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Feeling Better And Have A New Pain Plan

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I feel much better today after following my pain plan yesterday. I did fairly slow exercise for 2 hours and just barely broke a sweat when I was finished. The exercise did help my headache recovery. I know that I looked like I was exercising hard to others, but I was at level 5 or below the whole time I was riding the bike. When I walked on the treadmill, I kept the speed at 2.6 or below for an average of a 24 minute mile. For me, that is taking it slow. Since I can't feel certain types of pain until it's too late, I have to use external controls such as the clock or exercise equipment speeds to keep me from hurting myself. I also have to make sure that I warm up and cool down sufficiently to avoid injury. I did both today.

I stopped and picked up a prescription and purchased some fruit at the grocery store and then arrived home. My cell phone rang and it was my neurologist's office. My neurologist wants me to take my medication 3 times a day until my shoulder is fixed. I had started getting migraines from the referred pain from my shoulder. We will review my plan in August, once we know how to treat my shoulder. So far today, the new treatment has really helped both my headache and shoulder spasms. Because of that, I would have to say it was a good day.

I'm wishing everyone a happy Valentine's Day! It is a great day to tell your family and friends that you love them!

  
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L*I*T*A* 2/14/2013 6:28PM

    take care...........
wishing you a happy Valentine's Day
blessings and hugs............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 2/14/2013 6:28PM

    Yes, you looked like you were going vigorously on the bike to me!! But seems like you truly know what you are doing. So glad it was a better day. Smart to use the information on the machines to regulate your activity when you can't use pain cues. So hoping you get total and forever relief soon!

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Getting A Handle On Pain Before It Gets A Handle On Me

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yesterday, I saw my neurologist for migraines and chronic nerve pain. She stressed to me that when I'm starting to get a migraine or nerve pain, I should take my medicine instead of trying to "tough it out" and letting it get out of control. Apparently pain that is out of control is very bad for my overall health and I'm still not paying enough attention to it. I have a large tolerance for pain and when I start to get really uncomfortable with it, that means it will shortly be out of control. Pain that is out of control is bad for your body in so many ways. It is especially hard on the blood pressure and the heart.

It must be karma because today I had my MRI and I was in a moderate amount of pain after it was over. The pain comes from the position that I was in for the MRI and from the fact that I didn't move for an hour while the test was in progress. My shoulder muscles went into spasms so badly that the MRI technician had to re-do one part of the test. He initially thought that it was do to me moving my arm but I told him about the severe spasms after it was over. I was surprised that he didn't have to re-do the very last sequence too because the shoulder blade and back part of the shoulder were positively jumping. I guess it didn't affect the actual part of the shoulder being tested.

I drove from Tampa to the Y on my way home. At the Y, I did 80 minutes on the recumbent cycle. Today I did machine intervals as opposed to the manual intervals that I did yesterday. The intervals that I did today were 2 minutes high and 2 minutes slightly lower in difficulty. It was a good workout and I was sopping wet when I finished. I also felt exceptionally tired, which wasn't a good thing. Now back to my reference to karma. I felt okay all the way up until I got into the shower. Then it hit me! The pain that I experienced earlier in the morning came back along with the start of a headache. Since my doctor and I had covered exactly what I should do when I saw her yesterday, I put my plan into action.

First, I turned down the temperature of the water in my shower. I cut my shower time to as little as possible. I sat down as I dressed and re-packed my gym bag slowly as I breathed slowly and evenly. Then, I walked out to my car and slowly put my things in the back. I carefully drove home.

Next, I headed for the refrigerator and had some yogurt and drank some water with my medicine. I told hubby that I was working on a bad headache. I had a pile of mail, which I placed on the bed and read while I lay down and rested. Hubby came in and lay on the bed next to me to check on my progress. Once the medicine kicked in, I put hot packs on my spasming muscles and lay back down. Ahhhh, the combination of medication and hot packs on my shoulder and neck got the migraine and spasms under control within 3-4 hours. I still had a pounding in my head so a took a couple tylenol and the pain lessened even more. I could still feel the throbbing along the side of my neck but it was under control.

