I finally have my medical grade back brace! I have been in A LOT of pain but had to wait until my medical insurance approved this back brace.
As you all know, I’m pretty small. So there were a few bumps to getting my back brace. My insurance had to approve it. Also, the first back brace I got shown was for the wrong medical issue. I need a back brace that offers significant support since I am recovering from a compression fracture in my spine. Props to Larry, Judy, and Ashley from Hanger Clinic on Timberlake Drive for making sure that I didn’t leave their office without the back brace I so desperately needed.
The good part of this back brace is that it offers a significant amount of support. It really does help me go about my daily activities better. I am in less pain on a daily basis now that I have this back brace. It’s not hard to put on. It goes on quite easily over my clothes.
The bad part is that, sometimes I feel a little caged in when I wear my back brace. It makes me feel self conscious as a I walk around in it. I feel like I get a lot of curious looks when I walk into a place. It also doesn’t completely eliminate my pain.
I’ve been coping with pain by taking meds and using Tiger Balm and a topical ointment my physician prescribed me. I take Percocet for pain and Celixib to reduce inflammation. Although technically I can drive, I don’t drive when I take Percocet, since Percocet makes me a bit sleepy.
My reality is that it will likely take me a few more months at least to get back to normal. Honestly, I really should be spending most of my time resting. However, this isn’t realistic as a I have my kids and family to take care of, my writing to do, and things that need to get done no matter what. I don’t like not being able to do everything I normally do. I like to get out and see people and live my life. But when I choose to go out, I often wind up exacerbating my back. So healing is a slow process for me. Hence, I really just need to strike a balance between going through my life, and resting so that my spine bone can heal. Obviously, my health isn’t optimal right now.
I am requesting prayer for me to be able to get the rest I need to heal as soon as possible. Also, I need to be reminded that this pain I am experiencing is temporary. Although some permanent health issues are present, the back pain will eventually go away. Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.
Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Christian Wife, Proud Mom,DrPH, MBA, Foodie, Writer, Blogger, Adoption Advocate, ESFJ, & Breast Cancer Survivor. Jax is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Elk Grove Tribune, and freelances for Sacramento4Kids, and many other publications. She was voted Sacramento Area A-List Best Local Blogger 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. In 2019 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove and also received an Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax is married to Dr. Kenneth Cheung (Kenny). Jax and Kenny live in Elk Grove, California and have 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, 1 dog named Marshmallow, and 3 cats named Mochi, Miso, and Mango. To follow her journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook page, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.