My heart goes out to all those affected by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Even thirteen years later, I am sure the pain is still fresh for some. United we stand. Never forget.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had a small set back in physical therapy. Basically, my adductor muscle (inner thigh) has been in a lot of pain that won’t go away. It is overactive and compensating for my weak hip and glute muscles.
It has been making it very difficult to do the exercises at physical therapy because my adductor muscle constantly takes over when it shouldn’t. I am pretty much at a stand still with my hip and glute strengthening exercises because my adductor muscle is all like, I’m king of this castle! I am going to take over every muscle in your body! Bwahhhhaaaa.
My adductor muscle is being a jerk.
Despite all my physical therapist’s best efforts, we haven’t had any luck with my adductor muscle pain. So, yesterday she suggested we try something a little different: dry needling. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. It’s similar to acupuncture.
From the Athletico website:
Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and release underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.
Do I hate needles? Yes. Am I terrified of needles? No.
At this point, I was so sick of the pain, I was willing to try anything to make it go away. Including jamming needles straight into my muscle.
I think my pain tolerance level falls somewhere in the middle of the pain tolerance spectrum. I’m not a huge baby but I don’t like pain either. I’ve had two babies, three amniocentesis needles stuck in my belly, my tonsils out, my nose pierced, hip surgery, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis, detached rib cartilage, cortisone shots, and more. I’m no stranger when it comes to pain.
Dry needling hurts. It was not fun. It was one of the weirdest sensations I have ever experienced in my life. I am not one of those people that outwardly screams or yells when I’m in pain. But when they stuck that needle into my muscle a sound came out of me that I couldn’t stop. And my muscles spasmed on their own which was weird.
I wouldn’t exactly call it unbearable pain but it was not fun. At all. The whole process lasted about 5 minutes or so. I didn’t look at all so I’m not really sure what the needles looked like. I’m sure they were small, but I wasn’t about to make myself faint by looking.
I was sore afterwards which is normal. My groin muscle was really sore for the rest of the night and I spent the afternoon on the couch.
This morning I felt better but still sore. The physical therapist said it was okay to swim but to stay out of the gym until my appointment on Friday afternoon. She said that if there is still pain, I might need one more dry needling session. I pray that I don’t.
I really hope this works because I am anxious to get on with my physical therapy and get better!
With all that bad news about my recovery, I do have a some good news – I’m going on vacation! I won’t have access to a gym while I’m gone and that’s actually a good thing because it will give my leg a lot of time to rest. I will have access to a pool which is good because the physical therapist says that swimming is the best thing I can do at this point.
To tell you the truth, I actually invited myself on my sister-in-in law’s vacation. She is going out to California to visit our aunt and uncle and once I heard she was going, I invited myself along (Sorry, Crystal!). It was really a last-minute and spontaneous decision which isn’t like me at all.
Danny usually goes to Canada every year or every other year. We usually take a small family vacation in the summer, but I haven’t had time to relax alone since I went to California with my mom about seven years ago.
Me and my mom seven years ago when we went to California:
Oh my gosh. Can we talk about how nice my hair used to be! What happened?! I was also nervous about leaving the kids that time too. You can see a list taped on the door for Danny of everything Jacob needed in his backpack for school and what to wear!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and kids to death, but everyone needs a break sometimes. Time to relax and recharge. And in my case, recover. The hardest part will be being away from my kids for so long. I can’t even think about it because it makes me sad. Jacob went to Canada with Danny last year but Jaden has never been away from me for so long. I think it will be hard on him too, but once I’m gone, I’m sure they’ll have funny with Danny. And they’ll be in school all day.
We’re leaving Tuesday afternoon and coming home Saturday night. It’s not an incredibly long time but I’ll still miss Danny and the kids. The hardest part is being so far away. What if something were to happen? Of course, I have total faith in Danny with the kids but you never know what can happen.
I am really looking forward to the trip and can’t wait to go!!
Like I mentioned, I went swimming this morning. I was tired and sore, so I used a kickboard for a lot of my laps and did squats and lunges.
I am used to swimming now although I don’t think I’ll ever love it. The worst part is that it’s making my skin crazy! I normally have very sensitive skin and the chemicals in the pool are drying out my skin like crazy.
I have two huge rough dry patches of skin on my cheeks where the skin is peeling and flaking off. It’s gross and make-up just makes it look worse. I googled ways to deal with dry skin from swimming and most websites said to use moisturizer, Vaseline, or sunscreen prior to and after swimming and to shower right away.
I use moisturizer daily anyway so today I just applied in to my face before I got in the pool.
I also used overnight conditioner in my hair before I got in the pool.
I don’t like showering at the gym and I only live 5 minutes away, so I just take a shower as soon as I get home. I think the moisturizer helped a little bit today. My cheeks were still dry but not nearly as dry as usual.
Tomorrow, I will be resting from the gym because I have a tons of errands to do. I am going to my cousin’s baby shower this weekend and I’m bringing cookies. I still have to buy a gift and cookie ingredients. I also have to get a few little things I need for California. It’ll be a busy weekend!
I have one more fall food find that I wanted to share with you:
Dannon caramel apple pie Greek yogurt. These are amazing!!
Have a great day!
Biggest loser starts tonight! Anyone watching??
- Have you ever done needling/acupuncture?
- Are you watching the Biggest Loser tonight?
- Any dry skin tips?