I have had chronic back pain since age 13. I had 6 back surgeries by 26. From 26-45, I had managed to listen to my body. I still needed pain pills for daily living, but was able to stay fit and do things at my pace, taking breaks at my pace.
In March 2006, I joined SP and became obsessed with getting even fitter, dropping about 30 lbs. Diet and exercise became my priority. I worked out with the Wii EA Fitness 45 min. every other day with those days doing 45 min Just Dance and a 3 mile walk (17 min mile) plus daily life activities. On other days, I did the 3 mile walk and 90 min Wii Just Dance. I lost my weight and became toned. I also did require 1 more pain pill to do this.
In September 2010, I went to a PT, during the evaluation he gave me an exercise which caused severe pain. Here is where I STOPPED LISTENING TOMY BODY! I couldn't sleep that night due to the pain, but went back and told the PT how bad it had been since I left his office. He didn't care and I went ahead and I'd his day's plan, SEVERE pain never leaving.
The next morning I awoke and stood up straight and couldn't move either leg. I learned very quickly if I bent my knees and bent forward, I could walk. I wen to my doc that day in tears. He gave me a cortisone shot, said take it easy forv2-3 days then get back to walking. I did this.
To shorten the story from here,THE ARTICLE IS SO VERY RIGHT, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY especially when it is yelling at you and changing your normal to get things done. I ended up walking in the hunched over position from Sept. to Dec. and for he first week I could walk the 3 miles, quickly my speed and ability deteriorated until my father or mother followed behind me with a wheel chair until my legs gave out. I was determined to do the best I could at exercising and listen to my doctor.
By not listening, in December, I became wheelchair bound. Finally in Jan. 2012 a gifted surgeon figured out a significant problem that octopus for two years missed. I underwent life and death surgery. Needless to say, I SURVIVED BUT BY NOT LISTENING TO MY BODY TO STOP, I HAVE MUSCLE BURNOUT OF THE FRONT QUADS above the knees.
The author is quite right, understand normal pains from over doing it ( I did) and know when to just say no ( I didn't ). Thanks for an important article.
- 6/3/2013 4:27:33 AM