Oh my aching back, or is it my hip!

While I was at the Tanner Gun show in Denver today, I walked several isles. I was really happy to see hundreds of people looking around at the various displays and tables that had all kinds of great deals. I am a people watcher for sure and enjoy watching the bartering going on between sellers and buyers. I would stop and watch, listen to what was being said.

I walked just about every row at the show. My left hip started to ache and bother me, so I headed to the food court. I saw a table open up with a few chairs, so I limped over and sat down. I was really starting to hurt. The pain intensified so much that I could hardly sit at all. My friends finally showed up later. I squirmed, moved from side to side in my chair, and I’m sure people thought that I had to go to the bathroom. I realized that the pain I was in was a reminder of my past sports participation, like football, weight lifting, softball.

Those were the good old days … back then you played hurt, and through pain, the coach would say “No Pain, No Gain”. Play through and be tough! I remember those days while playing high school and college football games; the nights after playing a game, laying in bed, could be a living hell. I would limp to school and then ache while sitting in class. Guess what, I am now paying the price for several years of sports.

How many of you who are ex-athletes are now paying the price for the good old days of playing sports? I get to talk to many old pro ball players, and when we get together, I can hear them share all about their stories about the aches and pains they go through. One former NFL offensive lineman, showed me his fingers, swollen and disfigured. You could tell they had been broken several times. Then I talked to a baseball player who had a bad back, and he was stiff and unable to move about very easily.

How many of you just don’t want to go to the doctor because it isn’t worth it? I put myself in that category. I hate needles, and IV’s. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I don’t do needles. I have had several surgeries, not one of them would I call fun! The surgeries were necessary, and would help me with daily living. The aches and pains don’t go away, they need to be taken care of.

I had one client who said he had some chest pains, not major, but ones that would come and go. I told him to get checked out. He looked in pretty good shape, but for his peace of mind, he went. He received a complete physical. Two days later, his doctor called him and said that he better come to his office, they needed to talk. When he arrived at the doc’s office the doctor told him to sit down. The doctor then told him that he had some major heart disease that needed to be taken care of and he needed to talk to a cardiologist right away.

My client went and saw the cardiologist and had surgery three days later. There was a blockage and he had it cleaned out. When I saw my client, he thanked me and said that I saved his life. Wow..I was overwhelmed and appreciated the kind words. You see, we have to keep getting our yearly check ups, take care of our bodies through daily exercise, and eat properly. If your a couch potato, get off your rear end and get some walking in. If you have poor eating habits, then start eating healthy foods. The only person who will look after you, is you! You can’t expect others to force you to go to the doctor, exercise or eat properly. That is your job, no one else’s.

So, if your feeling some health issues starting to take place, make an appointment with your doctor. If your experiencing shortness of breath, have chest pains, then make an appointment to see your family doc. If you have aches and pains in your joints, then get it looked at. There are numerous reasons to see your family doctor, don’t delay, make an appointment. I am trying to prevent further damage to your body. When I used to be at my clinic and talking with patients who had ailments, I would use the example of fixing a problem with the engine before it became a major repair. That’s what I am telling you, don’t let anything get out of hand, take care of business now. It could save your life in the long run.

Are you afraid to go to the doctor because you might get bad news? Do you hate taking med’s and pills? Do you think your not getting better and worry about the doc ordering tests for you? Do you think your medical problem will go away and its nothing to worry about? If you answered yes to any of these, you can call Dr. Mike at 303.456.0555 for help!

How does Life Coaching work?
You’ll meet once a week, by phone for a one-on-one conference, usually 45 minutes a session. In each phone conference you’ll plan and review, together, each of your “Focus Goals” and action areas. In each session, you’ll also receive support and guidance in creating the right attitudes and motivation in the area’s that you want to work on most. In addition to the weekly phone conferences, you’ll also communicate by e-mail, so you’ll have help and support throughout the week.
If you would like some help in dealing with personal issues in your life or the relationship that you’re in, you can contact Mike at 303.456.0555. If you need more information about the Professional Accountability Partner Program, call 303.456.0555 or go to contact Mike link to set up a free consultation appointment.

Is it worth to die over!

