I’ll give my doctor one thing. She always gives me results quickly. Got a call late yesterday afternoon with the diagnosis:
Degenerative Disc Disease and Bone Spurs/Osteoarthritis of the back L 4/5 and S 1 with Spinal Stenosis
I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have someone validate my suspicions. I guess I’ve known something was wrong for a long time, but I would often dismiss my worries, thinking I’m a wimp or have low pain tolerance and that I would just embarrass myself by going in to the doctor. So my first response was relief that there was actually something wrong. Then I wanted to know what I could do about it. Of course, my doc told me there was nothing I can do, that it’s unfortunate to have this occur at such a young age, and that she typically sees this type of degeneration in people 20-30 years older than me. She offered up a Prednisone prescription again, which I politely declined. I felt armed with new information as I hung up the phone. Finally I have a reason for my pain. Now, what to do about it?
For starters, I’m starting another Whole30 today. I’ve completed two Whole30′s, but I didn’t pay much attention to whether it made any difference in my back pain or not. I was more focused on my energy levels and joint pain than anything else. And I definitely noticed improvement there. I’d like to rule out the possibility that I could be aggravating my situation with something I’m eating. All I know is that this past month I’ve been more lax about what I’m eating, and this has probably been one of my worst months pain-wise.
I’m going to do research. And more research. Not about the “traditional” methods of managing chronic pain, but about the homeopathic, natural ways of not only relieving pain, but possibly slowing the progression of the disease. I mean, heck, my kids are young. I don’t want to be all hunched over cringing in pain when they’re teenagers. I’ve already received a few very helpful responses from others who are walking the same road. I’ll take any advice I can get, so if you have tips or suggestions, fire away!