I just turned 27 a few weeks ago. Apparently, my body decided to follow up this milestone by putting me in excruciating pain. Yup, I threw my back out moving a Christmas tree. Because hey, it’s the holidays! Why not right? This isn’t the first time this has happened. I hurt it once in college and again about two years ago. But this time it’s way, way worse. Both of those times it was a tweak. Sharp pain but I was still functional. This time is really, really bad. Yesterday, when it happened, I actually couldn’t walk without assistance. The pain was at a 10 all day. Today, I’ve been slowly working my way back. I’m able to move, I’ve been doing very slow stretches and I’m drinking a ton of water. I also went to the chiropractor.
Ah yes, the chiropractor. A whole new place for my money to go. Unfortunately, the chiropractor isn’t covered by insurance. Also unfortunately, the chiropractor costs $75 an hour and has already asked for me to come back in this week. Jeesh. It looks like I’m giving myself a $150 Christmas gift here.
The bad thing about all this is that, while yes, it could have been prevented if I bent my knees more, it’s not like I’m in bad shape. I’m not in amazing shape, don’t get me wrong. But from a strength level, my core is actually pretty good. Or was pretty good. Really though, this just was a terrible thing and it happened at a terrible time. With the holidays around the corner, long drives for some work events and my mother and sister out here for a week, I’ve got a lot on my plate coming up. Being fairly incapacitated is definitely not going to help the situation. Hopefully I can push through this and get better much quicker than anticipated. On that note, I’m off to stretch, put some heat on my back, and hopefully not be in excruciating pain. Until next time!