Good on ya, milady. I am struggling with the same thing-- keep going, or just siddown and shut up and heal? Sometimes it's hard to remember that taking a break is a better long-term investment than getting things done in the now. XD The get-things-done is winning today, because I need a paycheck and I need to pack because I'm moving OUT tomorrow, but I am planning to intersperse the getting-things-done with as much rest as possible. ^^;
Feel better! Good thoughts are sent towards that sore back of yours-- I can sympathize, mine gets SERIOUSLY evil too sometimes.
Good luck. Try to lift smart - that was part of my problem; yesterday I was shifting heavy boxes that were in an awkward corner so instead of squatting and lifting straight I was twisting and lifting from a bent position. Dumb.
Ooooh, that hurts. I hate when I make that mistake, I sympathize. :-(
I have found that sitting loosely cross-legged and then leaning forward (carefully, and gently) can help stretch out that damaged hip-back area when it's ready for stretching. Helps keep me from getting so stiff that I can't move.
Will try that - at home. Here at the office, people might wonder.... ;-)
Go to Home Depot or similar place and buy a back brace belt. When you have to do lifting, USE IT! It really makes a huge difference. With already being sore, try those 24 hour heat pads- theyreally help. Hope you feel better soon.
As someone who suffers from constant pain (chronic back pain/fibromyalgia) I know how that can be. There are days when I feel like I want to push on--but pay for it with days of rest and weakness. It's hard scaling back, reminding one self that testing the limits is one thing; going over the line unreasonable is another.
Good to hear that you're taking it easy. :) *hugs*
I feel for you. Have you tried yoga? I found that it was quite helpful, as long as you realize that your range of motion is your range of motion and don't try to push yourself too hard.
I have. Problem is, if I exercise, I can't do anything else for the rest of the day. It wears me out. Even just taking a cute lil walk to the car from the apartment can be exhausting. So I had the choice of exercise or doing chores like dishes, dinner, and other small things.
It's frustrating, but I'm not laxing in motion, so that at least is a small blessing.
(It remains amusing--in a twisted way--when the doctor Social Security sent me to for analysis tested only my flexibility as a way of testing my pain. Um... I got full range, I just hurt.)
That has to be so frustrating.
It is. When you throw into the pot that nothing I've taken even eases the back pain (not to mention anything else I've tried) and the chronic fatigue. It can be very testing at times.
She can be taught! ;) I hope you feel better soon. I know how miserable back problems can be.
I actually took a muscle relaxer before bed, it was that bad. (And part of the reason why getting up was all but impossible this morning!)
ThermaCare Heatwraps are the lower back spasm suffers bestest friend. I promise you.
I have one of those. Must remember to use it.
I'll have one on at work today. My lower right back has been on the verge of a spasm for 4 days now ... one good sneeze and I'm out.
I also suspect that my couch is doing me in. It's nice and comfy, but not supportive. Tonight I'm going to put a cushion behind my back and see if that helps.
As soon as my back even THINKS about acting up, I switch to a wooden kitchen chair. My back thanks me for it.
I'm home more now, and I think my back is protesting all this luxury! Must switch chairs for movies, etc.
Oh, I will. It's just a matter of when! ;-)
Good thinking - hope it heals quickly.
It feels better this morning than last night.
Other smart things:
- flat shoes that are basically sneakers posing as dress shoes;
- making myself have good posture.
Sorry for the back; good for you for taking care of it (and yourself).
I found an exercise program, years ago, that helped me a LOT. Explanation is here -- http://starwatcher307.livejournal.com/tag/help+tips
If you'd like a copy, email me your snailmail addy. rusty dot lilly at earthlink dot net.
Uh -- anyone else reading this who thinks they'd like to try the exercises -- sure. Just email me.
Will check it out when I get home. Thanks!
I'm not gonna take shots at you. I'll just say that I fall into the trap of resting to prevent injury to the point wher I do nothing that could injure myself.
Not gonna happen. This was serious pain, but I'm dealing with it.
Ugh, I feel your pain. I have so many lower back issues, it's just sad.
You did the right thing. Some pain, can and should be pushed through, but back pain is NOT one of those types of pain.
Ugh...I feel for you! I had spinal surgery at age 12 to fix a congenital defect, then fell a few years ago and herniated a disc and now I have arthritis in my back. I used to hurt so much...my back would ache and throb terribly...but then I changed the mattress that I sleep on and my back doesn't bother me as much. Hot water against my back (hot packs or bath, shower or jacuzzi) helps a lot when I throw my back out. Sometimes I would just sit in the bath for over an hour, with a rolled up hot towel against my lower back. Don't know if it would help you or if you have tried it, but it helps me when it happens. Hope you feel better.
Thanks. I am going to at least try a cushion or rolled towel behind my back.