Sore Joints, Sore Muscles, and Why I Need to Remain Patent About My Health Progress
February 24, 2022
For the past few months, I began to feel good enough to move more. I was always very physically active, but after I became ill as a teenager, my body’s movements had a limit that was much less than it would normally be. I did my best to stretch and move my muscles, but over the years it was hard to keep myself limber. Despite this, I was still in pretty good shape, especially considering my health problems.
A few months ago, I began to feel very sore after doing chores and errands that I didn’t feel sore when I did them before. I knew that parts of my body healed, but I didn’t realize they healed so much I could move with more range of motions and flexibility. Since I have more range of motion and flexibility that I’m used to, it’s easy for me to overwork myself to the point where I’m in a lot of pain.
When I realized this, I was shocked. I didn’t know I had healed this much and can move so easily. I don’t move as easily as I used to as a teenager, but I’m not complaining about that. I am also seeing and feeling the effects of this newfound range of motion and flexibility. I’m getting thinner and my muscles are showing more.
This is why I’m feeling better about my health. I was told by my doctors that if I don’t give up on my health journey, including exercising and generally moving around, I will start to feel sore by just moving around. Since I live in a rural area and my chores include physically intensive chores that are not normal chores for city dwellers, my doctors believed I would be able to keep myself limber by just living my life. There were times in the past few years when I could see it, but not in the way they described it to be. A few months ago was the first time I actually understood what they told me.
Now that I know I am sore because my range of motion and flexibility is returning, I will need to be careful when moving. The problem is I’m used to feeling the limit of my physical abilities. Now, I can’t. Since I can’t, I overwork my body too much. So, I will need to make sure I take more rests, such as after dinner and the weekends.
Health progress has not been easy for me. Instead, it’s be time consuming and slow. It gets on my nerves I must wait longer for my body to be able to move around like it theoretically should, but it is not a choice I’m making. It’s what’s best for my body. So, in the mean time, I need to continue the progress I already made and not focus on what I can’t do but what I can do.