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.