I took ALL the advice I received in person and online.  Pain level has dropped a lot.  I’m not limping all the time now.  So THANK YOU!!!!  I’m icing, stretching, sleeping, taking less ibuprofen, and started taking cissus.  It’s supposed to help with muscle, tendon, and ligament repair.  I spoke with three people personally who have taken it, and all said it worked.

(http://cissus.org/cissus-and-muscle-tendon-ligament-repair/

Researched the side effects of cissus and found that it may reduce coritsol (which is good, not a negative side effect), but it may increase testosterone.  BONUS!! Now while most people may thinks that’s a negative, I don’t.  Muscles.  I <3 muscles.  (Read something online about how this supplement used to give false positive results for tested shows, but has since been corrected.)

Coach and I reflected on the week prior to determine if something happened in training to bring this sciatica on.  I had to move things around to fit when he could train me.  The deadlifts we did on Friday were light, but it was very technical work form-wise.  The following Sunday I did glutes, but I went lighter than normal – because of the deads on Friday.  Legs had their turn on Tuesday.  While none of these lifts were heavy, there were three lower body workouts in 5 days.  That was probably it.  My poor little slow-healing psoas just got all pissed off and started a rebellion with everyone in the neighborhood.  Boom.  Piriformis inflamed and then sciatica nerve fired up…and then the right foot went into a perpetual cramp.

I feel better having a theory and a logical one, at that.  Treatment seems to be straight forward.  I have no idea how long this will take to heal.  I will skip my glute workout this weekend.  Just need to get shoulders done tomorrow.  I had already rescheduled training clients to have the holiday weekend off , so the rest time is timely and needed.  I’m supposed to be doing laundry or chores or something right now, but I really just want to nap.

Coach took me through a great chest workout yesterday anyway.  He worked on my impingement scar tissue in my right shoulder a lot.  Dug in with his fingers and broke things up a bit.  Very painful, but necessary.   It feels a tad bruised in there today.  I felt a lot better after accomplishing some things with my chest work – got endorphins flowing.  And I felt encouraged that I might not be sidelined just yet.

So, today is exactly 12 weeks out from show, and as far as I can tell, I’m still in.

Thank you for your support and for being even slightly interested in this journey.  I’m really not done yet.

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