and subsequent c-section i would finally be done with my pain and skipping my ass everywhere i went from here on out.
of course i couldn’t be that lucky.
after i had my PUPPPs rash at the two month mark and the relaxin started to leave my body i started to get very intense lower back, hip, knee, shin and foot pain. i have always had achy feet and the odd aches in my shins but the pain now is like nothing i’ve ever had in the past. i wrote about my pain in a post not too long ago. it was brief and i’m not even sure if i had seen my dr. about it at that point but i’m still in so much pain. my dr. checked my blood for all sorts of things including a marker for inflammatory disease, protein, RA, etc. and thank goodness it all came back negative. the vision of MS in my future was pretty terrifying. she gave me a referral to a rheumologist and i saw him last thursday. she was a young dr. very nice, very thorough, an attentive listener (and kind of cute ;) ). he asked all sorts of questions, took lots of notes, checked all my joints, like i’m talking every single one. manipulated my legs and back and found some concern in my lower back. he ordered more blood work to check calcium levels and i’m doing another genetic test with a long name and numbers in it that i can’t remember. he also ordered x-rays on my hips, pelvis, knees, feet, spinal lumbar and one more thing i can’t remember and i’m too lazy to go check the paper work for lol. from what i could read in the notes at the top the x-rays are ruling out degenerative vs. inflammatory. if nothing obvious is seen in the x-rays i’ll then be sent for an MRI to get an up close and personal look at my insides. he is on the path of thinking it’s a herniated disk in my lower spine. i googled up herniated disc because i thought if that is actually what it is i would be all jacked up and in so much pain i could barely move, no? the answer to that is actually no. you can have a herniated disc your whole damn life and have no idea and no pain. or you can have herniated disc and feel like you are 120 years old. you can have a charlie horse in your ass cheeks and the backs of your thighs all day, erry day. your knees can feel like they are about to snack backwards at any moment and your feet might as well be bound in chinese foot wraps.
there are things you can do that are non-surgical to help alleviate a herniated disc. you can do stretches and exercises, apply hot and cold compresses, have acupuncture treatments and go for chiropractic adjustments. in some cases though, you have to have surgery to remedy the problem.
so, yet again, i’m anxiously waiting to find out what the hell is wrong with me (this time!) hahaha. i woke up this morning and had twisted my back in a way that is very painful and the struggle is super real in my lower half today.
i’m putting my dr. hat on and putting my money on herniated disc only correctable by surgical intervention.