Last night when I got back from yoga, I was having some serious hip pain. This morning when I woke up, I was still having some serious hip pain. I was born with my hips dislocated (they eventually got lodged back into place), so I’ve always had hip problems. Plus, out of all the many wonderful things I inherited from my mother, I also inherited her sciatica. I have suffered from sciatic nerve pain since I was like 12! (Which is probably why I sometimes get knee pains from running.) Last night, I’m pretty sure I stressed my left knee and/or hip, causing some irritation in my left sciatic nerve. I can actually pinpoint the exact moment: during Ardha Baddha Padma Uttanasana, a.k.a. “half-bound standing forward stretch.”
You stand and bring right your foot into lotus position, grabbing your big toe with your right hand, then fold forward to touch the floor. I have absolutely no problem doing it on the right side, and I got over-confident last night and strained my left side. I remember thinking it hurt (not in a “yoga hurts so good” kind of way) and immediately coming out of the posture, saying a little prayer that it didn’t hurt in the morning. Well, crap.
So that ruined my plans to run today, seeing as I could barely walk without limping around like a pirate (at least that’s pretty B.A., right?)
Needless to say, I’ve been doing lots of hip stretching to try and ease the pain.
This is a very modified version of Yogimudrasana. Sit cross-legged, but try and make your bottom leg come straight out from your hip, making a right angle at the knee. Then, fold the other leg directly on top, with ankle past the bottom knee. Some day, you lean forward and your legs are perfectly stacked on top of one another. It’s not easy, but fabulous for both your hips and knees.
And, yes, I am wearing two different socks. Even cooler, one has a hole in the heel!
Other stretches I’ve been doing are pigeon and a simple knee-to-chest. It feels like a massage! One yoga teacher I had once had said, “pull your knee to your chest as hard as you can and save yourself a hip replacement later in life!” I should probably do this everyday, lol!
I would love to put it under a heating pad, but I am going to ice it late tonight for probably 20 minutes and see if that relieves any pain. I can hear my mom saying, “take it easy” from here, so that’s what I’ll be doing until it feels better. I DO NOT want to stress it even more. That means walking, gentle yoga, and ab + arm strengthening for a couple of days.
I forgot to mention earlier that breakfast was extra special today. Do you know why?…..
Nearly-empty jar of peanut butter means Oatmeal-in-a-Jar! I just cooked my oatmeal the regular way and ate it out of the jar, getting a nice scoop of p’nut butt- with each bite! DIVINE!
After class, I took inventory of what was in our kitchen…
- Red Kidney Beans
- Diced tomatoes in tomato juice
- Cayenne Pepper (just a pinch)
Put it all together and what have you got? A ridiculously cheap, easy, healthy, and delicious dinner! I just sauteed the onions and garlic, then added everything else (but the quinoa) and let it simmer. Serve atop cooked quinoa and PRESTO! Did I mention it was filling? I had just one sensibly sized bowl. No over-eating tonight!
Any secret remedies for relieving sciatic nerve pain?