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I saw the company doctor yesterday, despite the fact that I'd already returned to working fulltime. I still had a few questions/concerns re: my condition and it seemed easier just to have her answer them rather than make another appointment with my GPs, who have given up open surgery from January 1st. Anyway, I now have a better understanding of what sciatica is: it's actually the muscles in your lower back seizing up and trapping the sciatic nerve between them, so nothing to do with disks or spine. Somehow, this newly gained knowledge made me feel better, though I can't exactly explain why. Also, the weakness and numbness to the lower leg and foot is likely to affect me for at least a month or two more, but I shouldn't let it stand in the way of me taking exercise.

Because I need to exercise. I need to take up a sport. "You're still young, you can and should do it now, and you need to get back in shape", she said. I know, I said, but when have I got time to indulge in any sports? Well, we have a gym right here, she said, you could come down and exercise on the machines for an hour every day. I told her Jobsworth wouldn't allow it, and that's true, he wouldn't. Then she suggested I take up running in my lunchbreak. Me! Running! With my history of injury to my locomotive system?

I tried running once, at the suggestion and in the company of one of my physiotherapists. I tripped over a dog backwards and gave myself a whiplash.

Still, she is right: I really have to start doing something to get fit soon, or reconcile myself to the idea of living out the rest of my days as a disgustingly fat slob. I've taken to wearing shapeless clothes again; this is never a good sign.


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Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I've taken to wearing shapeless clothes again; this is never a good sign.

I know the feeling.

I am glad the leg is slowly improving, and the doctor was able to put your mind at rest about it though.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm so glad. I was getting quite worried about how long it all seemed to take, but now that I know that 12 weeks is nothing out of the ordinary, I can get on with things.

She didn't even think I was mad to mourn the ability to walk in heels, and told me I should have some more control back in 6 weeks. Phew!
Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
That is a great quote!
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
And true on so many levels! ;-)
Mar. 23rd, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Exercising is a really hard habit to get into. I finally did, but it took Spike and Wesley and grad school. (The only time I had to watch TV was while I was working out. Eye candy was a great motivator.) Four years later, and I've finally gotten to the point where I like it. But I still want eye candy while I'm doing it.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
I know -- all I need is to find some motivation, really, and then sticck with it. Perhaps some sort of reward system, 'you can only have this puff pastry if youdo 10 laps' or something, might work. Or eye candy...

Nah. I guess I'm just terminally lazy.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
>>I tripped over a dog backwards and gave myself a whiplash.

Only you.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
We'd been jogging through the park for a while. "Now let's try that backwards," he said, and showed me how it was done. I turned around and took a few steps. "Easy peasy", I thought, and picked up speed.

That f*cking dog came out of nowhere.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like a daft idea to me. Anything could have been there!
Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Anything was! ;-D
Mar. 23rd, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Owwie! I'm sorry you're still in pain, precious. Can't some slow stretching or yoga-type exercise free up your lower back and thus your sciatic nerve? If I were there, I would apply a mustard plaster or something my aged mum might have, for the comfort.

I'm right there with the "wearing shapeless clothes" -- doing it myself.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for the offer of the mustard plaster 'or something', but I'm fine, really. Not in any pain, just a bit of discomfort through not being able to feel my lower leg much. It means I tend to stumble as I walk, but the doctor tells me it's a temporary thing, and should continue to improve over time.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about taking up something like yoga or pilates? It's somewhat safer than going outside and running...
Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)

I'm in yoga teacher training. You weren't to know.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
*smacks head* stupid spirit guide - he's supposed to feed me this sort of information *looks off into the middle distance*
Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Spirit guides...they don't make 'em like they used to, do they? ;-)
Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
sadly no,
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