Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Simple Pains: My Low Back
"Better living through pharmaceuticals!" That's the battle cry of a friend of mine who exercises regularly and knows the anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, over-the-counter remedies for "simple pains." My simple pain is an aching lower back.
It's all my fault. I felt the first twinge while I was riding a bike about a week ago. (This is a real-life bike, not a stationary one.) One of the disadvantages to a real bike, is a real bump. That's what I hit, and it jarred my back. It was just a little "ouch." I finished my ride.
That night I thought I'd work that soreness out with some back stretching. Hmmm...
I woke up with a somewhat tired back from too much stretching.
Later in my morning routine, I did the silliest thing: I bent over to put on my socks. Major ouch!
That "major ouch" had my attention for about three days. But "better living through pharmaceuticals" rescued me, and I was feeling better in a day or two.
So when last Sunday came, I pushed it a little: a little vacuuming, a little lawn mowing, a little car washing, and a little weeding.
It was all... a little too much. The fact that I couldn't hardly finish the weeding was my first clue.
Three days later I'm able to get up out of a chair, but verrrryyyyy slowly.
I couldn't roll over in bed, and in the morining I have to roll out of bed onto the floor.
I'm using my feet to do common chores, so I don't have to bend. I had my wife help me put on my socks and shoes this morning. Getting out of a car is a process.
I over did it. I'm paying for my self-abuse with some simple pain.
But the lawn looks nice, and so do the flower beds. The car was peppered with bird-poo within three hours! Grrrr...
Simple pain subsides; however...
I think I'm abandoning the real bike, so I can do my real chores without crippling myself for three days at a time. Besides, I had to cancel my racquetball because of my sore back. That's just not right!
I can't let simple pain rob me of my simple pleasures!
It simply wouldn't be right!