After my horrific ordeal the previous night, I was preparing to have to call a doctor out last night, because something needed to be done. But wait....what's that, a message on the answering machine from a physio? Ooooooo...it most certainly was, and I rang them, and I was offered an appointment LAST NIGHT! Oh i was completely over the moon!
The clinic was quite a swanky private one, not really sure how i've managed to swing that on the NHS??? Who knows, who CARES! The physio was amazing....she is a goddess in my eyes! LOL. She took a very detailed history and expressed her sympathy and horror at the previous nights events, and she has confirmed it would be perfectly acceptable to ring NHS direct or even an ambulance to assist me should that happen again. But then she said those magic words.."I'm sure i can help you prevent it from happening....in fact there is a lot i can do for you whilst we wait for your results and decisions about your treatment to be made".
I felt SO happy just hearing her say that. She showed me some little exercises that i will have no problem doing, which will help open the space which is pinching my spinal chord, and she showed me two different ways to sleep, with advice on how to get up from both.
I came home elated and this is what happened: i went to bed armed with two hot water bottles and a heat pack ( after sitting on an ice pack for a while earlier). I took two really firm fat cushions off one of the settees and i got all my "stuff" (kindle, water bottle, phone, pads, tweezers, galaxy chocolate, little box with my night meds in) and put it in a little hanging bag my hubby made for me to put these "essential*, items within reach. (I mean come on, you cant go to bed without tweezers can you?!! ).
Then my hubby and I built me a lovely little nest in the bed! I don't like sleeping on my back, I have always slept on my side, but the physio showed me how to make this supported nest and asked me to try on my back for that night. I was dubious, but once we had slotted all my various hot things into the important places for relief, i actually felt pretty comfy....and hot! I took my tablets at 11 as i could feel my eyes going, and i slept deeply until quarter to two. Not long, but i did NOT wake in pain, i just woke, and i managed to get up, which although painful, was controlled and slowly and bearable.
She had shown me how to breathe through this procedure, concentrating on slowly returning my body to a position where i could move from. I came down stairs and read for a bit longer. I didn't feel at all bad considering! But i have work late today, and i felt i should try for a bit more sleep; i always feel pain more acutely when i'm tired.
I tried another technique, building a big firm throne on the settee so that my spine was in an upright, relaxed position, in line and supported. THIS position allowed me another hour and a half sleep, until my little girl got up! i could have slept more! I COULD MOVE!!! No acute pain at all. I didn't take any extra meds in the night, and i am having my day ones at 9.30am today so i can spread them out evenly. Right now I am at most a little uncomfortable in the buttock area and of course my lumbar region (which is just always there but never changes). IS THIS THE ANSWER???
I feel refreshed and enthusiastic and positive. i have done one set of my exercises, and i am eating some breakfast, something i rarely do because of feeling sick with pain and tiredness.
She is going to book me some acupuncture, and a TENS machine to try, and I see her again next week for some more exercises. I do not know how this miracle happened, but I blummin needed it to, and i am so glad it has. Just thought I would share this with you all, because you have been so supportive and caring. Thank you...Zoe x