© 2014 jen

Twisted Pelvis

I haven’t updated my blog in a while due to some pretty significant health issues.

Some people might remember me mentioning that I was in a car accident this summer. In case you didn’t know, Trent, Oliver and I were rear-ended. Hard. I’m still healing; I’ve done physical therapy, chiropractics, and massage weekly for over five months and have only begun to really untwist myself from this chapter of my life.

I didn’t update the blog because I didn’t know what was wrong for a long time, just that I hurt all the time.

I was following all of the exercises and protocols prescribed by the various bodyworkers and just when I would think, “Maybe it’s working this time. Maybe I’m getting better.” I’d find that I was still just as broken as I’d been the week before.

Because I wasn’t getting better in a timely fashion, my chiropractor sent me to get x-rays. The results shocked me!

IMG_4412

They told me I have severe arthritis in my neck and moderate arthritis in my lower back, but that wasn’t all. They also told me that my left leg was 11 mm shorter than my right, my pelvis was uneven, and my spine was being pulled to the left. In the arthritic areas they told me that I had a lot of extra bone growing and that some of the discs in my neck and back were being pressed down in such a way that the discs were thinning in spots. I also found out that I’d lost the natural curve to my neck from whiplash.

IMG_4408

This is when I admitted to myself just how much I hurt every day and all the time. Not in an agony sort of way, but in a constant and unrelenting way. I’m great at adapting. I also have a very high pain tolerance. These aspects of my nature protected me in some ways and in other ways they allowed foolhardy thoughts, which had me believing I was more OK than I actually was.

After the x-rays I finally acknowledged to myself that every step I took hurt. Every time I sat for more than about 15 minutes, it hurt. I could lay down to appease my back, but then my neck would get stiff and sore. My neck was so tight at times that I could barely move my head.

As if that wasn’t enough, my digestion also went South. You see, my body was so inflamed from the accident that it disrupted my digestion too, because of the celiac disease. I was really sensitive to all sorts of foods that I wasn’t sensitive to before. My body was under attack from the car accident and my own body itself.

I was beginning to wonder if I was just going to be a broken person now. I wondered if the best I could hope for was to grow a uni-brow and paint self portraits of my broken insides, but then I was introduced to a new PT.

He asked me many questions, one of which was whether I am flexible. I am very flexible, especially in my hips. The PT told me he was pretty sure my pelvis was twisted and he did this stretch on both of my legs. The technique he used on me usually requires a few tugs, but on me it took sixteen adjustments – eight on each hip to fully release my legs, back and pelvis from this extreme twisting. He told me my pelvis was way more twisted than almost any pelvis he’d ever fixed. As he did these maneuvers, my legs grew longer before our eyes, until they were the exact same length.  When he was done I sat up and for the first time in four months I actually felt better. No more walking on a twisted pelvis, no more sleeping twisted, no more trying to function with a totally crooked body that was affecting my ability to function. I didn’t feel totally broken inside anymore. 

My left hip ached for days afterward because it had been moved so much in such a short period of time and my pelvis was regularly trying to twist back up again for days after the adjustment. I was resetting my pelvis a few times a day to keep it in place while seeing my PT twice a week so he could double check that it was staying in place.

I have an amazing team of healing mother fuckers. There is no other way I can describe these people, due to the righteous healing and support they have given to me. My chiropractor, Amy, and my massage people, Cam and Heidi, along with my PT Kevin have helped me so much and I am eternally grateful.

A few days after my pelvis was realigned my hip stopped hurting and my pelvis was holding strong. I started to feel this energy emanating from the center of my body. I started feeling strong again. I wanted to exercise. I started walking again too.

At first I could only walk for 10 minutes, then 20, 30 and 40 minutes. This week I did the first running interval training to learn to run again. I walked for 2 minutes, then jogged for one.  You do these in intervals for 20-ish minutes. I do 7 intervals, which is 21 minutes and then a warm up and  cool down. Total time is 31 minutes.

I’m slow as hell, but that’s not the point.
It felt amazing! <-That’s the point!

IMG_4395

I love to walk/run in the rain. Here I am wet, sweaty and happy.

I have a renewed love of exercise. I missed it soooo much. Without regular exercise, my mood was crap; that’s one of the reasons I’ve been offline more than on. For a long time I was just hurting, without a lot of answers, and I didn’t want to turn my blog and various social media avenues into constant updates about my health or share the level of negativity that I was feeling.

Negativity can be an infectious disease when thrown out in social media. When you have a one-on-one conversation or a small group discussion with friends it’s helpful to share the truth. Even in a blog post it can work, but when you just throw your negativity out in the street (Facebook or other social media channels) it’s just more negativity for other people to have to try to wade through and most of the time some of the negativity sticks to other people.

So, I talked with friends one-on-one about what was going on. I cried a lot. I rested a lot, but I didn’t want to push all of the negativity I was feeling on anyone. I gave myself an extended time-out, to heal and grieve my pain and lack of answers about my health.

But, I’m back. Feeling really positive, very fallible and like my prolific self is returning, with lots of ideas for new blog posts and I have a new nickname: Twisted Pelvis. Don’t wear it out!

Comments

comments

2 Comments

  1. Dryden
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 11:48 am | #

    So glad to hear you are back on the road to health. I’ve had scoliosis since I was 12 and have had a few car accidents so a lot of what you are describing is very familiar to me. I see a chiro who I also love, an acupuncturist, and a massage therapist. I’ve seen pt’s, osteopaths, orthobionomists. Finding a team who understands your needs is sooooo important. I’d love to talk to you more about it one day.

    • Posted November 16, 2014 at 8:32 am | #

      I’d love to hear about your experience with your back. Sounds familiar. Let’s get together! xo