Three to four weeks ago, I would need to be writing this from the floor since sitting down to work hurt my lower back too much. I used to make little “old people” jokes to my parents and my older friends about back pain and their bodies breaking down when they mentioned being sore…
Yep, I’m stupid. When it hurts, it REALLY hurts. And it is scary when your body can’t do what it used to do every minute of every day.
Licensed Chiropractors Aren’t Quacks
When this all started, I put off getting help for about 2 weeks. I thought that I could just do some stretches, sleep more, and it would all go away. That didn’t work. Then I contacted a friend of the family on my husband’s side. She’s a licensed chiropractor that worked miracles on my in-laws over the last 10 years, and she fixed my husband when he had major back pain right out of college.
After the first 3 appointments 2 weeks ago, I could sit for 30-45 minutes and then just needed to lay down to rest my back for 10 minutes or so before trying again. Last week, after the next 2 appointments, I was able to do nearly everything I did before over this past weekend. My back was just generally sore and tight. The past Monday, after my 6th appointment, it was just lightly sore and I was able to sit to work and I went swimming for about an hour. Yay!!!
I only have one real appointment left next week and then I’m done until I need help again. Woot!
Thank you, Dr. Dawn!
Taking Care of Myself
From here on out, I will be doing the daily stretches and exercises that Dr. Dawn teaches me. I’m already exercising more thanks to dog walking and my more active friends, but I’m adding in yoga too.
My worries about my weight no longer pertain to my clothing sizes at all – just my overall health. I never want to feel so helpless again. I know that I will be in pain at some point thanks to age in general, but I can hold that off for another decade or more by strengthening my core and keeping my weight down enough to keep my joints happy. That’s my goal.
How do you manage your own health? What works for you?