I had a very good night of sleep and woke up at 5:00am with lots of energy! : )
Based upon this retrolisthesis thing, I’ve been doing some research to find out what I can do nutritionally and otherwise to support the healing of my back. One of the first searches I did took me to a website http://backpain.ygoy.com/2011/05/28/what-is-retrolisthesis/ that recommended nutrition as a treatment option, mostly aimed at controlling and reducing pain. The recommended nutrients are zinc, manganese, copper, glucosamine, water, and Vitamin A. My favorite (read: THE BEST) site for finding out what nutrients are in the foods we eat, and conversely, what foods contain certain nutrients, is The Worlds Healthiest Foods
Vitamin A aids in tissue repair and can be obtained from:
No worries there, I eat plenty of sweet potatoes and carrots, kale and spinach. Alongside this important vitamin is zinc, is an essential element for proper utilization of Vitamin A. Without zinc, Vitamin A does not get released from the liver. Good sources of zinc are:
There is no venison or lamb in my diet, but sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds, mos def.
Now comes the Vitamin C:
No problem here, either, while I am not partial to papaya, the rest of the list are on the frequent and favorite list.
Next on the list, copper, which is essential in adding strength to ligaments and membranes by cross linking the proteins (I have no idea what that means – I hope it’s not like crossing the streams):
Here we are again with the sesame seeds and the pumpkin seeds. Plus cashews, sunflower seeds, and lentils, oh my! Accompanying the copper is manganese, which also is a player in the protein cross linking:
I never knew that pumpkin seeds were so packed with minerals and antioxidants! Apparently, a close relationship to the soil makes for mineral nutrient richness. I’m for it!The other recommendations as stated above were water and glucosamine. I think we all know where to get water from. . . . my research on glucosamine, however, revealed no food sources of this supplement. It is reported to aid in cartilage repair, but I found inconclusive evidence and conflicting results, so I am not going to bother with it. Do what you will, my friends.
So next comes taking all of this information and creating some good food combining to maximize the nutritional effect of these foods to aid in relieving this pernicious pain in the back.
- Over 12 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil (naturalsociety.com)
Last Tuesday, everything changed, or so I thought at the time. No more tightness, no more ache, no more hesitating to stand up waiting to feel the knives shooting in my back. No more PAIN. Cortisone magic happened! I recognize now that I did not realize how much pain I had become accustomed to living with until it was no longer there. Every movement had been fraught with pain on some level, with the anticipation that any activity will be hindered by this pernicious ache. I still do not realize all of the ways my body had been attempting to compensate. The shot happened last Tuesday and I was instructed to engage in no strenuous activity for 48 hours. Then on Thursday, I took Spin Class at lunch, and ran that evening – 6 miles, nbd. I felt no pain while running, and just a bit of tightness afterwards, and strangely, some knee pain, which I have never experienced before. Compensation.
According to the MRI, I have minimal retrolisthesis of the L3 on L4 with a disc bulge and minimally centrally extruded disc components. Disc degeneration at L4-L5, slight extrusion.
All of these are described as mild, but when they are present together, and you add the amount of running I have been doing, they add up to a lot of pain. And for me, pain that was getting worse.
And because all of these problems are present together, my muscles were clenching around my spine in an attempt to protect it. I was trying all sorts of things that should have been helping – physical therapy (and all of those exercises), massage, pilates, yoga, acupuncture, inversion table, ad nauseum. And non of them were doing any good because my muscles were doing their job in protecting my spine.
So I ran 6 on Thursday, 9.6 (the River Run) on Saturday, spent an hour on the StairMill Sunday morning, ran about 12 Sunday afternoon, and 6 Monday evening. And I could feel it all coming back . . . . then, I got sick Monday night and haven’t run since. I think my body is protecting itself again. Today is Thursday and I am feeling like I will be well enough to run again by tomorrow. We’ll see.
My strategy from here is to continue doing:
And some running in there.
I think that maybe now that I am not in so much pain, my back muscles have relaxed enough o where all of these things I had been doing will actually help.
We’ll see about that, too.