|My right knee|
Monday, March 30, 2015
One of the things I do on my job is sell 5 gallon buckets of paint which can weigh anywhere from 40 lbs to 75 lbs. As a result, sometimes I strain the muscles of my back, never anything serious, maybe a day or two off from work. Two weeks ago Tuesday I went to see my primary physician for such a problem. She's new. Dr. Tock, who I'd seen for years retired last June. Anyway, she gave me prescriptions for Neproxen and 5 mg of Diazepam, which I found out later was generic Valium. She said the Diazepam might make me drowsy. It didn't. It did, however, make me fall down a lot. I fell out the back door, I fell out the front door, I ripped a bunch of skin off of my knee sliding down the staircase; I fell down 6 times in one day. Oops. Oh, and not only did I still have the back pain, I lost the strength in my right leg, double oops. When I went back to see her she said the problem was with my knees and I needed to see an Orthopedic Specialist. So, I made an appointment for the next day and they took 8 x-rays of my knees.
Well, my specialist looked at my x-rays before he came into see me. When I explained what was happening he said, "it's not your knees, it's you lower back," and sent me down for more x-rays. Two days later I went for an MRI on my... you guessed it, lower back. He also put me on a 6 day regime of Prednisone. Tomorrow I'm going for a test where they're going to stick me with little needles to test my nerve synapse. I also went on Leave of Absence from my job - it was either that or burn up all my vacation time. One can only wonder if she got the wrong joint, what else could she have gotten wrong.