Been a while since I’ve mentioned my back…. don’t want to sound like a whinger!!
The second cortisone injection was administered in early September. I actually felt the anaesthetic needle a lot more this time. I took that to be a good thing – the first one had obviously helped to relax down the muscles enough for it to hurt.
Took a good two weeks for me to notice any difference. I was still experiencing the pin & needles up until 2 weeks ago, & was starting to despair. When, if ever, would I be ‘normal’ again? (Now I could go off on the ‘what is normal’ tangent – honestly, I’ll settle for being able to walk 500 metres without pain). Now I’m just experiencing loss of sensation in my right leg.
I’m doing a lot more than I have been able, but I’m also reaching the danger period – where I’m feeling good enough to do more, but if I do too much I’ll end up re-injuring myself.
My massage therapist has recommended that I start a pain chart – from where I was when I first injured myself, to where I would like to be 12 months down the track. And to look at ways that I can help myself to achieve this outcome. Having a visual reminder will help. Especially one the days when I’m more inclined to wallow in self-pity.
I remind myself daily though, that it could be a lot worse. And I am so incredibly thankful that it isn’t.