2010: The Year My Body Fell Apart

Ladies and Gentlemen:

What follows is a tale of limping, pain and dark circles, the likes of which the City of Angels has never witnessed. May I present to you, in her broke-down, tore-up-from-the-floor-up finest, your girl.... Los Angelista:
Just kidding. Sort of.

In the past two months, my body has pretty much decided to go on the fritz. Gone are my days of happily running miles on end. I can barely hobble from my car to my front door... and I'm starting to worry I'll never run another marathon again. Thanks, Patellar Tendonitis!

Yeah, my left knee is all jacked up. Sometimes I don't feel anything, and then other times -OK, pretty much anytime I try to walk more than a block, climb a flight of stairs or exercise at all, POW! Pain!

What's on deck to fix it? X-rays and awaiting health insurance approval for a physical therapist.

Today's also the one month anniversary of my car accident. Car accident = chronic pain throughout my back, neck and right arm. I get occasional numbness in my right shoulder, arm and hand. When I sit for long periods of time (more than 20 minutes) without a pillow behind my head, I'm in pain. Great, because I tap on a computer keyboard most of the day while sitting at a desk. That means I'm in pain. So when you see me during the day and you ask me how I'm doing, um, the answer is NOT SO GOOD.

But don't worry, I'll lie and hiss through my teeth, "I'm FABULOUS! Everything's ponies and rainbows!"

I've been to the doctor. They did x-rays and all that fun stuff. Right now I'm waiting for insurance approval for an MRI. The doctor's prediction? Nerve damage. Did I mention I have prescriptions for fun painkillers and muscle relaxants? I sure do. I have loads of them. Just don't tell Lindsay Lohan, mmkay?

Hopefully I begin physical therapy next week for all that rigaramole.

I know there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel. In two months when marathon training starts back up again, I'm praying I'll be all healed up. I am praying because otherwise, you're going to have one very sad Creature From The Black Lagoon listening to depressing songs that make me cry. Songs like this and this.

Here's hoping my physical state improves dramatically so I can drop the painkillers. Although I will say the muscle relaxers are kinda cool get back to walking, running, and sitting in a chair without pain.

photo courtesy of Flickr user BBaltimore.


Dena said…
sorry to hear you're in pain, liz :( i understand your pain too. my junior year of college, i developed patella tendonitis b/c of all the dancing i was doing. i had to stop all activity for a while, wear neoprone knee braces & have some kind of electroid sensory therapy (which really helped). it also helped that i was in school & studying other body therapies (traeger, alexander technique, laban movement analysis).

also, when i was recovering from my more recent injury, in addition to physical therapy, i went to see someone who specializes in manual lymph drainage (i know it sounds gross, but this guy was outstanding). look it up....i hope your recovery is swift & smooth! love to you.
nick said…
Very sorry to hear all that, Liz. Particularly the pain when you're working. I hope the various medical treatments and drugs will sort things out. I wouldn't rush back to running if I were you, I'd wait till your knee is well and truly recovered. Otherwise you could just screw it up again.
Jameil said…
WOW. That is not awesome. I hope you feel much better very soon.
Val said…
Liz, I hope you feel better soon.
Liz Dwyer said…
Thanks, Everybody.

I came home last night and had so many ice packs all over myself it was ridiculous! I fell asleep with them on me. It's so hard for me to sit still but I'm doing my best so things don't get worse. xoxo's!
digal704 said…
Oh I so understand you. I am nursing a ridiculous sinus infection for the past three weeks! My knee feels like it's going to pop out of socket. Then there is the area on my face that is still numb from a car accident two years ago. Last but not least my right foot. It swells and throbs on the regular. I have bone spurs, a cyst, cartilage issues and arthritis all on my big toe. I have two pair of shoes I can wear and neither pair is cute! Surgery scheduled next month!
I'm so sorry to hear you are not doing well :-(
Not being able to do physical activity isn't fun, especially as the nice weather approaches. I know, I have been there and I can relate.

Here's hoping things start looking up really soon so you can enjoy a pain-free summer! Hugs.

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