Monday, January 6, 2014

Kicking off - Week one...

Its been a tough slog this week...
My back and chest pain has increased to the point I can barely concentrate on anything else...its so frustrating.
I have analysed...self diagnosed and worried myself half to death.
It got to the stage that I was struggling at work...and needed to take a couple of night shifts off.
I saw the Physio who confirmed my suspicion that it was most likely originating from my back...
but also felt a visit to the Dr to check my heart was a box worth ticking.
So off to the Dr..
and an ECG and some bloods..
and the same conclusion...
its more than likely an issue with my back.

The annoying part is...its not like a typical back pain...
I have no sharp pain...no spasm...no grabbing or increase on movement..
all I have is a chronic ache that is mainly spread across my chest and in my thoracic back...
its a wearing... dull....persistent ache.

In my misery I contacted a friend who is a masseur and I went for a massage...
I was incredibly sore and apparently very tight across my shoulders and back...
and in his opinion also...the pain I have is more than likely all associated to that.

So....I have another Physio appointment and another massage booked for this week...
its only a matter of days before I need to be fit for work again...
and at this stage I feel exhausted and pathetically weak from pain.

I even wondered tonight if perhaps I could have Ross River Virus affecting my back...
it seems to be a real neuralgic pain...and I am also so fatigued...headache ridden and it was only a few weeks ago I was covered in a rash.....all classic RRV symptoms..
if only I had thought of it earlier and had it included in my blood tests.

Anyway....aside from that...
I have been feeding my body well
Each day we have juiced....and I have made sure both Briony and I have got plenty of greens.
Today's was Chinese cabbage...cucumber...carrot....apple and lemon..

Salads have been our staple this week...
We have eaten them for lunch and dinner...
My favourite has been chicken..mango and avocado all mixed together with half a bag of mixed lettuce and a handful of snow pea sprouts..its like eating a little plate of heaven,
Another evening we had chicken Caesar salad made with lettuce and sprouts... paprika and polenta coated chicken....some crispy bacon... homemade sourdough croutons...a boiled egg....homegrown cherry tomatoes...Mums mayo and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese... omg.

I have not exercised....
I am truly not up to it at the moment...and its not a nice feeling...
I hope that very soon I can begin to get active again.

Today was weight and measure day....
I wanted to see just what damage I had done...and where I was at....
It wasn't actually as bad as I thought... but I do have some work to do and I am hoping to share my progress each week as I update.

I made the decision this morning to cut out coffee and wine (other than the occasional social event)
It was while meeting with a friend for coffee that I noticed my energy levels zapped...and a headache creep up....so I just feel that at the moment while I am detoxing that it would be wise to give my body a rest.
The thought of my morning without coffee scares me...so it will be a challenge tomorrow to go without.

So week one wasn't as I planned...
I had never intended to be still suffering this damn back pain...
and its stifling my attempts to get back into exercise...
so frustrating.

But..
its just a hiccup in the road...
 it will pass...so its onward....and upward...
and Im looking for some positive achievements by week two.

1 comment:

amanda hall said...

I hope this pain /ache you are feeling is decreasing every day. You are doing the right things - getting it checked by the Dr, massage and physio. And your eating yummy salads and the juices sounds fantastic. Backs take time to heal - so look after yourself. Read a good book (not diet or fitness but a GOOD novel) Get immersed in it - it's good for the soul :) Fingers crossed it all comes together and you start to feel better soon. Sending all my love xxx