It’s been about 2 weeks since my last update, and I’m doing even better! This sunset picture is a reflection of my awesome weekend (taken at Sunset Cliffs here in San Diego). I have very little pain as I’m working from home today. I have a DYI standing workstation from ikea.com so I don’t have to sit. I still take breaks and stretch every 30 minutes. Rather than an intermittent pinching in my groin, I have more of a dull aching in my glut which is soothed by icing. I can sit for longer periods of time (time has doubled since my last post; from 1 to 2 hours now) and I’m pretty happy about it! And this is all after, I recently punctured my foot by stepping on a shard of glass too! I know at my 3 month mark I was further than I am now but because of my MRI with contrast mishap (see previous post for details) I had to start from square one. Oh, well, I’ve learned some new things since then!
The things I attribute to my recent improvements are:
1) acupuncture directly on trigger points (find them and direct your acupuncturist on where to needle)
2) self trigger point therapy on key points – http://rhinofitness.ca/articles/article_trigger_point_adductors.html
3) hemp oil for inflammation – http://www.undergroundhealth.com/is-hemp-oil-the-miracle-cure-all-weve-waited-for/
4) therapeutic grade probiotics for inflammation – http://www.livestrong.com/article/449603-do-probiotics-decrease-inflammation/
Just know there will probably be some minor setbacks during your recovery period. Some days are definitely better than others. This of course is partially due to your body finding its balance again and partially due to the learning process of what helps and what doesn’t.
Everyday I make it a habit to wake up with constructive rest (see previous blog link; it only takes 15 minutes), listen to a sermon online to calm my mind and get ready for the day with a positive mind set. I alternate with some self hypnotherapy (may sound cooky but I don’t care; whatever works!) while listening to my favorite Pandora station or plain old deep breathing exercises. http://www.onepowerfulword.com/2010/10/18-benefits-of-deep-breathing-and-how.html.
I make sure I have a hardy breakfast (usually gluten free oats and almond milk) and take my inflammatory supplements. There are several miracle ones to choose from! I am eating healthy in general. I cut gluten, white sugar and dairy as much as possible and it DOES significantly help esp. with inflammation (causes the pain)! I typically eat oats, fish, nuts, chicken, veggies, and fruits. I try to shop organic. Your food is your medicine; it helps manage your brain/body to do all it’s daily chores in taking care of you including the healing process! (See, Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible: How to Use Food to Cure What Ails You)
Then I make sure I foam roll every part of my body (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khC5J1lkC7s). I try to swim/water therapy a few times a week which helps with inflammation, blood circulation, and healing the tear. I see my acupuncturist about once a week and she helps me tackle my trigger points (I go to a community one so it’s affordable, about half the price). I have about 20+ of them all over my body (hip adductors and sacrum/glut ones are the most crucial for me)!
I make sure I balance my work and social life. Nowadays instead of being the work-aholic that I once was, I make sure it is a priority to have fun and chill out whether it’s date night with the hubby or girls’ lunch/night. I no longer work into the whee hours of the night, skipping meals and exercise. I was working 7 days a week for God’s sake. Yes, I loved my job that much. I was obsessed and look where it got me… As we all know, stress is a component to disease and actually causes your body to physically react accordingly (http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems). So, people say “work hard, play hard”. I say work hard, and play hard-ER! In our American society, where we worship our careers/success, I envy the Europeans that take longer sabbaticals/vacations. They take double the vacation time than we typically do! The health benefits are even on Web MD, haha. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/take-a-break
Overall, I’m choosing to see this recovery process as a chance at a new life, a less stressful and more joyful one. Learning these new tactics and incorporating them will take some time but I think it will totally be worth it in the long run. It’s been 5 and a half months since my initial onset and I’ve definitely had my ups and downs since then but I’m really glad I’m choosing to heal this naturally vs. surgically. I’d rather take a year “off” to figure out the source of the problem than take 6 months off with surgery, have a re-tear, a total hip replacement, and arthritis down the road. I feel I am on my way to recovery with these natural methods which in return will give me a happier and healthier life when I look at the big picture. This is my prayer for me and for you. 🙂