I’ve not said anything much to anyone I don’t know very well about my back troubles. I hold my breath while writing this, knowing that someone, somewhere will take it upon themselves to "heal me". Really, I don’t need healing from anyone but Jesus, so thank you for asking before you did.
OK, so, my back has been hurting me for 10 years. Being that I am only 34, it’s pretty discouraging. The past two have been especially difficult. With Isabelle’s early delays, I had to carry her much longer than I did with the other girls. Even now, Belle wears out much faster than most children her age, and just plain needs some help. So, being her Mom, I carry her.
I’ve been going to the same doctor for 10 years. I decided it was time for a change when the last appointment I had with this doctor ended with him laughing when I brought up the fact that my pain is getting much worse….."pat, pat…you just go take this medicine and try to relax…."
I know I am not crazy. I know how badly my back hurts, and how it has been increasing over the past few years. I got a new doctor. He took one look at my back, heard my story, and ordered an MRI right away.
He referred me to a pain clinic, which is where I went today. Turns out I have some pretty bad arthritis, a torn nerve root, torn cartilage, narrowing, a shallow central protrusion, and scoliosis!
Scoliosis? Isn’t that bad? I remember getting the check up in middle school gym class. Bend over. Touch your toes. She looks fine.
20 years later, I AM NOT FINE!
I say all of this to say, If you are hurting for 10 years, FIND A NEW DOCTOR. I really wish I hadn’t waited so long.