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fun at the Frau Doktor's
The background: two years ago, I started having this donut-hole sized pain on the right side of my lower back; this started two weeks before I was to move up to my new job in the Chicago metro area. I went to my doctor in Champaign, who diagnosed it as an inflammation of the sacro illiac (SI) joint, or sacroillitis, and got me into one physical therapy (PT) session before I had to move , all on the university's health insurance. She was able to diagnose it so quickly because she'd had it as a child and they had to give her a cortisone shot in the joint, and from experience, that was very painful and if PT fixed things, that's the way to go.

The PTs used iontophoresis to inject an anti-inflammatory (likely a steroid), directly onto the pain. This, while making my back feel like it was on pins and needles for 10 minutes, relieved the pain immensely, so I didn't feel it anymore. Once I got to Chicago, I got re-diagnosed with sacroilitis, and started 8 weeks of PT, complete with iontophoresis. This pretty much healed the problem, and although I would get occasionally get flare-ups, repeating the exercises I'd learned in PT would calm things down again.

... until about a week ago.

The pain has been getting worse and worse, despite the exercises and the aleve I've been taking. I was in enough pain at 9:30 in the morning, just sitting at my desk that I was pondering going home already. Instead, I made a call to the doctor, and she was able to schedule me in first thing after lunch.

I adore my doctor: she's nice, friendly, around my age, and generally a pleasant person. After a two minute visit, she confirmed what I already knew -- my SI joint was unhappy. I walked out of the office with a handful of prescriptions -- litererally! She wrote up an order for a series of x-rays, some tylenol-3, gave me some samples of prescription strength Aleve, and then also wrote me out a prescription for a year's worth of allegra, allegra-d, and flonase for my allergies, so I can send them into the mail-order service. I also had to have blood drawn, to see if something there was the culprit.

So now, after stopping by the hospital on the way home for the x-rays, I have 15 tablets of tylenol-3 (well, 14 now) thanks to the wonderful guy at the outpatient desk who offered to run my prescription upstairs to the pharmacy to be filled while I got my x-rays taken. Alas, he wasn't there when I left so I could thank him.

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From: jezaurelle Date: August 22nd, 2002 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I hope you feel better, dear. Rest and take it easy!
maigrey From: maigrey Date: August 22nd, 2002 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel much better now that the drugs have kicked in. I'm not sure how much resting I'm going to get to do with my dad and stepmom in town starting tomorrow.

But, I will probably "work" from home tomorrow (Friday), and that will help.
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