I think I am going to call PT quits.
Today was my tenth session, each an hour long, with my current therapist. Before her, I had six MORE sessions with a different therapist. The first did Graston, the current does ASTYM, and both advised me on stretching and exercises. Two hours a week I have gone and had massage, ASTYM, e-stim, ice, ultrasound, and taping on both feet. In addition, I've done all the stretches and exercises at home, while continuing to wear supportive/prescribed footwear and following up twice with my podiatrist. I do have okay days sometimes, but then when I have to walk or stand, the pain is right back. After PT today, the burning and pain have been *worse.* So, I think I am going to bag the PT and wait to see what the rheumatologist says.
In the meantime, I focus on my eating and weight loss. I am thinking about eliminating nightshades (mainly peppers and eggplant; you can read more about them and their possible effects on inflammation and joint health here) and am making sure I take my supplements like fish oil and MSM. I wonder at what weight this ridiculous pain will go away! I am also thinking about finding myself a naturopathic doctor. I honestly don't know that much about them. Have any of you tried one? Or any other specialists you think might help with this?
I hate the new scale. Okay, not hate. And not the scale. The scale itself is super nice. I will write a review on it later. But I think what I hate is the new numbers it gives me and how inconsistent it is depending on where I set it. The directions say not to put it on carpet, Pergo, laminate floor or engineered wood, vinyl, etc. It says it does best on 12 by 12 ceramic tile. Uh, well, a lot of my home is done in laminate... almost all of it, in fact. I do have tile downstairs but that is not where my bedroom and master bathroom are, which is where I like my scale so I can weigh first thing in the morning. And whenever I move the scale, it has to be recalibrated. So I am getting different numbers... and ended up going back to my old reliable dial scale, which always weighs me exactly the same no matter what I put it on or how many times I move it. Yes, it also weighs me a couple pounds lighter... generally about 3 pounds... than the new one. But it is CONSISTENT so I know how much I have gained or lost in a day or a week or a month. I am still weighing on both and trying to reconcile the two, but since the digital changes so often, I am leaning more towards sticking with the old one.
In other news, I am the luckiest Mom in the world to have been blessed with the children I have. Yes, there have been hard times. Some of them have tough health issues. We've had our share of struggles. But you know, they are all wonderful *people* and I am proud of them and their good hearts. I love them very much and thank God for them every day.
And no, I will never, *ever* call it quits on reaching my healthy weight and best life.
That's all for now :)
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