My aching back isn’t so bad anymore
As I wrote in August, I was attending Wisconsin Writers Association Board meetings in late July in Wisconsin Rapids when I awoke to a miserable lower backache. I’ve had back problems before, including issues when driving long distances, but nothing like this.
I went for an early-morning walk, and that gave me some relief. Still, the pain persisted, and back problems are in the family. I told my blog readers that I'd likely be calling a chiropractor for the first time that day. Some recommended that idea; others didn’t.
Well, I did see a chiropractor. He gave me some relief, but I decided to switch to a different one. This second chiropractor diagnosed my problem as facet’s syndrome and suggested that my long days sitting, sometimes admittedly with poor posture, adds to the problem. I took Aleve and did stretches and core strengthening exercises faithfully twice daily as he recommended. Still, the pain persisted and was unpredictable from day to day, so my chiropractor helped me set up an appointment with an orthopedic/sports medicine doctor.
The pain subsided before that appointment, so I canceled it. I stopped seeing the chiropractor and returned to playing racquetball, feeling discomfort much of the day but no real pain. I kept doing my stretches and exercises.
A couple of weeks later, I awoke to the same pain, making it hard to even walk at first. I returned to the chiropractor, and after two or three more weeks of treatment, we again discussed the orthopedic.
In the meantime, he suggested, as did another chiropractor in his office, that an inversion table might help. I talked to my brother-in-law, who bought one of these tables in which you strap in your ankles and flip upside down—or almost so—in an effort to reverse the influence of gravity. He said it helped him and that inversion tables also helped two co-workers.
I found a good used inversion table for sale. Instead of paying $250 retail, I paid $100. I started doing 2½ minutes twice, with a break in between, mornings and nights, at about an 80-degree angle. At first it felt like it was inflaming my back discomfort. But by the third day, I sensed a change. By Day 4, my pain had diminished to discomfort. I started playing racquetball, continued doing my recommended stretches and core strengthening exercises, but stopped visiting the chiropractor. That was more than a month ago.
This week, my discomfort seems to have diminish another step. I’m drinking more water and getting up from my desk to walk and stretch more. I’m doing my stretches, exercises and inversion reps. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe the discomfort will slowly fade, and the strengthening work will pay off in the long term. All I know is I don’t ever want to feel pain like that again, and I’m glad it’s gone for now.