Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Ups...

Last time I had posted I was feeling pretty down.  Not just pain wise, but also emotionally drained. 
Well I made sure I took care of myself emotionally the next day. As simple as it may sound- but it made a huge difference.  I spent 3 hours with the hair dresser taking care of myself (I lightened my hair, and had my eyebrows waxed), and I came out with new life.  I was still in pain, but I don't know if it was getting out of the house and the fresh air, or having someone to talk to, but I had new energy.

This past weekend I was about to buy new replacement pads for my TENS unit, which normal cast me $50 every 2 months, when I saw the ultrasound machine was on sale for $120.  After consulting with my partner- who normally does all of my back rubbing, we decided to invest in it.  I had ultrasound treatment the last time I was at physical therapy for the RSD in my shoulder.  It was very effective at getting the knots out, especially when my shoulder was frozen, and it didn't hurt, like the TENS unit.
Ultra Sound

I have been using the ultrasound now, and it has greatly reduced the pain.  I also use it on the RSD in my leg.  I haven't felt this good in months.  Now if only I could get some sleep.  I'm still having trouble with insomnia.  Not falling asleep no matter how hard I try to put myself on a schedule.  And once or twice I ended up napping when I was either in extreme pain or pain free. 

I've also been getting out too see friends of ours, and went to the library with my son and partner.  As fall has made its arrival, I can't stress the importance of getting out, and doing things.  Even the smallest changes make the biggest difference.

1 comment:

  1. So glad ultrasound helps you! I see an occupational therapist and we've tried the ultrasound but it really grates on me, so we stick with paraffin and hand massage. I can't wait til I get a paraffin in my house - I have a "cold" RSD limb so that warming feels amazing. Glad to see you were feeling better here!