Recovering from whiplash

It’s now pretty much 5 months since my whiplash injury and what joy it has been… not!

Although the impact of the car was relatively low I have been amazed at just how much of an impact it has had on my life.

When it happened the first thing that crossed my mind was “please don’t give me whiplash, I have another 2 months of personal training to do” along with the fact that I have already done 10 weeks of it!

Needless to say it hit me, and hard.

I started physio a week after the incident having sessions twice a week, no amount of painkillers, heat or ice packs could take away the pain and as an active person with two young children I certainly wasn’t prepared to wait to get a physio referral from my doctor – although I now need to wait for approximately £400 worth of costs to be recovered.

The pain affected me from my neck all the way down to my lower back and did move to cause issues in my right leg at one point. With some manipulation we managed to remove that pain.

One of the biggest issues was the lack of sleep in the early days, getting comfortable was almost impossible so needless to say I was like a zombie for a good few weeks. which left me feeling rather fed up and reaching out for the comfort foods and I admit even a few more glasses of wine!

During this time of limited mobility and generally feeling crap I have put on approximately TWO STONE! Needless to say this makes me even more unhappy when I look back at my PT progress pictures. I invested a lot of time, effort and sheer determination in those sessions – all of which I will only get back from a double dose of time, effort and sheer determination.

I have now been moved on to open access by my physio and I am hoping to get back on the fitness wagon ASAP – I need to, I’m doing the Great Yorkshire Run in September so training for that will be fun.

Once again, I shall be sharing my journey and hints and tips but please let this post be a reminder that sometimes we fail, it’s what we do about getting back on track that matters.

I’m just hoping my compensation will cover the cost of having PT sessions again – although it will never compensate for the time I’ve lost or where I should be right now (good job I don’t have a beach holiday this year eh!)

To Paul, my physio at The Edgerton Clinic thank you very much, even when I did think you were going to twist my neck off.

To Barry, my PT at PF Gym, please don’t feel your effort was wasted, I’ll be back.

To everyone else that has been amazing during the last 5 months thank you.

John, my husband, thanks for just being pretty awesome full stop x

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