Monday, November 12, 2007

A Pain in the Bum

Why do muscles spasm and cause pain? Mine have started due to an old injury and then when I'm stressed they get worse. Exercise can also cause muscle spasms. According to this I should be in pain for the rest of my life. I'm in a vicious cycle. I get stressed (and my body really takes offense) so I want to exercise to reduce the stress my body feels. Then the exercise I continue to do over works the muscles causing more pain. So the next step is to not exercise but then I get stressed out again. (I'm sure I will especially with the holidays coming.) I know I should take up yoga but I don't have the patience for it. That means I really, really need to take up yoga.

Last week I had a lot of pain in my bum thanks to my piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the bum running from the SI joint (bottom of the spine) to the hip. It gets aggravated when I bike, walk, drive, sit for long periods of time (like when I knit), and play the piano. All things I like to do. Last week I only walked two days and took the rest of the week off hoping it would help. No suck luck. Last night I laid on a tennis ball. (I found this home remedy on line. You put the ball under the sore spots and use it to massage the muscles.) I might be a little better. I walked today anyway, I don't think it's any worse. I don't want to undo whatever little improvement I've done so far. I go to the new doctor on Friday. I'm curious as to what he'll say. I want a good supply to Norflex. He may want me to have more therapy. Therapy does work but this last time I didn't stick around long enough to get it totally calmed down.

My total goal mileage so far is 72, almost half way. Good thing I got a good start in October or else I would be behind. I will give up my goal only if I have to. I can be so stubborn. Let's see, who do I get that from?

1 comment:

Mickey Standiford said...

I'm proud of you for trying to do whatever you can to try and fight this horrible pain cycle that you are in. I know we all wish we could help break the cycle. BTW - I have no idea where you get that stubbornness from (ha yeah right).