Saturday, July 10, 2004

My Pain is Real

 Posted by Hello

I have always prided myself on my hearty North Dakota spirit. I rarely fall sick. If I do get sick, life goes on. I do not take too much time to dwell on my sickness. On the other hand, a few of my close friends would call me a hypochondriac since I do enjoy I am accutely aware of my body and any changes that occur within my body along with my openess with my friends leads them to the conclusion that I am a hypochondiac. That being said...I really hurt my back. My mother was worried about my travels to New York City and that I wouldn't return. Irony sets in as I return to the "safe" midwest. Bending down to pick up some shoes from my suitcase, I feel a POP in my lower, left back. I knew in an instant it wasn't good. As the day went on, I became more debilitated to the point where Tim acted as my walker when it became too painful to stay in our bed. With a constant regimen of hot and cold compresses and a constant dose of Ibuprofen, I seem to be on the mend. Is there a lesson in all this pain? Can I manage to stay back/hip healthy? And can anyone advice me on how to be back healthy? All I know is that I thought I was tough. Now I know that I am not.

PS...My New York City pictures are on their way. Check back soon to view them.


Eyes said...

I've had that happen before where it was so bad, I couldn't get out of bed or manage to lie there with out incredible pain - - but it healed and I have been fine ever since. It took me about a week to get back to normal.

Did you lift anything? That's what caused my problem --two days before I had lifted a settee after purchasing it at a garage sale. I learned that I lifted it improperly. I used my back instead of my knees!

The best insurance is to keep your back muscles strong, and in good shape with exercise -- though I don't take my own advice : )

Rhiannon said...

I wish I could offer you advice, but instead I only have sympathy. I fell down the stairs about 5 years ago and I believe I broke my tailbone (although no doctor would x-ray it). It was very painful for about a year straight and then on and off for the past 4 years. But it is mostly better now. And by the way, I am constantly teased for me hypochondria. Did I mention that I have upper back pain now and can't figure out if it's from the way I sleep, my couch, running or lifting weights?