Always felt skinny and weak. I first started working out from 2002 - 2005. Continued from 2007 - 2008 and added swimming to my routine. Then I stopped and developed gnarly pain in my hips and back from sitting at the drums with bad posture over the years, or so I thought. I got to the point where I was moving like an octogenarian in my mid twenties. Couldn't sit up in bed, took several minutes to stand up off of the couch... etc. Got a prescription for 375mg of naproxen 2x/day in December 2014. Through consistent exercise I've been able to cut that down to 2x/week and then down to just taking it as needed!
Fast forward a few years.
I got diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (look that s*** up) in December 2018 and I've been on Humira since June 21st, 2019. I have fusion in my neck and my lower back but the medication is making it easier to push myself during workouts since I'm not in constant pain anymore! Funny how that works.
The doctors say to keep doing what I'm doing because exercise helps fight the fusion. Done and Done!
I also have ADHD and working out helps me feel in control and focused. Also, my dopamine-starved brain loves the thrill of unlocking a new calisthenics skill or seeing how much mass I can put on just using my own body weight. Lifting weights, on the other hand, is incredibly boring to me, lol!
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You can find my fitness journey on Instagram @emhfit