I’ve been going to a physical therapist.
While exercising and working out will help in the long run (so they say), I didn’t think that i was getting what i wanted/needed from doing anything on my own. I’ve shared already that sometimes after doing my thing at the house, i could barely walk and quite frankly, i just wasn’t sure if that was really the right thing to do. If i didn’t push myself, i felt as if I was doing nothing, but on the flip side, if i pushed myself, then i was of no use to anyone after the fact. I made the executive decision that i needed some one on one attention with someone who could give me some targeted exercises to help me with the situation i am in.
On one of the nights that i went to the workshop at the MS Society, i asked 1 of the associates for a list of Physical Therapists with whom they are affiliated or work closely with on a regular basis. She gave me the list, i called my insurance company to see what coverage i might have for PT (how excited was I that PT was included in my plan!), chose a PT close to the house and have been going to see her since the end of February.
i don’t know if it’s mind over matter or the stretches and exercises that she’s taught me really are worth something, but i have seen an improvement *maybe this wasn’t such a bad idea after all*! I am able to stay on my feet and walk around for much longer than before – don’t get me wrong, i still have “issues” but the onset is after a longer period of time.
I will admit too, that now that i’m actually seeing improvement, i am more motivated to continue (altho i was a slacker for most of last week and didn’t do what i was supposed to (but that’s another story)). Did I mention that my appt. with my neurologist is 3/23?
so… between these exercises and the new medication, maybe – just maybe – things will be back to normal sometime in the near future.