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heleninwales
heleninwales
Pain is sooooo boring :(
I have not been doing much for the past few days due to severe back pain. It came on last Saturday and though I don't precisely know what I did to cause it (and I wish I did because then I most certainly wouldn't do it again!) I suspect it was a combination of too much driving the week before which weakened the back, followed by moving things around in the cold conservatory on Friday. I probably just lifted something badly and tore a tiny muscle. It was actually much better by Tuesday, then I made the mistake of driving up to see my elderly Dad on Wednesday (3½ hour round trip) and I was in agony again the following day. Thankfully it's on the mend again and I'm not going to drive any distance until I'm absolutely sure everything is healed.

I've had a dodgy back for years, but by being careful, I normally avoid anything worse than a bit of stiffness or a dull ache after too much standing. This was something on an entirely different level. At least, I was reassured to learn while Googling yesterday that the level of the pain bears no relation to the amount of damage, which is something to be thankful for!

What makes it more annoying is that the weather is gorgeous here now. Still pretty cold, but we have deep blue sky and fluffy white clouds and a big bright shining thing in the sky. It would be a perfect day for a walk, but I am restricted to hobbling carefully around.

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buymeaclue From: buymeaclue Date: March 29th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course this happens when the weather is nice. :( I hope you feel better soon!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the cold weather is helping because the moment I move from a warm spot, the back muscles tense and go into painful spasm. :( However, I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement.
feodora From: feodora Date: March 29th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
...get well soon
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement.
athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: March 29th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
sympathies. Happy Easter Greetings.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
And a Happy Easter to you too.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: March 29th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
How absolutely horrible! And I know how you love to walk.
Still cold here (I heard Britain is colder than Greenland!!!) although sunny.

Get well soon, Helen. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I don't think the cold weather is helping because the moment I move from a warm spot, the back muscles tense and go into painful spasm. :( However, I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement.

There was definitely more snow in the North East of Wales then in Iceland at the moment. One of the women at our Welsh group's son and family live in Iceland and they'd been comparing notes.

I just hope that after all this we finally get a proper summer. Surely we're due for one?
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: March 29th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs*

I went through several months of serious back pain a few years ago, and it was one of the worst things ever.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the cold weather is helping because the moment I move from a warm spot, the back muscles tense and go into painful spasm. :( However, I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement.
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heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Right now I just wish the weather would warm up. It's much much colder than it should be for the time of year and I'm sure the cold isn't helping the back to recover. However, I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: March 30th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate hurting myself and not knowing how. Here's to a very speedy recovery. Be gentle with yourself.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement. The annoying thing is that I usually try to be careful with my back because I often have mild stiffness, but I obviously wasn't careful enough. :(
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: March 30th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! Hope you get better soon.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I know you had back problems not all that long ago. I'm hoping that this will heal fairly rapidly. I am managing without pain killers today, so that's definitely a sign of improvement. I just wish the weather would warm up though because whenever I move from a warm room to a cold one, the back muscles go into a painful spasm. :(
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: March 30th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sympathize, I pulled a muscle in my back/ribcage when I was moving, and it took weeks to fully recover. It's alarming how much longer things take to heal as we get older! It's also alarming how easy it is to get injured. I hope yours doesn't take as long. Do you have a heating pad?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 30th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems to be a lot better today, but as you say, it may take weeks to be back to normal.

I don't have a heating pad, but I might try to get one. I've been using a hot water bottle, which helps a lot, but I'm afraid of bursting it if I lean on it too hard!
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: March 30th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear it's improving. How annoying though.
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