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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I took my daughter to her first Kid's 5K training. At first I was afraid it was going to be a bust. She was the oldest one there, at twelve, and most of the kids were in the 5 year old and younger range. She regularly runs 2 to 3 miles anyway so doesn't really need the training but I was hoping this might be an opportunity to find some like-minded friends while working out. Today they warmed up, ran 1 mile and then did some boot camp type conditioning. She said that she had a really good time, though, so that makes it all worth it.

I went on a walk while they did all of this. I got in over 3000 steps before 10 am! Since lately my daily totals have only been around 3000 or less, this is really really good. The only down side was that my instep on my right foot still hurts and feels like it is cramping. Nothing I do seems to release it. I am also having pain and soreness on my gluteal muscles. Don't laugh, but the soreness really does bother me!

I'm becoming a tiny bit frustrated with physical therapy but don't know if my frustration is warranted. I've had the same exercises for a couple of weeks. They are good stretches and strengthening exercises. And I benefit from doing them. But I guess I had hoped for something more in addition to this. Maybe some other kind of therapy to help with pain relief and muscle tightness?

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COMPCHIC52 4/20/2014 1:48AM

    usually on the instep is cause of planters fasciitis ? if that is what it is Google it there are things you can do for it. I have had it since I was 40 in my feet. also have tendonitis in the feet and arthritis in the ankles. have taken shots once cause they were so bad. mostly I deal with the pain. the planters is not as bad now as it used to be because I found the shoes that were great and lifted my feet 2 inches from the floor. great tennis shoe.

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JENNEINAZ 4/20/2014 12:05AM

  Great job on all those steps. Some days it is just hard.

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JACKIE542 4/19/2014 6:07PM

    Really good job on getting some walking in, hope your foot feels better though.
Hope you have a very nice holiday big emoticon Jackie

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FRAN0426 4/19/2014 5:14PM

    Hope the pain lessen with the continuing following the PT schedule for stretches and strength. WTG with the walk this morning Jean.
Hope you and your family have a nice Easter.

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/19/2014 4:34PM

    You're doing great but sorry you're having some pain from what you're doing. Hope it eases up soon. emoticon

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Wibbly Wobbly

Friday, April 18, 2014

Last night I had to break out the prescription anti-inflammatory again and the muscle relaxant. I don't really like the muscle relaxant because it makes me feel all wibbly- wobbly but then I don't really like being in a lot of pain either. The nice thing about taking it before bed is that you get to sleep off most of it.

This morning my pain has gone down to about a 1. Since most of yesterday was an 8, this is particularly nice! So now, the big question is, do I take another muscle relaxant to help insure I stay like this? Or is it unnecessary and will just add fatigue and wibbly-wobbliness to my day? Does anyone have a crystal ball? A magic eight ball might help in a pinch. . . .

I have PT at 2:20 pm today. I'm writing out the time to help cement it in my mind because it is the one day when they've scheduled it a different time slot than my normal. That and it is twenty minutes into the hour instead of a nice round number. I'm feeling a bit scared about PT. Is it going to trigger more pain? Obviously that won't be their intent but you never know with this stupid body. And it is Friday so that means that once it's triggered I can't really get any help until Monday.

I changed my nutrition tracker to reflect the amount of exercise I'm doing. The theory is that the more exercise you do, the more calories you can eat (at least to maintain). The depressing truth is that for days like yesterday when I was too preoccupied with trying to breathe without too much pain, I didn't do much exercise even of the walking around type and so I was supposed to have a glass of water and a pea. But depressing or not, it may be the reason I'm not losing any weight at all and I suppose it's better to look at it in black and white. Of course the goal or the wish, really, is that I can get back to exercising at least semi vigorously and the trackers will reflect that.

And that leads me to a new segue - everyone from my doctor to my husband ask me, "What are you doing differently?" as if somehow I did something to go from being fairly active and pain free to suffering one setback after another. The answer - NOTHING! I'm shouting because when they ask me that, not only is it frustrating because I really am not doing anything differently, but because it makes me feel like they think I'm somehow to blame. I'm sure from their perspective that is not their intent at all - they are asking in the attempt to help. As if I had forgotten to ask myself that and just need the prompt in order to start doing the "right" thing. . . .

I've found a neat blog with links to a 90 day clean eating plan. I might try following that. The problem is that you really need a basic level of pain-free-ness in order to follow these plans. (Yes, I know that pain-free-ness is not a word but I can't think of one word that says that.) On really bad days I can't think because of the pain static and then even physically getting out the ingredients and putting them together can become overwhelming. On good days, it is a piece of cake (or whatever might be a good clean eating substitute).

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FRAN0426 4/19/2014 1:08AM

    It is tough not knowing should I or shouldn't I take more medication either for pain or to prevent pain from going from low to elevating. Nice to hear you were able to get a good nights rest last night, sleep is so important, and tough to get when aching and pain is ruling your body. Hope the PT today doesn't cause more pain for you.

