Tuesday, December 30, 2014

that thing with my back

this month i finally got the diagnosis i probably should have gotten months ago. i have a bulging disc in my back. it explains all of the pain and symptoms i've been having and i'm thankful to finally know what's going on so that i can get on a solid treatment plan. 

i started physical therapy this week and we're going really conservative with treatment thus far: massage therapy, alignment, stimulation therapy and very light stretches. i have another appointment friday and i'm guessing i'll get into more core strength and stability work then. 

meanwhile, i haven't been able to leave the couch much since sunday. i haven't experienced crippling pain like this before and it's really knocking me out. each day this week i've taken a giant nap in the middle of the day (i don't think i've slept this much since i had mono in high school). mom says rest is good for the injury, but i have all this time off and i feel like i can't get anything done! it's frustrating, but i'm trying to be thankful for the opportunity to rest.

my doctor recommended injections in my back to help with the pain and inflammation. i guess they're similar to epidurals but i don't know much about them. has anyone had these done before? i'm a little nervous about it as there is a risk of paralyzation. i'm sure the risk is slim, but that's still scary!

this all means i still haven't been able to run or do anything active. i've turned into a very cranky and frustrated and squishy version of myself. i'm so itchy to get out and do something. i'm even considering yoga, of all things, to try once i get the "ok" from my physical therapist. (ps - has anyone tried bikram yoga? thoughts?)

i did bust out my *brand spanking new* training journal to try and see healing my back as a goal, rather than an obstacle. thinking of it this way helps me feel more constructive versus feeling like a victim. it is crazy hard to watch my social media feeds blow up with everyone's 2015 race goals, but i'm really trying to stay patient and focus on what i can do now in order to get back to running sooner than later. 





if anyone out there has dealt with disc issues, i'd love any advice or tips you had from your experience. it is nice to know that other runners have experienced, and successfully made it through, similar injuries. 


8 comments:

  1. I didn't actually start running until after my disc issues (also a bulging disc) so no help there- I just really wanted to stop and encourage you. I have been out of commission with heel issues which I found out were Haglund's Deformity. I finally got permission to walk and realize it is going to take baby steps. Listen to your mom, follow the doctor's orders and trust the process. <3 Hang in there!

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    1. Thanks, Tami :) This made me smile. I'm sorry to hear about your heel issues. Sounds awful. I hope you heal up quickly, but you're right, sometimes baby steps are the only way to go (and better than no steps at all)! <3

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  2. I have the same training journal, but mine is still blank. Gotta make a plan!

    I haven't had injections in my back, but I think if you're in that much pain, you have to do something to start the healing!

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    1. Isn't that journal awesome! I wanted to fill up so many pages when I first cracked it open, but I'm trying to be patient :)

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  3. Oh no, so sorry to hear but glad you finally got a real diagnosis. Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. I'm really liking PiYo, which is a Pilates/Yoga combo thing from Beach Body. If you ignore their annoying marketing scheme, it's a good workout and more interesting than yoga alone.

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    1. Thanks, Paulette! I haven't heard of PiYo! I just looked at my blog feed and someone posted about it (isn't that weird?). Is it an at home DVD thing? I usually am not very good at doing those, and like going somewhere, but maybe this is a good way for me to incorporate more strength and flexibility at home!

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  4. Alicia, I'm so sorry to hear about your back, but it is great to finally have a diagnosis. I hope that you start to feel better soon! All the best with physio so you can get back on your feet and running again soon.

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  5. My official diagnosis of my herniated disc came in October and it killed me to hear it. I am still upset that I have it. I haven't had a huge episode with it in two months now and I am hoping that it will continue like this for awhile. When it does flare up, I am couch-ridden for a few days too. I feel your pain...

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