I realize I have not been very good about explaining my injury because it has been such a tough thing for me to deal with. It has been a physical and emotional roller coaster. I have been in and out of pain for the past 9ish months so I wanted to explain to you guys what I have gone through, how I have been trying to recover and how I can try to avoid this in the future.
Without going into too much detail I will try to explain this as clearly as possible. Last September I contracted a virus that had allergy like symptoms- so it took me a week or so to get to the doctor since I thought it was just allergies. They gave me antibiotics and most of my symptoms went away- except I was constantly lightheaded and dizzy. I felt weak and it continued to get worse over the next month. I was only able to practice about an hour or two a day and it was a struggle to manage that. The rest of the time was spent in bed. I finally was able to get rid of the dizziness in November after a month of vestibular therapy.
With final stage of Q school approaching quickly I had a lot of work to do. I practiced a lot more than I had been in order to get ready. I was tweaking my swing a little to get my ball striking where I wanted it heading into final stage. About a week before Q school I felt a pain in my left shoulder. I took Ibuprofen daily to manage the pain but knew that continuing to practice at the rate I needed to would not help the pain. I played final stage with a fair amount of pain. When I completed the event I took 6 weeks off- without touching a club. When I returned to practicing I thought my shoulder would be better. To my surprise, I was still in a lot of pain. My doctor diagnosed it as snapping scapula. I spent January- late February doing therapy twice a week. This included Dry Needling, strengthening and working on my mobility. The pain dramatically decreased and I was able to begin the Symetra Tour Season on time.
Throughout the 2017 season I definiltey struggled. This lead to more practice which meant more damage to my shoulder and neck. It was an ongoing cycle where I would continue to suffer through the pain and unfortunately this caused more harm than good. I had to end my season early and have not touched a club for the past 5 weeks. I have recently been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. This diagnosis has been more complicated than ones in the past. Because it involves my nerves and the way my shoulder blades and neck are functioning, it is a lot harder to recover. I was hoping that the rest would do my body good but unfortunately after a few weeks of therapy and time off I am still in a lot of pain.
The only thing I can do at this point is continue to be patient and trust that this is all a part of the plan, I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I will be back. Whether thats in a couple weeks or months I am going to do everything I can to get back on the course. It has been tough but I appreciate the love and support I have recieved! My sponsors have been very understanding and patient with me and I am so grateful.
In the future I will be more aware of my body and listen to what it is telling me. I can't go back and change the past but I can learn from my actions. I am excited to get back playing the game that I love!
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You can shop my Skechers Performance outfit as well! This exact shirt isn't online but there is a long sleeve version that is really cute with the matching purple shorts or I like to wear it with this skort as well.