So my lower back has been killing me like crazy and I went to the chiropractor on Monday just to find out that I have a inflamed vertebrate. I was told to stop working out, and no heat, only ice on my back. I was told a certain way to stand and sit, how to get in my car and how to bend over. I felt like a wounded animal. Hell I basically am a wounded animal, you know that baby bird with the bad wing but it still keeps trying to fly? Yeah that has been me. In hindsight I wish I would have been smarter and listened to my body when it was telling me to take it easy, instead I ignored it and kept going, thinking that stretching would help. But this simple thing if I would have kept ignoring it could have very easily turned into a herniated disk- which would put me out for more than a few days.
I was told to ice and take ibuprofen and to lay off of my usual activeness. So that is exactly what I've done. I iced my back 20 minutes once an hour all yesterday, took ibuprofen every four hours, got up every hour and did extra walking and light stretching. I adjusted the chair that I still hate with a burning passion to make it in the correct position and I have been using everything i have to sit properly with perfect posture. It sounds easy but was rough. These last two days of not working out I have went almost stir crazy. Although I'm caught up on laundry now and my tv shows...
I go into the chiropractor again today for a follow up to see how things are going and if I'm released for any activity. I would love even a light release, I'd kill to do even just cardio right now- never thought I'd say that!!! Either way it goes I know I need to listen to him because well I don't want a herniated disk.
It is a nervous waiting game now, but I promise my self I will stretch more to help prevent future injuries and I will ice when necessary and I WILL take it easy if I have too.
I have learned my lesson this time.
I always new about regular athletic injuries
but I didn't realize that there was all these things I had to do to prevent injuries at work!
Did you know that 80% of people with office jobs will experience back pain/problems?!
With that kind of number staring me in my face, I'm done with the sitting all day and going straight to working out for 2 or more hours. I will be more active all day long- through this whole thing into my new years resolutions!