Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Sciatica: down but not out

Hands down I'm in the worst pain I've ever been in. Not all the time but if I move from one position into another it's like someone has a knife in my hip and is twisting it. Peeing has become a danger sport lol.
The rest of the time it's painful but not crazy sore.
Nurse Boomer

How did I do this, you ask? I sat on the floor. 

I had some friends over on Sunday evening and sat on the floor having snacks and chatting. My hips have been tight for the last couple of weeks so when I got up and had a sore hip/leg I didn't think too much about it and went to bed expecting it to be ok the next morning. I had to go to the bathroom that night, around 4am, an adventure that turned into me crawling to bathroom.

This morning I gave in, when it hurt just lying on my back, and went the doctor. Crying the whole way from the pain of sitting. It turned out to be exactly what I thought (a piriformis spasm) that's trapping my sciatic nerve. Not exactly rocket science when I can feel the muscle twitching like crazy when I'm not in pain.
I have muscle relaxants, codene, ibuprofen to treat it along with ice and heat. On top of that I have to go to a physio and then a follow up with the Doctor. Much more of a longer term project than I thought. A bit bummed out considering I was getting back my mojo for working out! 

However, let's look on the positive:

-It's a muscle problem not a spine problem

-Trips to the fridge are a no no, so I'll only be eating what I'm given. It'd be easy to comfort eat but I refuse to. Even with reduced exercise I'm not giving up on my healthly 2017. 

- I've still not got to grips with my muscle imbalances in my hip area so physio will be good to improve that. If I can't run for a few weeks this will be my focus. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

2017 Year of Change

Change is going to be my theme for 2017. It's cliched as hell to go balls to the wall with diet, exercise etc. starting in January, but its good timing for a little push to get me started properly.

I need this because 2016 was a big struggle for me. I had a huge amount of anxiety and stress 24/7. The stupidest things made me anxious, like checking my email, phone or dealing with day to day problems.
 Why do we (and our bodies) do this to ourselves? The only up side is if it had continued I would have got Boomer registered as a therapy dog :) he'd be the naughtiest one ever! Thankfully, I've been feeling so much better, so Boomer is off the hook.

As a result I'm so ready for this next yearLet's get back to kicking ass (even my own) and just get shit done!

Changes I want to make:
* Be happier, more confident and at ease
* Run and work out more
* Move cities. Keep your fingers crossed for LA. It be so great to have something to aim for and a fresh start somewhere new.

So far we are off to an excellent start with improving my diet. Exercise is also getting better. Mostly, down to the fact that Martina is also coming with me (because she is the best). So right now I've been walking the dog for around an hour durning the day by myself and either running (or walking on rest days) at night with Martina.
I don't run as far with Martina cause she can't just throw herself into a 5 or 6 mile run straight away (that's smart :p). However, if that's the motivation I need to get out the door right now then it's much better than nothing! Next week, when classes start again, I'm going to add in a body pump class or two and just keep building up the amount I do from there.

The good thing is I don't have any crazy unrealistic expectations. Really I just want to get back to how I was 1.5-2 years ago...just in a different city he he. So at least my goals for 2017 should be achievable!

Anyone else making any changes in the New Year?