Yesterday my back decided to say "Fuck it, I'm done," for no discernible reason. Seriously - it's disappointing. This much pain should be from a car accident or an unfortunate attempt to lift a train off of a trapped child or something. To have it just start for no reason is a let-down. Sort of like when I had to go to therapy for weeks because I dislocated my kneecap ... by sitting down on the couch. I got the oddest looks from all of the football-injured and car wreck victims at the PT gym.
Actually, it's just the right side of my lower back that's in spasm, which is involved in a disturbing number of everyday activities. Like, you know, breathing. Walking. Sitting down. Standing up. Laying down. Moving my right leg in any way. Moving my left leg in certain ways. Coughing ... don't get me started on coughing. Coughing is dead to me, as is anything that involves me bending forward from the waist.
Doctor Google says rest, ice, heat, and anti-inflammatories are about the only way to fix this, so that's what I'm doing. Thanks to my boss (who put up with me only recommending yarn to customers if it happened to be at waist level or higher), my family (who turn out to be expert hot-pack microwavers and retrievers of things on the floor), ice packs, heat packs, ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Tylenol PM, I am now able to engage in some everyday activities without crying. As long as it's above mid-thigh-level, I am all over it. I even took a shower. Trying to put on pants afterward was an adventure in swearing, and I gave up and had the kid put on my socks for me, but at least I'm clean. And yes, I will go to the doctor if it gets worse or doesn't get better. I'm not a martyr. I'm just not keen on getting drugs that won't allow me to drive (and might lead me to say things I'll regret when I'm not taking them).
In the meantime, I'm out of commission for a few days, or at least only in commission if it can be done while standing up straight, sitting in a chair with arms, or lying down. Look for lots of knitting and photo albums to get completed this weekend, I guess!