Friday, January 11, 2013

Where Have I Been?

Wow! It’s hard to believe my last blog post was October 5th of last year. Where have I been and what have I been doing? Well, I’m still watching movies and catching up on favorite TV shows. I’m still reading great books and blasting my favorite music. I’m doing almost everything the same except blogging.

For the past few years, I have suffered from neck pain. My doctor said it was normal wear and tear associated with my age. I felt this was a load of crap, but there’s not much I could do. I pushed on and would have bouts of pain that would lay me up briefly. I learned to manage the pain and would back-off whenever I felt things were escalating.

Recently, the pain has increased. My left arm has been painful from the shoulder all the way down to my fingers. It was tender to the touch and my hand was almost entirely numb causing me to drop almost everything I picked up. After two appointments complaining of pain, my doctor finally ordered an MIR.

Well I have a bone spur in one part of my neck and severe nerve pinching in two other parts. It’s actually affecting both of my arms, but the pain on my left side far outweighs anything on my right. I’m now on nerve medication and I started acupuncture which immediately banished the numbness in my hand!

This week I start a beginning yoga class and I’m going to give meditation a try. What does all this mean for Colleenie’s Couch? Well, I had to force myself to take a break. I have a full-time job that keeps me on the computer for most of the day. By the time I get home, I physically could not bang on these keys no matter how much I wanted to. I have hated not writing about the things I love and not reading everyone’s wonderful blogs, but I had no choice.

Now, I would like to try to come back. I think if I pace myself properly and continue to try new methods, I might be able to do it all. I would love your feedback. What helps you? Have you experienced any of these pain issues? I’m thinking about purchasing Dragon Naturally Speaking Software and I’d love to know if any of you have tried it.

So, for now I’m back. I’ve missed all of you and I’m going to try to get things back in flow once again. I’m very behind with my reviews so some of my posts may be “old news.”

Wish me luck!


Chris said...

Sorry to hear about your health issues. Your break from blogging is totally understandable. I hope the treatment helps! Exercise is key, especially if you sit down at your job.
I had a back/leg problem which caused pain in my thigh, and advice from a physiotherapist was very helpful.

Colleen said...

Thanks Chris. I'm hoping yoga will build up my muscles, but that first class sure was hard!

Alexandra P said...

I hope you'll be better very soon! Friends I know who have taken yoga say it does help a lot.

Karen said...

I'm sorry to hear you were in so much pain.

My husband has bursitis in his shoulder. He couldn't lift his arm for months and the Dr told him to live with it - maybe cortisone shots.

He went to our chiropractor and she helped so much but also suggested deep tissue massage and that has worked wonders.

they also gave him stretches to do.

I hope it all works out for you & you can post on occasion. I have missed you :-)