Apr 142015
 

Whomp whomp. New injury alert! Lucky me.

So remember when I said I’d been having foot pain? The doctor determined that I had somehow bruised the bones in my feet. She recommended I get some good inserts that have arch support. I usually walk around in old running shoes that I’ve retired from running in. They have a lot of support and cushion (I get new running shoes 2x a year–they recommend you replace your running shoes every 500 miles, which I don’t usually run before switching but 2x a year seems to work well for me).

I ordered a pair of fairly expensive inserts for my shoes per the doctor. I gave them a try for almost a week and hated them. Next, I decided to give a Dr. Scholl’s cheaper option a try and it worked so much better for me. I got the ones that are specifically for athletic shoes. They feel so comfortable and give me much better support and were so much better than the first thing I tried.

The foot issue seemed to get better, unfortunately my back was out of whack. I have no idea why or what happened. It’s not like I did something weird in the gym and felt an instant “oh shit, that hurt” injury. It just kind of happened. It’s entirely possible that having weird foot pain for a month and a half lead me to walk in a weird way and that threw things off. I’ve never really had back pain before, just the usually “I lifted heavy in the gym and I’m tight and sore” so I didn’t really know what to do.

I saw my doc, again, and she said it was inflammation in my sacrum. In the photo below where it’s red, that’s exactly where it hurts on my body. It’s the muscle, though, not the bones/joint. In the beginning it felt like a giant lump.

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Thankfully it’s not effecting my hips or legs. Just my very low back/glutes. It’s odd–I have no idea why it’s inflammed and cranky but it freakin’ hurts. She recommended ibuprofen, icing it and physical therapy. She said I could do whatever I wanted in the gym, as long as it didn’t hurt. I’d told her that certain poses in yoga hurt really bad (downward dog specifically) but everything else seemed ok.

I took it easy. I stopped weight lifting for about a week. I stuck with swimming and the elliptical. Then I added some weight lifting back in–mostly upper body stuff like bicep curls, shoulder presses, etc. Nothing lower body. Seemed ok. Then I added running back in and that was okay.

The next week I was feeling a little better. It was still there but I could move around without pain–it mostly just annoying and uncomfortable. I added back more weight lifting and flared it up again. It was bad. I can’t pinpoint which activity aggravated it because I took it pretty easy and was trying to be gentle with my body.

Either way, it’s time to rest. I have a physical therapy appointment coming up and I decided to give chiro a try. I’ve never been a huge advocate for it. I tried it a few times years ago after a car accident and always left feeling worse than when I went in. In terms of healing an injury I lean more towards massage, maybe acupuncture, yoga and physical therapy exercises. But I was feeling desperate and wanted to try it again. Maybe the experience would be better this time around. After watching Michael suffer in excruciating back pain for years, I was freaking out and wanted stay on top of this before it became chronic.

  • I decided to take a week off from the gym and let my body rest and heal.
  • I’ve been taking ibuprofen like crazy (was previously taking prescription strength, which helped my back a lot but I had a bad reaction to the meds so back to OTC).
  • I’ve been icing my back throughout the day and then at night I’m alternating heat and ice.
  • I’ve been doing yoga stretches that feel good on my back (cat/cow, child’s pose, and a spinal twist that I don’t know the name of). I’ve been avoiding downward dog.

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  • I went to the chiropractor.

I think resting and icing is going to be my best bet and I’m crossing my fingers it’s a short lived injury.

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I went to the guy that Michael goes to and has recommended to me before all this. He did an exam to test my spine and see what was going on. He determined it was the SI joint and L4, which are apparently connected and it’s common when one is inflamed the other is.

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Next he had me spend some time on a massaging table. They hooked up my back to the TENS device and I laid down on a heating pad then they turned the massage table on that rolled up and down my spine. It felt magnificent! I want one of these things at home. :) I think I was on the table for about 20-25 minutes. Then he put me on this chair face down that moved up and down, bending my body in a slow, methodical way as he massaged the area. Finally, he adjusted me. It was a little scary and creepy at first but I felt a little better as soon as it was done.

I have to say I didn’t really enjoy hearing my spine pop. It felt good way down below near the pain, but higher up the spine and the neck? Creepy! He said it would probably take 3-4 visits for me to get better but he was optimistic.

The next day I felt a lot better but not “cured”. The pain was a little different than it was previously. I’d slept really well and didn’t have back pain when I tossed and turned in bed like I had been experiencing for the last two weeks. That alone was improvement! I was still sore and tight though.

He said that I could do some exercising, he said swimming would be the best thing, elliptical second best. He suggested I skip yoga for a few weeks and give running a break for a few days (because of the impact). He said I could lift weights, basically if it doesn’t hurt it’s ok. I wanted to give my back a break the weights, though, so I was okay with not doing that. He said that just laying on the couch while I heal is not the best idea, so that was good!

