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Chronic back pain

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It turns out that the chronic back pain I feel in my lower back is actually a herniated disk. Or two. Who's counting.

The cause? Who knows... I worked as a nurse aide for years. Lifting dead weight. I have a small child who likes to hang on my neck when she hugs me. I sleep on my side... which is a huge "no no" from what I have read. I am overweight. My abdominal muscles are weak. I did break my back when I was 10/11 years old, and they found I had "curvature of the spine" then.

My lower back hurts pretty much all the time. Sometimes it wakes me in my sleep. If I stand in one position for too long, I can barely move. I can't bend over very easily at the waist. Sometimes my right hip hurts so bad. I'm sure it's not the worse herniated disk in the history of mankind, but I have been living with this chronic pain for so long... that I just hope my body can heal from all of this. It is amazing to me how easily I have been able to put my own health, on the side. How I have been able to bear down, and work though the pain, taking care of the girls, keeping my house clean, showing up at work every day, exercising, etc is amazing to me. The human body really is capable of SO MUCH!

I finally decided to do something I should have done a long time ago. Research.

So now I am going to take my focus off of weight loss for a little while. I am going to focus on healing my back (and maybe lose weight in the process). Here are some things I will be doing:

- Strengthening my core (ab muscles) through Pilates 2x a week and random ab exercises when I am doing nothing else.
- Sleeping on my back with a towel rolled up under the lumbar curve of my spine
- Sitting on an exercise ball every evening and bouncing gently for 10 minutes to relieve pressure off my spine
- Yoga, specifically the cobra pose and other spine strengthening poses 2x a week
- Running 2-3 times a week, but taking the focus off running until I am healed.

I am tired of living in chronic pain. I need to try to do something about this. I take too much ibuprofen for pain relief. I need to take better care of me!

Still in process of getting V enrolled in the day therapy program. DQ is doing AMAZING with her reading in school. I am so proud of her. She is also coming along very well with her dancing, and acrobatics. I love to see her dance. I am getting a list together for the fundraisers I want to run for this dance season (thank you everyone for your fundraiser ideas - keep them coming if you have any more!).

Last night I sat on the floor and created my very own pattern for the corset I am making. Part of the reason my back is hurting so badly today, but I needed a huge space! We shall see how it all comes together. I hope to do a "mock-up" tonite (made in muslin to check to make sure it will fit) then I will start on the real deal hopefully this weekend!!!

I hope your days are going FANTASTIC!!!

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    OMGosh sweetie! I'm so sorry! Definitely changing your focus to getting better makes perfect sense. Stay strong, and I hope you're feeling better soon.
    1973 days ago
    Errr! I am so sorry! Another thing to deal with. emoticon I have scoliosis and deal with my hip and knee and back. I must say, and I know you don't want to hear it.. lol! BUT I feel SO much better since I went vegan and gluten free and processed foods free and soda free. It is pretty much a anti-inflammatory diet and it helps A LOT. Plus I take those vitamins.. what are they called.. I think there's a Move Free brand.. you know for your joints. It helps everything stay fluid and pain free too. It MAY be worth a shot! :D It is tough at first but once you get over the mental hurdle of thinking of how hard it is, it's really not. It's actually quite doable and worth it. Come on! Come over to the dark side! lol! emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Hey, I read something recently tha tmight help a little in my weight lifting book. It says that women are naturally stronger in those front ab muscles (the ones that make up the six-pack), and that when you continue to try to strengthen them, it actually puts more pressure on your back. Instead, it recommends women working to strengthen their back muscles, to balance those already-relatively-strong ab muscles. It was an interesting read, and I noticed when I started doing their weight lifting program that my back has gotten MUCH stronger.
    1975 days ago
    I have a broken disk in my lower back and know the pain you talk of. Your plan of action sounds great. I would throw in the Child's Pose too because it helps me with the pain at the end of the day. Can't wait to see the corset!
    1975 days ago
    Back problems are the worst! I am so glad you took a moment to research natural ways to care for your issue and that you are folding those things into your daily life/weight loss journey. I am so very happy to see the girls are doing well and you are finding solutions to better help V! I knew you would. You are AMAZING! emoticon Keep up the awesome work in everything you are doing. Oh....and dont forget to give yourself the credit your deserve! emoticon

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    1975 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your back. =( I think it's a good idea to focus on exercises to heal instead of just trying to lose weight.

    Can't wait to see the corset! You have proverbial balls to make your own! =)
    1975 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. Lower back pain really sucks. I've dealt with it since I was 19 after a car crash ignited genetic defects into overdrive. I just thought I would mention... a couple yoga poses I love that could help you too since we have pain in the same place: Child's Pose, Pigeon Pose, and the Cow Face. Cow Face can be a little tricky but it really stretches those muscles on the outside of your hips and from your lower back all at the same time. I find poses that really open up the hips relieve the most pressure. Just do it slowly, especially with a swollen disc. I also enjoy doing the Palm Tree but I never see that one mentioned anywhere in research for back pain.

    I don't know about you, but I've never been able to sleep on my back unless I'm in a ton of pain then I can't do anything else (usually when I can hardly move my legs). I sleep every night using a large pillow under my knees that rolls with me from one side to the other and it helps relieve pressure off my hips and lower back to sleep better. Ever since I started taking 2 Aleve at night before bed it has also helped. And I use Advil for help when needed. I had never heard of the rolled up towel under the lumbar curve of your back though. Do you find that helps or have you tried it yet?

    Wishing you the best of luck! emoticon
    1975 days ago
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