Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I confess, I had a bad week with three celebratory dinners. My resolve left me after the first dinner party and I just didn't try after that. Result, at the end of the week after having eaten a particularly delicious (as in loaded with calories) meal, my right leg started going numb like I had ants walking around in my foot. I sat for a while and it calmed down. I got home and went to bed. The next morning wow! I felt like someone had driven a steel rod into the small of my back, clamped my left thigh in a steel grip and was pouring cold water on me each time I tried to move! I moaned in pain. My doctor's warnings all flashed into my mind: "you're too heavy for your spine and the fat is pushing down on your spinal cord squeezing the nerves and that's why you're in pain." ... So if you know what's causing you trouble wouldn't you avoid adding to it? Apparently not.
I knew I'd get no sympathy from my doctor and I decided to face my self created problem by walking. I more or less hobbled around for 20 minutes and sat for 10. When I got up again I could walk better! I added another 50 minutes getting a better rhythm as time passed. I drank water - lots of it and continued. The pain subsided considerably. I just kept walking and at the end of the day I was loads better. If anyone suffers from the same kind of problem (sciatica - not overeating) then I humbly suggest you take a long walk and walk it away!