It’s time for a much delayed update on the world of Erin
It looks like the last time I posted for real was in MAY?!?! Jeez! So let’s catch up!!
Let’s back up a little farther than May, back to when I was preggo with my now 1-year-old (huh? Not sure how that happened so fast!). I had quite the problem with my back, and my sciatic nerve in particular. I did physical therapy with no relief, so I was told I’d just have to wait it out and it would improve once I had the baby.
Fast forward a little bit to November 2013….I started my post-baby fitness journey on 11/18/13. My back had improved a little, but I found that once I started exercising regularly that it helped get me functional at least, even though I wasn’t pain-free.
Now coming back to May 2014….My back pain, including pain and numbness radiating down my leg, had gotten to a point where I wasn’t even really functional anymore. Even working out regularly didn’t help anymore. I could barely walk, it hurt to sit for more than 5 minutes at a time, and I couldn’t bend AT ALL. Add in having a sedentary job, and having to lift and move around the baby (10 months old by that point), I had a recipe for disaster.
I had a couple of options. 1) Go to a Orthopedist, who I knew would most likely recommend PT, injections, surgery, or pain management. I wanted nothing to do with any of these options. 2) Go to a chiropractor. I was really nervous about this because I hear very conflicting opinions on Chiro’s. However, since I wanted so badly to avoid an Ortho, I decided to give it a try. I got recommendations from friends and family members, and actually found a great office that is literally the next building over from where I work.
Long story short, I have been going to Dr. Overcash for almost 3 months now. It was slow going at first, and was very frustrating. It also made me frustrated because he restricted me to nothing but walking. No running…no lifting…no yoga even!! I’ve been walking at least a mile 3-5 times a week since then, just trying to keep up an aerobic base for when I am able to get back to real exercise.
In the last month,however, is when I’ve really been able to start seeing improvement in leaps and bounds!! I can now bend over without pain, I can sit/stand/walk as much as I want to (within reason, and I do have a bad day here and there where I need extra TLC), and I can pick up both of my boys with no problem!! He is literally a miracle worker, LOL
I should have another re-evaluation around the first week of September to see if he can release me back to exercising. He says we’ll start with introducing stretching and gradually build back up from there. I’d be happy to do ANYTHING but walk at this point
I’ve got a bunch of other updates coming soon too, so stay tuned
What updates do you have? What’s been going on in your life?? I want to hear from you!!!!