I'm come to the conclusion that I can do all the physical therapy in the world but if the nerves are damaged, although it may be reasonably helpful, it will not solve the problem. Or maybe it added to the problem - who knows? They gave me two exercises that caused my back to resume its deep ache every time I did them. I pointed out to one of the PTs that I now had a slight tingling on the outside surface of my left leg. Although she asked me how long it had been there, she didn't follow up with anything at all after I answered. I decided on my own (especially since my prescription was coming to an end) to stop doing those two exercises but now, even with several days' rest, Aleve and even my muscle relaxer on a couple of those nights, it's still there. It's not as bad but it's there. So have the nerves been damaged? Last time I went back to my surgeon, he indicated that nothing had changed much in my back and that I really only needed to come back to see him if my leg felt weaker; otherwise, he could recommend something for pain control. Since my leg is not weaker and my disc structure has not gotten worse, I'm left looking at the nerves as the culprit. So I've decided to give some herbs a try. I made a tincture yesterday with herbs that influence nerve function and we'll see if they'll help. I made a 16 oz pump bottle so I can add it to my morning smoothies. I make all my tinctures in glycerin so this one has a water/glycerin base and then a tablespoon and a half of Oatstraw, St. John's Wort, Siberian ginseng and Skullcap and then two tablespoons of Chamomile flowers.
Several years ago, I sent a couple of class proposals to CSN (College of Southern Nevada) but waited too late to submit them. I never followed up, thinking the preparation alone would take too much time. However, they contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in teaching those classes. I met with them last week and it looks like I might teach a series of 2-hour classes on "how to make" stuff - herbal teas, tinctures, body balms, salves and body scrubs. It still looks like an awful lot of preparatory work but I remember what fun it was discovering I could make my own products and I hope it works out because I'd love to teach these classes.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.