Does anyone have any advice about regaining fitness after injury?
I was knocked off my bike three weeks ago. No breaks or internal bleeding but lots of bruising/cuts/deeper muscle pain and I was knocked unconscious/had concussion.
My surface wounds have almost healed but there is still some deeper muscle pain plus my head isn't quite as it should be (in that I say the most stupid of things, like that I want to defrost the vacuum cleaner instead of the freezer and sometimes I have to think quite hard about what I want to say before I say it). I also have an open wound on one of my calf muscles as it's got some tarmac in it and the nurses are trying to clean it before letting it heal. It's a bit stingy and I cannot squat as that causes pain. One of my forearms (which was badly bruised) is still painful when touched but is okay otherwise.
Despite my recovery apparently progressing, I am still taking regular painkillers so these must be masking some of the pain. I do have pain with the painkillers but it's worse without them.
Another issue is that my inflammatory arthritis (which was finally under control) has flared and it is worse than it has been before (although mainly hands/wrists/one foot). So, swollen joints and associated pain all over my hands and wrists, plus a bit in my foot.
Exercise really helps the arthritis, no doubt about it, and is recommended by my rheumatology team, so I am quite keen to get back into things. I realise that I am not the same as I was before the accident and that I will have to basically start over again.
So, I've been doing a bit of walking over the last week. A mile here, a mile there. Nothing too strenuous, I'm much slower that I used to be and I'm stopping before my muscles scream at me.
I'm anxious to get back to the gym and my strength training (again, this helps the arthritis) but not quite sure how to go about it. I was thinking that maybe I should just go back to the smallest weights I can and see how it goes? If it's too uncomfortable then to have another break from it?
Cycling is out for the moment as I no longer have a bike (need to sort out the insurance claim) but once I do, I think that the cycling will help as it's less stress on joints etc. I'll be sticking to flat cycle paths at first as cars terrify me (even just being in a car with other cars on the road near us scares the heck out of me).
Running will also have to wait as there's no way I can run just yet but I thought that when I could, I'd do the C25K again and build up from there.
Any thoughts? I really cannot bear the thought of sitting around doing nothing as I enjoy exercise and want to build up my strength again. And maybe reduce the risk of depression as I think that I may be heading that way (and that's a place I'd rather not visit again).