Piriformis syndrome- who knew? And halfway to goal
Friday, March 28, 2014
So, the afternoon after the 8K my hip was a little stiff. But it was better by the time I got home so I ran a practice 5K and it started hurting again and then I tried to jog a mile the next day and from then on I've had pretty bad sciatic pain. My daughter, the PT says it is probably piriformis syndrome. I'm a nurse and I swear I never learned there was such a muscle. It is deep in the buttock and while it is not a major mover of anything it appears to be involved in its own little way in everything the hip can do. The sciatic nerve goes beside it or through it and is affected by it. I took flexeril and slept for two days, but it didn't help the pain and neither did the nsaids I also took( plus hot and cold packs). Bedrest isn't supposed to help. Gentle stretching after the acute phase can. So I guess you just have to hobble around and wait for it to get better. The worst thing is sitting! It is a common overuse running injury,
An overuse injury! Of all things. Just when I was feeling OK about my foot. I need to get it into my head that just because I feel good WHILE doing things it doesn't mean I'm not overdoing it. Especially at this weight. So I am officially banning myself from thinking about personal records, times, and jogging a full 5 K. I hope I can still be in the Diva 5K. If I'm able - I forbid myself to do anything else than run 1 min walk 4. Maybe when I get to a normal weight, I can build up to a 5 K again.
Speaking of weight, I'm halfway to goal. In spite of the fact that I laid around for the past several days I still lost a pound. Go figure. It has been six months since I started and I have lost 30 pounds. I'm happy with that. The next 6 months will probably be a slower loss, but I'm prepared for that. I'm satisfied with how my healthy eating plan is going. I've traveled, had pizza with the fam and survived. I haven't been tempted to binge or eat junk. I have been able to tolerate my husband having a few junk snacks around for short periods of time. Part of me wonders - "can this last?" Then I answer yes, why not?. But I take one day at a time.