Friday, October 26, 2012
I knew I'd been "slacking" on SP with other time commitments. Didn't realize it's been so long. Another way time flies: 3 months, a quarter year, since I hurt my back. Week by week, I think the pain, limited mobility, gone. Then, suddenly, I can't move. Luxury becomes being able to bend over, put on my underwear, shave my legs! A bonus: being able to pick up my keys if I drop them. Ah! So, when I couldn't get out of bed Monday morning, I went to my physician. Prescription for muscle relaxer, referral for PT. What have I been doing for the last 18 months but physical therapy, training, building aerobics and core strength? So, here's my thinking: start over my conditioning with 10 minute exercise streaks and ST. Stretch and cool down, especially. If / when my back freaks out (and I so hope it doesn't), I've got the prescription as backup. I've tried rest, tried over the counter meds, tried moderate workouts, swimming, walking. Medical advice is "moving is your best option, even if it hurts." What if I didn't continue the meds enough 2 months ago to control the inflammation in my irritated muscle? I was taking 1 tablet every day or two. Current dosage is up to 3 a day. Do I trust myself enough to perform my own physical therapy, especially since I haven't heard back from the referral 5 days ago:)?