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I’m laying in bed now for the 5th day in a row trying to heal my back from an injury. I can’t walk without the aid of a walker right now. I can’t roll over in bed without great effort. I can’t bend over or lift anything. It’s a bad injury – my muscles are spent.
This injury doesn’t have an impressive story behind it. I was simply bending over and picking trash up from the floor when I felt something give, pull, snap.
I believe I pulled muscles in my low back based on the symptoms I’m experiencing. And I’ve done this exact thing more than once in my life.
We aren’t talking about a minor pull either. I destroyed my back. I believe the reason why this happened so badly this time is that I’d already injured my back a few months prior while having a coughing fit and I never healed from that injury fully.
All this to say, this injury has awakened me to the fact that I must make my back health a priority. I can’t keep grinning my way through pain and problems. I must take the time, effort, and money to seek professional help and figure out what’s going on.
How I’m going to make back health a priority is to do a multi-pronged approach.
- I plan on seeing an orthopedic surgeon and hope to get imaging to make sure there’s nothing more going on than a pulled muscle or two.
- I then hope to have some level of physical therapy.
- If necessary, I’ll continue with chiropractic care.
- I am going to incorporate more stretching and core work to strengthen my muscles and make them more flexible, as well.
- And, I plan to work on diet and exercise. I could stand to lose a good 50 pounds and include more low impact exercise into my life and so that is the over all plan for the coming months and years.
I will do what my doctors recommend as well, though I’d imagine they’ll recommend much of what I plan to do.
I’m researching all sorts of ways to get steps and a low impact work out in and am excited to share ideas and resources with you in the coming weeks.
So tell me, what type of low impact work out do you partake in?0
Hi, I’m Nell. First, I’m a wife and mother, and a believer in Jesus. I’m also a writer of words, maker of art, and chronically ill warrior. This space is where I document this one big beautiful and flawed life. Essays and diary entries, poetry and art, and peaks into my heart. Welcome.