One-Month Post-Procedure, What’s New?

It has officially been a month and three days since I had my touch-up procedure done by Dr. McGinley, and unfortunately the pain is still present. It’s just as strong if not stronger than before, and I find myself even more frustrated, not to mentioned exhausted and bummed out.

Safari West
While waiting for my leg to heal, I took an adventure in Santa Rosa at Safari West! I could sit comfortably in the Jeep which was well worth it for the amazing views.

I apologize for those of you that have been following along and sending such nice notes! I was hoping to post an update earlier than today that would also include more positive results than what I will actually be sharing.

As each day went by these past few weeks, I procrastinated writing up a post because I thought (and wished) that the next day I’d have something positive to report back. Since that isn’t the case, I think it’s best to share what’s been going on with my leg for the past 3-4 weeks regardless.

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7-Days Post Touch-Up Treatment

It has been about a week since my touch-up treatment with Dr. McGinley, and unfortunately my pain has not yet subsided. My symptoms are still as strong as ever, and I am constantly frustrated with my lack of mobility.

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With the whirlwind of emotions continuously giving me a run for my money, I’m still hopeful as there are a few additional and key pieces of info I learned during round two of the procedure.

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Taking the Second Shot

Hello from Casper, Wyoming! I’m back and ready for round two of the Botox injections. My appointment is first thing tomorrow morning, and I’m currently feeling a whole slew of emotions. From the anxiety about the needles (again) to nervousness about the ‘what-if’s’ post-procedure, I’m still 100% all-in and keeping my fingers crossed that this touch-up is exactly what my leg needs to be pain free.

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Cheesin’ in Casper

To be clear, the decision to come back to Casper and visit with the McGinley group wasn’t easy. I had a standing appointment scheduled with arguably the top surgeon in the states for CECS. That appointment was supposed to be this week, but after weighing the pro’s and con’s, there were a few important factors that really swayed my decision to give this one last shot (literally).

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The Mental Side-Effects of Chronic Pain

For those also diagnosed with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome, do you ever find yourself bummed out that you can’t partake in activities you once enjoyed, actively avoiding anything that will bring on the pain, or being constantly overcome with extreme exhaustion from the lack of sleep and constant ache?

Yeah, sounds like an infomercial for my current life. Welcome.

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The pain you experience during activity is one thing, but the mental effects of constant pain are a whole other ballgame. I wasn’t familiar with these effects, and if you’re like me, you may be overlooking some side-effects that have developed due to this sneaky neurological nightmare.

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