Well enough about me, lets talk about me.
Just wanted to put this out there. I have not been feeling well for a while now; occasional light flu like symptoms, fatigue, increased joint pain, and I have lost a lot of my already, age related diminishing flexibility (arthritis) ever since the whole Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever diagnosis. I am now, supposedly clear of the Rocky Mountain stuff, but I do not feel a whole lot better, which is why I am being sent to an Infectious Disease specialist in a couple weeks. The joint pain went to a surprising level a week ago today, my left knee stopped working, so I spent about 5 days in a knee brace and walking with a cane (which, by the way, being the martial arts crazy Mrs Xue calls me, got me thinking about Hapkido cane stuff ), and getting acupuncture. More recently, yesterday, for no apparent reason my low back started to bother me and wanted to spasm. Mrs Xue did acupuncture and cupping on me and things seem to have calmed down in the back, still feels weird, but no spasms. Add to all this that I have been walking like a 90 year old man for the first few minutes after I stand up, which was getting rather annoying, but now I seem to find it is rather amusing for some reason.
This has been a big issue when it comes to training anything. I have been able to do the Sun style I am learning, but no Yang and most certainty no Xingyiquan. Even missed push hands this week. Although I was back training Santi Shi of Xingyiquan, before the knee stopped working, and that did seem to help with some of the knee and hip pain. I had not done Santi Shi for 3 days prior to the knee taking a vacation.
But this post is not all about me whining, I thought of something a few days ago, “qigong”. I have been trained in a few styles, but I have not been doing them regularly. I started working with a Daoist form a couple days ago, that I learned a few years back, and I have started feeling just a tad bit better, but it did not do much for the joint pain, but it does not hurt when I do it, so it stays. Today I re-introduced Baduanjin (eight pieces of brocade) and some stationary Chen Silk Reeling, and I have to admit, I felt a little better after Baduanjin, joints and physically. I do not think the Chen silk reeling did much, other than make my right knee tell me I should stop doing it now. But I do want to get back to silk reeling when the knee allows, so I will try a bit every now and then to see how it goes.
To clarify, I am not saying this will make me better or cure me of anything I might have. I am still going to the MD in a couple of weeks, and if the knees continue to be an issue I will be calling my Orthopedic MD this week too. But I am going to keep at the qigong and see where it takes me. Also very seriously considering changing my diet back to a being an ovo-vegetarian. I felt a whole lot better as a mostly vegetarian, of course I was a little younger then too.
Now it is wait and see what happens and find out what the Docs say.
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