Thursday, January 10, 2013
I dropped off the Spark map for a long while, but after I had a crappy couple of years, I wasn't really focused on taking care of myself and my climbing scale numbers showed it. A lot has happened in the past year that was mostly health related and a huge wake up call. I herniated another disk (not the one we expected to go) in Feb, and worked hard to get into shape for the surgery I had in July. From about April until July, my plan was to walk as much as possible, and it was not uncommon for me to cover 8-10 miles each day. It took a lot of focus to keep moving through the pain, but it paid off during and after surgery. This surgery kicked my ass probably as much, if not more than the 2 level fusion in 2008. If I had not been in shape, it would have been uglier. More stuff was happening to me during the pre-op months that was concerning. I began to have chronic migraines, developed tremors in my hands, had numbness and tingling that couldn't be tied to the spine issue, and developed bladder issues. I saw a neurologist, and she ordered an MRI, which did not show anything which would explain my issues. During my independent research online, I discovered that my lengthy history of odd symptoms fit MS nearly perfectly. I just don't have lesions to make a definitive diagnosis. I had a miserable summer... I had no tolerance for the heat and stress, which would trigger migraines, slurring of my speech and general ickiness. I worked very hard to get myself in shape and it all seemed for not. As the months passed, my clothes fit less and less, and made me feel even worse. After the holidays, I decided I had enough and dove back into exercise and eating better. I started with the walking, and I'm now even able to take bike rides. It was wicked cold this morning with the wind we had, but I still got out there and have covered 7.6 miles so far. I might even go to the gym in a bit. I still have my moments when I know my nervous system is not working properly, but I seem to be doing better overall. I will keep going and see what happens. Take each day as it comes and get the most out of it.