Update: My Medical Grade Back Brace & Pain Meds | Jacqueline Cheung
- April 26, 2018
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- Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung
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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.
Coping With 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.
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Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Proud Mom, DrPH, MBA, Foodie, Writer, Blogger, Adoption Advocate, INFJ, & 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 & 2022 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove and also received an Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax lives in Elk Grove, California with her 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, 1 dog named Marshmallow, and 2 cats named Mochi and Miso. .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.
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