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Back in early October, while on a camping trip with the Chicago Waldorf School, Diane hurt her back while helping to set up a canopy tent. She thought she had pulled a muscle while pulling really hard (while in an awkward position) to get the canopy on the frame. She was able to drive home with her "sore back", and spent a couple of days convalescing to let the muscles recover, but the pain got worse and started coming in long, hard spasms. The spasms came on hard and crippling in a couple of days and Diane was transported by our fine firefighters and paramedics to our local hospital emergency room. Without the shot of fentanyl the paramedics gave her, I don't believe it would have been possible to move her at all.
Our local hospital is a Level 1 trauma center and was particularly busy. They got Diane on a gurney and had to tend to her in the hallway as the rooms were full with major trauma situations. After evaluating her condition for indicators like strength, sense of touch, ... they determined to follow a treatment of pain management. They kept her in the hospital for 2 nights, getting her pain under control and then sent her home with prescriptions to manage the pain during recovery for the muscle strain/spasms.
When Diane followed up with her primary doctor, he evaluated her and sent her for an MRI. And so it begins...