Light at the end of the tunnel?
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Well, last month I was still dealing with the intercostal rib strain--turned out I had also strained my rectus abdominus muscles (they run vertically from under the rib cage to the pubic bone) when my back had gone out back in August, and I was healing from that as well. Took my massage therapist and I awhile to figure it out, but she worked on my abdominal muscles, and things are much improved. Almost back to my usual semi-normal.
However, the weather changed this week--cool, overcast, rainy. This was not a good development. First six days of October, we got out to walk every day. Even walked 6.52 miles one day (nearly half of a half marathon!). However, the weather blew in and has been sitting over us, and it's affecting me. My low back's been sore again. My muscular headache has been around most of the week. I've had low energy and have been overall achy in general (I have a lot of osteoarthritis I deal with every day). I haven't worked out since Sunday. I did go back to the massage therapist yesterday, and she worked on my back and my neck. Back seems to be better this morning, but the headache is still sticking around. *sigh*
I had pretty much eradicated my menstrual migraines since changing my diet, and my frequency of other types of headaches had decreased a lot as well. So having a headache due to muscle strain for a week is not fun. Especially since I just got over a four-day muscular headache...it really doesn't want to go away. I'm hopeful I'll be able to do a short walk later on today, however. Will have to work through the headache.
Overall, though, despite the headache, I am feeling a lot less achy. The ribs and abdomen strains are just about healed. This is important, because I've been waiting to step it up a bit workout-wise...I want to start interval training, but I've held off because my core wasn't feeling good. Now it's just about to the point where I might be able to start soon. We're going to go to Asheville next weekend and do some hiking, and when we get back I'd like to start intervals. I think I might be ready.
When the headache goes away. I know it's muscular in nature, so having to do stretches and massage therapy and heat and ice is the way to go here. Meds will not fix this. I'm determined to beat this headache. I know sometimes after massage you feel worse before you feel better...that's the tack I'm taking with this headache. Pesky pesky headache.
I will not let the headache impede my progress. I'm finally coming out of my pain spiral, and I can see the end of the tunnel I've been stuck in for the last two years. I'm almost there.