I May Be 41 But Damn If My Left Butt Cheek Doesn’t Feel 91

Back in the summer I was determined to get in shape for my Beverly Hills trip. Call me shallow, call me vain, but I really wanted to look my best. I’d also begun to notice the tendency for the entire back of my arm to jiggle into its own zip code when I practiced my Vanna White wave.

In August 2009 on my 40th birthday I weighed more than I ever had in my LIFE outside of pregnancy and that was pretty darn depressing. While I’ve never been overweight and even at that weight I wasn’t technically overweight, it freaked me out because I’d been slowly and steadily gaining weight since Miss A was born in 2005. When you’re barely 5 ft. 2 inches tall each additional 5 pounds is the equivalent of 10, or might as well be any way.

I started walking one to two times a day and working out with arm weights and diligently counting calories. By the time I went on my trip in September I was down about 7 pounds from what I had weighed a year ago. I also started jogging a bit but my lower back down into my upper left butt cheek really started bothering me, especially at night when I’d lay down. And then about 6 weeks ago I started having a shooting pain down my left leg into my little toe. OUCH. Mix with this discomfort factor the whole craziness of back to school and Halloween and I was starting to slip into autumnal super slothness, where a daily nap in a Snuggie and copious amounts of comfort food sounded like pure bliss.

I found out I have a wonky sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, which is slowly getting whipped back into shape by a great local chiropractor. I’m trying to not get discouraged because I know I could have much worse health problems. I now have total new respect, though, for the term “pain in the butt.”

7 comments

  1. Eileen says:

    Do you have an SI Belt (you can find them at Amazon.com). I have that same wonky SI joint thing going on, and am lucky enough to have a physical therapist friend who told me to get the SI Belt. It’s sort of like those underbelly belts you can get when pregnant. It does not look good while on—or I do not look good with it on—but it does help when I wear it at home (yes, she fusses at me, but I am not walking around with extra bulges…sorry).

    I was having too much trouble with running…the running was ok, but afterward I would be in p.a.i.n…....so I started doing Pilates again, and that seems to be the most helpful thing of all and I think I can start running again soon. My PT friend says it helps to strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, and I think improving my core strength has helped my posture…all of which have made a big difference.

  2. Jamie says:

    Eileen:

    I do not have an SI Belt but have read about them. I asked my chiropractor about yoga and he said that would be great. I think this all stems back to a left knee injury from about 20 years ago. I never had surgery but I had to do physical therapy and wear a knee brace. I have probably favored that knee/leg all these years so I’m sure I’m outta whack. I may have to invest in an SI Belt!

  3. EG says:

    Don’t know if you’re a Braves fan but a few years ago Greg Maddox had an injured sacroiliac… ummm… muscle? Tendon? Anyway, he had a pulled butt. And we laughed. Then my husband did the same thing. I wonder if he has the wonky joint, too, he does have trouble with it.

  4. Eileen says:

    Knee injury here too…on the same side I had the pain….and I do favor that knee (even though it’s fine now) and thus my hips have gotten all outta whack (right side higher than left). But there is hope…between Pilates and correcting my stance when I catch myself in a non-symmetrical state (I’ve noticed all sorts of times I’m doing this) it’s much better now!

  5. Blonde Mom says:

    I started doing yoga last week on the Wii Fit and I think that is helping me strenghten my basically non-existent core muscles but I need to check into Pilates.

    Oh and my chiro. office suggested I start sleeping with a pillow between my knees. I finally took their advice seriously and started doing that last week. I’ve noticed a big difference. Tomorrow I go for an adjustment.

    I just hate all these new, annoying, aches and pains! 🙁

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