Thursday

The Day I Couldn't Stand Up... An eye opening moment

Disclaimer: This post is part of a compensated campaign through MedPress.  The opinions shared are my own.


All my life, I have been "fit," until I got divorced. I ate through my sadness and gained a lot of weight. I am still on the journey to lose this weight. The scariest, most eye opening day was when I was lying on the floor playing "airplane" with my son. I've never had any problem doing anything physical. I never thought twice about playing this over and over again. 

That night I was sitting on the couch watching TV, and I tried to get up. As I stood, I dropped immediately to the floor. I had NEVER felt the pain that I felt at that moment. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't move. I couldn't even blink. Everything in my back spasmed. I had never felt anything as painful. It was close to midnight, and I had a young child in the other room. I tried to move to get onto the couch. That didn't work. I was on the floor like that for probably 2 hours, face down in agony. I finally was able to get to my phone and call my parents who lived 5 min. away. It was the middle of the night.

They both came over and took my son to their house. My mom get me some muscle relaxers after calling the doctor, and I was blessed to have them so close to take care of me. Any single mom knows that there is nothing worse than imagining your child seeing you weak or in pain. I knew that Bryce would have suffered. He can't stand to see me hurt. I was off my feet for almost a week. 
This is my son and I in Oct. 2013.
It took me a little while to figure out how this happened. Then, it hit me. I was over 50 lbs heavier than I should be, and I did this to myself. Unfortunately it took me about 6 more  months to have my real wake up call. But that was the beginning. I realized right then that I needed to change some things. I was damaging my body. I want to be here to see my son's children grow up.  That was when I started doing some workouts and some healthy eating. I have come a long way since that day and I sincerely hope that I will never have to feel that horrible pain again. 

It is amazing how back pain can debilitate someone. I wish MedPress.com had been around then. It is a community united to help those with chronic back and neck pain. It's a safe, encouraging environment for people who want as much information as possible about leading a rewarding life in the face of chronic neck and back pain.

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33 comments:

  1. Looking forward to checking out MedPress. Thanks for hosting the giveaway

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    1. Thank you for checking it out! :) You will like what you see!

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  2. Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing about MedPress

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    1. I hope you will check it out! It's a great website! Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for the info, I know far to many friends and family (my husband and mother) that have suffered from back pain and it resorted in two surgeries for both.

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  4. WOW- I have a very similar story to yours- back in June 2011 I went down with a back spasm and it knocked me out of the loop for the entire summer and when I started back to teaching it took me until November to get the diagnosis of a bulging disc. I was told I should never do anything high impact ever again (I didn't listen) ;)

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  5. Wow Mindy - this hits close to home. My father in law (84) has suffered from chronic neck pain for YEARS. It really affects his quality of life. Great resource here for solutions!

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  6. wow. Your story hits close to home for me, too. These kids of ours sure are great inspiration <3

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  7. Thank you for sharing Mindy! My father has chronic neck & back pain so this site is something I will be sharing with my family. Thank you!!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your story. Mine is pretty similar. I am amazed how much I allowed my weight to hinder my life. I'm so grateful I have made changes.

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  9. Wow.... thanks for sharing your story!!! Very proud of you!!

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  10. Mindy, thanks for sharing your story and the info on Medpress

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  11. Great website.........thanks for sharing.

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  12. Thanks for sharing!! I had a cervical fusion this past September due to 2 ruptured discs in my neck. Unfortunately, it was so bad that my spinal cord is now indented and I have permanent nerve damage. The pain is so excruciating in my right arm and feet that I haven't run since my last half in August. I finally gave in and had a pain block this week hoping that will relieve some of my pain.

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  13. My mom has had multiple back surgeries so any info is helpful

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  14. My mother-in-law has battled chronic back injury for years and I've seen first-hand how debilitating it can be. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  15. I am having my "Moment" of clarity to know that I need to change my lifestyle. I have gained almost 100 pounds since I quit working & became a stay at home mom & I have never had the back, shoulder & neck pains until here recently when they would start but not stop for hours & days. I am working on changing my eating habits & exercising to get myself back into shape after my doctor told me all the extra weight was pretty much killing me (So I am killing myself everyday that I don't change). The pain is unbearable & I have decided not to take it anymore. It tooke 5 years to put the weight on so I know its going to be hard work to work it off but I am in this for the long haul. I signed up on Medpress.com & was so happy to see that I am not alone with my horrible aches & pains. Thank you very much for sharing your story & giving me hope that I can still change my life for the better.

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  16. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing the info.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your story. It makes it easier to motivate myself into getting my butt into gear and fixing my weight problem too. You are ever so lucky to have parents that live that close by in case of just such an emergency.

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  18. Great site. You sure do a lot of giveaways. Not complaining! I can relate to your story. You were lucky to have your parents so close. Glad you ok now.

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