Monday, March 4, 2013

Back Pains

My uniform for the past two days.

I think I may have gotten a small comeuppance for complaining about my staycation last week.  Yesterday morning, during spin class, I tweaked my back out something bad, and spent the rest of the day limping between the couch and the bathroom.  I've only done this once before, in October 2009, and this time it isn't quite as bad as it was then.  I also don't have to go to work this week like I did then, so I'm counting myself lucky, although it's pointless to use sick days instead of vacation days this week as Roger suggested, because all my time turns over on March 31, and I know I won't have a chance to take off more days after this week anyway.

There aren't many upsides to feeling this crappy, particularly during a week when I was going to be up-and-at-'em, but it has forced me to take things a bit slower, which isn't a bad thing, I suppose.  I'm just hoping to be in better shape soon, since I'm teaching and in class tomorrow and Wednesday, and I have a four hour bus ride on Thursday.  At this point, sitting really isn't an option (standing, walking, and laying down feel best), so I'm really hoping to be better by then, otherwise I may not go to Boston. 

It's also gotten me more in touch with my body, which is something I remember very well from the 2009 incident.  It was then that I learned what "lift with your knees" meant, and though I've been careful to do so ever since, it's good to have a reminder.  I have a feeling I'm going to be taking things very slowly at yoga next week.  I may also try out swimming instead, since I haven't been in ages and it might be nice to have no pressure on my body at all.

Have you ever thrown your back out?  Did anything particularly help?  So far, I've found the icepack to be the most effective, but I've also been taking short walks around the apartment and dropping ibuprofen like it's hot.  Right after the class when I tweaked it, I took a hot shower, and right now I'm waiting for the heating pad Roger bought me this morning to warm up.  I've heard that ice stops helping about 24 hours after you get hurt (that's where I am right now), and that you should alternate with warmth because the ice stiffens up the muscles and can make it take longer to heal.  And, as soon as I'm feeling like I'd be able to get out of the tub, I'm going to try this detox bath, just because it sounds nice.


  1. Oh no! That does not sound like fun at all. Hope you have a speedy recovery. :(

  2. Oh no!! It is a really terrible thing. :( I inherited the tendency to throw my back out from my mother, and it has happened about once a year since I was 17. Since you posted this a week ago, I hope you are feeling better, but I thought I would leave a comment just in case (or in case it happens again, which hopefully it will not!) The things that help me the most:
    1. Heat. Definitely heat. Ice has never seemed to help, but heat does. Our heating pad is my best friend any time this happens.
    2. 800 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours for up to a week. This helps with the pain, but also reduces inflammation and helps things go back into place. (I know this sounds like a terribly huge amount of ibuprofen, but it is doctor-recommended (to me) as long as you don't do it for longer than a week and it does actually seem to help.)
    3. Giving myself time, and being very careful not to do too much too soon and risk putting myself right back where I started.
    4. If you have one in your area, I would recommend trying a NUCCA chiropractor. They are not of the crack-and-pop school of chiropractics (which always seemed scary to me!) and work mostly on the axis of neck & spine.

    1. Thanks so much for your tips, Helen! I'm feeling a bit better (back at work now), but still not 100%. Now that the weather's a bit nicer, I'm dying to get back to running and yoga, but I'm going to take it slow and wait until I'm really feeling normal again.