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Sneaky peak !!!

Well here is a sneaky peek of my latest personal project !!!  I had forgotton about a moda fat quarter set that I had ordered called "Strawberry Fields" which I fell in love with when the moda rep came around last, I had only planned to order backing fabrics, but you can probably tell from my posts, I am a sucker for new fabric !!!!
I cut the centre diamonds with my Accuquilt GO, and bordered each one, now I need to get a design wall to colour place them all as my back just can't take crawling around on the floor and bending forward over patchwork, since my car accident last year.  So I am going to fashion some kind of portable design wall which I can take up and down at home so that I can arrange my project just how I want without having to bend too much.
I try not to talk too much about my back because it is depressing to hear about, but I had a very frustrating appointment at the pain clinic yesterday and came away from it quite upset, maybe because I was hoping for that miracle cure I suppose, maybe because I felt like I wasn't being taken seriously too.  After a very very brief examination and a quick read of the complicated confusing form they ask you to complete, he came to his opinion, that my back pain is not bad enough for facet joint injections or further investigation (although I am somewhat relieved as I didn't fancy the injections) and he has arranged for me to have a tens machine which I will have to wait to arrive in the post some time in the future.  I have heard of a tens machine but I thought they were just for pregnant women, anything is worth a try to keep the pain more manageable.  He also wanted me to take a low dose of anti depressants (as did my GP a few months ago) which apparantly also helps with pain signals to the brain, but after reading about the side effects and addictive nature of the drug, I have chosen not to take them.   Although if my pain is not improved with the tens machine, I should perhaps consider taking them at my next appointment in 3 months  !!!   OMG - 3 months .....  I will have to get back to the chiropractor or find an osteopath before then, this seems to be the only relief that I am able to get and since stopping another course of physiotherapy in May (you only get 6 on the NHS) and trying to see how I go with no treatement at all, I think I should get back to the chiropractor next week as the no treatment approach is not working. 
Luckily for me quilting helps my pain for the most of the time, and because I stand up and walk around the frame whilst quilting, it keeps my back mobile more than it would be if I were sitting down at a PC for example.
Anyway, I am sure this pain will ease in time, I am just worried that it might not and is going to be with me forever !!!  how depressing is that????

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Liz on 03 September 2011 06:53
I was chatting to a friend who said pilates really helped with her back pain. Might be worth a try if you can find a well qualified instructor in your area.
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