Pole Fitness

I am going to start pole fitness as a workout regime. As recommended to me by my chiropractor.

I am also going to start Dahn yoga. It is supposed to be particularly helpful to those in chronic pain. This was recommended by a friend who is also a certified yoga instructor, but this didn’t sound as cool so I left it out of the title.

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Protein Bars/Pain Update

It has been about a week since my pain decided to grace me with its presence. This week I am not eating any of my protein bars (contain peanuts) to see if that would help eliminate that as a possible for the pain returning.

I drive 80 plus miles a day for work, and in the car one of the easiest things to eat when you can’t stop is my protein bar. Plus, it is kind of indulgent of me because it is the closest thing I can have to a cookie tasting item. So I’ve been eating an average of 2 per day. I usually try to not let myself go over but sometimes I am working from 8 to 8 and do not have much time for a break. Excuses, excuses–I know.

Verdict: So far, I have not experienced much difference. My pain was extreme Friday as we discussed, and Saturday I had both those massages which I think ultimately helped. Sunday and Monday my pain was noticeable but not crippling. Tuesday it was a little more intense but I also had a few more stressful occurrences yesterday than normal between work and trying to get an oil change so that could be the culprit or it could be the fact it went from 70’s to 30’s overnight.

Today my pain is in full swing again, like last Friday. The best way to describe the pain is to imagine your bone trying to pull your muscle away from your skin while twisting and pulling your muscles downward. I guess a simpler image would be hundreds of knives penetrating the skin and making thousands of 1 inch slits, not to be dramatic or anything.

I will update if I have any new realizations.

–Natalie–

Chronic sinusitis

I went to my second follow up with my ENT after my sinus surgery back in the summer. The surgery was to help correct my nasal passage flow because I was diagnosed with Chronic Sinusitis. He told me at my last visit that I would not start feeling complete relief until about this time, November. I had to give the surgery and new passage ways time to heal and my body acclimated with the new flow.

I told him that my sinus pressure was better than the last time I visited, it wasn’t completely gone because sometimes I got severe pressure. I figured that was from the weather changing. I also explained that about 2-4 every day for the last 3 weeks, I have become severely congested to the point I cannot breathe out of my nose. My doctor thought this was unusual and one thing came to mind about this same time frame. This is the same time frame when your body has a natural dip in cortisol (I believe that is what he said, correct me if I’m wrong). That is why everyone experiences a lull at around 3 p.m. in the afternoon. He suggested that I use a nasal spray with cortisol that will hopefully proactively avoid the congestion. I was using a nasal spray decongestant to help relief the congestion and then I’d be fine until 2-4 the next day. So I will try this nose spray for two weeks and report back to see if it helps.

I will update if I find out good or poor results with this. Here is to having less sinus pressure and headaches!

–Natalie–

Full swing

My chronic pain came back in full swing last night after two almost pain free months. It hit me like a truck really. I got out of my work vehicle and could hardly walk. I got into my personal vehicle and went home to only be countered with some dreadful stairs. To let you understand the magnitude of the pain, in the last two months running up and down the stairs and doing a multitude of other exercises on these same stairs to only be met with the torture to simply walk up them.

I digress, today was a blessing in disguise really. I had schedule a sinus massage and a 90 minute massage for today, both a brilliant idea considering the painful circumstances. The sinus massage simply helps with a different kind of chronic pain I’ve been trying to relieve all year (plus some). I have chronic sinusitis, so when I found the Groupon for a sinus massage I was all about trying it. I really enjoy the lady I go to. It is a 30 minute session that you get a sinus massage and 30 minutes in a steam tent to help your body detoxify. It is the best feeling in the world. You are energized after and this time I did it I literally could feel the bad toxins in my pained legs leaving my body–maybe not completely but enough.

The lady that does my sinus massage also juices, we started talking about that the last time I came and we continued our conversation. I told her a little about my story and how I needed that detox today for my legs. She said to me “I love clients like you who listen to their body.” I told her that I didn’t always listen but after being hospitalized you learn quickly that BODY KNOWS BEST. She agreed and told me you’d be surprised about how many people don’t.

After my sinus massage I had some lunch and went to my 90 minute massage with one of my favorite massage therapists. She has the perfect pressure to fit my needs. I normally like to get a guy to do it because of the pressure but my spa only has female massage therapists, and my therapist is wonderful. Enough about her, let’s talk about results. In my 90 minute massage, I asked her to work on my legs (hold the most pain/tension right now), my back/shoulders, and hands. I spent a blissful half an hour on that table completely relieved. The pressure was perfect for my pain and really helped my legs feel better for the rest of the day. Now, as wonderful as it would be to be able to afford both massages once a week or even once a month, it is not practical at all.

I was thinking about what could have caused this pain to come back with such force after being pretty mild the last two months, of course my first reaction is always what was different about what I ate. I am a FIRM believer that changing your diet can potentially change your life. I am living proof of that and I will continue to be until the day I die. I’ve already cut out gluten/wheat, processed sugar, and a multitude of other items but I am currently working on removing dairy from my diet and I’ve been contemplating removing egg, garlic, and peanuts.

The only difference in diet lately was adding mushrooms to more meals I consume and eating a lot of Quest Bars which the flavor I buy has peanuts in it. So I’m currently going to see if it is an overload on peanuts (I have been snacking on them a lot lately) or if it something else. The weather hasn’t really changed but the weather usually gets cold one day and nice the next. It can never make up its mind.

I will keep you all informed as I go through this journey of finding out why my pain has returned. Even though I’m super frustrated that I have to deal with this pain again (when I was teased with the idea it could be gone for 2 months), I must somehow not lose hope and stay positive.

 

–Natalie–