If they said that nothing was technically wrong, I probably would have jumped...out the window. From a high building. If they said that nothing was technically wrong, they would not be able to fix it and I would be looking at (possibly) a lifetime of chronic pain. But there is something wrong and they're pretty sure that there are solutions that will make me feel better.
I got my MRI results yesterday. 2 "moderately sized" protruding disks that are pushing on my nerve roots. Which is why sometimes it hurts to walk. And why sitting for a long time hurts. And why even now as I am writing this, I feel pinching in my lower back, upper butt area. I am happy they found something. It's almost like a validation of why I've been in pain since January.
Now that we know, I have yet another doctor to see; a spine specialist. I am not 100% certain why I have to go to see another specialist, especially because the first one I saw said that if the results come back with disc problems, we'd be able to do injections. But he passed me off and so I wait. 3 weeks. I have to wait another 3 weeks to talk to another doctor who will want to evaluate me before prescribing treatment. And then I'll wait some more while we try to find appointments. Needless to say, I'm frustrated. Though I am not looking forward to the prospect of having large needles stuck into my lower back, I am looking forward to the possibility that they might end the swelling and that my discs will go back into their spinal home and I'll be able to skip and run and play like I used to. At the very least, I'd like to be able to go for walks with B1 and enjoy being outside in the sunshine. And to exercise again...oh, to exercise!
So there you have it...progress. It's a good thing I pushed for an MRI, huh? Without it, I'd still be getting 20 minute massages from a physical therapist in the hopes that someday I'd get better.
In other news, I am thinking about a cookbook again...nothing huge or super duper fancy, but a collection of some of my favorite recipes wrapped up together in a book. I wonder if it will be successful...