No one ever dies from back pain...however the results of back pain can slowly kill you. Like the frog in boiling water analogy...over time a person with chronic pain tries to learn to live with it. However, this agonizing pain over time can slowly suck the life out of you. Every movement in your day becomes a chore and you slowly quit doing the things you love. Add in addiction to opioids and the serious consequences that can follow. It is typical for a person with chronic pain to give up hope and slowly die inside while waiting for their body to catch up.
After being landlocked for several years, I was thrilled to stumble upon the sport of paddle boarding. Back in 2011 I became an avid paddler and participated in several long distance, challenging races. Living near Tahoe allowed me the opportunity to train in that beautiful lake and I often paddled 10 - 12 miles at a time to build endurance and strength. The first picture reflects a happy paddling time! I felt strong and capable.
However, not quite 4 years later my back pain had become unbearable and seriously affected my paddling ability. The second picture was after a 5 mile race. My outward appearance was completely deceiving as I was in excruciating pain and it was my worst race ever. My future as a paddle board racer seemed hopeless and bleak. I just couldn't see ever being able to compete again or for that matter, be able to simply enjoy being on the water.
I was desperate to find a solution and refused to succumb to medication. That's when I stumbled upon Foundation Training. This movement modality was the ONLY thing that worked. But it didn't come easy! It required DAILY dedication and effort. However it did work and I became hopeful again. Just last year I was able to get my feet wet again and raced successfully in the Jay Moriarty Short Course Paddleboard race. It was a tremendous turning point for me in this journey I have been on.
I know there are a lot of strong, capable people out there that are suffering and living in pain and no longer doing the things they love ~ exercise, sports, gardening, playing with grandchildren, etc. You don't have to give up hope!