Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not a pain in the neck, more like a pain in the butt!

Two weeks ago, I was shoveling snow in my driveway. We'd gotten about 11 inches of snow, and had let it sit for a day. Once I picked up a scarf, hat, gloves and some snow boots from DI, I went to work clearing a path for my car in the driveway. After about 45 minutes, I mightily thrust my shovel into a section of snow that was actually rock hard ice. The shovel didn't move from the point of impact, but I wrenched my back in the process. Ironically, this happened while my husband was in the warm house playing XBOX.

I've been pretty miserable since, utilizing ice packs, heat, and lots of Motrin. A few days ago I decided to try shoveling again, and my back flared up even more. I happened to find out that my neighbor is a physical therapist, and he evaluated me. It appears I have a "bulging L4-L5" with "S1 dysfunction." He poked and prodded me while ordering me into uncomfortable positions, gave me a lengthy list of exercises, and forbade me from shoveling snow, loading a dishwasher, vacuuming, or any other rotating repetitive movement for 4-6 weeks. should I bribe a Deacon to shovel my driveway for the next 6 weeks?


Rachel said...

Deacons respond well to anything that contains sugar! Hope you feel back to normal soon!

Tripacerchick said...

I would suggest cookies... or fudge... or both ;)

Nikia, May and da kids said...

Deacons really do appreciate sweets!

Happy resting and Merry Christmas to you and the family!


Lori said...

Sorry your on a strick no work order and in pain! I remember Sweet, Thoughtful, Rosie shoveling driveways for free a little while back, maybe she can do it for ya, I realize it was probably fun that day but it needs to be done:-) Bribe her with her favorite meal.

Gina said...

Now I remember reading this...

Take care of that back! I've had problems for years.

Once your back gets the okay from the doc, focus on strengthening your abdominal muscles. A strong core helps support your back, which may be tender since the injury.

Take the exercise slow. I've been working up to it. I've hardly had any back pain since working out and stretching.

But, I didn't have a L4-L5 thing-a-majig, either. Hope you have a rapid recovery.

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