A doctor, a chiro and a scooter?

This morning started with my doctors appointment to review my current pain management. High blood pressure, increasing pain, constant tingling in my lower legs, headaches and pins and needles in both feet were just the start of our conversation for this visit. Not wanting to increase the amount of Gabapentin that I am currently on, the doctor advised that I also take Panadine Forte when required.

The afternoon was our fortnightly visit to Zillmere Family Chirporactic to see Dr Nicole Calder. I always look forward to seeing Nicole, as she is able to assist in trying to keep my bad migraines at a minimum, also it helps me just to relax and reduce some of the tension.

We then went to Walk On Wheels to look at purchasing a cushion to help possibly ease some of the added pain when I sit down. I wasn’t expecting a miracle, but any reduction in pain while sitting is a huge bonus. They had a few suitable cushions for me to try, with prices ranging from $100 to over $500. After trying out three different ones, I decided on the cheapest (and not because of the price). We purchased a latex/gel cushion, which was rather comfortable and did seem to reduce the amount of pain, as opposed to without any cushion.

Latex/Gel Cushion

Latex/Gel Cushion

Walking is getting harder, slower, more painful and I can’t walk for too long without needing to stop. A motorised scooter would seem to be the only reasonable option. At least if I had one then I could get out and around instead of having to stay at home if I needed to walk more than I could handle.

We looked for a specific motorised scooter, one that can be taken apart for ease of transport. One that the pieces weren’t too heavy, as Michelle would need to be able to lift them into the boot of our car. The scooter that the sales lady showed us, was one that came apart into six pieces, with the heaviest being only 12.2kg.

Liteway 3 Plus Balance Scooter

Liteway 3 Plus Balance Scooter

No, we didn’t purchase it………well, not yet.


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  • Ginger Ray

    So sorry about your back pain. Will you be able to have surgery in the future to help your back issues? OR have you been through back surgery? My primary care doctor is sending me to a neuro surgeon tomorrow to see what they can do to help me. I really don’t want to have surgery unless I just have to but this numbness/tingling in my leg, ankle, foot, & toes (along with the PAIN) has got to go. Just wondering.

    • Brad

      Hi Ginger,
      No surgery has been ruled out by 2 different surgeons. So, for me, I just have to keep on pushing through the pain. I’m trying to keep the dosage of painkillers down for now, knowing that it will need to be increased. But only when the pain is constantly too much for me to handle.
      I have been told that while the pain will get worse, no one can tell me how much or when it will plateau out. Only that it will ease off when I am in my 70’s………..still a few years to go 😛
      I hope that the neuro surgeon can help you. But as always there will be some risk involved.
      Take care,
      Brad

      • Ginger Ray

        Brad, I am sorry that you have to endure this pain. I know what you are going through and remember all of your blogger friends (including me) “we are in this together”. By pouring out our hearts and knowing that others are reading and truly understand about constant pain – we can do this thing called life. I have severe fibromyalgia in addition to my back issues, etc and so far nothing has helped me except water therapy. While I am in the water it eases my pain so that I can move, keep up my strength, make my back feel better by “hanging” in the deep water with ankle weights, help with depression, etc. Hang in there – we are in this together. :0)

        • Brad

          Hi Ginger,
          I know I’ve said it before, but it’s good to hear from others and to know that we have their support. I probably don’t try hard enough to spend time in my spa. We are hoping to change that in the new year and use it more often as it certainly helps ease the pain.
          Writing these posts helps me to deal with things and remain calm. But more than that, to help others out there who may be dealing with life’s issues and to let them know how I try to keep going through those tough times.
          Thank you very much for being one of my blogger friends 🙂
          Cheers!

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