Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Return of the Hobbling Jedi

Egads, I haven't blogged since August? FAIL! All the time I think, "Hey, this is interesting/funny; I should blog about it." And it NEVER happens. I'm amazed by the people who do update their blogs every day, sometimes multiple times. How do they do it? I obviously have time to read theirs and take no time to update mine.

To recap, I'm still having issues with my right side, but at least now I know what it is. Pinched S1 nerve (due to a bulging disk), which is near the base of the spine and runs down my right leg. So all that running/exercising I was trying to do wasn't helping. Awesome. So the doc gave me this fantastic hard core back brace that I wore nonstop for almost two weeks...and then I started just wearing it while at home. It's hard to wear clothes over the monstrosity, plus I feel like a turtle. I worried that if I fell over I wouldn't be able to get back up.

Even better, the physical therapy I've been doing the past week and a half appears to have worsened my pain. What was once just a pain in my ass has mushroomed into an all out attack on my right leg. After some trial and error with some different anti-inflammatories, the doc had to put me back on prednisone, which is helping somewhat. New symptom that started up yesterday was some numbness in my pinky toe. Today the outer edge of my right foot feels numbish when I stand on it. Needless to say, the doc was NOT happy with the PT people because they weren't following his directions. Now I get to switch to a different place...but it prolly won't be until after the holiday. :(

So no running, biking, swimming, walking, etc until I get this sorted out. I haven't tried any yoga on my own recently, but depending on the move, it might aggravate that nerve. In the meantime, I REALLY need to focus on nutrition so that I don't balloon up...any more than I have in the past few weeks since I eat anything that's not nailed down or under glass. I tracked my food in Sparkpeople today, and so far I've been successful! Now just to do it for the next 1 million days...

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