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Lauren  Navigating chronic pelvic and back pain as a mom, wife, and hairstylist. πŸ₯„SIJD/coccydynia/PFD/retrolisthesis πŸ”©πŸ”©Bilateral SI joint fusion 4/20/17πŸ”©πŸ”©

4 months post op today and I walked a 10k!!!! #thanksto4screws #4monthspostop #rialtofusion #medtronic #SIJD #wootwoot πŸ™ŒπŸ»

If you mentioned a Vegas vacation to me 3 months ago, I would have sadly declined. My body was broken, aching, tired and not capable of taking in the fun of #lasvegas. Thankfully I met the right people, joined the right Facebook groups, advocated for myself and for Dr. Carter Beck. Now I'm able to walk without pain, jump in the pool with my kids and enjoy all the "normal" fun of Vegas. I still struggle, I'm still healing, but overall, I'm getting my life back day by day!

We're taking the boys to Las Vegas for an unexpected yet totally exciting vacation before school starts. This will be my first trip post op and I'm super excited to enjoy my newly regained abilities! I am still recovering (16 weeks post op today πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ») and still experiencing daily pain so making sure my supplements, kratom, TENS unit, CBD vape, and essential oils are all packed and ready to go had been quite the job! I'm just so glad I'm well enough to have gotten back to the conservative and natural pain management life. Looking forward to swimming in the pool, watching my kids play, eating yummy food and enjoying my beautiful family. I am so grateful I'm able to do this πŸ’•

I have so many other thoughts on this subject, I could probably write a book, but for now I'll say this. There are times when pharmaceutical medication is necessary, but like Uncle Ben said, "with great power comes great responsibility." I 100% believe this to be true when using medications to treat chronic pain or illness, or anything else for that matter. Just as you should know what you're putting in your body and the long term effects of the medications, your doctors should be held to some accountability also.
Beware! They are quick to hand out pills, they do help and can give great relief. I was always under the impression of pain management being a means to and end (i.e. Diagnostic injections and pills to get me through surgery). However, as soon as I ask for help weaning off of said pills due to uncomfortable detox issues, I'm dismissed, told to "go to the hospital if it gets too bad." Where's the accountability? How are they helping manage getting me off these pills? They aren't.

I'm so thankful I'm finally breaking the chains of these medications AND pain management doctors! I would rather spend the rest of my life searching for other pain treatments than spend one more minute in one of these a-holes offices. Done and done. #realtalk #beyourownadvocate #knowledgeispower #plantsoverpills

Every day I stretch similarly to this 3 to 6 times throughout the day. I use my TENs unit after, then essential oils and ice. I go to physical therapy 2 to 3 times a week for adjustments and more strengthening/stretching. I struggle daily just to move but I am grateful for every movement my body makes.

Lord let's hope so 🌸🌼🌹🌻🌺 #chronicpain #depression #anxiety #healing original artwork by the talented @frizzkidart

πŸŒŠπŸŒŠπŸŒŠπŸ˜”πŸ˜©πŸ˜°πŸŒŠπŸŒŠπŸŒŠ ready for this flare and the hitting rocks portion of healing to be over. #chronicpain sucks. Sometimes it's easier to be positive and move forward, crushing goals and making progress. Then there are weeks like this last where I'm drowning as the waves of pain, stress, disappointment and sadness crash hard, pulling me under. Hopefully tomorrow has calm waters in the forecast 😐

In case you need a reminder, like I do right now, I'll leave this right here πŸ˜”πŸ’” #ugh #chronicpain #depression #anxiety #breakthestigma #yourenotalone #neitheramI

My tailbone is a little unhappy, but it was worth the #sundayfunday views! So blessed to be able to do this again 😁 #thanksto4screws #sacroiliacjointfusion #imissedthis #myhappyplace #teammcbride

We just found out that our insurance is paying for 2/3 of my surgery afterall! 6 months ago when we were told that the pre-approval was denied, we had a very tough decision to make. We inevitably decided that because my quality of life had diminished so much, we HAD to figure out how to go through with it. Through very generous donations and a loan with an ugly interest rate, we payed cash. This news isn't only a big deal for my financially burdened family, but for other SIJD sufferers, for the surgeon and team at #Medtronic working hard to get this life changing procedure to be taken out of the "elective" or "experimental" category. I am thankful for those who came before me and fought for this surgery (and so many others like it!), sometimes risking their financial freedom. In the words of one of my many doctors, "it takes a brave person to go through with a surgery like this. Thats how medical advancments happen!" #weremakingprogress #rialtofusion #sacroiliacjointfusion #thankful #grateful #blessed

Last weekend I ran into a grocery store to quickly grab 2-20lb bags of ice before a party. Saturday night I pretended to be @thebriebella as I joyfully wrestled with my boys on the bed. Sunday I walked my favorite trails with my family. Yesterday I cleaned my house, top to bottom. Today I was able to get my grandma and her heavy walker in and out of my car and acted as her crutch as she maneuvered through my salon. I couldn't do any of these things 12 weeks ago, or the 12 weeks before, or the 12 weeks before that, or even the 12 weeks before THAT! For what felt like so long, I could do so little. Now, slowly but surely the little pieces of me that I didn't even realize I missed, are starting to come back together, in a whole new beautiful way πŸ¦‹. I still fight pain, I'm not yet able to run or lift weights, I still have work to do, but I'll be damned if I'm not proud of each and every one of these #littlevictories or little triumphs of mine β™ΏοΈπŸ™πŸ»βœ¨πŸ”©πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ¦„πŸ¦‹πŸŒˆ

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