I’m not used to being fragile.
Sure, when it comes to infertility-related events, but not as far as my general health is concerned. Yes, I have issues around my weight, but other than that I’ve managed to stay out of trouble.
I broke my finger when I was a teen, and had a sprained ankle once or twice in my youth. That’s about it. I’ve not had any major illnesses or ailments. In fact, I used to laugh with my husband about the unused heating pad in the bathroom closet. It’s been in the box for about 7 years. We joked that when we got old, we’d have a matching set that would get used every day. We were so amused…
Then last week, I hurt my back.
Well, let me explain. The first time I was carrying a VERY heavy load of laundry UP the stairs. You know, one step at a time. Take a step, lift a step, take a step, lift a step. Last step, I extended my arms to move the basket forward while lifting it.
Did my back just pop? It was sort of a click or pull. I can’t remember now, but it was an odd feeling. So I imagined it was nothing and went on my day. The next morning I woke up to a very negligible and dull lower backache. I took some Aleve and it went away. Later the same day, I went to pickup the little guy at the bus stop. I drove the car because it was raining. I got in and out of the car very quickly. So quickly, I realized I twisted my back instead of pivoting my legs to get out.
That night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t find a good position to sleep. My back was killing me. By morning, I woke up and realized very quickly…
I can’t sit up. I can’t walk. Except I could hobble and crawl. So I did. The pain was excruciating. I made it downstairs to the kitchen with a heating pad and my work laptop. I cried actual tears of pain. I took straight prescription naproxen and prayed.
I stayed in my recliner for 4 days straight. Well, except for bathroom breaks, sanity checks, food, and going upstairs to sleep.
I have a profound appreciation for folks with back problems, because I just became one of them. I cannot, CANNOT imagine those of you who have ongoing back issues and pain. It was the WORST feeling ever. The one-two punch of naproxen and Tylenol did take the edge off greatly. BUT. At some point I got nervous because the pain lingered. And my range of motion was limited. It didn’t last for a day or two or three. It was an entire WEEK. I said to myself that if the pain was still unbearable today I would beeline to the doctors office for an x-ray.
I googled. Nope, not a slipped or hernitated disc by my rekoning. I didn’t have any sciatica symptoms either. No pins and needles, no shooting pain. Just constant low-level lower back pain, that (without meds) was 7-8 on a scale of 10 for pain.
Alas, the pain started to subside a bit on Saturday. On Sunday it felt even better. Today I am sitting upright in my home office chair. A chair I haven’t sat in for a week.
Now that I’ve been sitting here for about 3 hours, I am starting to feel strain, so after I finish this post I am going to park my ass in the safety and comfort of my recliner. With my heating pad.
Heating pads are awesome. And I finally wore out the one that had been sitting in the closet for all those years.
I need to buy another one.
Maybe two, just for insurance.
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Oh back pain is the worst. You were smart to rest. I go to the chiro every week coz of damaged disks that i didn't look after well enough.
Oy, back pain is the worst (well, it's up there with head pain) because you can't compartmentalize it at all. Every limb is connected to that back. Hope you're continuing to mend.
Several years ago, I did the same thing you are describing. Since then, I have had back issues every month or so. My doctor suggested a physical therapy which worked for a bit. Surprisingly, a chiropractor works well for me. My doctor did prescribe a muscle relaxant which I only take when I am in severe pain and then I only take it at night so I am at rest and my back and relax more. Not all chiropractors are the same but mine is GREAT! He NEVER forces something that doesn't want to move. I go every other month…if I go too much longer, my back starts to ache which can then lead to moving the wrong way and being in pain.
Ohhh, that must hurt a lot. I hope you're okay now.:-) Healing pads really work wonders when you're dealing with pain. Glad you have one.:-)
Ugh, I am so sorry you hurt your back. I can totally relate. I got thrown off of a horse over 3 years ago and have been in pain ever since. I did the physical therapy, went to a chiropractor and nothing helped. I pretty much just deal with it, which sucks. I hope you feel better soon!