Overcoming an Injury

Overcoming an Injury

This is a more personal post for me to write and I wanted to share this with you all. For the past few months, I've been experiencing numbness in my right leg and intense pain in my lower back. The pain became worse the longer I would sit. At first, I thought it would go away with massage sessions and continued stretching.

The first physician prescribed Ibuprofen and Naproxen for pain. I rarely take Western Medicine because I'm not a huge fan of it but will take if needed. The pain continued so they referred me to a neurologist and physical therapist.

The neurologist diagnosed me with Right Side Sciatica.

Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.
— WebMD

The neurologist took me off work until the MRI results came in. I was required to use a standing desk when I returned to work, as well as, pause all exercises. I was extremely sad and disappointed because not only was I in pain, but I couldn't continue working out. What pushed it over the edge was that I had to stop my marathon training. I was torn between wanting to exercise and also taking care of my body to prevent any more injuries. I realized how crucial working out is to help me release frustrations.

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Though the injury has been a minor setback, it has helped me connect with the health and fitness community even more. I had to figure out how to heal myself. Going to physical therapy has taught me a lot about muscle and joint functions. I now see how everything in the body connects.

Standing, stretching and walking has helped me recover the fastest.

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Many people advised that I try acupuncture. Acupuncture focuses on clearing the channels in  your body. Certain points (meridians) in the body relieve pain and release natural endorphins. 

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

After my first session, I felt instant relief of pain. I also got a Chinese massage and reflexology to help the healing process.

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.

My MRI results came back showing normal wear and tear. I am relieved that I did not need a procedure. For the last week, I have had no pain. I am so happy to be feeling much better. I can’t wait to get back to working out! This whole process has been good for me. I've learned just how important it is to take care of your body.

Have you ever been injured? What did you do to recover?

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