Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Dealing with setbacks

Frustratingly the last two weeks have been painful weeks, after a long pain free period of day to day life. This is now the end of the 4th month I've dealt with recovering from piriformis injury. 
It's only when it gets worst that I realize how good I've had it! I've gone back to daily constant pain. It's not bad pain (2-3/10)  but it's a setback. I think I can put it down to looking after my friends baby for a couple of hours a day and as a result of frequently sitting for long periods of time, often with not so good posture. Something else to work on.
In good news, I can still roll on a ball (all over my butt cheek) which is something I could barely tolerate even as I was finishing PT. I have so many trigger points and as a result my long suffering partner is now having to work those out using an elbow as most are pretty deep or in akward spots. 10-15 painful minutes 2-3 times a day has been helping so much it's crazy!
I'm trying to stay positive. I know that for some people this injury takes as long as a year to clear up so we are playing the long game. I'm continuing with lots of work in the gym as well as stretching. Doing the physical work is easy, staying positive not so much. I'm really missing running more than 1.5 miles, especially those nice 5-6 mile runs, tiring and statisfying but not absolutely exhausting! I'm going to keep fighting to get back to it though and I think once I get some fitness back I'll be a better runner for the work I'm doing now.