Sunday, 19 February 2017

Piriformis Syndrome Week 5 Report

I've had much the same low level pain as last week. However, I've had more good days than bad. Maybe because Sunday night/Monday morning were so awful, I caught a break with the rest of the week.

I had a reoccurrence of nerve pain that night. Not the 'I'm aware of my leg/ankle' pain more like the I'm in so much pain you could stab me if it would stop this. It wasn't nearly as bad as when I first got piriformis syndrome but the pain and only two hours sleep that night did not make for a pleasant version of myself.
A quick trip to the PT for a back adjustment, normal PT and dry needling set me to rights. For a couple of days after I stopped being so stubborn and took ibuprofen (which I've been avoiding) for a break from the low level pain just so I don't lose my mind, ha ha! Lots of sleep this week to make up for Sunday night.

In case you can't tell my mood is pretty up and down depending on how I feel that day. On bad days I feel like I'll never be better (pain free, full mobility and running) and on good days I'm high as a kite because I realize I'm getting better even if it's not a completely linear or fast path I'm on. 

Other than that the rest of the week has been pretty good. I've not had any 'leg failures' on steps. I've sat quite a bit, for outings, and while it was uncomfortable it wasn't super painful during or after. My last heavy PT session (by myself) on Saturday night felt good. I got 3/4 of the way through my exercises before my glutes got really fatigued, so all in all, it's a slow recovery but the fact that I'm getting stronger is really encouraging.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Cupids Chase 5k

Cupid's Chase race is in aid of people with disabilities and its run in many different cities/states. I'd signed up for the 5k, here in Columbia SC, ages ago before I got injured. There is no way I'm ready to run but I decided to walk it instead. The race was very walker friendly with many strollers and puppies on course. 
I picked up my packet right before the race. There was a nice area set up for this and the post race party. I indulged in a pre race Diet Coke since I didn't have to worry about stomach problems walking.

The 5k course was a familiar mismash of other local 5k courses, a mix of flats and rolling hills, with one aid station along the way. 
I woke up feeling good (injury wise) and my hip/leg behaved for the walk. I walked fast compared to my normal amble and finished just under 53 minutes. The only time I had any major injury problems was after I finished and tried to step up on a curb and my stupid muscles did nothing but hurt bad. Luckily that only lasted a few seconds but I swore out loud in front of kids, in the South, whoopsie! After that my previously non functioning glute (root cause of piriformis syndrome) was extremely fatigued but not too painful. Surprisingly, I was exhausted. My other muscles weren't sore/tired but I had the kind of extreme sleepy feeling I normally only get after a really hard workout. I guess functioning through pain is hard on the body.

I was really happy that I went out and did this. I didn't want to miss it but I could have been too proud to walk a race. I was functioning to the best of my ability, giving to a good cause and getting my cardio fix for the day..all good things. I didn't even feel bad about getting a medal when I saw the dogs getting them too, ha ha!

No more races until April and definetely no more signing up for them until I'm back to regular pain free running.