I have been going to Jacobo Physical Therapy 3 days a week for a few weeks and I can’t believe it but, I am not in any pain. I can’t say that this is a permanent thing, because I do occasionally feel pain, but it’s not a constant nagging in my spine like it normally is 24 hours a day.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, but recently in the last month I found out from x-rays that I also have scoliosis. I was wondering why I was in constant agony, now I know why. My doctor sent me to physical therapy and I go there three days a week. They give me certain exercises I can do for 30 minutes, then someone comes in and gives me a soft tissue massage.
Dr. Jacobo told me that my insurance will only cover so many visits per year, so once I’m done with physical therapy, I’m on my own. She said they will see me three days next week, but after that I can come once a week. I am not sure if my insurance will pay for once a week, but I hope they do.
She told me that they can give me a printout of all of my exercises in case I forget what they are so that I can do them at home. I have a Weider Total Body Works 5000 which I can use to help me. Some of the exercises I do use weights, so that’s where my home gym will come in. Not all of the exercises will require using the gym, so I will have to remember them and try to make it a daily ritual to keep my back pain down to an absolute minimum, if that is possible.
I’m wondering if I should set up my video camera so I can do all of the exercises so if I ever forget how to do them, I can always refer to the tape, or well, DVD since it’s a DVD Camcorder. I think that would be a good idea because I know I will forget if I don’t make it a habit.
I bought that Weider Total Body Works 5000 in 2005 from Wal-mart’s website for $99. Now they are $149 at Wal-Mart and $159 at Target. It’s $400 and $1000 on Amazon, which is amazing that they would sell it for that much money since you can buy it much cheaper at Wally World and Target.
My gym is outside in our patio which makes it a miserable experience because it’s way too hot out there to use it, but there isn’t any room for it inside the house. I’m pretty sure I can deal with using it out there for half an hour per day if it will help me with my pain levels. Although I can’t say that I will get my massages, but I guess I will just have to deal without those lol.
The good thing about these exercises is that they taught me how to stretch my legs while laying down when I start and when I finish, so I can use that knowledge for when I ride my bike. It’s always a good idea to stretch before and after a bike ride.
I really hope my pain levels aren’t as high as they used to be without going to physical therapy 3 days a week. If you have ever suffered from back pain, then you know what that constant nagging pain feels like, so you understand. Most people who don’t have any back pain never understand. In fact, some people feel that because they don’t have that same or any pain that they don’t think we are in any pain at all. It’s a “if I’m not in pain, then you aren’t in any pain either” type of thing I guess.
Pain meds don’t always help me. I’ve taken Ibuprofen, Vicodin, muscle relaxers, Tylenol, Advil etc. Nothing works. Although when I broke my arm I was constantly medicating myself with Vicodin which took ALL my pain away. I think that was the best vacation from pain I’ve been on in a long time. When my arm healed and I stopped taking the Vicodin, the back pain returned. I have taken more Vicodin since then, but it doesn’t do any good.
I think I spoke too soon because I’m getting shooting pain in the middle of my spine. YIKES! Well, let’s hope that it doesn’t get worse. I think I will take something for it now. I bought some generic “Pain Relief PM” from Dollar General for $1 to help with the pain and to help me sleep. I really hope that doing those exercises at home will help because I don’t think I can take being in as much pain as I was before going to Jacobo Physical Therapy. That really is no way to live.