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Mar 302015
 

The last few weeks hasn’t been great for my body. About a month and a half ago I was having foot pain in my left foot and went to the doctor because it wasn’t going away. He said I bruised the bone in my foot. I took it easy, eased back on running for about a week and the left foot got better after weeks of it hurting. Fast forward to two weeks ago I started having new, weird, excruciating pain in my right foot! I self-diagnosed myself (of course) with plantar fasciitis and got a boot at the store to wear at night. I tried that for about a week and it was so uncomfortable I ended up taking it off in the middle of the night.

Finally went back to the doctor and luckily for me I mis-diagnosed myself. It was not PF! YAY! Worst fear. I know from people who have it that it’s hard to get rid of. Doctor said I had either:

  • Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of the foot. It sometimes spreads to the toes. The ball of the foot is the bottom of the foot, where the toes join the foot.
  • Neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

She does not think it’s a ganglion cyst because she couldn’t feel any lumps in the area. So that’s good because that would require surgery to fix. She thinks it’s the first condition, basically another bruised bone. I have no idea what I am doing to bruise my feet but clearly I need to get some new shoes and she also suggested that I get a shoe insert for arch support.

Of course pretty soon after my doc appointment my foot started to get better. Then I had back pain! I’m wondering if I was walking weird due to the foot issues and then that threw off my back. I definitely had a pulled muscle or something. It was so painful for most of the week. I got a massage last Thursday and she could feel the inflammation in my lower back. I’ve been taking it easy, skipping the weights and icing my low back. Getting a head cold the same week kind of took care of the “Rest” part.

So Friday came and I felt okay enough to go for a swim. No foot pain, no issues. I think taking a few days off from impact activities gave it a good rest and my foot was finally happy!

Saturday, my feet were fine, but I wanted to skip weight lifting to give my low back some rest so Michael and I decided to go for a hike. It was supposed to be a decent weekend weather wise and I wanted to get outside anyways. The skies looked gloomy but it was warm and there were breaks of sun. Plus it stayed dry all day.

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We tried to do a new hike in Forest Park but couldn’t find the trailhead. Since we were so close to Saltzman Road, the old standby, we decided to just do that one again. There was an off-shoot that I wanted to try mid-way up Saltzman Road trail. We’ve hiked passed it a bunch of times but never took it.

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We hiked up Saltzman and then took the side road. It’s near the fork by the Quarry Trailhead. It’s unmarked, unfortunately, so not sure what trail it is. We started hiking on it and it almost immediately went downhill. We did maybe 1/2 a mile and then asked some trail runners coming towards us how far the trail went. They said about 5 miles and it went to Thurman Road, and that it was mostly downhill. I decided we should turn around and just do Saltzman since it’s uphill and a decent workout. We turned around and did that instead.

The spring flowers were out in bloom! There were so many beautiful Trillium flowers and wild flowers blooming around and the flowering trees had tiny green buds on them.

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We did another mile and a half or so up Saltzman and then turned around and went back to the fork in the trail where there was a picnic bench. We’d brought Subway sandwiches for lunch so we stopped to eat for a few minutes and then continued down the trail where we found upper Maple Trail. We tried to do that the first time we did this hike and it was closed due to a wash out. I said we should do a little bit of it before heading back.

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My body was holding up pretty well. My feet were okay (no pain like before) and my back was okay. Walking actually doesn’t bother it, just sitting too long and bending over apparently. But after hiking for nearly 2 hours my feet were starting to get sore. I think the one drawback to Saltzman Road is that it’s gravel and pavement covered with dirt so it can tire your feet out faster than hiking on a soft dirt trail. We turned back, got to Saltzman Road and went back down the trail to the parking lot.

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Bella was lovin’ the great outdoors! Sniffing everything and exploring every fern and bush in sight. :) We ended up doing 5.90 miles in just over 2 hours. I burned 552 calories and Michael burned around 1000. It was a nice day in the woods!

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Back home I put some chicken in the crockpot to make shredded chicken tacos. I put some seasoning on the chicken with 1 cup chicken broth and 3/4 cup chili lime hot sauce and cooked it on high for about 4 hours. Then shredded the chicken and put it back in the crockpot for a half hour to soak up the sauces.

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The chicken turned out great and Michael raved about it! It wasn’t very spicy but it was tasty. I made us big salads with spinach, green leaf lettuce and butter lettuce. We split half an avocado, I added black olives and tomatoes and chopped red cabbage. Then I sauteed peppers and onions and put that on top with the shredded chicken.

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Dinner was so delicious! I will make this again, but I will probably add some more spice to it. Maybe some red pepper flakes, or a little cayenne. I had leftover chicken too, enough for each of us to have some chicken tacos later in the week.

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I think the sauteed peppers and onions made it really something special, too. Yum yum!

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