Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Serious Pain

When I was in 4th or 5th grade (can't really remember) we were checked for scoliosis in school. The nurse wasn't quit sure if I had it or not so she sent a note home to my mom telling her to have it checked. Well we went to the doctors and sure enough my spine was crocked. At that time it was a very, very,very small curvature so the doctor wasn't worried about it and told my mom to watch it.

As I got older it got worse, but still not to bad. In middle school I started experiencing some minor pain occasionally so they did some more x-rays and found that I actually have a double curvature. My spine curves in and to the left in the same exact spot, which happens to be in my lower back. They told me then that staying active and maintaining strong core muscles would help hold the spine where it was and also help with any pain I might have.

Staying active was not a problem back then. I was very active in Dance and baton and then in high school I was in the Color Guard. However my spine did continue to curve but every so slightly through those years. By the time I graduated High School you could tell that I was crooked when I stood straight up.

After High School things started to change. I was having more pain in my back almost to the point of everyday but the pain was not bad, it was just kind of their. At that point the doctors gave me some special exercised that would help build the muscles in my back and told me to keep exercising.

Then I got pregnant with Emma and Oh My GOD!!! The pain I started to experience during my pregnancy was unbearable but there wasn't anything they could do other than monitor it and tell me to do as little as possible. My doctor did tell me though that about 80% of women who have scoliosis come out of pregnancy better off than when the started. The thought of that was very exciting to me and might have been what got me through that pregnancy.

Well, I fell in that ever so small 10% category and mine only got worse. I went through my second pregnancy praying that this time it would get better but nope again worse! Now I'm sure part of the problem after my pregnancies was due to all the extra weight my body was carrying. I don't think my frame was made to be fat. If any of you have read my older post you know that since January I have been loosing weight and this has helped some but not enough. At this point my only option would be surgery and at age 27 that really isn't an option.

This brings me to today. When my alarm went off and I tried to get up I almost couldn't because I was in so much pain. Usually I only experience this much pain when the weather changes from warm to cold. Somehow I managed to get out of bed and go to work which was a BIG MISTAKE!!! I spent most of the day trying to find a somewhat comfortable way to sit in my chair. The other half of the day I spent rubbing my lower back hoping that the pain would go away. Needless to say I didn't get much work done. Since the Advil and back rubbing have done nothing at all to help I have come to the conclusion that my back is trying to KILL ME! Seriously folks it hurts this much and if I wake up tomorrow feeling like this I will not be going into work but into the doctors office for some serious pain killers.

*PS: Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I have spent the last few days making a Photo Book on Shutterfly because I got a coupon for a free 8x8 and the order had to be placed by today. If any of you have seen one of these you know why it was so important to take advantage of. *


Lindsay said...

Wow, I feel so bad for you! :( I wish there was something that could be done. Is there any type of specialist you could see???

P.S. I have GOT to do one of those photobooks! They look so cool, and I've been meaning to for forever.

JWilson said...

They have braces that I ahve tried but they don't help that much and they are so uncofortable! The only thing that can be done is surgery and I'm just not ready for that!

Mom to 3 Monkeys said...

I got to be the lucky girl in junior high too that we all had to take off our shirts and stand naked facing the shower stalls while the nurses check...then my lady calls to all the other ladies so they can all come consult on me! Great! I have a crooked lower back too. Have you gone to a chiropractor? Just curious. I started going then for a couple years and I still need to stretch but it doesn't sound nearly as bad as yours. I hope you you find relief and tomorrow is better!

~Billie~ said...

My husband has the same problem. I hate it. It's so sad watching him be in pain like that. I am so sorry you have to go through it too. The only thing I have heard that helps is getting a TempurPedic bed. We haven't gotten one yet because they are darn expensive. LOL!