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Physiotherapy and Telehealth because of remote location

Nov 30, 2016 4:59 PM

Because I live in a remote area I rely on video linkup with my pain clinic doctor and physio. I try and make sure my local dr and physio is present during these consults but it doesn't always happen. I had multiple thoracic and pelvic fractures 2 years ago and have chronic pain.

My my recent Skype physio appt the physio watched me do an exercise and said my muscles weren't activated and it's vital I keep doing it and do it correctly. She pointed out to practice in the mirror so I can check my shoulder doesn't lift or drop etc.

I felt sooo deflated after doing over 2 years twice a week with my local physio and have this Skype appt to be told that some of the exercises will be causing pain flares. ARRRRGGGGH!

The physio on Skype wants to see me in her office. It's 2,500 km from where I live hence the video hookup. I know her assessment is right. But my local physio is careful and does well preventing pain flares and improving functions.

So frustrating. I have another Skype appt with a clinical Pilates specialist with my local physio today and another Skype dr review next week.

My hubby is encouraging and said he would have given up by now and that he supports me to keep doing the rehabilitation.

I have to suck it up otherwise my mood will worsen my pain. Funny isn't how our brains are hard wired that having a laugh lessens pain and getting cross and stressed makes it hurt more.

So smiling with gritted teeth 😂

Dec 01, 2016 12:09 AM

Skype didn't work as the network was too slow so we used FaceTime instead. Anyway all exercise and clinical Pilates scratched. Introducing 2 exercises plus the 2 exercises from yesterday. So basically back to the start of the roller coaster. Geeez! I'm so worn out and bamboozled I can't concentrate at work now.

Dec 01, 2016 2:23 PM

Dipbop, I am not familiar with Skype or sites like that. I hope you can find ways to help relieve some pain and cope better soon! Hugs love & prayers you do! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Dec 01, 2016 11:00 PM

Thanks Flappy Skype is just a free video call that my ds and physio s use to see me. It is great when it works and saves me from hopping on a plane for appointments. I have specialists in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. It's 5hrs travel 1 way to this cities.

Anyway the new exercises stirred things up but tolerable. A heat pack works wonders. Prayers to you too my deal you have many challenges too 👍

Dec 01, 2016 11:22 PM

Hopefully the new exercises will help more in the long run but when you first start new exercises they do stir things up as you're using your muscles differently, so if the Skype physio is right and the stuff you've been doing hasn't used your muscles fully or correctly then they won't help you.
Hopefully your doctors app will go well for you too.
Sending you { { { BIG GENTLE HEALING LOVING HUGS } } } XX

Dec 06, 2016 8:22 AM

I had a Skype review with my Pain Clinic dr and with my GP. Once again the tech failed, internet was too slow for video calls. So my review was over the phone. The PC dr relayed to my GP the usual movements to test mobility and pain etc the result is a stronger opioid when necessary or a norspan patch if it is super bad plus cortisone and neurotemies on thoracic and lumbar most levels. The last injections were 2 months ago. So January I hop on a plane and off to hospital for treatment. The new exercises squeeze the muscles where I have damaged bulging discs. So the Drs have asked the physios to modify the exercises and see how the increased pain meds help. I'm pretty happy with that. I'm looking forward to seeing my pain/physio clinic team in the flesh next month 👏👏

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