The combination of watching the news and listening to Christian Holiday Radio on Pandora is turning me into a blubbery, emotional mess this morning. It doesn’t help at all that for the past several days I’ve been having pain flare-ups which have in turn triggered flare-ups with the diverticulitis. Low residue diet including green tea helps, but today my nausea is bad enough to make me gag and I can’t leave the house.
I’m really not entirely certain what triggered the flare-ups this time, other than the weather. My diet has been pretty tame. We had some awful weather with the rain, and in the space of just a day the temperature dropped 20 degrees. My body really doesn’t like the cold or the rapid drops in barometric pressure.
I know it’ll be a difficult day when I put my feet on the floor out of bed and there’s immediately pain. It feels as if I ran a marathon and fractured something in my feet, and the pain travels up my legs into my hips joints. There’s a tightness in my shoulders and neck, and a headache stems from that. Right now I feel as I often do by 5:00 PM and it’s only noon.
There’s a bright spot, though. Staying hydrated helps. I drink a lot of water. I eat healthfully while avoiding my trigger foods.
And yoga. I start out with something light. Stretch first. Always stretch first. I do some yoga exercises that I learned in physical therapy a few years ago before I had my breast reduction that actually help lubricate/loosen my joints. Then I’m able to do some household chores, rest a bit, and then do some more intense yoga to help loosen some more and relax more easily. I don’t have any narcotics to ease the pain. I have to minimize my use of over-the-counter pain meds so as not to cause kick-back headaches and other aches from using those too much. I also don’t want to mask symptoms that would need to be reported in an emergency or during treatment. The yoga helps with easing anxiety, stretching muscles, flexing joints, even breathing. It helps create more awareness about my body. It also helps my posture.
So here’s hoping that today is a day that the yoga helps, rather than irritates, my flare-up.
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