I honestly didn't think that the pain was that bad after the MRI or I would never have gone to the gym to do a vigorous workout. Some types of pain are hard for me to feel until they get out of control (My doctor says that this is very common for people who suffer from chronic pain). I am so glad that I went over my new procedure yesterday with my doctor. Who would have thought that I'd be using what I learned today. My time as the computer needs to be shorter so I will stop typing now and go take the second dose of my medicine and go to bed. Tomorrow, I will be very careful because I'm sure I will have residual pain. I will not do vigorous exercise tomorrow in order to let my body recover. Exercise in itself is good for me to do after a bout with pain but it has to be gentle. So, gentle it will be. I got a handle on pain before it got a handle on me. I feel better already!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 2/14/2013 1:34PM

    Good to see you at the Y today. Sorry I was too busy with the personal trainer to talk much. Was that a gentle cycling workout I saw you doing? Looked kind of vigorous to me at a distance!!

So sorry to hear you've been through so much pain. Hope you get some relief soon. I admire how you do all you can given what you face. Hang in there. Take care, Marsha

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Stationary Bike Riding At Level 7-10

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yesterday and today I chose to use the stationary bike as my form of cardiovascular exercise. The new stationary bikes at the Y are amazing! The Y where I belong has upgraded all of their cardiovascular equipment. The recumbent cycle that I used yesterday and today had it's own television at the top of the cycle. The seat was comfortable (and adjustable) and the the screen tracking the exercise was large and easy to read. (Just the thing for these "over 50" eyes!) The ride was smooth too!

I did a 5 minute warm up (and cool down) in the 2-3 level and was easily able to progress to levels 7-10. Yesterday, I did intervals of 1-2 minutes at level 10 and the rest of the levels were at 7-8. Today, I did levels of 6-7 at a higher speed with intervals of one minute at level 8. Surprisingly enough, I got a better workout today and was able to do 10 minutes more total time. Yesterday, I did just under 10 miles in 65 minutes. Today, I did 12.5 miles in 75 minutes. On both days, I was dripping wet when I finished my workout. I was glad that I brought my water bottle with me!

I felt energized after both of my workouts. They were fairly short and pretty intense compared to my 2-3 hour workouts in the pool. The recumbent cycle had a very smooth ride and didn't seem to bother my shoulder. I left the gym with no more shoulder pain than I had when I arrived. Hooray!

Tomorrow I am scheduled to have the MRI of my left shoulder. I plan to stop at the gym on my way home and hop on the stationary bicycle for an hour or so. Finding a way to exercise has been a lifesaver for me since I use exercise as a stress outlet.

  
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The new equipment is pretty nice. Glad it suits you these days that your shoulder needs rest. Best wishes for a clear MRI and definitive treatment plan. Wishing you health!! Take care, Marsha

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UMBILICAL 2/12/2013 7:34PM

  Good luck on the MRI

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Matching Food Tracking With Successful Weight Loss

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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Today I decided to look back at the successful times along my journey. I matched my food tracker with my periods of successful weight loss and was able to see in writing what works for me. (Exercise has never been a big problem, except that I tend to do too much of it.) I love the fact that Spark People has such great online tools that I can use to help me along the way. Thank you Spark People!

So what information did I gain? When I eat protein with whole grains for breakfast, I do better during the whole day. Notice that I didn't say more calories. Every time I have had a weight loss streak, I have had egg whites, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast. When I eat a leafy green salad with lean protein for lunch along with fruit, a whole grain and skim milk, I am less likely to graze in the kitchen later in the day. If I'm really hungry, I eat a snack. I eat a fruit or veggie along with it and it is more satisfying. When I have lean protein, veggies, fruit and a whole grain for dinner, I stay full longer. Smoothies made with fruit or veggies and skim milk make a great evening snack that is very satisfying. I can use a variety of fat free dairy products and add fat to my plan with heart healthy oil. I feel the best when I drink 72 ounces of water and when I do it consistently, I'm less likely to confuse hunger and thirst.

