It's been two weeks since my back went out. And after spending such a long time in the emergency room I have gone back to our regular doctor once and the chiropractor once. I am getting along pretty well all day without any need for pain medicine, but sleeping is still a little rough. The chiropractor really seemed to help! I go back in on Friday and then next week I will be seeing the neurologist to see what other types of therapies I need to do. Physical therapy is a given but I might have to try acupuncture or something like that. I'm back to teaching most of my lessons and I can't wait to be riding again! Hopefully soon.
Well, in an exciting and unexpected twist of events I threw my back out raking footing in the riding arena. But turns out I didn't just tweak it like I expected. I slipped two disks. Right after I felt my back go out I went to the office at the barn to sit down and just let it settle for a few minutes before I got back up to teach my lessons. When I tried to stand back up though my legs just shook and I had to hold myself up with my arms. I ended up getting stuck in the doorway to the office and that's when I got help laying down on the office floor. I laid on some ice and thought I'd be good to get up in a little bit. Yeah right. My back just never stopped spasming so I called my mom to help come get me and take me home to rest.
When she got to the barn I tried to move my legs off the chair they were resting on and felt the most pain I have yet to experience. Tears just shot out of my face. Then I started going into a little bit of shock and started to get cold. Unfortunately I knew I wasn't getting up on my own so we had to call the ambulance. I was so thankful for the paramedics who were able to give me some IV pain meds and lift me up on a gurney. Silly me thought being in the emergency room would go a lot quicker than it did too. I was in a lot of pain still so the meds I was given kind of knocked me out, but didn't make the pain go away completely. The doctor kept trying to have me sit up, but I just couldn't get my body to do it. Eventually she ordered a CT scan of my lower back showing that I had two herniated disks. Thankfully they weren't pressing on any nerves. Eventually, after my body regulated a little bit I was eventually able to stand up and shuffle around with a walker so I was sent home.
So after about ten hours of dealing with my back I finally was able to make it home, sleep and celebrate my birthday the next day, the way any old lady would. With my cat on my lap, my walker and ice cream cake. Here's to 25!