As I sat in my doctor’s office yesterday morning waiting to discuss the results of my MRI,  I wondered how I got myself into this mess. I was a high school and college athlete. I still take care of myself by working out on my treadmill and hour a day, and I eat right. I had left hip pain for several months.
It got to the point that I couldn’t sleep at night because of it. That’s what made me see my doctor. He told me that my MRI looked great. I looked him at puzzled, “Really?” I asked.  “But there is something wrong with your hip.” he said. Now I was really wondering what was going on. The pain was real, the limp was real, and I was hurting and in a big way. I wanted and needed answers as to why I was hurting so bad.
We talked about my options; injections or possibly hip surgery and long rehab. Now, I will tell you that I hate shots, IV’s, hospitals, doctors, and physical therapists. I think you get my drift. But, I have to deal with this in an adult way. No screaming like a girl when getting injections or an IV! I have a reputation at two local hospitals for being a sissy with IV’s. I can’t help it.  It all started when I was a kid living on an Army base. You got shots during the week of your birthday, so you dreaded the day your birthday arrived. My parents thought it was funny! Well, as a kid..I sure didn’t think so.
I have to ask, “How many of us have kept health secrets from family and friends?”. I sure have.  If my headaches don’t go away, should I keep that to myself? Or, if someone finds a lump on their body, do they hope it will just go away if they don’t tell anyone? I can reason with the best of people on this planet why I shouldn’t tell anyone why I feel the way I do. If someone finds out that I have an illness or a personal medical problem, what will they think of me? Not a good way to think? It could be deadly for some people who fear needles, shots, IV’s and embarrassing tests.
I like to think of this incredible human body that God has given us like a car. When the engine needs to be tuned up, a mechanic changes spark plugs, changes the oil, and adjusts the carburetor. Not a big deal. But, when the “check engine” light comes on, you better take your car to your mechanic to get your engine looked at.. If you don’t, and you continue to drive your car with an oil leak, you’re going to be having some serious troubles. If you get it taken care of now, its pretty much a fix that will save you thousands of dollars down the road. It’s the same way with your body. Regular check ups can prevent you from dying early. If something is wrong, get it checked out! Then you get it taken care of. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, don’t ya think?
I had a patient back in Wisconsin who came and saw me for a bad back. He was a retired Army Sergeant that served during WW 11. In fact, he was one of the first Americans who entered Hiroshima after the blast. As I talked with him during his exam, he mentioned that he had a sore mid-dorsal (back) problem that had been irritating him for over 6 months. As I examined him, I found a massive lump right along his spine, between his shoulder blades. I asked him if he ever noticed the lump when he was showering. He said no he didn’t, but his wife noticed it one day. They both thought it was a pulled muscle from his working in their garden.
It had become so painful, that he decided to come and see me. I suggested that he see his personal physician, as I was a Sports Med Doc. I told him that I thought it was a tumor of some kind, and to get in right away to have it checked out. 
I received a call from his wife the following month thanking me for suggesting that he go see his doctor. She told me that her husband had passed away from an advanced form of bone cancer the prior week. Who knows what would have happened if he had seen his regular physician when his backache started?
I want to encourage you to start taking back your health. You, and only you, can make this happen. If you have aches and pains that have lasted over two weeks or longer, go see you family Doc! There is no medical test that is worth dying over because its an embarrassing procedure or it might hurt. Believe me, I have been there! And yes..honestly I fought myself about having tests done. My excuses were, “It will hurt and be uncomfortable.” (that’s what med’s are for, and yes they work),” I don’t want them seeing me undressed!” and ,”They’re going to put that thing where????”
 Yes, friends, God has given you a good mind. Use it to take care of yourself. If you have fears about seeing doctors and what they might do to get to the bottom of your problem, call me. If you need support and encouragement, I will walk with you through the process. I will be there for you.
My last question is, “Do you need to get a physical?” If you do, do yourself a favor, call today and schedule one. It may save your life!

5 Reasons you should walk your way to Health.

Last night I went to a high school basketball game, as I sat and watched people enter the gym, I noticed several overweight and out of shape people walk by me. They didn’t appear to be very old, but they were certainly not taking care of themselves. When working at my clinic, I would encourage just about everyone to walk their way to health. So, here are a few benefits of walking your way to a healthier you!

  • Walking helps you lose weight
  • Walking helps your immune system
  • Walking helps your heart health
  • Walking helps slow down the aging process
  • Walking reduces your cancer risk

Walking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors unless you use a treadmill at home or in a fitness center. When I wanted to lose some weight, I decided to try walking, its low impact, cost effective and fun for the entire group. I lost 50 pounds, felt great and had more energy then I had since playing football. Is there others who would care to share your success story.

Start planning to lose weight now!

I wonder how many of you want to lose weight, but really haven’t started planning on how you want to accomplish that goal. I am getting calls from clients that want to lose weight for 2009. What is the best way I can do that they ask? Well, my first response is, can you do the little things to lose weight? Like what they ask, and I will say can you commit to walking 30 minutes each day, with one day off during the week? Sure I can do that, no problem! Then I will ask them to list the goals for their health for 2009, then make an appointment to go over their goals with them. How realistic are they and can they stick with the program?

You see if you can’t keep the little goals then how in the world will you keep the big ones you want to accomplish. We all want to lose weight, feel stronger, leap tall buildings, run 5 minute miles, but it will not happen if you can’t do the small steps. That’s where people who are committed to losing weight and feel better will show they mean business by doing the little steps. So here is my question for you, how many of you are willing to make a commitment to 30 minutes a day of walking starting January 1st, 2009?

I will make that promise that I will walk with you and we can discuss your fitness and health goals. If you sign on after the January 1st, I will work with you and keep you accountable with walking and losing weight, no matter what the date!

If you need a exercise accountability partner coach, I am the man, if you have questions on how I can help you, go to the contact Mike link or call me for a free 1/2 hour consultation to see if a life coach can help you, that number is 303.456.0555. Have a great New Year!