Monday, January 16, 2017
Why You Need To Listen To Your Body
I had a nagging ache, and I thought it might be more than just soreness. But the truth is, I ignored it. I ignored the something doesn't feel right feeling. I pushed through.
And time and time again, I pushed through.
I suppose I started having a few issues when I had my freak accident last year with the neighbor's dog. (When The Unexpected Happens) Things have felt off since then, like my body is just twisted. I've always had issues with my pelvis being rotated, and I knew that was an ongoing issue.
But this week after a particular faster treadmill run, I had pain in my left hip. Not just tenderness, but I was feeling pain.
I did back off slightly with exercise, but you'll notice I said slightly.
Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for a 2 mile run. I felt the hip, but I didn't really feel pain until around mile 1.80. And of course I didn't stop. I mean, I could make it to 2 miles right? And I did, but I hobbled off of the treadmill. I knew then that I'd really messed up.
I iced. I took 800mg of advil, and I waited for relief. The relief never came. It hurts to stand. It hurts to sit. It hurts to lay down .
Today, I went to the sports urgent care clinic. The x-ray shows that my pelvis isn't broken (whew). Although I do have a bone spur, and somehow I now have a twisted spine. Say what?!? I noticed that before the doctor even came in to see it. So it is apparent that I have a lot of imbalances.
That being said, I go to physical therapy this week to start hopefully a plan of action to get me back to where I need to be.
According to my strength tests, I don't seem to have any apparent tears, but my bursa seems to be extremely inflamed. I had my first and hopefully last cortisone shot in my life. That thing hurt, like it's still hurting. My leg and hip and back are just burning.
I was told to rest. And if in a couple of weeks I was still in pain, to come back for further tests to check for strains and tears. The doctor does think that I have strained my hip, but with the inflammation from the bursa, it's just super hard to tell where all of the pain is coming from.
So, we'll see what happens in physical therapy this week. Hopefully the painful shot is going to help. And hopefully what other damage that I have done will heal quickly.
She did say that I could do upper body work. But every time I've ever been to physical therapy, they usually refuse to allow me to do anything other than their routine. So time will tell.
For now, I hurt.... like really hurt... and I'm angry at myself for not listening. I should have listened. I should have rested way before now. I should have reached out for some medical help when I knew that things have felt off for awhile now. I should have strengthened my core and my glutes. I should have done a lot of things... and now I am suffering the consequences.
Hopefully this time I have learned my lesson.... and I will learn to listen to my body!
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