Monday, 10 September 2012
It only took six months, but I can walk normally again. Well, about as normally as I'll ever walk.
I finally was able to get to the VA at the end of the week for my steroid injections for my back. And holy giant friggin needle, did it hurt! First time I got the injections, the clinic on base sent me out to a private practice for the injections. They knocked me out. Not the VA. Wide awake.
They gave me a topical anesthetic, but it didn't help much. I still felt the big needle, and really felt it when they injected whatever it is they inject. The pain radiated down my leg, about 10x as bad when the nerve was pinched. I was so worried they did something wrong. It still hurt like hell for a while after I left.
That feeling finally went away, and now, it feels pretty good. It's still not quite right, but it's probably because I was favoring it so much for six months, I'm still favoring it though I don't need to.
Hopefully this means I can start working out soon. It's just a vicous cycle. Back goes out, have to take it easy, and wind up putting on weight. Extra weight makes back go out, which makes me have to take it easy, thus putting on more weight etc.
Of course, I was supposed to get physical therapy as well, but they're so backed up, they won't even bother trying to schedule me anything yet. "You'll get a letter in the mail," that's what they told me two months ago. So, it's at least a two month wait just to schedule therapy. Sorry, but that's unacceptable.
Was actually able to get an appointment with my primary care physician for tomorrow, so hopefully, she'll clear me for some workouts. At least walking and some ab work. (Some folks go for the six-pack look... I went for the keg!)
I'm hoping these injections last as long as the last set did. Or at least long enough for me to get back into half-decent shape. Here's hoping!