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