|DJan & Linny, 30 July 11|
However, as I was packing my chute, I wrenched my lower back when I tried a new maneuver (shown to me by Smart Guy) that would help to keep the canopy together, making easier to fold up and get in the deployment bag. Ouch! I should have known better, because I've thrown my back out before making the same movement (bending over at the waist with arms stretched out in front of me, especially with any weight in my hands). I didn't think much of it, since I knew that eventually I would be all right again, so I finished the pack job, drove home and discussed the day's activities over a nice glass of wine.
But in the middle of the night, I realized that I couldn't turn over or get comfortable easily, as my sciatic nerve was still pinched and painful. Time for ibuprofen. I went back to sleep and since Sunday was a nice gentle day with no plans, I didn't worry much. Yesterday (Monday) I went to my usual aerobic class and only found difficulty with a few moves, but it didn't seem to be getting better. Certain movements are actually pretty excruciating, and it has continued into today's activities.
At my workout this morning, I plaintively asked the entire class if anybody knows of a good chiropractor, and one woman, Joy, told me she swears by hers. I did feel somewhat better after the class, but I am still unable to get up and down from a prone position without serious pain in the sciatic area. I called her chiropractor's office and will be heading over there in a couple of hours. Sitting here at my computer is not painful, but if I bend forward to tie my shoes and try to straighten up... ouch! It was obvious to everyone in my class that I was not my usual bouncy self.
The main thing I have noticed is how chronic and persistent pain can change my entire viewpoint, making the focus of my daily life change from joy and exuberance as I dash from one thing to another to one of simple endurance. What can I do that will make the pain less? I'll post a quick followup after I get back from the chiropractor's office to let you know if he was able to help. (I thought about taking my camera with me to make an adventure out of this, but I'm thinking better of it. Why tempt fate?)
(News flash: Russell is a good chiropractor, he pushed, he pulled, vibrated the area with heat, but he was really gentle and could not move the S/I joint to give me complete relief. However, I'm better, and he was truly empathetic. I was wrapped and basted and I THINK moved towards healing. We'll see in a day or two.)
oh i hope the chiro can work this out...chronic pain can really puta damper on life...much of your mental energyspent just trying to suppress it...ackReplyDelete
I've done that to myself on occasion and have felt how it changes so much of my daily activities. I'm looking forward to hearing how the chiropractor works out.ReplyDelete
Aww, I hope the chiropractor can help, there is nothing worse than back pain, I should know, I've had back surgery and still suffer...ReplyDelete
Rest, no jumping out of planes :)
Boy! That i miserable! hope that you feel better soon!!ReplyDelete
Hey There DJan - I have never had that happen, however, pulled a muscle in the upper leg as goal tender in womens hockey - OUCH! I sympathize with your pain - hope it all works our for you - keep us postedReplyDelete
Sure hope the chiropractor can offer you some relief. Some chiropractors offer acupuncture as well...if need be. Nothing worse than back pain. Sending you light and love...hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
Oh dear, DJan! I hope you have relief with the adjustment. You must be like me, I don't know a chiropractor, either!ReplyDelete
Anyway, I can totally relate to the pain thing, and I'm wishing you quick recovery so you can get back out there and be your busy self!
chronic pain changes everythingReplyDelete
I hope you are feeling better!
