What’s Going On?
You know things are going relatively well when I almost forget to update for the month. 🙂
Things have improved quite a bit over the past month (knock on wood!). Â The disc pain is still basically gone; whenever I have a tweak, I reach back and press on my spine “just to make sure” and I’ve yet to feel any of the blue core pain that that used to produce. Â So, yay!
The SI joint pain is also much reduced. Â It seems to be directly related to movement or, more accurately, the lack thereof. Â The worst SI pain I’ve had in the last month came following two days of relative inactivity. Â I’ve been wearing a pedometer and it looks like I can stave off the SI joint pain if I walk more than 5000 or 6000 steps every day. Â If I dip below that, especially for two days in a row, the SI joint pain returns like clockwork.
The muscle pain is also better, though I’d say it’s still at least a 5 on a scale of “no pain” to “excruciating”. Some days are better than others and I haven’t been able to find a pattern yet. Â On a positive note, I’m waking up far less stiff/sore than I was last month, so the trajectory is good. Â Last month, I said, “I’m managing Â this with ibuprofen, Sombra gel, heatpacks, the Theracane, and weekly massage therapy.” and this month, I’m down to just the weekly massage therapy and some intermittent Sombra and Theracane.
- Daily stretching and light PT-style exercises.
- Inversion table probably 3x/week on average.
- I’m using the foam roller and its ilk at least 3x/week.
- Still weekly training with Melinda. Â No flare-ups after working out anymore!
- I’m back on the elliptical whenever I need help getting above 6000 steps/day. Â I generally do a C25K workout, which is about 2000 steps in 30 minutes.
- I’ve only ridden once in the last month, but that’s been due to rain instead of injury. *shakes fist at sky* Â That ride went really well though — 50 miles! I had quite a bit of pain that night (SI, muscle, tingling), which was frustrating, but was A-OK the next day and thereafter. Â My pain journal notes that I was very stiff/sore even before doing the ride, so I don’t think that night’s pain was just from the motorcycle.
- I actually did some skating yesterday! Â It was the biannual NCWHL Give Hockey A Try Day, so I went out on the ice and did a dozen laps or so while the participants were gearing up. Â The skating went pretty well but I was absolutely terrified to stop. Â I think this was two-fold: Â 1) My skates had recently been sharpened, which makes it more difficult to stop for the first few times and 2) I was really scared of twisting and torquing to stop, and then falling over. Â I think next time I’m going to find an ice slot to wear my gear so that I’m not as frightened to fall. Â Anyway, my back seems to be OK so far after yesterday’s skating; fingers crossed!