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Week 2 sum

Monday, July 01, 2013

Another week gone and I wasn't able to stick to my 5 week plan at all. While I'm upset, I know it is for the best to take care of my body. My back has been giving me a lot of pain for at least the past couple weeks, but last week it was even worse and particularly bad. I honestly thought I had a slipped disc or something. It is all one-sided. The lower right part aches when I'm lying down for a while/when I sleep, so I haven't been sleeping, and the upper right part/rib area is a sharper pain that occurs whenever I twist my torso, or you know, roll from one side to the other when I sleep.

I went to barre class on Monday even though I probably shouldn't have because it was bothering me, but it was hard to tell if it would help it or not considering the class does incorporate a lot of stretching. Tuesday at physical therapy was a completely different treatment plan. My PT told me my back was an utter mess (um yeah, I can feel it!). I didn't do any exercises; they gave me the works, heat, massage, stretching, stims treatment (which is a really cool electrode hookup type thing that is supposed to shock your muscles into relaxing, it just feels really tingly) then ice. That night was the worst pain it had been and I got like zero sleep. I tried to do some yoga on wednesday just to get moving and stretching but it didn't really help. I cancelled my barre core class on Thursday :(
Friday, my PT said to come in again unless it was miraculously better. It wasn't, so I went in for the same treatment as Tuesday and she told me to avoid exercise until I was (mostly) pain free. She also had another PT look at it because neither of them were actually familiar with what to do with me, a lot of the pain feels like its in my right ribs, and they weren't sure what to adjust related to ribs. Awesome, but at the same time, I guess it's better than attempting something you're unsure of, especially with ribs. So, I took the weekend off and said I'll get back to the swing of things on Monday with my barre class. Well I'm still feeling it today so I cancelled it :( I'm so frustrated.

Foodwise I had 4 days of on-target eating. My goal was 5/7. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I sacrificed staying on track for a social life which I'm working on as well so that was an active decision on my part. Better next week.

I am not giving up or giving in. Every choice counts. Right now, I can control my eating so I'll focus on that and slowly get back in to my original fitness plan.

Happy 4th week! Let's celebrate the freedoms we have including the independence to choose to be healthy. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IRP1114 7/2/2013 6:16PM

    Hope it is getting better now! Back pain sucks. Any pain for that matter. It can just ruin the day because it is so hard to ignore. Stay positive girl. Easier said than done I know but you are right about every choice counting. Every choice makes or breaks the day. So keep at it one day at a time. Just do what you can. Diet is way more important than exercise so focus your time on that to feel in control when you can't workout.
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ELISELOVE1 7/2/2013 3:59PM

    hope it feel better today . keep your eating in check emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 7/2/2013 1:33PM

    Do you have insurance? Can x-rays or some other imaging test be done to find out what is wrong? It has got to suck dealing with this.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 7/2/2013 10:37AM

    Sorry you're dealing with back pain :( I hope you and your chiro/PT find the root of the problem and that you recover quickly.
I think sacrificing a day or perfect eating to have a social life is a worthwhile cause. You could also try to plan in a 'going out' day so if one happens to arise during the week, you'll be prepared with a little bit of a calorie deficit to work with.
I hope you have a great holiday week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I don't know if they checked, but you could have a popped rib (essentially, a rib "pops" out of the cartilage "casing" that keeps them in place). It could've been something that happened weeks ago, but then either it or a knot in the muscle started pressing on a nerve in your back.

If that's the case, it's a pretty easy fix: the physio just needs to find the rib (check ALL of them, as sometimes it's the opposite side or top/bottom) and push it back into place using a palm or fist (not really possible to do yourself, but easy enough for a physio/chiro). IF it is a popped rib, make sure you don't leave immediately after they put it back: if it's been out long enough to cause you large amounts of pain (which it has...), you can end up dizzy or nauseas once it's put back. The heat/massage/tens/stim machines will help too.


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EMMY_DUCKIE149 7/1/2013 8:38PM

    Back pain... ugh. Keep listening to your body, that's the ticket.

Happy Fourth! :) AMERICA! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 7/1/2013 3:15PM

    Oh no, this sucks dude! I hope you feel better soon & they can figure something out for you! Of course, lack of sleep makes almost everything worse, so you're being a real trooper right now.

I LOVE stim! I actually looked into getting one of those things for home. The poor assistant at PT always has to wake me up - I fall asleep because it feels so good!

Anyways, I REALLY hope that you start feeling better soon. TAKE IT EASY & take care of yourself!

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CHODGES83 7/1/2013 2:52PM

    I hope your backs/ribs mends quickly and completely. Be careful!

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IAMZBEE 7/1/2013 2:51PM

    I'm so sorry you're experiencing all of that back pain. I hope you take it easy and it heals soon. emoticon And you know what... 4 days is better than 0 days. I guess the next goal is to do 4.5 days. =)

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STFRENCH 7/1/2013 2:17PM

    So sorry to hear your back is still hurting.

You are right to a) listen to your body and b) listen to your PT. If you try to push yourself, you may injure yourself further and delay your recovery (I've learnt this the hard way with my shin splints!)

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