Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ouch...Inadvertently Out Of Circulation

I meant to post sooner, but things got a bit beyond me. Physiotherapists have since May, attempted to address a chronic back problem which developed following an auto accident several years ago. Unfortunately, these are not the therapists who originally dealt with and stabilized the problem, and there has been much hot air expended, and theories pontificated upon, despite my repeated attempts to get the deep massage needed to undo knotted soft tissue that will spasm painfully if not dealt with. I have already had a flare up during this  process and have had more e-stim and ultrasound than at anytime during prior treatments. The latest, traction, appears to have had no effect.

I am tired, frustrated and growing distrustful of my current treating facility as they seem to be guessing at the causes rather  than basing opinions on information that is readily available in medical and physiotherapy publications, which I read. The physio wants an MRI which the doctor feels is unnecessary.

Tomorrow, I'm calling the DPT who worked on me last year. I was pain-free after three weeks with her. I'll have to pay out-of-pocket, but it may well be the only choice I've got.

8 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ugh...nice to see you but sorry for your trials...

tut-tut said...

I hope tomorrow brings needed relief. This sound so painful and frustrating. We are all having to look at out-of-pocket payments for relief, so you are not alone

nick said...

I've had the same experience of medics who seem to be guessing at causes rather than investigating properly. Very frustrating. Going back to the original therapist is probably the only answer.

the fly in the web said...

The person who knows most about their problem is the person suffering it...but the professionals so often don't want to know, so the patient ends up having to pay for what should be available free.

Mr. Fly's specialists in France were proposing treatments shown to be harmful in the U.K. years before...do none of them read the medical journals they put down to tax?

The bike shed said...

Back problems are so painful and elusive too. I had an MRI and was glad I did because at least it showed up the problem - but everyone has their opinion and their favourite therapists ... 'you must see so and soo; I know a great physio....' I've learned to go with what feels right ato me.

The bike shed said...

Back problems are so painful and elusive too. I had an MRI and was glad I did because at least it showed up the problem - but everyone has their opinion and their favourite therapists ... 'you must see so and soo; I know a great physio....' I've learned to go with what feels right ato me.

tut-tut said...

We need socialized medicine. I hope you get the relief you need, and soon.

Steve Reed said...

I hope you've been able to get some relief through massage treatment. It's a shame you've met such resistance!