Pain, relief, and exercise

So, remember I was getting those two cortisone injections in my spinal lumbar facet joints? They told me when I had them that the effects should kick in around “3-5 days, or two weeks.” I’m no medical professional, but that wording kind of pissed me off. Does this mean that if you DON’T get any effect in 3-5 days, then it will take exactly 2 weeks? Does this mean that you absolutely WON’T see any effect between days 5 and 13? I mean, I personally would just say, “The effects should kick in some time between 3 days and two weeks.” But that’s just me, and I’m a pedant.

Anyway, the two weeks after the injections were miserable. Before the injections, I was consistently hitting pain around a 5 or 6 on the HAAH pain scale, but for the two weeks after the injections, I was up to 7 or 8 almost every day. I was very depressed about that.

And lo, on day 15 – exactly two weeks after the procedure…it was like a switch was flipped. I am down to a 0 or 1 on the HAAH pain scale, wherein most of the time I have no pain. Sometimes I think I may be feeling potential pain but I can pop an Alleve and go on about my day.  It aches a bit in the mornings or at night but I can get up and stretch and feel no pain again. THIS IS TOTALLY BRILLIANT! I hope this feeling sticks around for a while.

This means that I will definitely be taking advantage of this new, less-painful existence (for as long as it lasts) to spend more time exercising harder. Here’s an article about some of the research around why that’s so great for bodies. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not just good for you physically, it’s also something you can benefit from emotionally – for me, exercise is better than any anti-depressant!

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