Early in the week, I had an appointment with a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor in Colorado Springs. Last month, an MRI confirmed that I have stenosis in the neck. This is what causes the severe shoulder pain and numbness in my left arm that I have suffered from so much in the past six months. I already have been diagnosed with stenosis in the lower spine. I have chronic problems with my sciatica which can cause me to suffer from numbness in my left leg and foot.
The doctor said I could go in for an injection in the lower back to relieve the inflammation, and I scheduled it for today. I then chickened out. I guess the whole idea of having to go to a surgery center for the injection, and prepare as if I were having surgery freaked me out. I decided to go with chiropractic and massage for a while longer to see if that helps.
I've had a flare up of my hip problems since break began. Most likely it is due to my leaning over from the waist and cutting back my lavender plants. I had a massage yesterday, but didn't get much relief. I have a chiropractic appointment on Monday. Hopefully, this will give me some relief.
The diagnosis of stenosis has set me back some because I have been suffering from its effects off and on for quite some time now. I hate to be physically limited. I also hate to take the anti-inflammatory pills because they are so hard on my stomach. I do get relief from doing Pilates, so I will get back to doing that on a regular basis again.
In the meantime, this afternoon, Jim and I went out and got started with our yard clean up. I felt just fine while I worked. I didn't have any pain at all. Now, I am really suffering.
These photos were taken last year, but we did the exact same clean-up this year. I got things done earlier this year. I have not yet cut back the roses. It is too early. My daffodils are just beginning to bloom, and so far, the grape hyacinths have not yet bloomed.