Tuesday, June 05, 2012
After a vigorous workout this morning, I trekked over to Tampa General for my neurologist's appointment. I had occipital and trigger point blocks (8 shots total). The purpose of the blocks is to numb my neck, head and top shoulder muscles, which causes them to relax a significant amount. This relaxation reduces headache, neck and shoulder pain. When they asked me what my pain level was I said it was a 3 out of a possible 10 (10 being the highest). After she did the blocks, I was positively giddy due to lack of pain. The feeling of no pain made me realise that I had indeed been feeling some substantial pain. Apparently I was just so used to it so didn't consciously feel it. That was very weird! My doctor told me that this is often the case with chronic pain. She wasn't surprised due to my history. Wow, what an eye opener!
Hopefully the effects of my blocks will last for several weeks. My next block will be on August 7. I'm interested to see how I do with this. My doctor did tell me to use only the small weights in the water and limit my land weights to 5-6 pounds per weight. She feels that anything weighing more will cause my muscles to tighten too much and undo any good effects I receive from my blocks. I agree, will limit my weights accordingly and be sure to do no more than 3 strengthening sessions per week. I told her that I was resting between strength sessions and she approved. I'm very glad that I rested this past Sunday too. That allowed 2 days of rest between strength training sessions. I can feel the difference today.
I feel excited at the prospect of having reduced pain. I hope this will work. I will certainly do my part by limiting the amount of weight in my strength training and resting between sessions. I will monitor my pain levels after doing workouts and rest accordingly.