Today I had my first appointment with my new pain doctor.
I gotta say ... I like him a lot.
He reminded me of a bigger Anderson Cooper.
The appointment went very well. He was going to suggest a CPAP machine, but I am already on one. He wanted to suggest therapy, but I am already doing water therapy. It was nice to hear him say that I sound motivated to get better.
And I am. I'm tired of 'just' maintaining. I am ready to have more of my life back.
And this doctor thinks he can do that for me.
Over the next two months, I am supposed to lose as much weight as I possibly can through diet and exercise. I will be going to water therapy three times each week and totally changing my diet.
No red meat.
No eating after 8 pm.
The no cheese thing is really painful. I can live without red meat and the no late night eating ... but cheese?? Lord help me!
The good news from today is that the doctor thinks I am a perfect candidate for a spinal stimulator. Basically, it is a wire that is implanted into my back that turns the pain off. It would allow me to function at a higher rate. That sounds great to me.