I've been having kind of a rough time lately. Three weeks ago I threw my back out pulling weeds. (Yes, really. Well, they were big weeds that required me to stand and yank with both hands.)
The pain was severe, but I didn't get treatment until 9 days later because I thought I'd just pulled a muscle. As a result, I've had three weeks of pain that has limited by mobility and sapped my strength. Not surprisingly, my mood went down as I watched my kitchen turn into a pit of filth, my beige carpets turn gray and splotchy from cat fur (plus the marks left by the cat who throws up a lot).
Two days ago I had to get groceries but was unable to find anyone to help me. I came home in severe pain and couldn't even unload the grocery bags from the trunk of my car. It was extremely depressing.
Today, though, I woke feeling better, yet - I found it difficult to get started. There was less pain, but my mood, which had been drained by being unable to do much of anything, was now i...
My Garden, and Oh My Aching Back
My gardening hobby was taken away from me at the age of 29. SCHREEEECH! Wait a minute, I don't think so. Getting my hands dirty, watching my plants thrive, and smelling my roses; I cannot give this up. No way! When my back says no , I find another way. I have learned to adapt my gardening habits to suit my physical abilities because giving up a pleasurable activity is not an ideal option. Being smarter than my problem is the best option. Here are some ways that I have continued to enjoy my garden.
1. Staging Projects
I used to prune all 25 of my roses in one day. Those days are gone, baby, gone. Now, I stage such big projects over the course of multiple days. On the first day, I might prune five rose bushes; the second day maybe three bushes and so on. By spreading the task out over time, I allow my back to recover. I do not let my back get too overwhelmed. This concept can apply to any chore. Everything gets done eventually. Pacin...
Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
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