Category Archives: back problems

Pushy Insurance Company

My insurance company is being EVER so helpful now.  I find it kind of irritating that they are so helpful now… they are helpful to the point of being pushy.  They called Saturday.  Left voice mail.  Hi this is <insert name> registered nurse with your insurance company.  You have a free thing that we are going to MAKE you take advantage of.  We are going to continue to call and leave you voicemail until you cave in and talk to us and accept our “help”.

Why are they SO concerned?  Lower back pain.  I went to the doctor for leg weakness and found out that I had herniated disk and back arthritis.  I got the herniated disk taken care of (cortisone shots are wonderful) and now I don’t have weakness anymore.  I still have pain sometimes but hot water and anti-inflamitories seem to help most of the time… occasionally a Tramadol if it is too ouchy.

Nurse who I was made to talk to said that I’m doing all the cool things I’m supposed to.  Yoga class once a week, three days a week home practice… cooling gels when muscles are complaining… all the things that dr and therapist said to do… so now I’m going to have the nurse and their help inflicted upon me.

Thank you so much.

Where were you people when I was fighting with the pain of RA when it set in?  Really.  I couldn’t bear weight on the balls of me feet, my knee wouldn’t let me move, my knuckles were giving me the one, two (three, four, five, six, seven) punch and my wrists were bithcy.  Where were you when I needed you people?  I guess back is scary, forever doesn’t really matter so much.

On the plus side, I can dig through their hidden library now just in case.

Smiling through the Sulk.

Okay, okay, so… just when I was feeling in a definite funk, what do I get… a card from my mom that made me smile… and cry… but they were good tears.  That was the first bright spot to the day, yesterday.

Add to that… we walked down to walk squirrel girl part way home from school (she really doesn’t like to cross the big busy road by herself and I can understand her not liking to do that).  We stopped in at the pool to use the bathroom and got to chat with the lady from across the road.  She was laying on a raft in the pool, taking the weight off of her body so her surgery incisions don’t hurt so much.  She said that she still can’t sit well yet, but she is healing.  She said they had been watching (albeit, apparently, not very hard) to see how I am doing after my back injections.  It made me feel like neighbors really can be neighbors sometimes.

And today I have my follow up appointment to see how the doctor thinks I’m doing.  My leg is way better.  I’m trying to decide if the ache in my lower back is something that is always going to be there from the osteoarthritis or if will improve.  I would love to have another prescription for the pain meds that they gave me for days when it aches worse than others… I will have to ask him for that today.

I’ve been doing some digging (okay… so that isn’t a huge shock to anyone… I understand that) and it looks like there are a lot of things that are contributing to my back arthritis.  This article suggests that one of the contributing factors to this kind of arthritis is extra weight (got that one… need to now work harder on fixing that one) and another factor is having associated disease.  RA contributes to this?  Interesting.   I’m wondering how many of my newer aches and pains (back to my boo-boo wrist and the stupid radius bone in my wrist hurting the way it used to hurt… and now my weird ache in my back) are indirectly connected to my RA and the Enbrel fixing the inflammation that the immune system attack does… Sometimes (yeah, I KNOW it is better to have the RA under some kind of control… but..) I wonder if it is better or worse to have my RA pushed back so other things can be poking me…

Ah well… it is what it is.

And… Coffee is almost done brewing… and I have time to work on my book…