Mary Baum

Back Pain

I woke up yesterday morning and started the day like usual – taking care of our puppy, Winnie. While I was playing with her, I found myself really aching in my lower back. It started as a small twinge, and then continually got worse throughout the day. It got to the point where it was downright painful.

I was able to get to work and get in an almost full day, but I headed out to the chiropractor a bit early, so he could work his magic and help get me back to 100%. After the adjustment, it got worse (I expected this), and then it slowly started to get better throughout the night. I woke up this morning and could at least stand up correctly, without having to seriously compensate in my upper back for the lower back pain. Now that I am at work sitting, it is starting to get tight and uncomfortable again.

This is where my back seized up

With all the pressure and back pain, my exercising endeavors have been completely halted for the next couple days. I hope to get back to the pool Friday morning, even if it’s just to swim and stretch out a bit. For now, I am just icing, relaxing a bit, and trying not to put any weird pressure on my back – easier said than done when you sit all day. Oh, and of course playing with a certain four-legged friend…

Have you ever had your back seize up like this? What did you do to combat the pain? Any stretching exercises that you recommend?


9 Responses

  1. Melissa
    Melissa May 30, 2012 at 11:16 am |

    Yes! I have disc issues from car accidents years ago. The best cure for the pain is ice (frozen peas/ therapy pearls are best), you have to put it right on your skin, right on the spot for at least twenty minutes. Also, if you can lie on your back with your legs propped on pillows so your body looks like its sitting in a chair lying down…this relieves your back muscles from having to support the weight of your legs. Advil is better than tylenol as it reduces inflamation not just relieves pain. Relax for several days and definitely don’t lift anything heavy. Also, after a couple of days take some walks, even at work, the worst thing is to let your back rest too long and then sit all day. Good Luck – Back Pain SUCKS – I know from real experience!

  2. Erin
    Erin May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    Hey! I have definitely had back pain like that. Not sure if it is the same as yours, but my chiropractor gave me some stretches to do, and I also used a heat compress to relax the muscles. That heating pad saved my life – the pain was gone pretty quickly! I still have some twinges from time-to-time, but I just stretch it out. Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Laura is Undeterrable
    Laura is Undeterrable May 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

    Ugh, story of my life right there. I get achy in that exact same spot. I do a few things:
    1. Stretch those glutes! I do different variations on pigeon pose because each one hits a little different.
    2. Roll/massage the areas below and above the achy area. I’m often shocked at how much better I feel in my back after releasing a knot in my glute or hip. I will use a lacrosse ball to really get in the glute and hip. Awkward but effective.
    3. Get up and move around. Sitting sucks and makes you stiff.

    Definitely feel free to email me if you have questions.

  4. Beka
    Beka May 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm |

    I had the muscle underneath my shoulder blade seize. Every breath felt like a punch and every small movement was a knife stab. SO uncomfortable. It took a lot of hot soaks, stretching, and massages to get it back to normal. Feel better soon, your puppy is ADORABLE!

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