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My yoga journey

Push ahead or slow down

My hip is a bit meh currently. It’s ok but not great. I can do most things but know when I’ve overdone it and boy is it bad.

I’m currently having a dilemma as to if I push ahead and do Kino McGregors ashtanga weekend in Edinburgh in a few weeks time or if I be sensible and try to sell my space. I really don’t think I can do five workshops in a weekend and still function. I’d be in so much pain and need to be on drugs for a good few weeks till it calmed down.

At the same time I’d really like to do it. It’d be an awesome experience and it’s been years since I did such intensive practice as that. I kind of want to see what my body can do and if I can manage it.

I’m going to a full primary series class next week and will see how I do after that.

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Reframing my attitude

I listen to podcasts while driving and enjoy Yoga By Candace’s one. It’s short episodes at about 20 minutes and nicely focused on a different topic each week.

This weeks podcast was on the law of attraction. The basic premise of this is that what message you send to the universe is what will come back. Send out a message that you are in pain and that nothing will help it and that’s what will come about.

Pain is linked to mood. If you’re positive then you feel less pain. The placebo effect is a strong one and generally I have been positive about it but the last steroid injection doesn’t seem to have worked so it’s difficult.

So my current framing of it is that I have pain but I am able to walk, do yoga and enjoy my life. I will be able to find a solution to help this be sustainable and relaxing helps this.

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Hip Update

So it’s been quite a while since I wrote an update on my hip.

Since then I have made quite a few changed. I tried swimming for a while and that did help. I then adopted a gorgeous chihuahua and this made my pre-work swims a bit of an issue. I have however upped my walking as a result of having her. It seems to have helped and it’s making me more mobile and generally getting out an active.

I also go referred to a private specialist in pain management. She was super understanding and great about working on a solution. She was also happy to go ahead with my researched suggestion of steroid injections. There is minimal risk of them causing more pain or infection and a middle probability of it working. It took a while for it to calm down and get back to where it was but overall it seems to have helped.

I’m now on a lower dose of painkillers and manage a few pill free days a week without too much issue. It’s been a long journey and one that I wasn’t sure I was going to get somewhere without a lot of pain but I’m in a better place for now.

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Hip Progress

A super quick update as I don’t think I’ve done a proper one on my hip for a while. I’ve now got an appointment for seeing the specialist. It’s not until mid-January but it’s a huge relief. It’s taken six months after I got referred to be get an appointment and this isn’t the end of the line. I’m likely to need to be referred for a scan or further tests before a treatment plan can be put in place.

It’s been slowly getting better and I have a bigger range of pain free movement that I did but it’s been so slow.

I’ve been super bored of doing my physio exercises and not doing anything to high impact. I’ve also put on a bit of weight. I’m about 15lb heavier than I was in January and that’s with post Christmas gains. I’m looking forward to being able to do things again, even simple things like going for a short run or cycling across town or being able to do a yoga class without having to skip poses because of my hip. I’d like to not have to plan if I’m going to drink wine or if I need to skip it to be able to take painkillers later. I’d like to be able to go to an acrobatics class at all and not be worried about how I’m going not be comfortable walking up stairs the next day. In general I want to be fit and healthy. It shouldn’t be a huge ask but at the moment it feels like one.

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Ugh. I feel like the only updates on my hip are not great ones. I’m still suffering quite a bit. Some days are better than others. 

The other day I walked most of the way home then suddenly was is a lot of pain. I could see the end of my street, I was that close. A taxi went past and I seriously considered hailing it but I knew if I sat down I wouldn’t be able to get back up easily. God this is dull and I’m over being in pain. 

I’ve been referred to the surgeon and although I initially was of the opinion that surgery was never going to be an option if it is 18 weeks of recovery and better it’s better than the continued pain that I’m living with currently. 

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Hip Update

I’ve realised that in my month off blogging I had an update to my hip injury and that I’ve not shared it. It’s better than it was and I’m managing without painkillers 4-5 days a week. I’ve been super good at not doing things while in pain. 

My physio is still not happy with my progress and feels that I should be further along with healing given how much work I’ve been doing and how long it’s been since the original injury. She’s now written to my doctor to ask them to refer me to a surgeon to see if we can get scans done and make progress. I’ve an appointment with the doctor to see what his opinion is on referral as he wasn’t that keen last time I saw him. 

