Chronic Illness

Physical Therapy Forever

Today I completed treatment with two physical therapists. We’re moving out west next week, so the therapy here had to stop. I’ve been working hard with a therapist to recover from my broken arm. The other therapist has been trying to get to the bottom of my chronic dizziness.

Physical Therapy

I’ve spent over two months on arm/shoulder rehab. Each assessment has shown great improvement in my range of motion. I still have a ways to go to get all the use of my shoulder back. Although the doctor said that I wouldn’t completely recover, the therapist thinks that I can still improve.

She gave me quite a few sheets with pictures and movement descriptions of each exercise. There are so many to do three times each day! And, there are even more that must be done every other day. Who knew that breaking your arm would cause so much trouble?

My other therapist worked with me to discover the reason for the chronic dizziness. I’ve been dealing with this awful problem since 2011. The first day of testing revealed that my inner ear was the problem. My ear canals have roving crystals. With a high tech testing system, the therapist could tell by my eye movements exactly which of the three ear canals was involved.

We worked through numerous exercises to get the crystals back in place. I noticed less dizziness and nausea this past week, but continued to have a few dizzy spells. So, today was spent working on my balance.

The balance exercises were hard and I left exhausted! All morning before the appointment I felt terrible and really wanted to cancel. Since I knew that it was my last appointment, there was no way that I would skip it. It was a full hour work-out!

Inner Ear

I had to ride the exercise bike, walk around doing difficult moves, and then had to close my eyes. Closing my eyes really brings on severe dizziness when I’m standing. The therapist singled out the problem and solution.

I left there with lots of help. She had discovered the problem and found ways to help me fix it. So, now I have more pages of exercises. Although the arm exercises make me a little sore, the balance exercises will make me feel horrible. The nausea, sweating, and dizziness are miserable and I also fear falling and breaking another bone.

This therapist told me to find someone who can do Vestibular Rehab in my new home-town. This will be right at the top of my list when we arrive there. I would rather forget about it, because it will be bringing me pain. But, I’ll do it because I would really love to feel better. That’s not the main reason. The main reason is that it could prevent a fall and broken bone.

Chronic illnesses Osteoporosis and Vertigo can’t be ignored. I normally don’t agree with the phrase, “no pain, no gain”, but in this instance it has to be true. I’m sure it will probably get easier over time. I have to hold on to the hope that some of this will help me feel better.

Although I will never be cured of some of my health problems (EDS, Mast Cell Disorder, and Sjogren’s Syndrome), I will do my part to improve what can be improved. And, I’ll trust God to be in control and pray for His help.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. This post contains my personal experiences and opinions. If you have a medical problem, please consult your personal physician.

@2019, copyright Lisa Ehrman

2 Comments

  • Larry

    Continuing to pray for you Lisa. You are an excellent communicator and able to be transparent while the same time take your experiences and resulting thoughts and submit them to the Lordship of Christ. Thankfully, for the believer Physical therapy won’t be “forever” because of our blessed HOPE! The Scriptures reveal to us as Paul Harvey use to say; “the rest of the story.” (Rev. 21:21-7) “no more pain” and “all things new.” – What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see! Blessings dear sister. Greet David and Brett for me.

    • Lisa

      Thank you! I do look forward to that day and it’s always a comfort to know that one day I’ll wake up pain-free and rejoicing in my Savior. God bless you and Judy.

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