I hope today is the last day that I will see this place and sit in this room! It will at least be the last time this year.
This morning I received the third of three shots into my back, intended to eliminate my need for sciatica medication and maybe even reduce the need for arthritis meds as well. I’ve taken half the doses of the former that I probably would have taken before seeing the back specialist three months ago. So there’s good reason to be hopeful.
The prescription for sciatica is a muscle relaxant, which, let’s face it, doesn’t go well with high-impact martial arts training, to say nothing of consciousness (I’m a lightweight these days; I can get sleepy off an Aleve!) So, I’ve spent years putting up with the sciatica and treating it rarely. The back pain has to interfere with walking, as the knee pain does, before I bother with the muscle relaxant. But if the last six weeks are any indication, the old way of caring for my body is already on the way out – replaced not just by the shots regimen, but by more ice, greater use of the muscle roller and, of course, more mindfulness.
Pain reduction can be as simple as ending the day’s training when the body begins to whine, instead of at the end of a scream.