Wow! That is a lot of information! I'm glad that I took the time to write it all down after looking at my tracker. I think that I'll copy this blog and use it as a tool when I do meal planning. This plan is full of vitamins, fiber and protein. It is low in sodium and low in added sugar.. If I throw in a few spices, I can have lots of variety too! It is a plan that keeps hunger under control but is flexible enough to allow me to live my life.

Thanks Spark People for having this wonderful site that helps me with my journey to health!
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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2013 6:52PM

    Thank you all for such wonderful support! I printed off a copy (in larger print) and have it sitting on the kitchen counter where I can see it. Now before I eat anything else, I look at the blog and can see in black and white what I ate when I was the most successful!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2013 3:44PM

    Great job analyzing your meals and satisfaction! You are doing great!! Thanks for your wise answer on my blog, too. Keep up the great work. -Marsha

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Perhaps Duct Tape Will Help My Exercise Program

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This past week has been a tough one for me. I've been sidelined from my usual workouts by huge amounts of shoulder pain. When I called the doctor and told his nurse that physical therapy seemed to make things worse, they weren't surprised and immediately scheduled an MRI of my left shoulder. I'm not sure why they didn't schedule the MRI from the beginning when my humorous MRI showed a possible problem and the radiologist who read that MRI suggested it. Ah, the joys of the health care system! When I had an evaluation (for the doctor) at physical therapy on Friday, my therapist put me on rest until the doctor tells me what the new diagnosis is for my shoulder (if there is one).

So what does a person who is used to working out 1.5 to 3 hours a day do without her usual exercise? Get creative and do as much walking as possible. The problem is that when you propel your body forward, your arms want to swing in order to maintain balance and speed. I've rigged up a cross body sling with my purse that enables me to prop up my arm so I can do some walking. The issue with any kind of sling is that it stresses my neck if I'm not careful. I was very careful today when I did it. The other thing I did was put my hand in the pocket of my shorts, when I walked later today. The pocket kept my arm from swinging and gave it a bit of support. I was surprised to find that it is difficult to walk with any amount of speed without swinging my arms. I was a strange sight with one hand in my pocket and the other arm pumping away. Several people stopped to watch me but no one said a word to me. LOL
I'm hoping that I can find a way to ride the recumbent cycle at the gym and support my arm in my lap. I'm afraid the motion of my legs might rock my upper body but I can experiment with it.

The topic at our Weight Watchers meeting this week was planning out our exercise in advance. I immediately went on a mental search and rescue mission to figure out how I can rescue my exercise program without hurting myself. I was so deep in thought that I missed about 5 minutes of the meeting. My physical therapist took all water exercise off my workout schedule. No wonder he smiled and laughed to himself when he suggested that I rest until after the MRI and follow up doctor's appointment. He knows that sitting still is very difficult for me when I'm used to being so active. He didn't have any suggestions for ways for me to workout because he didn't want to suggest anything without knowing the shoulder situation.

Perhaps I can come up with something in which duct tape is involved. The experts say it is one of the most valuable household tools. I'm getting a vision in which my left arm is taking on a silver tint........
we'll see!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2013 3:56PM

    I can just picture you with a duct taped wing! I know you hate being banished from the pool. Be sure to get the rest your shoulder needs. I guess that is probably too obvious to state, but I did anyway. Hope that MRI is very, very soon and that you get the information and treatment you need, along with an exercise program that will strengthen, not harm, you. Take care, Cyndi. Thanks again for the Red Lobster coupon. We sure enjoyed it!!

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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2013 11:36AM

    hoping and praying you will get some relief soon..........
take care.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DONNABRIGHT 2/10/2013 7:35AM

    Sure hope relief is on the way.

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ROSEWCI 2/10/2013 6:53AM

    Oh my! I've heard that duct tape has been used for many, many things! But, for support of a limb? Uh, that would be a new one on me! LOL

I sympathize w/ya on this issue, cause I've been there & it's a very frustrating place to be! Do as much as you can, without causing further injury to that shoulder. It's remarkable how inventive we can be, when we want it badly enough! Expelling that energy becomes a priority! Good luck!

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