Microdiscectomy 6 years on

>>  Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Blimey, it's 6 years since I had my operation" I said whilst sat at the breakfast table the other week.

I've not really thought about it much until recently.  I've had a bout of flu, serious lay me in bed for a week flu and I didn't run for 16 days and didn't walk for 13.  This was too much for my poor back and it complained loudly, it likes movement.  My sciatica flared up and I've had shooting pains in my thighs that I'm hoping relate to nerve pain rather than a myriad of horrid diseases I've google-diagnosed.

So I was pondering my back woes, across the years.

Putting this current lack of movement pain aside, things had been pretty much carrying on as normal.  If I walk or run gently I'm fine and stay mostly pain free.  If I sit around or run too much I have back pain or leg pain, simples.

I'm good at remembering to not sit a lot, I stand in meetings, I lean against walls in training sessions, I book aisle tickets in theatres and cinemas so I can stick my legs out and wiggle them.  I sit in the office at work and home on saddle style chairs and they work for me.  Too much driving or working out of a different office without back friendly chairs and I start to suffer.  I think it is pretty much the way it will be for me, after so long I can't see it ever getting any better but I've just about got the management of it licked - flu debilitation aside.

I went tobogganing at a snow-dome the other week, I did 3 rounds of it before realising that the pulling of the toboggan and the bouncy escalators up the slope were making my back hurt and I stopped.  This is good news because I can trust myself now to say "no, you have to stop this or you will regret it" but I am also prepared to do things to give them a go instead of living permanently in fear that I will hurt myself and return to the pain I had at the beginning of this journey. 

I should do more core strengthening exercises, I go through months of planking and then get lazy with it.  "Must try harder" will be written on my gravestone, but all up the back is currently manageable and the pain tolerable.  It'll be interesting to see what happens over the next year especially with the leg pain currently having a bit of a resurface.


A long stretch (ed calf muscle)

>>  Friday, March 09, 2018

So just before the dreadful weather from the east set in we had a lovely sunny day.  So a keen walker I work with and I decided to walk from his house (on the canal) to the Harborough Basin.

 It was a cold day despite the sun, the canal was frozen solid in places.

And the paths were extremely muddy and slippery in many places too often on a steep camber .

My friend ended up on his hands and I had my walking pole out trying to stay upright.

We set out at a fine place and reached the lunchtime stop long before it opened, so we sat outside with a sandwich and thermos.
There was a guy on a boat going through a few locks as we walked by, so we got to open and close a few lock gates to help him.

Some of this walk was in my regular stomping ground, and very close to my home, one boater was breaking the ice with a hooked pole ahead of taking his boat through it so as not to damage the boat.

I didn't take many photos because of the cold, taking my gloves off was not fun!

We should have stopped, at about 12 miles all was well with the world but we shrugged and carried on.  Me still with walking pole in hand and on the camber which I think meant I was not walking  'correctly'.

By the time we got to Foxton I knew I had a problem with my calf muscle.  We had a cup of tea and then shrugged and carried on.

And we walked and walked, until I was limping and hoping the end was around the next bend, or the next bend, or....please...the next bend.

The sun slowly started to set, what little warmth there was disappeared with it.

It was a lovely walk, and worth the effort but by the end of the 21.5 miles I was starting to hold my breath with each step of pain.

It's taken 5 days of resting it to come back to good, but being as that has been through all the horrid snow storms it hasn't been so bad, an enforced rest I needed. What it has shown me is I am not as fit as I was last summer when I did 27 miles without issue.  Oh well, challenge accepted, time to get fit again. Although I have cancelled my hill walking jaunt due in 2 days time, this calf is not going up any hills in the snow quite so soon!!

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