Ok…now it gets interesting

Big follow up with the back doctor.

We are going the MRI route to see where the trouble is and perhaps get an injection there.

But also: I’ve had a weird symptom where it feels like I have to urinate …like I’ve drank a gallon of coffee..but there isn’t much there. That is classic prostate trouble. And yes, a swollen prostate can cause gluteal pain.

It could be coincidence but, well, my left pelvis/glute/hip area feels full; almost swollen.

Workout notes:

I didn’t do PT as I had a PT appointment. But I did stretch and did my own weight/resistance workout

pull ups: 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 5, 6 (wide and chins)

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 30 sissy

bench presses: legs up: 10 x 134, 10 x 134, 10 x 145

deadlifts: 10 x 144, 10 x 184, then 4 inch handles: 10 x 234 slowly.

felt it in the glutes and thighs..which is what I wanted.

Work tomorrow

Well, PT at 9:30 then Dr at 1. we shall see.

Today: swim 1100 yards:

200 free, 100 back, 100 side, 100 kick (single arm out) with fins, 4 x 50 on 1:10 (55 each), 100 drill with fins, 2 x 100 (1:50-1:52) on 1:30, 100 with fins/drill.

Then PT at home, followed by a 15:30 (1 mile) walk.

Better than zip.

Note: “the urge” is there..probably dr. appointment 2.

Baseball weekend

Thank heavens for the orthopedic cushion and the blanked I used as a lumbar cushion.

It was nice to forget about my back/piriformis for a while.

Ok, Saturday, Bradley lost to Dallas Baptist 6-1. But BU had one the first 2 in this series and sweeping no. 16 DBU was a tall order. They pulled out the stops with their pitching, getting strong performances from the entire staff.

Sunday: 40 F and breezy; the Chiefs went to 6-3 by way of a walk-off 7-6 win. But what a game. The starter threw fire and struck out 10 in 5 innings; the first reliever didn’t drop off much, striking out one and not allowing any runs.

So after 7 the Chiefs were up 2-0 and then came the top of the 8’th. OMG..the Loons teed off and got 5 runs..and were close to a 6’th when a runner was thrown out at 3’rd trying to leg out a triple..and from where I sat..the Loons had a right to complain. But the umpire was right there.

And so the Chiefs promptly..scored 4 in the bottom of the 8’th to retake the lead!

In the 9’th the Loons tied the game with a solo home run to left..but in the bottom of the 9’th..two outs..one on base due to an infield single and throwing error…what should have been the third out was botched allowing the runner from second to score and win the game 7-6.

Sadly, few were there to watch.

Break even weekend

I am getting ready to go to a Chiefs game; I saw a good Bradley Baseball game yesterday. That is for my next post.
What I will report is that using an orthopedic seat cushion and my Bears stadium blanket as a lumbar cushion helped me forget about my back/piriformis for a while.

The big news (in my saga) is that I returned to swimming on Saturday and decided to try the following routine:

Swim: Sat, Mon, Wed, Friday, lift: Tu, Th, Sunday with short walks (1 mile or so)

Saturday: swimming: 200 free slow, 100 kick drill with fins, 4 x 50 0n 1:10 (55-57 each), 100 kick drill with fins, 200 drill/swim with fins 100 side stroke, 4 x 50 on 1:10 free (56-57 each). Sad but it is a start.

Then I walked 1.25 miles outside; same old story; went great for 0.6-0.8 miles, ok at mile 1, then kind of tough. PT on the grass before the walk, then on my porch when I got home.

Today: long workout broken up by:

28 minutes inside PT (laying stuff)

42 minutes outside with PT (including banded walks) and 5 x 10 pull ups, 5 wide, 6 chin.

Push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 flat, 10 deficit

Then 56 minutes inside (2:10 total) which included:

bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 150, 10 x 150 (feet on a stool to relieve back pressure)

curls: 3 sets of 10 with 50

high incline back: 3 sets of 10 x 103

deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 being very careful. Next deadlift session will be handle work.

Note: McKenzie afterward didn’t yield that left side leg/butt pain like it did before, and I wore a light belt.

Then some stretching (10 min) and a 16 minute walk (1 mile) to finish it all up.

Note: the walk was not GREAT but…one interesting sign: the pain..was mild and it seemed to migrate upward..I could feel my glutes working. Getting the pain to localize to the back would be a major step forward for me. For some reason: back pain is easier to deal with that deep glute pain.

Note: weight is 205 (Riverplex): too heavy. I really need to be 195 or lighter, but pull ups are going ok. Go figure.

Back: who knows; I don’t know if I am willing to risk back surgery or if I even need it. But I think I am ready to try shots.

Going downhill

Interestingly enough: I am not in that much pain; mostly tingles in my left leg and a false feeling of the need to urinate.

But the angst is there; happy I have a doctor’s appointment this Tuesday.

