A Whinny Update

Hello….

Long time no typing on here.  I’m so freaking tired!

I haven’t done any significant running in the last two weeks.  I’m afraid I’m losing everything I have worked up to. I don’t want to be failing at this but I am, once again!

I finished week 5 really strong and was getting really into the workouts.  Loved my Garmin telling me my stats.  They pushed me to try and work harder!  Then I did the first workout of week 6 and the next day I was hurting.  My hip and foot (which like to go numb during longer running intervals) was giving me trouble during the workout but I ignored it and finished.  The next day I couldn’t really stand up straight.  So I tried stretching and taking it easy for the remainder of that first week.

The next week arrives and I’m feeling like I want to try the whole thing again.  I’m still feeling sore and not too hot and it shows when I go out and try day one of week 6 again.  Everything is hurting and it’s hurting from the get go!  I couldn’t even do the whole 8 minutes of the first interval in one piece and had to take a walk break.  I’m thinking that it was probably just because I haven’t worked out enough over the last week and that I already lost some of my fitness.  Um…ok!  Anyway…I push through the rest of my workout and hobble to my car.

I wake up the next day and I’m pretty sure I have turned into Quasimodo over night.  Quasimodo with a stick up her butt.  I can’t for the life of me stand up straight no matter how hard I try to.  My first thoughts go to running!  “Great…make that progress just to fall behind even more!”  I’m just really upset with myself for not continuing with the chiropractor as he suggested I do.

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That same day I called the chiropractor and made an appointment.  I went last Thursday and again this Tuesday.  Almost immediately after seeing the doctor on Thursday I started to feel better.  I was slowly able to stand straighter and today, I’m feeling almost “great”.  When I went back to see the chiro on that first day, I was surprised it had been a month since I saw him last.  I never did finish the treatment plan he set up for me and I never reached the place I was supposed to be at before I started “ignoring” my appointments.  Since I was feeling better from the few treatments I did, I felt like I didn’t need to go anymore, turns out I was wrong.

It looks like everything kinda resorted back to it’s original problems.  The right side of my back is super tight and it’s pulling everything off center.  Hence the pain in my hip and numb left foot.  I asked the doctor if I should be stretching or anything and he told me to hold off on that.  That was a surprise to me because the PT based his whole plan on stretching.  The chiro wants to train everything to stay were it should be before I do any stretching.  I guess that makes sense.  I don’t know, the chiro is like a God to me so I’m going to do anything he says from now on.

I have an appointment tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be cleared to run again after that!  The sooner I’m cleared the better but whenever I go back to running I’ll probably drop back down in training weeks.  I had planned on doing a Bridge to 10K after finishing the C25K program but I’m thinking I might just try to hang around the 3 mile mark for a while and then slowly build straight into half training.  I’m hoping that adjustment will get me where I want to be which is the finish line of the Surf City Half Marathon!  Stay tuned.

Monday Check In

Just a quick check in because I want to keep up with my set weigh ins.

Today’s Weight: 187.4 lbs
Change: gained 1 lbs

I expected worse so I’m ok with the one pound gain. Just reaffirms that I need to track my food (I sucked at this over the last week). I’m skipping measurements today but will do them in three weeks. I think once a month is sufficient?

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love this quote

In other news…

*I completed day one of week 5 C25k this morning. It wasn’t easy but I managed to complete all of the running intervals it asked me to. Every time I wanted to give up I just told myself to try a little longer. It worked!! I tried running without my running app so my outcomes are estimates. I went a little farther this time. Yay!

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*I also took the plunge and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 10 yesterday. I was at work, which is boring as hell, and found myself online shopping. Any who, I “ran” across the Garmin and was back and forth. I did a bunch of comparisons (DC Rainmaker is awesome for running stuff), video watching and consulting with my BFF (who didn’t talk me out of it like I asked her to) and an hour later I had pressed the “process order” button. I’m excited to get it and try it out!

