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Saturday, March 10, 2018

I just can't seem to get this exercise thing right. A few weeks back my physiotherapist said I had to push myself. I thought that's what I had been doing so I decided to challenge myself by getting 10 flights of stairs a day. Spread out throughout the day. 16 steps per flight. It was hard in the beginning, really hard. Going down was even harder than going up. I began to get calluses on the palms of my hands from relying on the railings. Some days were easier than others. One day I surprised myself by getting a total of 23 flights. The following day was very swollen and painful. It also happened to be a PT day. She noticed that I was struggling. Bottom line: I was to cut back on the flights of stairs, no more than 10 in total, spread out through the day. I was disappointed since this had been an easy way to track my progress. But then again there was the pain and swelling.

Yesterday I took it easy. Just got the steps I managed in my day to day walking . . . almost 1,500 plus 2 flights of stairs that must have been a fluke because I didn't do stairs. It was a much easier walking day. I even awoke a couple of times through the night without feeling pain. That's a rare feeling for me, at least since the accident almost 5 months ago. Then my last awakening I realized I was once again feeling pain and was quite swollen.

How can this be if all I was doing was sleeping? Too much exercise or not enough? What is the right formula? At this point, I just don't know.
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    Stay strong and don't let the frustration keep you down... you have been doing wonderfully well. your attitude has been positive overall, keep it that way. my prayers are with you.
    1082 days ago
    I'm the worst at giving advice, since I have overdone it way too many times. It does sound like you have a lot of good advice here. Do what you can, but don't overdo it and set yourself back like I did. You're doing grest and will eventually get there. Steps are really hard on the knees. Has your PT given you other exercises for the same area? It might be good to do something else every other day to give your knees a break.
    1082 days ago
    Mayie---- I don't have any smart strategies for you .... but I know what works for me..

    I hope the inflammation stops soon- and advice given to you to slow down and or back down is great advice..

    I hope you don't lose hope and keep moving forward= but slow down ..... Please be careful... Thinking of you and sending you healing prayers.... emoticon Jen
    1082 days ago
    You have some great advice here, so I don’t think I have anything to add. But, I do wonder if weather could also have something to do with the inflammation, especially on the day that you didn’t do as much. Don’t give up on finding the right balance of activity - you’ll get it! emoticon emoticon
    1082 days ago
    I too agree with 2B! It can be hard to find the right balance. Are there other exercises you can do at home that aren't weight bearing? Listen to your body and don't do so much if you are in pain. Maybe start out doing a few less flights of stairs for a few days to see how your leg does. If you aren't in pain and there isn't any inflammation then do another flight or two for a few more days to see how you do. I know it's frustrating and the healing process seems to be taking forever. All you can do is your best and take it one day at a time. emoticon emoticon
    1082 days ago
    It is a balance.. hard to find the right formula...hang in there
    1083 days ago
    Agree exactly w/2B. Listen to your body! If it's in pain, then time to pull back. And inflammation is definitely a sign that the body needs to slow down a little, too. Take it day-by-day (not that you HAVEN'T been, just sayin.

    HUGS sweetie. You're doing the best you can.
    1083 days ago
    Hi friend,

    I don't know how to advise you, so I won't. I do believe that swelling can come from inflammation.

    That sounds like a lot of steps to me!
    1083 days ago
    Our bodies are strange instruments Mayie and although to you it's been a long time since the accident, the tissues take a long time to heal.
    Be guided by your physio and how your body feels. Your physio can gauge the progress you've made as she doesn't see you daily can tell how far you've come, whereas you live with the daily temporary limitations your body has and it's infuriating when you THINK you can do more only to be knocked back.
    Push by all means but by small increments and I think an anti inflammatory cream or gel could help. Try experimenting with heat or ice- not everyone gets relief with ice and if a hot water bottle or warmed blanket helps- go for it.
    Slowly slowly catchie monkey. I'm finally feeling stronger and it's taken me months of rest followed by just 9 weeks (so far) of physio to be able to use my shoulder more freely and I have a way to go yet.

    You WILL get there emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1083 days ago
    It might seem like an eternity for you but 5 months of healing for your injuries is not a very long time. Proceed slowly, allow for rest and focus on reducing the inflammation. Relief and good days will come. emoticon
    1083 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Sometimes advice isn't perfect for everyone. Sounds like you are doing great. Some days I work too hard and that's not a good thing. Just keep moving forward and do what you can, and a little more some days. Have a great weekend.
    1083 days ago
    I suggest eating antiinflammatory foods. Over time, it helps quite a bit with inflammation. I can't go a day without berries and/or peppers.
    1083 days ago
    It sounds like your body is working hard for healing to come; and be free of pain. When there is swelling, there is inflammation which is a good sign to back off .... Pain is the signal the body sends that something is 'wrong.' ..... certainly activity is good and beneficial; but we each have a healthy pace ... and we don't want to injure ourselves. I am wondering if you could alternate your regime with other exercises that will be good but will offer some rest for those body parts. Non weight bearing perhaps?
    1083 days ago
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