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What a week!

I hope you are all going well on your journey of health. I have had a busy week. I  visited my local doctor regarding a few health concerns.
Anxiety has been under control with Rescue Remedy, relaxation, meditation and looking into Yoga. Although some days are worse than others.
Yesterday I had my yearly MRI appointment ( 3 months earlier because of my not so good previous results.) My Mum came with me to have the scan as I don’t look forward to having them after a previous bad experience. This MRI scan was different from my last year scan. I’m usually quite relaxed, but from the beginning of the scan, as I laid down on the bed before I entered the tunnel, I had really bad anxiety and throughout the entire scan. I’m so glad that’s over for another year I hope. I’m staying positive for great results next month with my specialist.
I also saw the Physiotherapist today. My TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) is playing up, causing muscle spasms and nerve issues in my neck, shoulders and back. The Physiotherapist I usually see is on holidays so it was a fill in Physio with a different approach to my health concern. Although her approach was quite thorough, and i’m in quite excruciating pain in my neck, shoulders and down my whole back, I feel that with resting at home this weekend, pain medicine (Nurophen Zavance), Bath Muscle Relaxant Salts, and no housework I will be feeling better in a few days until my next physio session.
Apart from a few other health concerns I have been feeling tired, forgetful and a little dizzy some days. I have also lost 2 kilos (Currently at  44.5kg) since my previous visit.  Not sure if this has anything to do with the Pituitary but I will certainly mention this to the specialist on my next visit.
On the plus side I have decided to enroll in a couple of courses as well as looking for some part time employment, to build up my confidence, keep my mind focused on other things, to eliminate feeling depressed and anxious all the time, and encourage more positive social skills.
Well that’s it from me for now. I hope I haven’t bored anyone with this long post.
I hope you all have a great weekend. Will write more again soon.
PEACE, HOPE & HARMONY to you all.
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Ongoing Physiotherapy Treatment

For the next few months I continued to see the physiotherapist for ongoing treatment. My strength and pain threshold is only minimal, headaches aren’t too bad and the physiotherapist is really helping relieve these symptoms. In December 2008 I had stretched out my physiotherapy sessions to once a month. The Physiotherapist and I are quite please with my progress and is happy for me to take a break over Christmas and see how I go. As long as I keep up the strength exercise and minimize any aggravation with lifting or my posture (making sure when I use a computer, laptop, or read a magazine I don’t hunch over for long periods) and I take regular breaks. I will continue to have ongoing treatment whenever the pain returns, and it is too intense to let it heal on its own, that I need to have another physiotherapy session.
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Ongoing Physiotherapy

Everything is going well so far and my new Physiotherapist and is helping relieve some of the pain and discomfort with my Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I saw the physiotherapist twice a week for treatment, and he sent me home with several different exercises and stretches to build up my strength. The physiotherapist said if I can build up a bit of muscle with strength exercises this would minimize the pain and I could do a bit more activity before I need to rest.  I was so relieved when within 6 months of treatment I noticed some real change in my strength and I could stretch out my treatment to once a week, once a fortnight then once a month. The pins and needles reduced rapidly and I could actually start to use my left arm for everyday tasks. Also I could finally be able to use my left hand for doing my artwork and begin looking for employment. After using my right hand for over 12 months now I found that I had become ambidextrous with most things. My artwork was being completed with both hands and in less time I would have produced a piece with just one.
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New Physiotherapist

After 2 months of getting familiar with a new area, shops etc. I found a Physiotherapist in Pakenham, at Pakenham Physiotherapy within 5 minutes walking distants of my house which was quite handy. I had my first consultation a few days before my 26th birthday. I wanted to hopefully make some improvement with a new physiotherapist. I explained to the physiotherapist my history with Transsphenoidal Surgery and the nerve issues and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Also I spent 3 months before Christmas seeing another Physiotherapist and not making much progress. I needed a different approach to treatment so as I could regain use of my Left Hand and be able to do my artwork and have the possibility to gain employment with out this restricting my employment prospects. The physiotherapist examined my neck, shoulder, left arm and back and also explained that this may be a long process but he will certainly do his best to help with this issue.
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Physiotherapy Treatment

Over the next few months up until Christmas of 2007 I attended Physiotherapy sessions twice a week then once a week. Each session consisted of ultrasound treatment to relax the area, then massaging the area by applying quite a bit of pressure to get deeper into the muscle tissue to alleviate the compression of the nerves. It was indeed a long process. In 3 months I made very little progress so the physiotherapist  decided to use some Acupuncture needles in my neck and then massaged my neck. These treatments left me quite sore but I know it will eventually improve. I move to Pakenham over Christmas so I decided to have a few weeks break from my treatment while I move into the new house with Jeremy. Early January I had a couple more appointments with Rodney in Mornington then decided to find a Physiotherapist in Pakenham and possibly a different approach may improve the pain and alleviate the issue.
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Physiotherapy

At the end of August I had my first consultation with a Physiotherapist at the Beleura Sports and Spinal Centre in Mornington. I explained to Rodney my history with Transsphenoidal Surgery and the nerve issues and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome I needed treatment so as I could regain use of my Left Hand and be able to do my artwork and have the possibility to gain employment with out this restricting my employment prospects. Being Left Handed this has been a little frustrating for several months but I had managed to learn to use my Right Hand to perform certain daily tasks and continue on with my Artwork, but searching for employment I am limited as to what I could do as I can only use one arm and perform no heavy lifting. The physiotherapist explained to me that this will be a long process to alleviate some of the pressure and possible in a few months time the pain, tingling and numbness will be minimal. Because I was in quite a bit of pain I made it a little difficult for the physiotherapist to begin treatment so this first consultation was mainly using the ultrasound machine to apply heat and a muscle easing gel to my neck, shoulder and back. Also the physiotherapist gave me some simple exercise to go home and perform until my next appointment 3 days later.
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