Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Calling it Quits

I think I am going to call PT quits.

Today was my tenth session, each an hour long, with my current therapist. Before her, I had six MORE sessions with a different therapist. The first did Graston, the current does ASTYM, and both advised me on stretching and exercises. Two hours a week I have gone and had massage, ASTYM, e-stim, ice, ultrasound, and taping on both feet. In addition, I've done all the stretches and exercises at home, while continuing to wear supportive/prescribed footwear and following up twice with my podiatrist. I do have okay days sometimes, but then when I have to walk or stand, the pain is right back. After PT today, the burning and pain have been *worse.* So, I think I am going to bag the PT and wait to see what the rheumatologist says.

In the meantime, I focus on my eating and weight loss. I am thinking about eliminating nightshades (mainly peppers and eggplant; you can read more about them and their possible effects on inflammation and joint health here) and am making sure I take my supplements like fish oil and MSM. I wonder at what weight this ridiculous pain will go away! I am also thinking about finding myself a naturopathic doctor. I honestly don't know that much about them. Have any of you tried one? Or any other specialists you think might help with this?

I hate the new scale. Okay, not hate. And not the scale. The scale itself is super nice. I will write a review on it later. But I think what I hate is the new numbers it gives me and how inconsistent it is depending on where I set it. The directions say not to put it on carpet, Pergo, laminate floor or engineered wood, vinyl, etc. It says it does best on 12 by 12 ceramic tile. Uh, well, a lot of my home is done in laminate... almost all of it, in fact. I do have tile downstairs but that is not where my bedroom and master bathroom are, which is where I like my scale so I can weigh first thing in the morning. And whenever I move the scale, it has to be recalibrated. So I am getting different numbers... and ended up going back to my old reliable dial scale, which always weighs me exactly the same no matter what I put it on or how many times I move it. Yes, it also weighs me a couple pounds lighter... generally about 3 pounds... than the new one. But it is CONSISTENT so I know how much I have gained or lost in a day or a week or a month. I am still weighing on both and trying to reconcile the two, but since the digital changes so often, I am leaning more towards sticking with the old one.

In other news, I am the luckiest Mom in the world to have been blessed with the children I have. Yes, there have been hard times. Some of them have tough health issues. We've had our share of struggles. But you know, they are all wonderful *people* and I am proud of them and their good hearts. I love them very much and thank God for them every day.

And no, I will never, *ever* call it quits on reaching my healthy weight and best life.

That's all for now :)

22 comments:

Traveling Light said...

"I think I'm calling it quits."

Not funny. Although, I expected this to be another misleading title, I'm sure many of your readers braced themselves just in case. I know that I did.

I'm sure those who like practical jokes got a good laugh, tho.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered acupuncture? My Mother getting acupuncture therapy and it does seem to help. I have also heard that acupuncture can help with weight loss. Moms acupuncturist explained how the body gets out of whack and acupuncture can get everything back on track. Very interesting therapy and my friend even took her dog for acupuncture years ago to deal with pain. Louise

Anonymous said...

Try acupuncture. It works for pain and I also read it helps for weight loss. It works on animals too.

Journo June aka MamaBear said...

Wow, talk about perfect timing for me to check your blog. Yes, I know a naturopathic doctor who is on Facebook and he offers a lot of advice there, posts LOTS of helpful articles about various health issues and is an amazing guy. I saw him in person when I lived in Colorado. Now I order supplements from him online. If you are on facebook, his name is Dave Frahm of Colorado Springs. His website is healthquarters.org

Anonymous said...

Lyn,

Maybe its gout?

Gwen said...

you are a stinker with that post title. LOL

I'm sorry about the pt. After my last car accident, I too quite pt prematurely because I was in way MORE pain after it...for a day or two...than before I went. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I'd chuck such a picky scale (or return it, if the warranty is still good), personally.

Great children are a true blessing, aren't they?

Princess Dieter aka Mir said...

Buy one of the large squares of tile and set the scale on it. Or as many tiles as you need to fit the scale. I did that once to a finicky scale. Now, I have one on linoleum in the back room, cause I have nowhere else to properly put a scale.

Anonymous said...

You ever consider acupuncture? It seems to be one of those things when it works for people, it works miracles.

Karen said...

I thought the pain went away by being on and staying on medifast? And being grain free?

Is the taste of the English muffin so good that its better than being in pain so much?

I've been there. Slowly overeating myself to chronic health conditions. I know. I also know that life grain free and 70 + pounds lost is challenging , but so much less painful emotionally and physically.

The pain will lessen when you address your food plan and your thinking. I hope you'll reach out to people who can help you. Good luck. Karen P.

Ps. Life is good on the other side. Very worth it. A lot of work, but do able.

Lyn said...