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JACKIE542 4/18/2014 8:32PM

    I hope all went well with the PT today and that you are not in pain.
Clean eating plan sounds very good. emoticon

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CTUPTON 4/18/2014 4:31PM

    So true that it is hard to control food when you are in pain.

chris emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/18/2014 11:15AM

    I am glad your pain level is lower. It is very difficult to suffer from illness where the symptoms can vary; my friend with MS just never knows and there is no rationale for the variations in his condition. emoticon

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Over the Hill Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014

If Wednesday is Hump Day, is Thursday Over-the-Hill Day?

I woke up this morning with some ribs and possibly my shoulder blade out. All I know is that I was in incredible pain. And I had the problem again of how to get out of bed. I could sit up ok but my bed is on the floor and to raise myself up, I would normally twist and would push myself up with my arms. I was in so much pain that I could not do that. I did have the option of yelling until someone down the hall came and rescued me but I chose to inch myself over to some furniture next to my bed and to use that to get myself up.

I took a prescription anti-inflammatory but I didn't want to take a muscle relaxer - partly because I wasn't sure it would help and partly because I needed to be able to drive. Of course, Thursday is the one day of the week when the chiropractor doesn't open until 2 pm. 2 pm took forever to get here! I've seen the chiropractor. He got my ribs and shoulder back in - we think. The pain has gone from an 8 to about a 4 but it is still pretty painful.

My 16 year old son was so sweet today. Actually, a tiny bit too sweet. He really meant well but he kept following me around to put blankets around my shoulders. I was hot! And then he insisted on having me sit in my favorite armchair. Unbeknownst to him and to me too until I sat down, this rib/shoulder thing was even more painful when in the armchair. I don't know why - something about how my muscles are in that chair. I think this is the only time my armchair has not been a comfort. I finally convinced him that while I was in pain, it was actually best for me to be up and around.

The chiro. was trying to get me to agree to a 10 day greens detox. He even offered to pay for it (it is over $200 for the program) and to only charge me if it works for me. But I told him that I need to wait until I'm out of pain to make a decision. There is no way I could think this through while it hurt to even take a breath. I still don't know what I think but I'm leaning towards "no". I'd rather get my nutrition through whole foods (this uses powdered greens in pills) and I'm afraid of overloading my system with any toxins that are detoxing.

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FRAN0426 4/17/2014 11:37PM

    emoticon don't think I would be taking any greens in pill form either. Hope the adjustment today helps better for you tomorrow. Your son was trying as best her could to want to make you comfortable, bless his heart.

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JACKIE542 4/17/2014 8:39PM

    Oh so sorry, what a bad day, but really nice of your son, really what a sweetie.
Hope you feel better now and tomorrow is a better day. emoticon

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PICKIE98 4/17/2014 7:58PM

    Oh Jeannie, I feel so bad that you are hurting, and God Bless that DS of yours. Most people can only dream of a child like that.

You know what they say about something that sounds too good to be true.. it is.

Praying you get back into the right shape quick like a bunny.

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Trigger On/ Trigger Off

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It took a bit more than 24 hours and I started to come out of my flare. I'm not sure if the prescription anti-inflammatory I took helped or not. That's not so important though. What's important is that I'm back to my normal routines. So far today I have taken my morning "Natural Calm" (magnesium drink) and have done my first round of stretches. Now for breakfast.

I am on day 3 of tracking my food again.

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FRAN0426 4/16/2014 4:30PM

    Good start to your day, continue making progress is so rewarding . Glad the flare has stopped.

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JACKIE542 4/16/2014 3:48PM

    Glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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Bad Pain Today

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It is 6 am here and I am in a world of hurt. My sins? Vacuuming on Sunday and then taking the laundry down to sort last night. Last night I got so bad that I had to get my husband to finish taking stuff down for me because I couldn't hardly talk any more due to pain. I have PT today. I'm curious to get their take on what is wrong. They can't diagnose, but they can observe if certain muscles are tight etc. I stretched and stretched and stretched yesterday. And last night I kept waking up in the night and stretching to try and relieve the pain. You can see how well that worked. . .

Just for the sake of cataloging it before I dissolve into a mass of pain that cannot distinguish the pain's location: My arms hurt from my fingertips to my shoulder joint where it feels like my arms are being ripped out of their socket. My low back and tail bone are sore. And my lower calves are very tight and sore.

My plan today is still the same, though. Stretch throughout the day. Take my magnesium and vitamin D (and potassium?- maybe have a banana). Go to PT. Track my food. Do my responsibilities toward hearth and home.

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FRAN0426 4/15/2014 9:09PM

    I hope PT helped somewhat with all the pain your having today, if not today that it makes a difference for tomorrow.

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JACKIE542 4/15/2014 7:48PM

    Hope the Pt was able to help and you pain is less. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/15/2014 11:12AM

    So Sorry you are in pain! emoticon

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