Every time I write this, I’m afraid I’ll jinx myself.
But my SI joints are still in place.
They haven’t moved out of place since May (my first San Francisco trip).
Since then, I have begun to do more and more.
I’ve even run, at times, though it hasn’t been any more than a few strides crossing the street in a hurry. But still, that’s something– more than I’ve been able to run in the past 5 years put together.
What’s really crazy to me, now, is that I’m almost starting to forget how bad it was. Life is beginning to move on. Other things are beginning to demand my attention, now that my SI joints don’t have a monopoly on it.
I started this little blog six months ago, at one of my lowest points, when I was totally exasperated with this problem. I had been getting better, but not quickly enough. I was beginning to think things really needed to change. I was even starting to look into surgery.
And then, lo and behold, I inadvertently discovered that my chiropractic adjustments had been making things worse, not better.
I stopped getting them, continued to do my pool exercises, and (relatively speaking) have been off like a shot.
It’s just crazy how things can change when you aren’t expecting it.
It’s also how crazy how fast we can forget pain, and some of our most difficult injuries. Already, I can feel my worst memories from this ordeal fading.
What sticks with me most, much more than the physical discomfort and pain of this ordeal, was how it affected my relationships with other people.
Not being able to walk quickly, to stand for long, to carry things… it really took a toll on some of my friendships, not to mention my relationships with family. I haven’t really written about that yet, because compared to everything else, that’s the one part of this story that is still the most painful.
I guess those stories will come, in time.
But for now, for anyone out there who’s searching for answers, I want you to know. I struggled with this for five years, and then finally stumbled upon something. Six months later, the problem is fading away.