A lot has happened in the last several months. My fitness plans have been completely derailed. It’s not like I’ve been Spartan about it anyway but even the little bit that I had been trying to do became too painful. Let me go back to the beginning.
Several years ago I started to notice that sometimes, not all the time, my leg would sort of fall asleep if I had been standing or walking on concrete for extended periods of time (thank you Lotusphere). Since my extended standing periods didn’t happen all that often it was easy to deal with. Somewhere around the same time period or a little later, I also noticed occasional sciatica in one of my legs. Then that also seemed to go away.
Y’know, this would have been easier to sum up if I’d kept up with the journaling. Oh irony, thou art a fickle bitch.
Fast forward to about six months ago, the sciatic pain comes back and starts to get really bad. So bad that it was part of the reason I sold my beloved Jeep and haven’t ridden my motorcycle but a couple times this year. It became increasingly more difficult to get my daily steps via my FitBit. It’s now bilateral and I’ve occasionally lost motor control in one of my legs. Just for an instant, but still. Scary.
To make a long story short I went to the doctor who got me an x-ray and then an MRI. They found some arthritis and spinal stenosis with a pinched L4 nerve. So now I’m starting physical therapy twice a week and trying to do the daily homework they’ve assigned. It’s a lot of core work, which apparently I’m sorely lacking, and self-massage. Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s using a racquet ball to do deep pressure massage.
It’s only been a few days so there’s no noticeable difference yet. I’d just like to get back to being able to walk like a normal person. Maybe even run again.