July 13, 2020

Reached. My. Toes.

After 7 months of trying, I finally, finally managed to reach my toes again. I can't believe it's been over half a year since I first experienced the pain. At the time, I thought it would just be a one-time thing. Little did I know just how worse (and eventually better) it would get.

I basically have very tight hamstrings caused by my left leg just being a little bit longer than my right (about 1cm). However, just that tiny imbalance has brought me excruciating pain almost everyday. From a pain scale from 1-10, it's around a 7 to an 8.

To battle this, I was told by Dr. Edgar to do stretching exercises. He said that since I'm growing so fast, my bones have been growing at a much faster rate than my muscles. Stretching would help my muscles catch up with my bones—The catch being I'd have to endure lots and lots of pain while doing it.

I've been stretching almost everyday since January, and I'm now stretching 2 times a day. My initial goal was to get back to being normal again. I didn't know exactly what being "normal" would be or if I should even make that a goal, but I figured that being able to reach my toes was a good goal to strive towards. Yeah, who knew it would take 7 months to do?

Today was the first day I reached my toes while standing up. It was very painful, but I did it. I was told that I'll probably have very tight hamstrings for as long as I still grow—which means I could still have this for the next 5 years or so, and I was very scared when I first heard that and actually cried afterwards. Though, if I'm able to see that I'm making progress, then that means the pain will gradually lessen. I don't know how long I'll have to keep doing this, but I do know that the pain will eventually stop.

That's all. Be kind and keep striving!

P.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyHyeeSfstg—It's finally here!! Tiffany's so awesome :D

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Posted On Jul 14, 2020

Ouch. That sounds awful but good for making progress--that has to feel good.
I once messed my arm up by always leaning on it while it was bent when I was sitting in my chair. After a year or more of always being in that position, I could no longer straighten it past a 90 degree angle. It hurt all of the time and I had no strength in that hand. I finally realized I had to do something to fix it so I spent a month lying in bed at night forcing my arm to straighten out as much as I could. I would tuck it under the pillow to keep from automatically pulling it back to my body where it didn't hurt. The stretching was excrutiating. Finally, after weeks, I had full motion back. Now I'm careful to stretch that arm every day, especially if I've spent a lot of time with it bent (like playing on my phone, reading or just lounging in my chair).

Posted On Jul 15, 2020

@justanotherjen Ugh, that must've sucked. I'm glad to hear that it got better for you too. My brother's a physical therapist, and one of his patients was a small boy with cerebral palsy. They had to stretch his legs using the same exercises I use, and my brother said he always cried whenever they had to do leg raises. Nobody should have to experience this pain.

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