It turns out that the chronic back pain I feel in my lower back is actually a herniated disk. Or two. Who's counting.
The cause? Who knows... I worked as a nurse aide for years. Lifting dead weight. I have a small child who likes to hang on my neck when she hugs me. I sleep on my side... which is a huge "no no" from what I have read. I am overweight. My abdominal muscles are weak. I did break my back when I was 10/11 years old, and they found I had "curvature of the spine" then.
My lower back hurts pretty much all the time. Sometimes it wakes me in my sleep. If I stand in one position for too long, I can barely move. I can't bend over very easily at the waist. Sometimes my right hip hurts so bad. I'm sure it's not the worse herniated disk in the history of mankind, but I have been living with this chronic pain for so long... that I just hope my body can heal from all of this. It is amazing to me how easily I have been able to put my own health, on the side. How I have been able to bear down, and work though the pain, taking care of the girls, keeping my house clean, showing up at work every day, exercising, etc is amazing to me. The human body really is capable of SO MUCH!
I finally decided to do something I should have done a long time ago. Research.
So now I am going to take my focus off of weight loss for a little while. I am going to focus on healing my back (and maybe lose weight in the process). Here are some things I will be doing:
- Strengthening my core (ab muscles) through Pilates 2x a week and random ab exercises when I am doing nothing else.
- Sleeping on my back with a towel rolled up under the lumbar curve of my spine
- Sitting on an exercise ball every evening and bouncing gently for 10 minutes to relieve pressure off my spine
- Yoga, specifically the cobra pose and other spine strengthening poses 2x a week
- Running 2-3 times a week, but taking the focus off running until I am healed.
I am tired of living in chronic pain. I need to try to do something about this. I take too much ibuprofen for pain relief. I need to take better care of me!
Still in process of getting V enrolled in the day therapy program. DQ is doing AMAZING with her reading in school. I am so proud of her. She is also coming along very well with her dancing, and acrobatics. I love to see her dance. I am getting a list together for the fundraisers I want to run for this dance season (thank you everyone for your fundraiser ideas - keep them coming if you have any more!).
Last night I sat on the floor and created my very own pattern for the corset I am making. Part of the reason my back is hurting so badly today, but I needed a huge space! We shall see how it all comes together. I hope to do a "mock-up" tonite (made in muslin to check to make sure it will fit) then I will start on the real deal hopefully this weekend!!!
I hope your days are going FANTASTIC!!!