To the two people who may still have any interest in the "process" of tracking an ailment, I thought I'd give further explanation of why I opted to return to physical therapy for my back.
Look at the illustration. Every single one of those points hurts. Now, there has to be a reason for it.
First, why did I stop the acupuncture treatments? One is because my hubby did his own research and determined that six sessions should have made a large impact if it was going to. I had ten. Secondly, it was coming out of our pocket and being a financially astute individual, he felt it wasn't cost effective since we have to pay medicare premiums and medicare doesn't cover acupuncture.
So back to my physical therapist. I asked if he thought nutrition might be the problem as had been suggested. Though it might be a contributing factor, he assured me my problem was mechanical. I asked, if in his opinion, acupuncture would eventually fix it. He doubted it. What it did do was relieve some of the discomfort. Obviously nothing was fixed at all. Stopping treatment and the same old symptoms were back in a flash. If it had actually been working I should think they wouldn't have returned so quickly and with such intensity.
The premise, I suppose, is that what works depends on what's wrong.
So the poking and prodding began with a whole lot more owwws and ouches than I had remembered from before. "Hmmmm," says he. "I don't remember these areas being a problem."
Neither did I. Add to what I had already been working on - a car accident. It would seem hanging from your seat belt for a half hour can really mess up your alignment. That's what we determined. My lower left side is twisting one way; my upper right, the other and nothing is even. Tilt! And it all hurts.
We're going to try to fix it. I am cautiously optimistic. My husband is no longer complaining and insurance, which we are already paying dearly for, will cover it.
At this rate I should go back to school. I'm sure learning a lot about doing my homework!