I have lacked in posting because mainly, I am depressed and kind of frustrated.
I was doing well with running and my back was fine, then BAM hurts worse than before. I really noticed on my run Sunday, instead of my usual lower back discomfort my mid to upper back just tightened and it was if it was pulling on my lungs because my breathing was short and as if I was panting. I ended up walking most of the way back.
Went to physical therapy Monday and the PT said how my back was still really tender down low and I told her my upper back was hurting too. She said I might have a rotated disc.
Skipped running on Monday because it’s never smart to run after PT, I learned that lesson last Wednesday.
Tuesday, as in yesterday I woke up and my back was just throbbing. Went to work and had to keep moving around and stretching it. Left early and got invited to the pool with some track buds. Decided I didn’t want to be non-sociable, so I went. I ended up being non-sociable because not only was I tired but I couldn’t take my mind off of my back and I couldn’t get comfortable sitting.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to run or really do anything because I was in pain, so I just went home and laid down. I fell asleep for almost 2.5 hours. Which is another thing, I have been insanely tired lately and my body has been very fatigued.
I go into therapy today and tell them my back was hurting so bad that I hadn’t ran since Sunday. PT felt along my spine and I just cringed with just her putting pressure on it. The top part of my spine was hurting and the areas around it were extremely tender. She asked if I ever had scoliosis and I said no. She had me sit up and put my arms crossed and up in the air and made me turn to the left while she held pressure against me with her whole body haha, hoping to straighten my spine out.
She said my back was extremely tight and it felt awful. She said my spine feels rotated and we took out a lot of my PT exercises that involved much of my back and twisting and then she put stem and ice on my back at the end.
I’m pretty sure I am going to see the chiropractor next week because I can’t go tomorrow since I am working and volunteering from 8am-7pm, and they are closed on Friday’s. So I’ll have to go when I get back to Cape next week. I just want him to check it out as well and maybe take an X-Ray to see if there is a cause and what it actually is looking like.
I just hate how it is sore and causing me from running because when my back hurts it constricts my breathing and then I just can’t even function. Plus I think there may be some nerve pinching because throughout my butt and IT bands it has been throbbing since. And when the PT stretches my hamstring with my leg in the air, I get sharp pins/needles in my heel. So wonderful. BLEH.
There is my long sad story of my running life. 🙁
Plan of action as of therapy:
Dead lifts = absolute no go. They said that was not a good idea because I have a tight quadratus lumborum muscle in my back. Which is what I have been battling my whole therapy, as well as strengthening in the simplest ways possible to not injure anything more.
This muscle since it is so tight, is also pulling up on my hip which could have been the cause of my sore hips/IT bands as well as my back pain.
I’m also not running very much at all because every time I do a run I feel like I’ve made 3 steps backward in my therapy. So I’m taking it really easy and just doing all of my exercises. I’m actually seeing a difference as my hips aren’t as tight and sore and my lower back hasn’t been very sore either.
Right now I’m just experiencing tightness and soreness in my mid/upper back from the deadlifts. But it’s getting better thankfully.
Also, I hop on the treadmill for a mile at therapy and I work on my form. After coach helped me with my running form, I showed them on the treadmill and both PT’s said it looked a lot better! But I get tight in my upper half, especially the way I hold my head and neck as well as my arms. I tighten those areas up and it makes my back curve more inward. So I practice that and they tell me when I start to tighten up so I can be more aware of it happening.
I’m hoping that when the team is ready to start their summer training, that I’ll be ready as well! But if it takes me a little longer then I will do whatever I have to do to stay healthy and come back strong.
I am excited to be seeing progress though and hope it lasts once I start back training again. I have a follow up doctor’s appointment May 25 and he will re-evaluate me.
As for school, this week is pretty much my last week, so I might be a bit busy. I’m still on track for the 4.0 so fingers crossed! 😀
Be on the lookout for some more reviews and possibly giveaways within the next couple of weeks!