This week on Invisible Recovery Ani talks about mental health. It’s a long one, but worth watching all the way to the end if you or a loved one deal with mental health issues (related to chronic illness or not). She missed last week because she was procrastinating on editing this video since it was such a big job.
Yesterday Ani started at least a month of physical therapy 2-3 days a week. Her therapist is experienced with people with Ehlers-Danlos (really important to prevent further injury). Her neck issues appear to all be totally related to the EDS.
When she moves her neck, her vertebrae don’t work together, but instead twist in opposite directions. This equals pain. Her front neck muscles are much weaker than her back neck muscles. This equals pain. She has craniocervical instability. This equals pain. So much pain. Doctors laughed at her for saying her neck felt too weak to hold up her head. Well, the physical therapist isn’t laughing. Ani was right about that all along!
The goal of the physical therapy and (so many) exercises she has to do in between visits is to strengthen her neck and retrain the muscles to keep her vertebrae in alignment and moving properly together. The ultimate goal is to get her back on the mat training at taekwondo. For now, though, after her first two visits, her neck is really hurting. We are hopeful that in a few weeks it’ll be much better (me more than Ani to be honest – she’s pretty much resigned to being in horrible pain for the rest of her life).
This week’s Invisible Recovery is a short one. A few weeks ago Ani decided to start walking to help build her strength back up. Today she takes you with her on her first walk.
This week on Invisible Recovery, Ani talks about good days and bad days. She’s having more good days now than she was before, but she’s still having way too many bad days.
This week on Invisible Recovery, Ani takes you through the process of getting her hair cut. It was a hard decision for her to make. She loved her long hair. The little guys and I appear briefly in this one.
This week Ani interviewed one of her friends who has a suspected, but undiagnosed, chronic illness.
In this week’s video Ani takes a little break from talking about chronic illness issues and plays with a speech jammer.