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i got the pink one 🙂

*My BFF and I started a 30 Day Arm Challenge. It’s time to get those arms ready for tanks and swim suit season. I just finished day five and it’s harder than it looks!

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*Other random things:
-I got my first online job!!! It’s a little extra income for now but could grow into something bigger.
-Getting this online gig makes me want to start my own business. I’m thinking running related gear. There’s such a huge market for it.
-My day job still sucks. I’m at the end of my rope with that and I’m about to lose it. Ugh.
-My back and hip issues are minuscule at this point. I get a little sore but nothing like before. I’m a fan of the chiropractor!!!
-I’m still struggling with staying positive. So many things thrown at us and it’s hard to keep up. Plus I’ve had a tooth ache for several days and all I see is $$$ signs when I think about going to the dentist to have it checked out. Ugh!

Just keep chugging away!!

The Chiropractor

I’m in love!!!

I went to the chiropractor today and I felt instantly at ease.  Every person in that office is friendly and knows what they are talking about.  I got there and filled out a bunch of paperwork, the usual.  Then I was given a tour of the office (never before have I been given an office tour…I usually can’t find my way out of doctors offices let alone know where all the treatment rooms are).  I was then seated in the consultation room and waited a bit for the chiropractor to come in.

When he came in, I instantly fell in love.  Ha!  He asked what was going on, listened to what I had to say, and gave me some possible explanations for all of the pain and discomfort.  He then called the imaging center for my MRI’s so he could see what has been going on.  I didn’t know much more than “I have a slightly bulging disk in my lumbar area”.  The orthopedic didn’t explain much more than that. After the preliminary stuff I did some toe touching and trunk twisting.  The chiropractor told me he could see that my issue was most likely muscle tightness in my back.  My one side is much more flexible than the other.  He also said that the issue with my back was translating into my whole body favoring one side over the other and that was causing me to over compensate.  When I did some “straight standing” exercises it was obvious that my left side hangs lower than the right.  Stuff I could have told you (and have told other doctors) without an expert opinion.  Finally he told me that he thinks that my hip issue is probably an inflamed bursa. With my body overcompensating on one side, it is pulling everything off center.  When my muscles try to glide over my left hip, they are getting hung up on my bursa “cushion” and irritating it.  I didn’t really consider an inflamed bursa but the rest sounds like my exact diagnosis of myself.  Pass me my PhD degree!

Another fun fact:  Last night I was stretching and doing some child’s pose and all that because I didn’t want to get too sore after my wog.  After I was done, I started having this really dull pain in my left shoulder joint.  When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t raise my arm above my head.  WTF!!!  I swear…after I turned 30 everything just started going to hell.  How could stretching even cause all of that?  I don’t know.  Any way, I mentioned it to the chiropractor and he added treatment for the sore shoulder even though I was just there for my back/hip.  I love him!

While we waited for my MRI results to be faxed over I got started on cold laser therapy for my shoulder.  It literally took less than five minutes and now, 3 hours later, the pain in my shoulder is almost completely gone.  I need one of those lasers for my house.  I’d be lasering myself non stop.  😉  After the cold laser I was put on electrical muscle stimulation for my back and hip.  I had that before during PT but hey, why not try again?  After those treatments I was put in an exam room and waited for the MRI results to get there.

As soon as the results came in the chiropractor discussed them with me more thoroughly than the orthopedic surgeon ever did.  He told me that my hip joint was healthy but that the MRI did not rule out a possible labrum tear (something ortho was checking for) and that another test was recommended.  I was never told to go for an additional test to rule out additional injury.  Hmmmm….I guess the shooting pain in my hip/groin is just supposed to be fun?  I guess the pop I heard in my nether regions when I stepped off the parking lot curb was proly just my imagination? I imagine if I do have a tear in my labrum (funny word) that it would also be related to the whole “off to one side compensating” thing. Makes sense to me!!

We also discussed the bulging disk in my back.  He told me that at the time of the MRI the disk was not pinching anything but that the report said it wouldn’t rule out pinched nerves during activity or in a standing position.  The chiro said that I could be agitating the existing issue when I run or do extended walking.  Would explain the pain after a full day of being on my feet.

Mini Rant:  Thanks ortho!  You did an awesome job of telling me nothing!  Just send me for cortisone shots….that should do it.  I don’t know about you, but I’d like to be informed about my health issues a little more in detail.  Don’t write me off as dumb or that I wouldn’t be able to grasp what you are trying to explain.  I want to know what my issues are!

After finally being given the low down of what the MRI report revealed, I was even more glad that I chose to visit with this particular chiropractor.  He seems knowledgeable and thorough.  I loved how he explained every little detail to me and I felt comfortable being there.  I was always led to believe that chiropractic care wasn’t REAL medical care.  At this point I really don’t give a shit.  If this is going to help with my pain and other issues I’m going to do it regardless if it’s considered REAL or not.

In the end I kept wondering when I was going to have an “adjustment” and apparently that is the final step in the whole thing.  Since the main issue seems to be my lower back, I was told to lay on the table on my side.  I was then folded into an Aunty Anne pretzel configuration (and even told the chiro that I felt like a pretzel) right before he cracked my back.  I actually yelled when he pushed down and my vertebrae snapped, crackle, popped like some Rice Crispies.  I heard the whole thing and felt it too.  It was funny and embarrassing at the same time.  Hey..I didn’t mean to yell but I didn’t have any warning and it threw me off for a second.  I got up from that table feeling like a million dollars.  I was asked when my next wog was scheduled and I told him that it was on Wednesday. He told me to go ahead and do the workout if I felt good and that he would like to see me later in the day on Wednesday for additional treatment.  You can bet I’ll be there Doc!  😉

Gratitude Journal:  Women’s intuition.  I had a feeling all along that cortisone shots would not be a final repair for my issues.  I knew that they were just a band aid for an underlying problem.  I am not healed in any way, shape or form but I do have a more clear picture and logical information as to what is going on.  I’m glad I didn’t take the first suggestion as an answer!

My Decision – Cortisone Shots

About 4-5 months ago I started having a lot of trouble with my left hip.  Nothing really seemed to help and I ended up having to involve my doctor.  She ordered an x-ray which came back perfectly fine and then told me to try physical therapy for it.  I went to PT for about a month and a half and all it accomplished was more pain and stiffness.  Awesome!

So I recently went back to my doctor for an unrelated issue and I told her that the PT caused more damage than good and that I was still in pain (even more so now).  My doctor then decided to refer me to an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI of my hip and lower back.

Any who, long story short, there is nothing wrong with my hip but I do have a bulging disk in my lower back.  The disk could be related to the hip pain somehow but we don’t really know for sure.  More awesome news!

When I asked the orthopedic surgeon what the plan of treatment would be, he told me PT and cortisone shots in my back, a series of three.  Now I’m not a fan of any type of medications or unnecessary procedures so I asked him if that would even be worth it.  I told him that I didn’t want to have to rely on cortisone shots for the rest of my life to make myself feel better.  He told me that cortisone shots are primarily for pain management and that they MIGHT help to “fix” my bulging disk.

Uh, excuse me?

I left the office not really feeling that great about the conclusion we just came to.  I decided that I would let my HMO go through an approve everything but in the back of my mind I’m thinking that I don’t really want giant needles to poke into my back because it “might” help.  Then, as if there was some divine intervention, I ran across this article today…

Should Runners Get Cortisone Shots: Competitor Magazine

I don’t know if the article directly tells me that cortisone shots are not the answer, but the trend running through the article seems to say that the shorts are only for temporary relief.  I’m not down with that!  Why bother?  I’ve decided that I’m going to research my own PT program and try to strengthen the back and supporting muscles instead of relying on a treatment that may or may not work.  My bulging disk is not extreme or anything like that so I’m ok with trying to solve this problem on my own.  At least now I know where to concentrate my efforts, I wasted several months working on a hip that has no problem.

Have you received cortisone shots for an injury or pain management and what was your outcome?