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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...
Traveling with a sore back is challenging. Between the heavy luggage and the strange beds, a person can develop more pain than the trip is worth. Since living with low back problems for many years, I have discovered the hardships of travel. Not wanting to give up the benefits of visiting beautiful places, I look for back-friendly environments and activities that help me avoid debilitating pain that can spoil a trip. Traveling allows me to do the things I enjoy. And, I am always in less pain when I am doing something I enjoy. I want to share with you the benefits of travel and help you avoid the sore-back pitfalls. You too can experience the pain melting away when you are doing something fun or taking in a breath-taking vista. But first, a successful trip requires a back-friendly destination and back-friendly fun. Without planning for your body's needs, the trip can become a bummer when you end-up spending most of the time in bed looking out the window. No fun! With a few travel ...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
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