Start Me Up

February 3, 2008

The superintendent made a really bad call when he chose to not close our schools on Friday. I was terrified that I was going to fall as I inched my way home on treacherously icy sidewalks. Conditions were extremely hazardous.

There were over one hundred accidents in our area, the worst of which involved a vehicle and a sanding truck. That accident resulted in three fatalities – a 26 year old man, a 29 year old woman, and her 7 year old son. The woman’s 2 year old son survived the accident. My heart goes out to the families.

In more pleasant news, I went for a massage yesterday morning. This was my first session with this particular massage therapist. After taking my history, she remarked that the pain I am experiencing sounds like Piriformis Syndrome.

That’s the first I’ve ever even heard of such a thing. Apparently, the sciatic nerve gets compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle. This diagnosis fits my symptoms, and I now find myself wondering why the many doctors and other medical experts I’ve seen over the past year have never mentioned it…

Lately, the pain has been excruciating. I have an appointment with the orthopedist on Wednesday to go over the most recent MRI results, so I’ll be sure to ask about Piriformis Syndrome at that time.

In spite of the increased pain, I pushed myself to go out with my cousin yesterday. We went to Rhinebeck,where our first stop was at an Indian restaurant for their buffet lunch. We sampled a little bit of everything, and boy was it good.

After lunch, we went to a thrift shop where I scored a great Jones New York sweater. When I looked at the fabric tag and saw that the sweater was made of 50% merino wool, 20% angora, 20% lambs wool and 10% nylon, I was afraid it would be too itchy. However, my cousin (who is a master knitter) explained that the high percentage of merino should eliminate the itch factor. I followed her suggestion that I try the sweater on, and was very pleased to find that it’s soft and comfortable, and not at all itchy. Hurray for thrift shops!

Next we headed over to Upstate Films to see “The Savages.” As usual, I was blown away by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance.

It was a long day, and I was pooped and aching when I got home. I crawled into bed with Duma Key, and read for a while. So far, I like the book, which is based on King’s short story, “Memory.”  It’s not his best, but not his worst, either.

So, the pain notwithstanding, yesterday was a good day. Unfortunately, today doesn’t appear to have the potential to shape up nearly as well. I really need to do some cleaning, but the pain is very sharp and distracting. Still, it will only get worse as the day progresses, so, if I’m going to get anything done, now is the time to start.

Song of the Day: Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones

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13 Responses to “Start Me Up”

  1. Sound like a fun outing with your cousin. Hope the doctor will come up with an answer for you.

  2. chaosdaily said

    doctors see so many people with back pain that i dont think they take everyone seriously…. that may be why that diagnosis was overlooked. at least, if that’s it, treatment is easy to obtain, and not requiring drastic surgery…

  3. Bex said

    When we used to type for a Physiatrist, she was always diagnosting “piriformis syndrome” on her patients. I sometimes wonder if this is the way it goes with doctors – if the diagnosis has no real cure, and therefore no money will be raked in, they move on to some other diagnosis that WILL involve expensive testing and expensive specialist doctor appointments… spreading the wealth all around the medical profession. Also, a lot of doctors are a financial interest in these testing places, such as MRI centers, etc., and so every time they “refer” a patient for one of these tests, they make money on it.

    I am hoping maybe this will point you in a direction that can help your pain… with fingers and toes crossed for you.

  4. Pam L said

    Did the massage therapist mention the stretches that help with this condition? I was just reading about it here:

    http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/piri.html

    and it might be worth a try as long as you start gently not to cause more pain. We could all use more stretching, especially after exercise, even walking, so we don’t tighten up too much.

  5. LisaL said

    Piriformis syndrome definitely sounds like a possibility, doesn’t it? I hate to “wish” a syndrome on anyone, but I would if it’s one that can be handled.
    LOVE Philip Seymour Hoffman–he was amazing in the movie about “In Cold Blood.” (The name escapes me at the moment. “Capote”? Help!)

  6. yaketyyak said

    Yes, it was “Capote,” and yes, Philip Seymour Hoffman was amazing in it! By the way, in reference to the Piriformis Syndrome – even though that diagnosis was never before mentioned to me, I did try many (if not most) of the therapies that are prescribed for that condition (as well as others). Unfortunately, none of them helped.

  7. Glad to hear you weren’t in an accident. About ten years a go, a local college didn’t cancel night classes due to inclement weather and a girl was hit by a car walking home. Ever since, they cancel classed almost every time there is a storm.

  8. Sasha said

    I know you like to get out of the house, but I hope you won’t do more harm than good. I’m glad you had fun anyway! xoxo

  9. LA said

    I cannot wear wool! Of any sort! Imagine an uptown chick like me not being able to wear CASHMERE! So please, my dear one, wear that sweater with joy and major babe-itude.

    I don’t want to discuss that horrible ice. 3 fatalities within shouting distance. 300 accidents.

    Thanks again for the photo meme, I had a blast doing mine. ~LA

  10. Michael said

    Everybody talks about the weather, but here was one time they could have done something about it and didn’t. I hope the superintendent takes some heat for the bad call.

  11. Diane said

    You got me all googling piriformus muscle. I never heard of such a thing!

  12. Sunshyn said

    I can wear merino, but not cashmere. I may have the piriwhatsis, but there is no cure because of the hip problem. I doubt they will ever get my muscles back in balance. But I will look at the stretches anyway. My best exercise for this problem has always been core body, I’ve found. Swiss ball. Now to find time for that and the TBV platform. By the time I get home, I am too damn tired to even look at exercise equipment. I hope you get some relief, and stay out of that snow and ice. We have sunshine today. It’s cold, but I bet you wouldn’t think so!

  13. Hopefully you will get some relief if the new possible diagnosis is correct. I enjoyed all the memes….hope you post a picture of that sweater…it sounds beautiful.

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