I was at the doctor’s (again) this morning for the results of my recent back x-ray.
… is still pretty much unknown.
The x-rays didn’t show a whole lot. Basically, my spine is aging – now there’s a news bulletin! I have some “mild multilevel degenerative change”, as evidenced by some disc space narrowing, a touch of arthritis, and the beginnings of some bony spurs where that wee bit of arthritis is. Nothing earth-shattering, and certainly nothing to explain the excruciating pain I had at the end of July.
So I guess that’s good news, that there are no serious skeletal issues with my back. But the question now becomes, so what DOES cause that intense pain?
The doctor was little to no help there. It wasn’t even my regular doctor, who is away till sometime next week. This guy doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall, and he was pretty vague. He mused that perhaps the pain was a muscular issue rather than skeletal – which would explain why, this last time, visiting my chiropractor didn’t actually relieve the pain very much. He suggested that I consider replacing the mattress on my bed and that I avoid sleeping on my stomach (which I haven’t done since I was a baby, but nice try, Doc). About the only useful piece of advice he had for me was to try to strengthen my core – which is something I had already planned to do, having signed up (I finally remembered!) for Pilates classes to add to my usual regime of workouts at the gym and power walking.
Okay. So I left the office, armed with a copy of the radiologist’s report. I don’t know what I’ll do with it. I guess I’ll just keep it until my next bout of back pain. Then I can look at it again and tell myself, “Well, self, there is no real reason for this back pain. Obviously, this back pain has no right to exist.”
And then hopefully, the pain will disappear.