Personally, I've been dealing with some serious, yet "unseeable" injuries that have made it incredibly painful for me to walk. Me, the person who was hiking 10+ miles a week, taking care of three horses, dogs and a household. Me, whose favorite thing to do, is to walk.
Because my injuries do not show on X-Ray, Ultra sounds or MRI's, there is nothing a doctor can do to help me heal. I've not done enough damage to warrant a surgical fix. The healing has been left up to me.
The first 30 days were torture. I kept thinking I'd still be able to do my normal activities if I just slowed down a bit. But my body said no. I had to completely stop everything, which meant no hiking, no enjoying the amazing April and May weather of Arizona springtime. It was hard. It was depressing.
I'd spent the previous eight months completely committed to a healthy diet and exercise plan and had lost nearly 50 pounds and shrunk down 5 jean sizes. Sitting around was not in the game plan.
It's been four months now - 4 MONTHS - of pain that continues to keep me from doing normal things; like walking. Being on my feet for more than a few minutes or few hundred feet will lead to pain and burning sensations. No matter how I try to work through it, using orthopedics and taking small steps, is exhausting. And gaining weight back that I'd just lost after a lot of work isn't helping either.
I've just begun acupuncture and massage therapy, because I'm finally at a point where I can let other people touch the spots that hurt. But these methods are not quick fixes and will require more time for healing.
My injuries did not occur from a specific incident or accident, they just happened. My goal is to heal - I have a lot of life still ahead of me!