I really, really hope the chiro can work magic. Ongoing pain turns me into the pyscho bitch from hell. All digits crossed for you.ReplyDelete
Pain is exhausting, and drains all your energy. It's probably good for us however, just to remind us what others endure every day of their lives. Hope you're feeling better by the time you read this comment.ReplyDelete
Sleep well, dear friend.! May you be flying through the air with the greatest of ease real soon!ReplyDelete
I hope by now the chiropractor has given you some relief. I have really relied on my chiropractor recently as I have dealt with chronic pain in my sciatica and in my neck and shoulders. Pain is draining. It makes it difficult to cope with all that life throws our way.ReplyDelete
One of the reasons we work so hard to maintain fitness is to avoid what happened to you. I get the same crink every few years. It isn't funny. All the best to you for a speedy recovery. Yes, it can sap the life and energy out of you.ReplyDelete
Also keep a copy of Pain Free by Pete Egoscue at hand. You can get quick relief with that--and he's all about the body mechanics too. But I hear you. Give me a hangnail and all I want to do is tell everyone about it in a whingy voice. I'm such a delight sometimes.ReplyDelete
Speedy recovery to you. The chiropractors are very helpful and have some good techniques. Hubby found a lot of good therapy from a doctor who specializes in sports medicine. Personally, I always medicate pain with a big glass of wine :-)Maybe the pain won't sideline your great activities too long.ReplyDelete
That is the worse Pain! Hope you will be as good as new soon!ReplyDelete
It's the next morning now, and I slept like a baby with no pain meds at all! it is much, much better but there is still some residual soreness and I can't reach forward without some discomfort, but YAYY for chiropractors!ReplyDelete
I might need to go in for another adjustment, but frankly I won't hesitate to go right away next time. And I've connected with a great chiropractor!
Ah! My old friend--constant, unrelenting pain. (Psst! I say "friend" because the best way to get along with it is to stop fighting it--LOL!) That lower back pain is awful for me. Some days, like today, I have to roll out of bed and wipe a tear from my eye--just from doing too much normal activity. (Another reason why I love your spunk and to read & see pictures of all the things you do!)ReplyDelete
So glad you found a good chiropractor and are feeling better. If he helps, don't hesitate to go back and have him tweak some more. :) I hope you are back to your old self by the time you read this. :):)
I hope you are feeling much better by now! You are in such great shape that I am certain you will recover quickly. I think as we age when we have a painful episode it disrupts our entire life..comes with the territory:)ReplyDelete
I am glad you are getting the back fixed up so you will soon be back to your old self again.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're feeling better after being wrapped and bastedReplyDelete
I hope the recovery is complete very soon
Hope sends hugs
Glad the chiropractor helped you, DJan. There's nothing worse than chronic back pain. Why don't you take an exercise-holiday (no exercise, at all) and give your back a rest?ReplyDelete
The darn sciatica. Really a big ouch.ReplyDelete
I hope you are much much better today.
Wondering if you are better today, DJan. I fell 6 feet once and broke my left ankle, but in recuperating it was my sciatic nerve pain that I complained about the most! Painful!ReplyDelete
Hope you feel better soon. There is nothing worse than being in pain day and night.ReplyDelete
Ouch Not good. Especially the pain at night and can't sleep. Hoping for the better for you. :)ReplyDelete
I'm so glad things are better! You're right about pain changing everything-it often reminds me to have more sympathy for those with migraines or chronic pain. I had some pregnancy related sciatica, but it wasn't too bad (and allowed me to get out of some of my less pleasant chores). It's great that you've hooked up with a chiropractor you like:)ReplyDelete
Years ago I used to have a lot of back problems so I can certainly identify with the pain. It sounds like the chiropractor did the job and you are on the road to recovery.ReplyDelete
I have only been to one chiropractor and everything was fine until he wanted to 'pop' my neck. I hated that part so I never went back. I know, most everyone likes it.
My sympathies. I am always putting my back out these days. Seems as if all the things I like to do (wink) give me a bad back these days. To a certain extent I live with it and try not to complain. I have never been to a chiropractor or any other such doctor. I tend to think that the body heals itself when it is ready. If it hurts, rest it and if it doesn't hurt, exercise it. That's my motto.ReplyDelete
Oh poor you. I've done similar semi recently and was feeling better within the week. Hope your recovery is swift.ReplyDelete
Here's to hoping that you've been feeling better since then! Chronic pain in the body can really put a nasty speed bump on our regular pace. It's a really miserable feeling sometimes...ReplyDelete