Traveling~

you quoted me wrong! But sorry I worried you. I figured any long-time readers would just be curious *what* I was quitting now! Let me just say as I have always said, quitting on MYSELF is never going to happen. :)

Anons~

I will give the acupuncture a look. I have never tried it and am not a fan of being poked, but I am up for anything right now. So I will look. Also, the doctors do not think it is gout.

MamaBear~

thanks for the info! That sounds right up my alley. I am checking him out this morning.

Lyn said...

Karen~

no. The pain *never* went away by being on Medifast and/or being sugar free or gluten free. If it did, this would be a very easy answer.

The pain that went away when I was on Medifast was arthritis pain in my knees and hands, as well as most of my headaches.

I have had this plantar fasciitis since March, nonstop.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn,

I don't blame you a bit for stopping the PT. I think if it was going to help it would have helped by now. I would suggest keeping up the exercises at home, however.

Maybe there will be help from the rheumatologist. If you do have some type of inflammatory condition (although I hope you don't) you will be able to get treatment and feel better. I am glad you are going to find out one way or the other.

I hope you feel better soon. I know how you feel as I deal with chronic pain every single day.

Take care,
Rebecca

K said...

I've always been curious about acupuncture and losing weight. Just started Weight Watchers and an online blog. Hoping that the two together will work. After one week I'm down 2.5 lbs. Wish it was more but thankful it was something. Happy I found this blog. Need all the online motivation I can find. Feel free to check out my new blog. K I’m thrilled I found your blog. I started Weight Watchers one week ago yesterday. I’m down 2.5 lbs. I am now the queen of portion control and I finally think different about everything I eat. I am also getting very creative with food and points. It’s not always easy, especially since I love night time eating when the kiddies are in bed. I try so hard to save points for later on. In any case… I’m looking for more online dieters to follow and hopefully they will follow me. I need all the motivation I can get. Hang in there. K (http://waistwatchers.blog.com/)

Anonymous said...

Lyn,
There is no easy/quick fix for plantar fasciitis. Thousands of people suffer from this very common condition.It may be YEARS before this subsides. It's just part of how this condition works. Unless you are willing to get a cortisone shot to help with the pain you most likely are just going to have to get thru this until it goes away.

The Fat Farm Girl said...

I totally get your issue with the scale.. we recently bought a nice new one too but it changes my weight by a pound or two depending on where I'm standing on it. Crazy!

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I'm surprised you don't get a scale that measures body fat, in addition to weight. You keep such careful records, it would be really interesting to document whether the losses or gains are body fat, muscle mass, fluids, or what.

Jane

Lyn said...

Jane~

my understanding is that they are quite inaccurate. Supposedly calipers are more accurate, and I have those and took measurements some time back and will take them again one of these days. I have to dig up those papers! I also do careful measurements with a measuring tape on various body areas.

Carrie said...

Have you tried acupuncture? I have RA, and it's such a life-saver. I've also determined that refined sugar is a huge trigger for my inflammation.

Good luck and good health!

Anonymous said...

For anyone who doesn't know what PF feels like, tape a marble to the bottom of each heel and wear it for a year or two. I don't know of anything that can make a grown person stop in their track and weep. Lyn, naturopath is an option, but it can be a big money scam if your NP isn't honest or trustworthy. Concentrate on what you do know works for you and build on those. I vote for chuck the new scale. Life needs to be easier not more complicated for no good reason. :)

Anonymous said...

I've had plantar fascitis off and on for 13 years (from ages 36 to 49). I got it when I was thin, and have since gained 100 pounds, in part, because I couldn't even walk for a while, and even water aerobics and swimming were very painful.

I've tried physical therapy,special exercises, taping, night braces, orthodontics in my shoes, medication, etc. etc. etc.

Like you, I gained a lot of weight when I first had it. And like you, it hasn't been easy to get rid of.

What happened with me is that it went away for a while by itself. It flares up on occasion, especially when I'm on my feet a lot, but it's so much better now. I know it's no comfort when you are in the middle of it, but unfortunately, that may be the truth. I also didn't want to do a cortizone shot, although my doctor recommended it, so I've just dealt with it for all these years. I went from doctor to doctor, with no real improvement, for a long time.

One woman I worked with swore by magnetic shoe inserts. Whatever. (She also had a cast, physical therapy, etc. and could not heal.)

I really think the passage of time is the only real way to fix this, unfortunately.

I'm sorry you are also suffering. I also have knee pain, and unfortunately, feel your pain every day of my life.

Hugs, Maria

Anonymous said...

Maria, I tried to get that point across as soon as Lyn started suffering from PF but....it was probably a very controversial hypothesis so it went nowhere. Not a popular concept, that it goes away by itself, yet for many, that is the case and as always, whatever they were trying last is THE CURE.
Good luck to all who suffer. It sucks
dlamb

Lyn said...

I know passage of time is essential, but I know that if this 10 months had passed and I had done *nothing* to try and ease the pain... no PT, no orthotics, nothing... I would feel like maybe there was *something* that would have helped. At least I am doing all I can to help it heal.