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...nothing, it just gave a little whine.

The intense workload at work remains intense. I was so incredibly happy a week ago last Tuesday to finally actually have a free evening, and to spend it hanging out with my cool neighbors at Jazz in June. They invited me back again for yesterday's event, too, but I gave them a non-answer, explaining that work makes it difficult for me to make and keep evening commitments.

Good thing, too, because I wound up staying at work until 7, so I just walked my bike over, bought some dinner and dessert from the street carts, and just found my own quiet spot to lie there and listen to a bit of the music. It wasn't as mind-blowing as that one memorable jazz ensemble performance at Tufts (man do I miss those free, incredible chamber concerts), but it still felt good to sit there and stare off into space for a bit.

My right leg is giving me enough trouble that I haven't slept well the past three nights. Muscular imbalances have led to a tight, spasming hamstring, which has led to tight, spasming gastrocnemius and soleus (calf muscles). Collectively, these make it impossible to straighten out my leg, and the discomfort makes it impossible to sleep. I finally got up at 3 am, took ibuprofen, and conked out. On top of the imbalances that my mother has identified, I think I need to spend more time working on my bike shoe situation. It's also hard to know what to do about work, where I've been spending every day doing a lot of walking, squatting, and hoisting. This line of work is not set up to accommodate these kinds of problems, at all. The only position that's comfortable right now is sitting in a chair.

Hopefully these leg things are a temporary issue. It's also clearly time to put my health insurance to work on the situation. Yes, I am one of those people who is stupidly stubborn about working with health care professionals.


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Jun. 17th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hamstring et al
Rebecca, I'm using a roller (about $30 at sports stores) for my proximal hamstring and pulsating calf issues and it helps. Don't know whether you've tried that. Just saying. Best for speedy recovery! Jim Duncan
Jun. 17th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Hamstring et al
Thank you, Jim! I've got a foam roller as well and have been using it as I can...this particular set of muscle spasms is so severe that I have to be careful with the roller. I think I just have to stay off my feet as best I can for a little while...no fun!
Jun. 18th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: Hamstring et al
I may have to try this too.
Jun. 18th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
I am having success treating my TMJ and associated spasming left-sided muscular pain with a chiropractor who does sacro occipital technique. Looks like this office in Lincoln offers this technique and others: https://fletcherchiropracticllc.com/about/chiropractic-care/ Might be worth a call to talk to them!
Jun. 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Gamey leg!
Yargh! Sorry to hear of your leg issues, and I hope the yoga I had you do hasn't contributed to the problem. Still sounds like sciatica to me. I totally support putting your health insurance to work on this.... and it might be worthwhile to also invest in a massage to help calm things down. The challenging work situation is a problem! Inability to get adequate rest probably also makes it worse, and the ibuprofen to relieve pain to enable sleep seems like a good idea... Do you also have an ice-pack that you could put on your low back and/or piriformis (lying on your back)? I'm rooting for you!!
Jun. 18th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Gamey leg!
Well, pigeon pose is still feasible, and I don't think the yoga has made anything worse. Actually, pigeon pose seems to still be providing some relief, which suggests to me that a tight tensor fascia latae is pulling other muscles out of alignment and causing stress. I suspect I need to continue doing core strengthening exercises as well.

The only tricky part is that there's enough muscular pain that I'm unsure whether it's a good idea to be stretching things too aggressively.

And yes, I put on an ice pack last night. I don't like having to use ibuprofen, but then again, if it promotes some healing it's probably a good idea...
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