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Hip update

It’s been at least three weeks since I posted an update on my hip injury and how recovery is going. I had a very good discussion with my physiotherapist and doctor last week and have decided a way forward. It’s become obvious that me keeping on doing most things and taking painkillers to get me through it isn’t working and isn’t sustainable long term. 

The new plan is three parts over the next two months and the first is to only take painkillers when I need them for daily activities. Not to keep me going through classes and fun things. It’s been a challenge but still hasn’t been too bad so far. I’m resting more than I was but still able to do most things. I’ve also started using my tens machine for 10 minutes in the evening. It seems to help ease off the tightness across my hip but I’m not sure if it makes it less painful or not. Certainly tingles going up and down your leg distract from the hip pain temporarily. 

The second part of the plan is to try to do no impact excerse at all. No running, no high level acrobatics, no jumping. Nothing. It’s dull and annoying but I’m working on finding things that I can do. This weekend I went SUP and was great fun. On Monday I’m going to try Hydro Spin, a spin class in the pool. I’m open to more suggestions. 

The third and final part of the recovery is being supper good at doing my physiotherapy excerses. I recapped with her what I should be working on and have done them every day since. It’s not difficult but at the same time finding 15 minutes to do them some days seems too much. I’m trying to keep a yoga mat out in the living room at all times to encourage me to do it plus I have a reminder on my phone that comes up as soon as I get home. 

I keep telling myself that it’s only for two months and that it’s way better than even considering injections into my hip and potentially surgery. Still it really does seem easier at times just to take a few pills and get on with it rather than playing the long game.  Still I guess doing yoga should have taught me the patience and humility to manage my ego and accept that this is how things are at the moment or at least to try to. 

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Injury Further Update

There isn’t really much to update other than that I had some X-rays taken on Friday. It was quite quick to get done, about 15 minutes from arriving to being seen and getting them taken.

The next stage is that a radiologist looks at them and then feeds back to my GP within a week. I then have a meeting with my GP and establish if they show anything. It’s not really expected that they will so then I’ll get referred to a specialist. It’ll take about 4-6 months before I actually get an appointment with one so I’m to keep going with physio in the mean time.

I feel that I’ve not being doing much yoga but then I realised that actually my yoga mat has been out for the past week. I’ve been doing all my physio exercises every day plus a few other yin yoga positions to help stretch out. I guess I tend to think that if I’m not doing a formal class or video then I’m not doing yoga but it’s not the case. I pretty much have done at least a few asanas every day this week.


Injury Update

So part of the reason I’ve been focusing so much on my diet is that I’ve not been able to be as active as I usually am for the past two months. I’m quite short so even a little extra weight shows on me and I’m usually super active. 

It’s now been over two months since I first hurt my hip. I’ve has multiple appointments with my physio to try to sort it. It was just about OK for my week away surfing and doing yoga but it seems to have got worst again. It seems to not like me siting for too long and I need to stretch out daily to stop it spasming. 

I’m now waiting for an appointment with my GP so that I can get referred for X-rays and a scan to check what’s going on. One of the possible outcomes long term is surgery which I really don’t want to go down that route. It should be fine to do Yoga Teacher Training if I take things easy in the run up. 

I’m probably going to have to make some tough decisions over the next three weeks as to what I can and can’t do. My aim is to go to Bikram class tomorrow and take things very easy. 

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No news may be good news

I’ve got potentially big news that will be super exciting that I really want to share and it should have been all sorted on Wednesday but because of other things getting in the way didn’t. So this post is a non-post, telling you that there is exciting things happening in my life right now but it’s not finalised yet so I can’t share.

In other news I’m also really frustrated at being hurt. My hip is still quite sore but getting better. I managed to walk down the stairs at work normally today and I’m onto half the dose of painkillers that I was on Monday. I’m aiming to go to Bikram tomorrow and to let the teacher know that I’m hurt. I feel fine in sitting out half the poses or doing the very first modification of everything. I want to just turn up and get on my mat, even if standing and breathing is all that I do. I’ve got a appointment booked to see a physio on Tuesday and then I’ll decide if I’m going to go away for a weekend of training next week or not.

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