Pushing too hard or fibromyalgia?
Thursday, May 09, 2013
I am honestly not sure what the problem has been these past couple days, but there has definitely been a problem. Without a specific diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I am claiming it as the most likely cause of this chronic pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines, "fog", and other symptoms I've been dealing with, more and more as time goes by. I had made the decision, just a couple days ago, that I would just have to workout as much and as hard as I could, WHEN I could, to make up for the days that I'm barely able to do anything. In hindsight, that might not have been the best idea...but I'm still trying to decide. What I'm now concerned about is the possibility that I may have, by over doing it one day, just created more pain for myself in the following days. I need to find more information on how do deal with this, because it's really making a mess of my plans! One thing I DO know, if I do, indeed have fibromyalgia, my case is nowhere near as bad as many I have read about. I have chronic pain, but it is seldom debilitating pain, unlike that which many others who are dealing with this condition report. If this is what I have, I'm one of the luckier ones! I'm lucky anyway, because being able to group all these symptoms together and putting a name on it is a good feeling. :)
Anyway, back to business: I haven't *really* worked out in two days. On Day 1 (Monday) I felt strong, and had little pain - stuff that could be ignored. I did a 10 minute upper body workout and 30 minute cardio workout (low impact, medium intensity - which, for me, is high intensity!). It felt good, I felt good, so I got a bunch of housework done, really pushed the "NEAT" activities (adding squats, lunges, leg raises whenever possible); and finally, just before the sun was going to set, I walked to and through the park, including a very steep grade uphill portion which has always been high intensity for me, but in my current fitness state was VERY high intensity. I also got a blister on my foot ;) I felt like Wonder Woman by the time I was finished!
On day 2, I woke up too early (aka not enough sleep) and seriously aching from the previous day's workouts. Unfortunately, I didn't even think about stretching after the "high intensity walk", despite the fact that my glutes were on fire while I walked the incline. So my butt, thighs, calves, shoulders and arms were all sore in addition to the chronic pain points that always hurt. I took a hot bath to soothe the aching muscles, immediately followed by a cool shower to (hopefully) reduce the inflammation. I felt good, and needed some groceries, so walked the block to the grocery store. Carried my basket of groceries through the store, and ended up with two tote bags full of groceries. As I am a TOTAL DORK, I carried these bags home, alternating between bicep curls and lateral raises through the entire walk. Got home, put the groceries away, sat down "just for a few minutes" and never really quite recovered. No official workout that day :(
I woke up on Day 3 hurting more than ever, and in a total mental fog. I'm talking foggy! But I was clear minded enough to notice a SP post on FB regarding stretching...so I did about 15 minutes worth of slow stretching, hoping to get my muscles feeling better. Sat down do drink some water, and ended up going back to sleep. Repeated the last two events most of the remainder of the day. Well, actually, for the rest of the day...no workout that day either, other than the stretching exercises. What's worse, my nutrition plan went all to heck as well. That seems to be a pattern, if I go more than a day without a real workout, my diet suffers as well. I have to find a way to work on that. I think that when I'm working out, I will just choose to exercise when I am craving something I don't really want or need to eat; but if I'm unable to work out, I eat it.
Day 4, TODAY, I am in another kind of pain, lol. The muscle aches from the previous two days have all but disappeared, I still have the chronic back/hip pain, and now the other hip is hurting, MORE! This is almost comical...but I don't really think it's enough to make me miss another workout. So that is the plan for as soon as I've finished this blog...right about now!