Feeling better and pain free

For the first time, for two months, I am feeling better. The sciatica has largely retreated, leaving me with the occasional twinge in the knee, but that will hopefully pass with time and exercise. I had an excellent appointment with a specialist doctor on Friday, and her opinion was also that the sciatica has largely gone, and that we just have to watch the knee and hip, and if they don’t get better, action may be needed. I’m hopeful that it won’t be needed.

When you have been in pain for so long, you almost tune it out (although not when it’s severe of course). Sitting here and not feeling any pain is a revelation. At my worst, I couldn’t envisage working, let alone doing any form of creative planning. I am slowly getting that ability to think back, which is just as well, as I have projects to plan for just over a week’s time.

I have discussed with Angela how it all may have started. Certainly, having several hours in a very cold room a few days before I first noticed the symptoms can’t have helped. And carrying two heavy trombones backwards and forwards for several weeks for rehearsals and a concert that happened a week before then didn’t do any good either (and I won’t be doing that again – I will use the alto trombone where possible!) For now I am just grateful that this difficult time seems to be over.

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One thought on “Feeling better and pain free”

  1. Unfortunately the pains returned after a 2 week ‘break’. It seems that (i) maybe I didn’t give my body a chance, and just charged back into my old routine, and (ii) the return of cold weather didn’t help. So this time I am trying to take things as easy as possible. Admittedly the pain isn’t as bad (being confined to the lower back/hip region) and it’s not stopping me from doing anything. It’s just a nuisance. Normally I like to go for long early morning walks, but they are out for now. Hopefully it will diminish, and by the time the weather improves, I can start my walks again.

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