It was early one morning in mid-November of last year when I first felt it. An amazing pain shooting from my lower back down into the front of the thigh to my knee on the right side. Immediately I thought I severely pulled a muscle. When I was pained to my knees in the local grocery store about 10 days later, it was time to call my doctor. during her exam, she noticed there was no reaction to the old hammer to my right knee. I was told to get an MRI ASAP, which I did. Two days later the pictures on the PC didn’t lie: A herniated disc at the 4th and 5th lumbar.
I spent the next few weeks in extreme pain, working with my marvelous physical therapist, Jennifer. Unfortunately, the pain worsened. I could barely take a few steps at a time, hanging on to anything I could to gain some support. It was like a sword being placed through my lower back to my right knee ALL the time. Prescription drugs barely gave any solace from the constant agony.
In mid February, I visited my surgeon and her words as she watched me woefully hop into her office were, “It’s time for surgery.” Back surgery? As much as I feared and avoided it, I would have lied down on the bench and had her slice me right then and there.
As I awoke from anesthesia, the relief was palpable. For those of who don’t know, a herniated disc is a when the disc between your back bones basically explodes open, with the contents lodging against the nerve root. The operative procedure removes the disc material and cleans up the area, allowing the nerve to heal and work normally again.
I have been lucky so far. My surgeons’ work is done, and my physical therapy is becoming more aggressive. I can walk normally and hope to minimize any pain discomfort with core exercises and learning how to manipulate my body without causing too much pressure to my lower back.
As a business and life coach, I take this experience as an opportunity to not only form a more enlightened understanding of pain management, but how to live with it and still continue to thrive and grow. Pain does not always mean physical pain. There can be underlying issues like self-doubt, past failures, and general insecurity to move forward. My job as a coach is to work with those who have regained the courage to move past these negative devices and move in direction driven by desire and new born motivation.
There is no richer feeling for me than to know I participated in raising the spirit of a company or individual to the point where they take positive action and look forward with confidence. That’s why I do this. Need help? Contact me today at 888.616.COACH (2622)!