Resting yesterday was so difficult, but I made it through the day. How? I had no choice, my back kept getting worse and worse. I did a little research online and based on my symptoms it was related to the sciatica. My mom dealt with her sciatica a few years ago and she recommended a couple of yoga stretches that would help, which I did. They didn’t help. They made it worse. Trying to sleep last night was next to impossible as I couldn’t find a position that was comfortable or eased the pain. By this morning it was close to unbearable, but I got up and made coffee and started a load of laundry. As the morning progressed so did the pain. It wasn’t until I couldn’t walk and the Mr. happened to call, that I finally gave in and called our family chiropractor.
Thankfully our chiropractor was able to get me in within the hour. The Mr. left work to take me, and he basically had to carry me into the office for my appointment. After an initial intake was done, an x-ray was taken. Turns out I have a jammed disk in my lower back. And he did a mild adjustment. It didn’t feel mild in any sense of the word.
I am not clear on what a jammed disk is, but I can honestly say it is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. I am afraid to google it as most of us know in doing do, we are surely close to death. I am not sure how I managed to google it yesterday and actually find any useful information. Anyways. He ordered rest and alternating an anti-inflammatory and a pain medication throughout today and tonight. I go back first thing in the morning to discuss the x-ray and most likely get another adjustment. I also want to know about the recovery time.
I am beyond angry with myself for being so stubborn? Stupid? In denial? An idiot? Yes I took a rest day. Yes it all seemed to have progressed rather quickly. But I also f-ing waited until I couldn’t walk and the Mr. threatening to call an ambulance before I took any initiative? My only excuse is when you are in that much pain you can’t think or make any decisions. But that doesn’t by any means justify having fair warning things were going downhill and fast. Argh. I worked in healthcare and I should know better.
I really hope I have learned my lesson. I do not want to ever take for granted even the slightest twinge of pain in my back or anywhere else in my body for that matter. I know that it could be worse. But as of right now I don’t know my prognosis, only that the chiropractor said I would get better. Thank heavens.
The Mr. went back to work and Buckaroo is here to help me when I need it. Have I mentioned I make a horrible patient? I don’t like to be waited on, or asked if I need anything, or not be able to do things on my own. Better said, I hate it. If I feel okay, sure, I don’t mind being spoiled. The pain medication has eased the pain. But it also makes me loopy. So now I am hoping to be able to take a much-needed very long nap.
One last thing.
Take it from me.If you take nothing else from this post, remember this. Listen to your body and listen good. If something hurts, your body is trying to tell you something. Or possibly warn you of something more serious. Slow down. Rest. Have it checked out. But do whatever it takes to prevent worsening the symptoms or potential for further injury.
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss.