- See a chiropractor
- Get acupuncture
- Have a lidocaine shot
- Apply ice
- Apply heat
I've opted for this strategy:
- Stay active by walking regularly. (I rode my bike a little and played softball this weekend. I'm not sure if I'll go to the gym for more vigorous cardio, but perhaps.)
- I won't lift weights until the pain subsides--then I'll go back to the old routine.
- Do some mild stretching if it causes no pain (did some this weekend; it was ok).
- Stand up and walk around at least once an hour (really helps).
- Ice at least once a day (ice feels good!).
- Take lots of drugs to ease the pain (better than not taking drugs, but pain remains).
- Get physical therapy (I have an appointment on 29 Nov.).
Didn't I say I wouldn't complain about being sick? Whoops.
There is a point to all of this, though. This back pain makes me realize how lucky I am to be pain-free almost all of the time. I also realize how distracting it could be to live with pain as a "normal" part of one's life. It makes it hard to concentrate on other things and it also makes me grumpy. I tend not to take it out on other people, but it's probably a good thing I don't have a boyfriend. He might end up sharing in my suffering.
Grateful for: not making others share my pain (except for you who read this?).