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Surviving Aches and Pains

Life can become so busy that without realizing it we (actually I meant to say “I”) start to neglect projects, family and friends. But more important, I begin neglecting myself. I don’t take the time to listen to my mind or my body. And then one day it starts screaming at me and I can’t ignore it any longer. I am searching for a way to survive with my aches and pains.

A New Year

It’s 2019 and I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. They never last for more than a few weeks or months. But this year MUST be different. It will be my 60th year on this planet. I am not dreading turning 60 in August. One of the reasons I am not dreading this is because I am taking control of the situation and taking care of myself. It’s not a resolution. It’s a promise to myself. I was given this container to house my soul. It’s time that I take care of it, finally, after neglecting it for 59 years!

My Screaming Body

Seven or eight years ago I was very proud of the fact that I could jog a fairly good distance as well as jog UP steep hills without passing out! Life was good. I was going to be in amazing shape. After awhile I began to notice that at the end of the jog, and sometimes during it, I would have to hold the bottom of my back because it hurt. It was just a slight ‘tinge’ but it was there none-the-less. I would rub it a little and then move on with my day.

Don’t Neglect the Stretching

As months and years went on, the aches got a little bit worse. Someone once reminded me that if I was going to walk or jog I could not neglect the stretching before and after. I neglected the stretching. I was stubborn. “No need, I am still in shape and still fairly young. I don’t need to take more time out of my already limited blocks of available free time!”

Temporary Quality of Life

My foot came next. Excruciating pain shooting through my right heel each time I walked or got out of bed. It was diagnosed as a heel spur and plantar fasciitis. This pain in my heel lasted over one year. But I continued to walk and jog. I looked online for home remedies and tried everything. Finally I learned the correct stretches that I was supposed to be doing for my feet and within just a few weeks my heel no longer hurt when I stood on it. I felt like I had just been given my life back.

And Now There’s More

After neglecting the back aches for years, I am seeing chiropractors and having decompression done on my lower back as well as being sent to an orthopedic specialist to take MRI and find out what I have damaged.

This past week I did something simple. I was putting an item under the sink. It wasn’t even a heavy item. The simple act of bending over and turning my torso the wrong way caused the worst feeling I have ever felt in my life. Even labor pains while having my children can’t hold a candle to the pain I was feeling in my back and leg. I felt like I had just done something very serious.

My Leg Isn’t Falling Off

I have been told it’s a pinched nerve and that my sciatic nerve is screaming out for the whole world to hear! Clarksville Spine & Rehab happened to be closed for the entire time that my legs felt they were falling off. I was finally able to get in for an adjustment today and to be reassured that I am not going to lose my leg and I did not break my back. The worst part is, I am being told to hold off on any working out or lifting weights or lifting ANYTHING until this heals. Of course I grumbled like a little child and they just laughed at me asking if I prefer surgery later down the line.

The Point Where We Listen and Do As We Are Told

As I said earlier, it’s 2019 and I don’t believe in resolutions. Each day should be a new beginning. Each morning we wake up, we should greet the day and promise ourselves that we will be filled with gratitude and good health. We should do everything possible to make our lives the best they can be. Not just on the first day of each new year, but every single morning!

In this new painful phase of my life, I have resolved to do as I am told and listen to the specialists and stop thinking that I can treat all ailments by myself. Listening and following advice of those who know will help me heal the conditions that being stubborn has created. And I will try to do it all as holistic and natural as possible, avoiding surgeries unless absolutely necessary.

Moral of the Story

Don’t wait until it’s too late to start taking care of yourself. Yes, life gets hectic and there always seems to be no time for pampering, but I wish I would have taken those few extra minutes to make sure I didn’t hurt my body after my workouts. I wish I would have taken the time to meditate more and relax my body. Now I have to play ‘catch up’ and this is truly sucking!

Happy Healthy New Year Everyone!!!

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