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Dept. of My Body is a Cage

Well, of Course

Back spasms. Just before I went to bed Tuesday night, it started. I got some sleep, because the spasms were "gentle" enough to let me breathe through them, so I only woke up several times.  I'm fairly certain it happened because I spent so much time in the kitchen. BB and I have now discussed putting the kitchen island (which is largely made up of a non-tilting pseudo drafting table), up on bricks, in order to get the working surface up to the level of the surrounding counters. Spending too much time int he kitchen - you know, doing that cooking thing I like - while ever-so-slightly, almost non-noticeably, bent over, does not appear to be a good thing for me.

I tried to stretch the back muscle, one that's just above my left kidney, in the hopes of either stopping the spasm (one pang every 24 seconds or so), or triggering it into the next phase of pain, in an effort to force the cycle to an early end. I succeeded in the latter, so I'm sort of hoping that the usual cycle of three days of pain gets short-circuited into, maybe, two nights.

So, most of the day I
was in bed and in pain, except for the time I was walking around and in pain.

I am grumbling about this, as you might imagine.

I did sit in the jacuzzi for about half a glorious hour, during which the jets kept the spasms at bay. Almost went to sleep. Now, of course, it's back to being very painful. I shall have to dope myself up completely to get to sleep.

Still, if I can handle it for long enough, we're going to watch Agent Carter, and possibly Akatsuke no Yona before I collapse into drug-sodden unconsciousness.

Oh, and once the tax money comes in, we're going to be looking at a new mattress. One that actually supports people with spines.

Enough of this. Think about Agent Carter and Akatsuke no Yona instead, woman!

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Feb. 5th, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
Eep. Hugs and hope for a speedy recovery for you andyour spine.

Feb. 5th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Sitting in bed for a second day - the jacuzzi has been extremely helpful, and I'm hoping this will last only one more day. At least I got some sleep last night.
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Ever tried 2 tennis balls in a sock? Lay on a carpeted floor, put the sock under the spasming muscle, gently sink your body onto the tennis balls. You might also want a pillow under your head when you do this . It's cheap physical therapy. I will also roll around on them a bit. It can be painful, but in a "hurts so good" kind of way. It might help the muscles unclench a bit.

Anyway, this is what I sometimes do for back, neck, shoulder pain. Those hard foam rollers work wonders, too. If you get PT, ask them to show you how. They can also show you release exercises that might help.

Can you tell I've been there, done that? :)
Feb. 5th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
It definitely sounds as if you've had the fun of spasms. I don't wish it on anyone, so I hope you don't get any more, anytime soon.

Your suggestions sound good; I've already discovered that steady pressure on the muscle puts the spasm on hold, as it were; the problem comes when I take the pressure off it. I also ended up bruising myself because I tried to, well, punch at the muscle. Such a very, very bad move ....
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh honey...

*hugs you gently*

Here's to hoping that money comes in sooner rather than later!

Feb. 5th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, the nice thing about internet hugs is that you can hug as hard as you want to, and nothing gets sprained or broken. Heh.

Right now, I'm doing fairly well (trying not to jinx myself here) and hoping to be up and around more tomorrow.
Feb. 5th, 2015 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh no! I hope it improves soon. :-/

(And enjoy the nice Tv things anyway, at least. ♥)
Feb. 5th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, Agent Carter was excellent, and made me forget about my aches and pains for a while. It certainly helped expand the Marvel Universe in an intelligent way, brought back some of my favorite characters from both the comics and the films in a lovely cameo (I won't mention them, since folks might not have seen the show yet) and it made one previously unlikable character much more understandable. So, yes, that was good.

Goodness, I ramble, don't I?

Edited at 2015-02-05 09:03 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
Aw, not rambling at all - and I think we all appreciate a bit of escapism via stories when rl is being rubbish at us. Certainly my LJ operates entirely on that principle and always has! ♥

I do hope your back improves soon though. *sends very careful hugs*
Feb. 6th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
Certainly my LJ operates entirely on that principle and always has

An eminently logical way to operate. *nods*]

The back's still twinging, but I'm hoping to stay out of bed today.

Feb. 6th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, well be careful! ♥
Feb. 5th, 2015 08:29 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you're in so much pain, dear… *hugs* I hope you feel better soon ♥
Feb. 5th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you - at least the sun is shining (although the temperature is about 11 degrees today.) I'm sitting in bed, and BB is about to make me some chai. After that, I may even try my hand at some fic ... maybe?
Feb. 6th, 2015 07:05 am (UTC)
Ow! o.O To think I thought our current temperatures were freezing, lol… (It very rarely gets under 25, 20 as a max but yeah… different standards.)

Keep taking care of yourself, and yes, fic sounds great! ♥
Feb. 6th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sadly. the fic hasn't happened yet, but it still might. And 20 to 25 is still definitely under freezing, you know!
Feb. 7th, 2015 07:13 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed!

Say that again ;) *cowers under a blanket*
Feb. 5th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Sweetheart, we need to discuss the concept of vacation. That ain‘t it.
Feb. 5th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)

What, doesn't everybody have a slow-mo physical breakdown once they have a few days off?

Well, I'm still enjoying the vacation, odd at it seems. Heh.
Feb. 6th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, boo, back pain is rubbish. So demoralising. Hope you feel much better soon - raising the kitchen island sounds a good idea; I always find being slightly-bent-over really bad for mine...
Feb. 6th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
I always find being slightly-bent-over really bad for mine...

It's the slightly bent over bit that does it, because you don't quite notice the damage as it's being done. Thanks for the good wishes!
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