I don’t believe it…
Just as my wrist is finally getting a little better – BOOM – my back gives in. I’m getting a bit depressed with the constant pain and injuries. I’ve had tendinitus of my right wrist for 7 months now. I’ve been to 8 doctors, had around 4 months off (much of it as unpaid leave), a full-plaster, a half-cast, physio, ultra-sound therapy, hot sponges, herbal wraps… nothing worked. I’m so tired of it all. And Jason has also injured his foot – it’s ridiculous!
Then a colleague suggested an osteopath might be the way to go. Now, coming from a medical family, I don’t really believe in herbs and sticking needles into a pressure zone, or whatever it is, BUT (stay with me here), I am getting desperate and willing to try anything and I have to say… it was amazing!
My osteopath was lovely. I felt like I was chatting to a friend. When she found out I was British, she begged me to speak in English to practice her language skills. It was supposed to be a 45 minute consultation, mostly just chatting about background issues and assessing the problem. An hour and a half later we were still chatting…
She took down all my medical history and actually listened to what I do in my life that needs use of my hand and even listened to how exactly how I hurt my wrist in the first place. She explained all the tendons and bones that connect and what part of my hand I had done damage to. I finally felt like I understood what had happened. Basically, I was crocheting too much just before Christmas in order to make lots of lovely scarves. The problem was that I sat hunched up, I’m top-heavy and all this impacts and puts pressure on my spine and posture. Added to this I was quickly doing repetitive movements with my hands and they were not supported on a cushion, just hanging in mid-air, straining my arm muscles as well. A combination of this and working in a place where I have to fold clothing and use the tills exacerbated the problem and there we go.
She lay me down and stroked my arm for about an hour. It was very calm and relaxed and not painful at all. She then said to stop taking medication. Pain is good – and when the pain decreases you will realise this and it means it’s getting better. Apparently the best result would be if the pain goes from my wrist towards my elbow. I didn’t get this, but since seeing her only the once, my wrist feels so much better. Even if it’s just all in my head, I don’t care anymore. I’m so so so tired of being in pain and not being able to really do anything I enjoy – no dancing, badminton, sewing, even reading is difficult.
Now my wrist feels like it’s healing and I started back at work, taking it easy but even after 8 hours of folding, the pain is almost zero. I’m so so so so happy and can only recommend trying osteopathy!
However, last week I bent down to pick something up from the floor and – BOOM – I felt a sudden pain in my lower back and screamed out in pain. I couldn’t move at all and had to lie down, which is where Jason found me when he came home from work. I was in too much pain to stand up and can’t bend over at all. I’m actually trying not to drink so much so I don’t need to get up to pee.
The next day I sucked up the pain and hobbled to the doctor. The plastic hard chairs were agony and when she tried to give me injections for the pain, let’s just say I have tiny veins and after some serious prodding around and poking until a whole load of blood came out, she said it was time to stop torturing me and gave me the same dose in tablet form. OMG – argh!! So now to add to my wrist problems, I have two bruised arms, the back pain is excruciating, I can’t sit or stand or walk properly at all, but if I don’t move then my back will lock and it won’t get better. Ughhhhh, so tired of all this and have to say it’s getting me down a bit. I have some herb salve to heat up the area, which makes my back sore and itch on the outside as well as the inside.
I’m just hoping it all goes away soon. Being 31 has been pretty painful, I’m hoping 32 is going to be better, can’t wait for my birthday – haha!