Back in early August I began a new round of physical therapy for yet another diagnosis of what has been causing me severe pain for the past couple of years. Having consulted with an orthopedic surgeon and finding I have torn glutes and accompanying tendinitis that makes sitting for long periods impossible, I asked if he'd sign a waiver for the current jury pool being formed.
First he wanted to charge me $25 to do so. I protested and he relented so I trotted the paper work to his office. A week later his receptionist called and said bursitis of the hip was not due cause. I asked that he review the file again. Another several days passed and his nurse called to tell me his decision stood.
I was frustrated beyond words.
At my next therapy session, I explained my dilemma explaining that after two years of various types of therapy I never could break through the level I had reached. My guy is great. They have all been great; just stymied.
He suggested I see a chiropractor he knew. Off I went. After more poking and prodding, she suggested, "You can't up straight for long, can you?" Wow! We talked for quite awhile. I told her how much I liked the whole body approach of my physical therapist and how he thought she could help. "I'm going to co-ordinate this," she told me in no uncertain terms. I was elated.
She called the therapist, put me in touch with a deep muscle massage therapist and got the actual films from the x-rays and MRIs, rather than relying on the written reports.
We have a plan now. My "underground" is working as a team to help me. Isn't this what it's supposed to be about? The outcome has yet to be determined. If what we're doing now doesn't help there are no other alternatives than a regimen of pain control. So be it. I will have given it my all.
In the meantime, I have to say these health care professionals may be the least appreciated and most helpful in the field of medicine. My G.P. has helped by signing the therapy requests for medicare and taking over the pain medication responsibilities from the surgeon, but it is the physical therapist, the chiropractor and the massage therapist who have done the consultation, investigation and designed the protocol to help me regain at least a vestige of my former self.
To each and every one of you, past and present, from office staff to those who've had hands on, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.