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Life is *so* unfair...
I have recently been on this health kick - eating right (and low cal), exercising (recumbant exercise bike), and the weight has been coming off.  I have also been addicted to Facebook games, and spend a lot of time just trying to keep current on those.

After work last night, I relaxed in the recliner, watching my taped Womens Free Skate (finally!), and generally enjoying life.  I got up about 11:30 to head to bed, and decided to do a final check on my FB games.  Sat down in the chair in front of the computer...

... and yow!  My tailbone area was *killing* me!  It felt kind of like a pulled muscle, especially to the left side.  I shifted about, tried stretching (how the heck do you stretch *that* area?), but it still was pretty damn painful.  After sitting for a bit, it was a dull ache, then standing again and yow!  I was hoping it was just some unexplained oddness, so I went to bed, hoping to feel better on awakening.

I didn't.  Not worse, either, but definitely not better.  This is *totally* going to screw with my exercise program.  Although that *may* be one of the problems.

I have bad feet, plantar fasciitis most likely, self diagnosed, somewhat helped with NeoVita inserts.  I have an official podiatrist appt on the 18th.  I used to walk a lot to lose weight, and it worked well, but I haven't been able to do that for over a year.  So I got this recumbant exercise bike.  It's a good quality one, not some cheapie.  I started riding it on Feb 22, just 20 minutes.  I did that 3 times over 6 days, then I upped it to 30 minutes daily for several days, then to 40 minutes.  I had to take a break on Monday, because my legs were so tired and achey I just couldn't keep up to speed.  But on Tuesday, I felt right as rain again, and hit it 40 minutes Tues-Thurs.  I've also been slouched over in the chair a lot in front of the computer, mousing away at FB games.

Of course, I googled "unexplained tailbone pain" and came up with several causes.  The only causes that seem to apply are repetitive stress from cycling, and/or faulty posture while sitting.  Of course, there are several sites that say it is all psychosomatic, but tell my ass that!

I'm hoping that taking a break from cycling, and sitting with better posture while on the computer will help.  I certainly don't hope it's my new recliner couch, because I *love* it, and that's the only other new thing I have that could be causing it.

It's probably my obsessive nature, which has had me upping my exercise rapidly (after months of a sedentary lifestyle) though.  I'm so upset, though, because I *want* and *need* to lose weight, and if I have to try to do it by diet alone?  Not as effective.  And I need the cardiovascular benefits of cycling, as I can't walk until my foot issue is resolved.

I just wanna cry. 
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hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: March 5th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keep your chin up sissy and don't let your mis-behaving tailbone team up with your bad-monkey brain to talk you out of your new habits.

As someone who broke her tailbone years ago, I can tell you that it all gets better over time - sprains, pains and bones too. You just need to modify your exercise choices.

Talk to your doctor, see about alternating cardio routines, and don't cycle as much each time you get on the bike. These are the only suggestions I can think of, but of course I am not an expert. You may want to check in on alternate training options such as circuit training - cardo and weight lifting all in one!

BTW - I have already had to remind dad that overdoing his workouts only defeats his ultimate goal of being healthy - don't make me remind you too! ;)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: March 25th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't given up, Sissy... although I *haven't* been riding the bike. I will start again, 15 min max, building up slowly if 3 days haven't caused a problem...

Or am I being too fast again? I just want it to work!

Advice is always welcome.
hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: March 25th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not a PT, so I couldn't tell you - did I mention that I recommend you see someone who specializes in this? ;) I would continue to go slow and listen to your body, but to also explore other cardio options in order to mix up your routine some. ‘Muscle confusion’ is an idea that basically says that doing only one type of exercise becomes less and less effective over time because your body gets used to the workout and gets very efficient at doing something that it does all the time (ie. burns less calories and does less work).

Seriously, hie thee to a physical therapist you goose! Those folks can both help with current issues and help prevent new ones from cropping up to delay your progress.

jammer1027 From: jammer1027 Date: March 5th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
After I had lost most of the 104lbs I had lost my tailbone ached a lot. I too googled it and found that a lot of people that had lost weight had the same problem. It did ease up but every now and then it still hurts. I was walking 1-2 miles a day 5 days a week at that time but it would only hurt after I was idle for a while.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: March 25th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the problem is, exactly. The podiatrist gave me a "phone book stretch" - which I have to come back in 2 weeks to "make sure I'm doing it right."

Seems like a big copay for a little service... although pain is a great motivator.

I so want to get back to walking again! I was doing a ton, 3-5 miles a day... I miss it so! Listening to audiobooks, practicing Spanish... it was a productive time!
meimur From: meimur Date: March 6th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
This is what I use for my plantar fasciitis. I've been dealing with it for about a little over a year. I've had the brace for about 8 months. I haven't worn it everyday as I should (usually only 3-5 times a week, due to the fact that I have 1 pair of shoes that are stretched out enough to fit the brace), but I have noticed that I don't have nearly as much pain as I used to have. Before I went to the doctor, it had gotten to the point where I could barely walk without a limp. I started wearing the brace after my appointment, and immediately notice a difference.

Hope you feel better soon!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: March 25th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I got a strap from NeoVita, but it's much smaller, only one thin velcro attachment, which has stretched quite a bit over time. I need to get a new one, and this one sounds great.

It's funny how that old adage is true... "hit your finger with a hammer, and you won't feel (your other pain)"!

I'm going to take my Sissy's advice, and start exercising again. Pain is a strong deterrent, so I've been avoiding it. But I need to get back in that saddle again (literally!), so I will. Cutting calories is so much easier when you can work on the minus side of the equation!
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