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Thursday, July 25, 2013

So....I've been away from SP for awhile. I had my injury back in March, had surgery in April....and finally got released by my PT to start getting active again! So I'm trying to get back on track with my food tracking. Except now- the thing I am struggling with is EXTREME back pain- so much so, that I had an X-Ray of my back done yesterday. I'm frustrated and tired of pain and health issues and that's why I am trying to get back on track! But when you feel miserable....it's hard to stay focused on your "program". I am so discouraged. Has anyone else encountered this?? One health/pain issue after another? I'm sure a lot of it will clear up once I get active again (which, I am trying to do....but still...) and when I get back on track with my eating habits once again.
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PATIENTSAM 8/31/2013 11:26PM

    Yes, pain is no fun. It is like a vicious cycle. You are in pain because you need to lose weight and you can't lose weight because you can't exercise because you are in pain! My suggestion is to do what you can. Even if you are only moving 5 minutes a day, that is 5 minutes! Then hopefully you can keep adding to that a little at a time. You can do this! We can do this!!

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DDESERTDDAWN 7/25/2013 8:25PM

    I understand your lack of motivation too. Glad you came back!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 7/25/2013 6:46PM

    Back pain is different category than my issues but I can understand your frustrations. I injured my knee last Fall/Winter. I had surgery in May and finally have clearance to hit the gym. I want to pick up from where I left off but I just can't. I lost some strength, my leg still is healing, and it swells after exercise. It's frustrating when I think about what I can't do and how it aches. On the other hand, if I compare myself to 2 weeks after surgery when I couldn't walk without crutches--and every single activity of daily life was a struggle, painful, or even impossible--well then my progress is awesome! Sometimes we have to retrain our thinking or our only conclusion is to be frustrated. You know when a wound is healing how much it itches and is annoying? Well, despite the fact that I am a mad scratcher, I get excited because it's healing.

I hope your recovery and the info from your doctor are all about how you are healing. I am not trying to minimize your pain at all but the frustration part can be conquered, of that I am sure. Honestly if you can't do much more than your PT exercises that's fine. Listen to your body. The fact that you are making efforts to track food is HUGE (you don't need to be perfect here either). I wished I had kept that going. I gained almost 15 pounds during my 12 week recovery. It's what we are doing that counts. Pat yourself on your back, gently of course, for all the progress you made and your resilience during a difficult and painful time. You are doing great and you will do it at the healing pace your body needs.
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