Walking to and from campus and up the stairs..somewhat uncomfortable.

Ability to lift, pull ups, push ups: no problems, no pain; barely a tingle

Workout: lots of PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10, 5 wide, 5 chins)

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 15 deficit, 15 regular

The PT: two kinds of rotator cuff, prone knee raises, bird dog, dead bug, one leg glute raises, a knee lift from bridge, banded walks and of course, press ups, open book.

bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 145, 7 x 155 (feet elevated)

curls: 3 sets of 10

light rows with trap bar (94 lbs) 3 sets of 10

high incline presses 10, 10, 8 with 103

So, I am not exactly an invalid but something is off and getting worse.

Oh well, what is the worst that can happen: no, not death, but a slow degeneration into who knows what.
But tomorrow: maybe return to the pool?

A mystery I don’t want

Wednesday was kind of rough..and Thursday..started bad when I woke up, the walks went better than expected.

No, not great, but..sort of ok.

Walk to campus was fine too. Then..back home..not so great..did a bit more PT and some stretching, then..ugh..a walk to pick up a student exam was downright awful. That’s happened before; it is almost as if I have a set limit of walks on a day before the butt says “no more” and I have to do the 1/4 mile, stretch, 1/4 mile, stretch, etc.

And it appears that on my left side..glute, FRONT (now) and side..almost feels swollen. The left pelvic area is messed up.

If offered invasive treatments, I’ll accept.

Now about PT: it HAS done some good; I now can stand in one place without being in pain; the glute exercises have helped a great deal.

Sort of rough

I’ll say it: my back ached today.and yesterday…..well, the usual hip (top), etc., pretty sure it was the back. Guess: last night’s game; wonder if I need a lumbar cushion for the game.

Oh, the game: got out of hand early; the Chiefs lost 15-2, getting one run in the bottom of the 9’th. Ugh.

Crowd was very sparse

I visited some with Vickie and Harry; that was fun. Announced was 1549 but…nah. It was not that far off from last year’s “socially distanced” home opener.

Workout notes:

Yesterday: walking plus PT. I got through the walks; PT was ok..but afterward..walking to the office..discomfort later in the day, and ache upon sitting at the Chiefs game. I took the walks to the limit. But man…the back…tough couple of days.

Today: well, last night..I wonder if that sitting set stuff off. But..then again, the workout went ok; some tingles after deadlifts but ..they didn’t look that bad.

Full PT plus with pull ups: 5 sets of 10, set of 5 wide, set of 5 chins

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 flat, 10 deficit (tough)

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 low (last set felt ragged)

10 x 260 high with new belt: felt fine.

False alarm?

I was worried about Friday when my glute just ached. It appears that, while the glute does not hurt WHILE cycling, it hurts afterward.

The culprit appears to be putting pressure on my feet while my thighs are vertical and my shins are horizontal. Example: the legs in a bench press where there is an arch in the back.

Today was ok. Far from perfect, but I had moments of walking sans pain, which is always good.

Workout notes: PT and pull ups (outside) 4 sets of 10, 2 sets of 5 wide, 2 sets of 5 chins

push ups: part of it: 40 sissy (inclined), 30 declined, 15 deficit, 10 deficit, 10 plain.

Bench: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 10 x 150

rows (trap bar) 3 sets of 10 x 94
curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 103

Weekend of walking and lifting

I was worried that I had regressed…it was probably just the exercise bike.

I am in a quandary: how “hurt” am I?
Is this chronic..just something I have to live with?
Might it get better like it did so many years ago?
Should I not walk at all or swim and walk only a tiny amount?
If offered an invasive procedure: take it?

I don’t have pain at rest, but I do balk at walking short distances unless I can stretch first.

Saturday: I did the full PT and then did a few deadlifts downstairs: side was 100 percent painless with the third set: 10 x 144, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all beltless)

Then I walked:

Note the second walk (at the top) was 15:33 for the course that, well, measures longer at different times. Going by Google Maps, it was 1.16 in 15:33 which would mean 13:24 for that walk.

I iced afterward; some IT soreness.

Today: more PT, and two walks plus a third experimental walk:

The last walk, I took slowly and wore my new nylon weight belt; it mattered..a little. In each case, I was ready to stop but..had many moments of “normality.”

Ball and walking

I saw all three Bradley Baseball games; there was a 2-0 7 inning loss (errors..not a lot of hitting); a thrilling 5-4 win in 10 innings in the second game and a 20-5 loss in the Sunday game that saw Wright State blast 4 home runs including a grand slam.

It was 20-3 in the 6’th inning.

As far as the 5-4 game; BU seemed to be in control leading 4-3 with 2 out in the top of the 9’th, but then came a solo home run to tie the game.
BU walked it off in the 10’th.

The Saturday game: chilly; fans moved to where the sunlight was.

Note: I walked a lap between the double header games and stretched at the top of the bern..eccentric professors…