You know what is kind of annoying about being in any sort of pain? Everyone has an opinion. EVERYONE. Even worse? Most of the opinions and suggestions are conflicting.
I will admit that I am second guessing my chiropractor mostly because I’m not getting any better this time around. Previously – I did get better so I felt confident that going to him was a sound decision. This time? I actually feel worse.
A co-worker mentioned that he had the same exact issue – a lumbar strain coupled with a back spasm. He had gone to a physical therapist and orthopedist. When I told him what I’d been doing to alleviate the pain (as well as mentioning that I was told to avoid YOGA) — he pretty much told me that he had been told the opposite.
Ice? Not good for tight muscles. While I do know this (logically) — I think training for the marathon has the idea of icing an injury beaten into my brain. Plus the chiropractor said to ice it! Previously – the ER doctor said to use heat and I felt the pain get worse… but this time around the ice is NOT helping (except that it is numbing the pain).
He also told me some of the stretching moves he’s been doing and mentioned that the physical therapist applies some sort of deep tissue type massage to release the muscles.
It all sounds like magic to me. So – I may be moving beyond the chiropractor for additional help because I can’t stand feeling like this! The weather is getting nicer. I want to run… OUTSIDE. I want to be able to sit at my desk at work for longer than 5 minutes without being in extreme pain. I want to be able to stand up straight and not look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Perhaps today calls for drinking buckets of green beer to dull the pain!
Who am I kidding? I don’t think I could handle the overly crowded bars today. One of my friends mentioned that she and her husband took off of work tomorrow in anticipation of tonight’s festivities. My first thought was “really??!” And then I remembered that just a few years ago – I would go balls to the wall crazy on St. Patty’s Day. I loved this frickin’ holiday. Now? I just want to lay down with a heating pad on my back.
So blogosphere – drink a beer for me! And then blog about your evening so I can live vicariously through you. Thanks.