The Saga Continues
Much like how the discussion of my headaches was written two years ago, the following was as well:
I am blessed with headaches as not my only source of pain. I injured my shoulder, and generally speaking, it doesn’t hurt as often as my head, but when it flares up, it is pretty intense.
Back in college, swing dancing became popular – especially my senior year. Several years later I made a new friend who is a good dancer, and she and I would go out to a ballroom for swing dancing. I am not a good dancer, so the guys who were really good didn’t want to dance with me. As a result, I was dancing one night with a guy who was not a good lead, and I was not a good follower. I ended up severely straining or spraining my shoulder (I don’t know which) at a time when I had no health insurance.
Fast forward nine years, and periodically I get a huge knot and intense pain in my shoulder. Like right now. I have been trying acupressure to release the knot. I also put essential oils on it. I need to ice it right now.
Two more years later, and my shoulder was still hurting. I honestly never imagined that foods may be leading to the flare up of pain. I started the LEAP protocol in the hopes of reducing or eliminating my headaches. About a week into my first eating plan I realized that my shoulder had not been hurting for a few days. And it kept not hurting. What a pleasant surprise! I have also found that if I go off my eating plan, whether that means “cheating” or adding new foods while following the protocol, my shoulder pain comes back. As much as I may want to eat a brownie, the shoulder pain just is not worth it. (Although getting a massage might be nice!)