I started the week with my therapist. It went ok but she told me my mind is wandering and I'm not focusing. Lol I already knew that. She expects me to complete a project by the time I see her next month. I haven't been able to complete anything she gave me yet. Oops! 😚
Tuesday I returned to an orthopedist I'd seen about 4 years ago. I wanted his opinion on my left knee bone spur, with buckling & pain. But I've also been having pain in my left hip since October. I can be walking and suddenly get a shooting pain from the hip socket down the front &/or back of my thigh. It hurts so bad it freezes me in my tracks! 😬 It also hurts to stand on the leg, and sometimes it feels like it disjoints. It's brought tears to my eyes several times. I thought maybe I had injured it because the first time it hurt I was walking on the treadmill. I was not prepared to hear the results of the xrays. He informed me that Arthritis has settled into the hip socket joint. Woohoo... Not! Funny thing, just 9 months ago the other Ortho group did a hip xray with the knees and said my hips looked beautiful. Really? He's going to put me through pt for mobility and flexibility and strength. The knee already has OA along with the bone spur. He said he was surprised the first doc said he'd do surgery to remove the spur, because they don't usually remove spurs until it's to the point of a partial or total knee replacement. But to be on the safe side he's ordered an MRI to make sure I don't have a tear or something that requires repair now. If I don't need surgery he plans to do a series of 3-5 viscous fluid injections to the knee, to put cushioning between the bones. He said it's typically successful and delays surgery for several years. I'll also have PT on the knees. My MRI is next week. Has anyone had good or bad experience with this treatment?
Yesterday I saw a new dentist to have my crown put back in place. He took xrays and said there is definitely problems with my TM joints deteriorating, as well as the jaw bones. He was actually shocked at the amount of bone loss in so short a time (3 yr). The crown has to be replaced because it's come out too many times and has deteriorated on one side. Then I mentioned how sometimes the three teeth hurt but I can never tell which one is the cause. He began to examine and tap each area. Bingo! The last tooth I had a root canal on, with a crown (cost me $2400), has a crack in the root area. It's being pulled next week. He mentioned making a bridge to replace the missing tooth, and I asked if it was possible to do something to replace the 3 missing teeth on the bottom right. He examined, talked about a partial and went to discuss possible implants with their surgeon. Thankfully I had taken the MRI of my TM joints, and the surgeon said no way for implants: 1) Too much bone loss of that jaw bone, 2) the jaw bone itself was crooked and deformed, which would make implants risky (could split the bone). I asked for prices for just a bridge on the left and a partial for both sides, and I was pleasantly surprised! My previous dentist wanted $5000 for minimal work. A partial all the way across with 4 false teeth will only cost me $1250, or $2500 if insurance doesn't cover it. That's a far cry from the gold digger dentist! She submitted a pre-authorization on my hubby for 10 teeth to be repaired and crowned, only telling him about 1 needing repairs. When the insurance notified us it was for over $10,000, so that's why I found a new dentist. I'm so excited I will finally be getting some teeth to chew with on the right side, even if I do have to wait for the one to be pulled to heal! 😀
At the advice of my urogynecologist I had an appointment with a gynecologist today. I was very impressed with the info on the website, because he treats hormonal imbalance as well as anti-aging, weight, menopause, bio-identical hormone therapy, and Urogynecology. He also tests for inflammatory issues related to foods. It's a blood test called an Alcat test. I've never had a doctor who was more into natural treatment methods, but I'm looking forward to working with him to try and regain some of my health or at least put a halt to damages. He was shocked that being osteopenic not one of my doctors had discussed treatment to prevent further bone loss. He explained that many of my issues may be related to my hormone imbalances, so natural hormone replacement is our first step. We even discussed my IBS-C at length, and why the Linzess or Senokot-S really wasn't helping or beneficial, but actually causing bowel incontinence and staying sluggish for 3 days. Again there's a likely hormonal connection. But he stated that magnesium is very important to the digestive tract, as well as to the brain, muscles and nerves. He's put me on 2 magnesium tablets twice a day, and wants me to chart how I do. He said if it's too much to reduce it but if it's not enough to increase it, until I have a good balance. He also wants me on a very good multivitamin & mineral supplement. Since I just bought a new bottle I'm going to use it up first, then I'm going to try the one they recommend (can't remember the name), it has things I've never heard of. He also said my hormones are at the root of my weight gain. I sure hope this doctor is right!!!
Tomorrow is my free day with nowhere to go and nothing to do but rest. Considering my all over pain has been higher this week I think I'm going to sit and chill with a movie or book. No literally, chill as in the weather is going to be colder! Lol. I have extra hot chocolate, hot tea, & coffee. I hate the cold as it gets in my bone and makes me ache & shake! 😰 I've still made myself walk on the treadmill every day because it does help me feel good once I get past the first five minutes. Saturday I may not leave my bed. I live in the south for a reason; I do not like the cold. Hoping and praying everyone is safe from the Midwest to the east coast! Hugs!! 🙂🙏🌼💕