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Saturday, January 12, 2013

I am frustrated. I struggle all the time to do fitness. I'm Lazy or to be kind to myself ,very out of practice doing physical activity other than at work. I had been doing better lately until Thursday. I did a couple of new stretches and exercises, I felt pretty good. Then it hit , my lower back started hurting and the burning pain and numbness hit both my legs. No position was comfortable. I have history of back problems long standing. Tried all the things I usually do to ease my back to no avail. Had to call off work Thursday night. Unable to rest that night. Had to call in and see the Doctor Friday afternoon. He said I had a pinched nerve and a pulled lumbar sacral nerve. No work for 4 days and no exercise for 7-10 days until he gave OK. Gave me muscle relaxer med, a pain shot and solu-medral dose pac. Told me to go home and rest.
Pain shot helped until it wore off. Don't like the muscle relaxers, I only take half tab, it makes me dizzy and sick to my stomach. It does help with the pain and burning in my leg. But I am frustrated because here I am trying to do right exercise more and get stronger and bam I'm back to doing nothing for at least a week. I have been walking around the house so I can tell myself I am still moving and trying to get fitness in. Oh well at least this time I am able to walk and not laid up in the hospital flat on my back. Oh well, this will pass. At least I am up walking, slowly and short distances and not laid up in the hospital flat on my back.
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    Here's a big emoticon for all of your exercising! Just because you've hit a snag, don't let it conquer you! I've graduated from a emoticon to a emoticon just back in 2010. I had been in a chair, when we were finally able to afford one, or just sitting in my "usual spot and chair" since I became disabled in 2003. When I started my journey in March 2009, I was totally wheelchair bound. I have and am still on very limited exercise of any body part! emoticon You will get over this back issue and be back to your same self and then you can start back up slow. I've found that a true lifestyle change is more than saying that we've exercised "? minutes". You can do this.....I just know it! emoticon

    Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    1984 days ago
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    I know the story of aching backs and the destruction they can do to your plans and goals. I am struggling constantly with mine. First of all--being flat on your back is not ever a good plan. (personally, I cannot lie flat on my back anyway.) I wish that you had access to a pool because that helps me more than anything with my back. I can walk and do things in the water that I simply cannot do on land. I started in the pool with water therapy--and moved it into my own workout after I got pretty good at all of their exercises. I can squat and lunge as well as walk and water jog and so on.

    If you can get to a pool, let me know and I'll share some of my workout activities with you. I know you'd be so happy with them!!
    Gentle hugs,
    1986 days ago
    Pat, that WOULD be so frustrating ! But a week or so isn't all that much in the grand scheme of things, so use the time to find some new healthy recipes, read some blogs on SP, write some letters/emails, read a good book or two, or whatever you enjoy and don't usually have time for. I hope you feel much better very soon!

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    1986 days ago
    I truly understand your frustration! Back pain can be incapacitating! I'm glad you are able to walk and even more glad that you ARE! I really admire your determination to keep moving. Don't apologize for just "walking around the house". I've logged a LOT of miles on my "in house" walks. It helps me to spread fitness minutes throughout my day. I ALWAYS walk when I'm on the phone. I've done it so long now it's automatic; feels strange to sit and talk! You can develop new habits to build activity into your day; it won't happen all at once, but you can make it happen. Two best things I have done for myself are getting a pedometer and my dog Sugar! She really motivates me to get out and walk. Be well and keep going!
    1986 days ago
    emoticon I'm sorry you got hurt. Just rest and feel better. In the scheme of things, one week isn't that long.
    1986 days ago
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