Bad Back

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:58 am

The last week has been dominated by a single event, and I haven’t yet mentioned it here. So here goes…

Ten days or so, I began feeling a little twinge in my lower back, just inside the left hip. I took it easier than I would have liked, leaving several garden jobs unfinished, but by the end of the workday on Monday, it was all I could do to move. It took me nearly fifteen minutes to make it the hundred feet from my office desk to my car, and the ride home was terrible I stopped on the way at a pharmacy and struggled to make it in and out of the store. A man stopped me in the parking lot (well away from anything to lean on) and asked, “Your back hurt?” When I nodded yes, he began to tell me all about his back and wondered if I had any suggestions for him. I tried to be polite, but probably failed when I told him that if it was obvious by looking at my that I was in terrible pain, then maybe I wasn’t the best person to be asking for pain relief suggestions. And then I discovered a cruel joke played by the drug: store — all the back pain medicines were on the bottom shelf. [Note to self: remember them when you’re evil overlord.]

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at home, mostly in bed. Things started getting better, but I discovered that sitting down caused the problem. Laying down took the weight off, but standing actually seemed to improve things. So, Thursday and Friday I was back at the office. I set my laptop atop two large boxes stacked on my desk and stood all day.

I worked slowly on the farm this weekend, doing enough to get by, but still leaving plenty undone. I’m back to sitting at work today, but only for a half-hour or so. Things are slowly improving. I’m still wondering what it was exactly (my guess is a muscle/tendon pull on the inside edge of the pelvis) and I now know that if I begin to feel it again in the future not to sit down. Also, even though I’ve never seen mention of this on the exercise charts, wincing can apparently give you a good workout. Even though I ate the same and worked out less, I managed to lose ten pounds last week. Two pairs of jeans that I bought a few weeks ago, already on the small side, now need a belt to stay on.


  1. Being tall has long allowed me to experience back pain though not to the extemt that your seem to have “enjoyed”. But, I find that having strong abdomenal muscles help a great deal in staving of the worst of the pain. Usually, I am back pain free on most days.

    What I have done is to train myself to breathe using my lower muscles (diaphram, etc. below the ribcage). I rarely breathe using the upper muscles in my chest. And, even though I don’t do situps or crunches ever, my abdomenal muscles are still well toned.

    Comment by satan — 7/15/2002 @ 2:09 am

  2. Ya know…call me crazy…but horrible pain and sudden extreme loss of weight seem like big red flags printed with the words “Go to the doctor”. Hope that you feel better soon.

    Comment by M — 7/15/2002 @ 12:57 pm

  3. Yeah, a trip to the doctor might not be such a bad thing here…

    Comment by Matt — 7/16/2002 @ 9:02 am

  4. YEAH!!!! Go to the doctor!!! Listen to your friends, if not your wife… I’m SAYIN’!!!

    Comment by Chris — 7/16/2002 @ 9:55 am

  5. Being upright mammals, it appears the worst things we can do for our backs are standing, sitting, lying down and walking. Good luck. Oh, and GO TO THE DOCTOR!!!

    Comment by Joel — 7/16/2002 @ 11:53 am

  6. Get in touch with your stupid, male side of your persona and ignore the pain and don’t go to the doctor. Of course, if you were smart, you would go to a doctor. But, we all know that males are stupid, lying jerks. So, you won’t go. ;P

    Comment by satan — 7/17/2002 @ 2:50 am

  7. I wouldn’t say that not being able to ejaculate is a problem, but I am a single, male that doesn’t want children. :)

    Comment by satan — 7/18/2002 @ 2:18 am

  8. I shouldn’t go to the doctor, because there could be problems.

    Comment by eric — 7/18/2002 @ 10:24 am

  9. so have you gone to the doctor yet??? you need to go…

    Comment by kim — 7/19/2002 @ 11:02 am

  10. Can’t bear to think you are suffering with so much pain! Please see a well-known specialist to avoid future problems as well.

    Comment by Bonnie — 7/19/2002 @ 12:13 pm

  11. Can’t bear to think you are suffering with so much pain! Please see a well-known specialist to avoid future problems as well.

    Comment by Bonnie — 7/19/2002 @ 12:15 pm

  12. Hey Eric.. as a person who hates doctors and tends to just push through pain.. at least the Dr could have given you some nifty drugs to enjoy while you were lying flat on your back at home. :) And you might look into finding a massage therapist that you trust nearby — Maria has fixed me a couple of times, and was able to give me exercises to help prevent future injury (which I am so regular about doing.. but anyway..). Course, I tend to fuc& up my rotator cuff more than anything else. Its worth a shot, though.

    Comment by Jen — 7/22/2002 @ 1:18 am

  13. Well, Eric… It seems that everyone thinks you should either go to the doctor or you shouldn’t. Perhaps calling the doctor to ask if you should go in for a visit is a better first move, as sitting in that waiting room could be brutal.

    Comment by tim — 7/22/2002 @ 12:28 pm

  14. Dear Kestrel…

    I feel your pain, just put on my own socks for the first time this morning since a few days ago. For shame, for shame. ANd I am a physical therapist…’go heal thyself’.

    Probably would help to do more stretching, this advice also for self. Ask for specifics…

    Just saw your blog ref in my Site Meter and came for a visit from Fragments from Floyd.

    Looking forward to more from Athens…

    Fred First

    Comment by FredF — 7/23/2002 @ 6:16 am

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