I wish I could report how much better my back feels and that I’m bouncing around like a teenager again. Well the fat makes me bounce alright, but the pain tends to make it a risky business.
Both sides are hurting so I think it’s clear I have a compression somewhere in the lower back affecting my sciatic nerves. Much as I hate going to the doctor I’m afraid this is something I can’t ignore much longer. The Advil tablets are doing an admirable job in keeping me active but even taking them every 4 hours or so I’m still only just able to work in the day and am not improving. What’s worse is that the pain is making it hard for me to sit for periods longer than a few minutes at a stretch so can’t update the sites as often as I’d like.
To be honest it’s a real aggravation. For large parts of the day I walk around bent in two with my hand pushing against the right side of my back. It’s uncomfortable ti sit, to lie down, and to stand. Standing up from sitting is a perilous affair requiring me to place my hands on my thighs and repeatedly rolling gently backwards and forwards until my centre of gravity is just over my hips, then I push with my arms and slowly rise! It looks weird – but it works unless I’m in a chair where my kips are lower than my knees. In that case I can’t roll forward because I’m increasing the compression and making the pain much worse.
It’s only reasonably ‘comfortable’ when I’m actually moving around… which is good from an exercise perspective but it’s damn tiring! No idea if anything *can* be done to alleviate lower back pain but now Christmas is over I may as well go get it looked at… probably.
In the meantime… there is a house to clean and tidy. I think I hear a box of Advil calling my name. 😀