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discouraged after exercise-attention adrenalin junkie's

janeellenjjaneellen Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Started back to yoga after 2 years of not going. Started walking more after finding this site-back and foot hurting today-can't seem to accept all this even 2 years since last surgery-want to jog instead walk-do all yoga like I used too- ride outside bike instead of recumbant inside.Over did it.Any other adrenalin junkie's out there that have learned to accept their limitations. Tips for exercise without ego.I know I can walk several miles a couple times a week without causing pain.There is my answer. I still can't accept moderation.Will think about that as I sit here with ice on back.Just need some positive feedback.


  • I thrive on activity and exercise. I used to spend 2 or 3 hours at a time 5 days a week at the gym and also walk on my treadmill at home for 45+ minutes at a stretch. I also did lots of Yoga and stretching etc...

    A little over 15 months ago I had an SCS implanted which helps me manage my pain. I went back to doing what I was before, just starting at more moderate weights and levels. I wound up tearing loose part of my SCS system and had to have a couple revisions this past April. I immediately started back on the treadmill and have added light weights and using a 2 and a 3 kg medicine ball.

    Basically for me where there's a will there's a way. I have to find my limits and then know that if I exceed those limits I will suffer for it. Depending on what I did, it is worth the temporary discomfort. I feel better emotionally when I can exercise my body and mind. I heal better and faster. I keep a good outlook and attitude and just don't look back.

  • I agree on thriving on exercise,but I do not want to have anymore surgeries.I have trouble finding my limits-you know push yourself through the pain.Have had shoulder surgery 2 times,knee surgery,3spinal surgeries,ankle surgery-all from pushing the limits on activity and exercise.Don't want to have anymore surgeries-I know we all have different stories and there is no one answer-so I quess I need to find my own limits and stick to a plan that works without hurting myself.Like walking-I even think the yoga is difficult because I am not sure what I can and can not do. Will try it again next week without twisting and see how it goes.Have always been an all or nothing person and finding the middle is not in my nature.Some people naturally already know where it is-People like us were necessary a long time ago as we were good hunters,scouts,river runners etc-but with longer longevity our bodies wear out.How is your pain level.I don't want to get back on pain killers-so I quess i will keep plugging away until I can find a balance{that will never happen}-"go big or stay on the porch" is slowing killing me.
    nice talking with you
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  • It is difficult accepting the impact of these changes perhaps more so when you have been very active, we may have set achievable goals and exceeded them and it is a longer way to fall when this all come crashing down.

    You have control of what you can do rather than what you cannot and that is not easy when we are used to being in control, having to accept what is left and get on with it may come to us all and my walking days are over. Any windows of opportunity have to be taken before they themselves disappear and the what’s left becomes smaller over time.

    Many people here are doing fantastic thing irrespective and in spite of the pain, good luck to them, wherever we are on the journey we are all doing our best, pacing should be second nature and have we used the same process of all or nothing in achieving any of our goals would be just beyond us, we have the skills it is just small tweaking and adaptations that are required to get back on track. Knowing where that threshold is can take some time, repeating the same mistake with the knowledge of how things could be better is perhaps more of an ego thing for some, than they would like to admit, only we feel the pain.

    Appreciate your achievements and hold on to them.

    Good luck John

  • My wife looked at me one time in the last year or so and blurted out, "your not starting 5 things at once, to get them all done, your starting them because each one has a different activity level, and that is how you have coped, isn't it?"

    I thought about it for a minute and realized that I had been doing that in my work and recreation for 25 years. It had become habit but never something that I was aware of, because it was not really a decision, just a pattern of activity.

    In my exercise plan, I have things like the recumbant bike and then I also have the outside bike. I cannot run, but can walk, until the stenosis and arthritis gets going, but there have been times that I have walked through the pain and on the other side, it drops again. [Funny system] It is all a matter of figuring out what you can take, on that particular day! And that for me, that is the issue, there are times I overdo it, without realizing that I have crossed a "tipping point" and once I cross that I stumble in a pain cycle. Once there - in an acute cycle, it is all about doing things to sooth the issue.
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