Pain

My chiropractor warned me that the treatment for my back problems would cause the pain to get worse before it gets better. He said “It’s like we’re putting your body through a car accident.”, and he wasn’t kidding! The pain is especially bad when he does any kind of manipulation that involves the bulging disc.

He also told me that I can train BJJ while we’re fixing it, as long as I don’t take any painkillers before class (which I never do anyway), and I stop when the pain is too much. I thought “Could you please define ‘too much’?”, because I don’t think he understands the amount of pain I am accustomed to tolerating on a regular basis!

The pain will go away when it stops hurting.However, after getting a difficult adjustment on Tuesday evening, then again on Wednesday morning, I discovered what “too much” pain was when I tried to train BJJ Wednesday night. I made it through the warm-ups in the kids’ class, but I couldn’t make it through them in the adult class. Greg saw that I was in pain, so he told me not to do anything that hurt. I said “Then I should just go home, because everything hurts.”, and he said it probably wasn’t a bad idea. I didn’t want to stop, I wanted to just suck it up and do as much as I could, but then Greg said “There’s no point in half-healing or half-training.”, and I knew he was right, so I went home (but I wasn’t happy about it!).

Some of the people in my family don’t believe that the chiropractor told me I can keep training, they think I’m lying because I don’t want to take any time off! Joe’s family has a saying “Always go to the doctor, but never follow his advice.” I’m the opposite of that, I normally never go to the doctor, but when I do break down and go, I try to follow the advice. I will keep training as much as I can while I’m healing, I just have to let the pain be my guide.

“Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class.” -General Choi

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