About 2 full months ago, my back started aching. It was like my lower back was seizing up. It got bad enough that I couldn’t sit to type…I would lay on the floor or take a nap before trying again. 5-6 weeks ago, I started seeing a chiropractor. 3 weeks ago, I became a member of Massage Envy like my husband. Since then, I have been able to function again, but the pain itself never went completely away. And now I’m just sore all of the time. I think I’ve gone as far as I can with spinal adjustments.
I started drugs.
Give Me Pills
Last week, I raised the white flag and had an appointment with my normal doctor. He prodded, poked, and moved my appendages around to confirm no nerve damage. He concluded that my back muscles were inflamed since it is tremendously hard, if not impossible, to completely rest your back muscles long enough for them to simply heal. He prescribed me a once-a-day pain med and a once-a-night muscle relaxant.
The pain med didn’t work nearly as well as Ibuprofen for me, but the muscle relaxant does seem to lead to a good night’s sleep and a stiff, but not painful, back in the morning. I’m calling my doctor later today to see what he would prescribe if I am ready to call it quits with alternative treatments.
It’s Time to Just Get Better
May is a crazy busy month for me that starts off with a 1 week cruise, leads into being Cat Woman again at Comicpalooza, and ends with a friend’s birthday trip to New Orleans. In the middle of all that, I have daily and weekly continuous pet sitting visits scheduled since I am blessed enough to have regular clients now.
Thankfully, my hubby has been covering the most labor-intensive jobs, like dog walking and poop scooping, while my back heals, but that doesn’t make me hate my back pain any less.
I am tired of needing help. I am tired of thinking about my back. I’m tired of my friends and family having to deal with my-back-hurts Crystal. I’m tired of being tired.
I’ll let you know what my doctor says now. I am hoping that meds and a week away from commuting to pet sitting will do the trick. If not, I will let you know what I try next – probably a couple of pairs of new shoes, yoga, weight loss (which I was going to start anyway), and whatever else might make my back stop trying to make me its bitch.
Hope you and yours are well. Have you ever had to deal with continuous pain? I know most of you have. What works the best for you?