Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ouchie!!

I've been a little MIA here & in life. I felt something pull in my back when I was helping my Grandma over a month ago..no big deal, right? Well, for the past month, my leg has been going numb & sitting up has become much less than comfortable. I come from the school of "walk it off" yet that hasn't seemed to help. I finally did some research & figured out that I have pinched my sciatic nerve. Huh. Well, isn't that something.

From what I've read, "walking it off" isn't really a remedy. Well, that certainly explains why the shooting pain increased after a nice jaunt around the town....who knew????? I've started on a little regiment of gentle yoga to stretch everything out & it's helped so much. I'm still not perfect, but I'm getting there. It was crazy how much better I felt after my first little yoga session. I used to do yoga several times a week, but for some reason, I slowly stopped....now I realize how much better I felt when I was stretched & flexible. It's still too early for a full yoga routine, but I'm happy to settle onto my purple yoga mat in my bedroom for 15 minutes & slowly pull the pins & needles out of my back & leg.

Hopefully I'll be back with new thoughts, ideas & pieces very soon.

xoxo
Pam

2 comments:

Beth said...

Oh dear.. I wouldn't wish sciatica on anyone. I'm glad that yoga worked with you. My gentle stretching also helped stop the pinched nerve so I don't have the numbness and tingling down the leg; however, I still require the gabapentin/Neurontin for the pain. And yes, walking irritates it severely (at least mine does) and can seldom get through a Costco trip without "paying for it" in the form of pain. But like you, I try to push through it because I don't want to let life pass me by! ((PAM)) hope it continues to improve. I know the purple yoga mat helps even more ;)

Stormy said...

Been there ~ stretching works well.
It's something we all should be doing every day, but don't think much about it until we have something like this happen.

I threw my back out so bad once just making the bed, that i fell onto the bed, and stayed there until the next day, it hurt so bad.
lesson learned ?
not!

i try to stretch every other day, at least.
my yoga mat is purple too :)

hope you feel better soon ♥