Two thousand zero zero, party over, out of time. You guessed it, I am in the waiting room of the chiropractor. Music plays overhead. Magazines molder in the magazine rack as people blog on their phones. I wait patiently for treatment.
This could be a doctor or dentist or whatever, the point is that I dread wasted time. I could be writing or something.
About twenty years ago, when I was part of my college crew team, I saw a chiropractor on a regular basis. Over the years, I dealt with the aches and pains of life in other ways, including denial and distraction.
Lately, I have felt pain about where my C7 vertebrae is located with tingle and numbness into my left hand. Seems like a pinched nerve or something. After about a month of ice, ibuprofen, and flexibility work I decided to try an old remedy and see if there was relief in sight.
A friend of mine referred me to a chiropractor who treats about half of the department I work for. The initial appointment went well and the next day an extra was done, which revealed many likely suspects to my discomfort.
Today was the fourth visit. There have been very noticeable improvements in my neck range-of-motion. There has been some improvement to my overall symptoms and pain, but I am already getting discouraged. I am starting to get worried that whatever is wrong with my back may not be fixable.
Today and the next day and for several more years I should be able to deal with it. What I dread is the eventual loss of freedom. The day that I can no longer practice Jiu Jitsu or lift weights will be very sad.
For now, I will keep getting therapy and will treat the problem with intelligent exercise routines. I am going to look into massage therapy, but it is probably too expensive. Heck, I might even go to the doctor so they can tell me to take anti-inflammatory medicine that never fixes anything.
I am open to suggestions.
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