Not quite what I needed

They say things come in threes. I hope not, but if they do, this is number two.

I threw my back out somehow on Saturday morning. I woke up, got dressed, fed the dogs, all my normal routine. I sat down with a cup of coffee and checked through social media, then worked on some of the interview stuff for Lisa Burton Radio.

When I got up to use the bathroom and get fresh coffee. Well, I didn’t get up. Pain shot through my back, and my legs went out. I couldn’t stand. Fortunately, I was right beside my chair and went there.

This stuff happens sometimes. It happens to me about every other year. Usually I can take some aspirin and get it to crack. This time it’s exponentially worse, and aspirin is a worthless effort. My wife had to help me out of bed in the middle of the night. Bending down to raise the toilet seat was a major undertaking. Fortunately there are multiple walls to work my way down and back up.

Getting dressed this morning was kind of a circus. Pulling pants on, and my slipper-socks was a big accomplishment.

It hasn’t eluded me that this could be stress from our other recent disaster. I’ve had stress pain before, but this usually happens in the back of my neck. This is in the small of my back.

I told my boss I can’t make it tomorrow. Fortunately, I have a great boss. Honestly, I don’t think I can crawl up into my truck for the commute.

I’ll try to work on interview stuff and possibly some new words of fiction tomorrow. If I’m going to have to hang out here, maybe I can get something positive accomplished.

Hope you guys had a better weekend than I did.

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  1. Hard to push the ‘like button’ – but I hope you know I’m just being courteous to your effort to write a blog with the apparent pain. Hope you’re better really soon, Craig.

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  2. That sucks, Craig. Hope you are better by now!

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  3. I have had back issues all my life. Broken vertebrae (twice) and a spine disease. In addition to the aspirin, I would only sit in a hardback chair with limited padding on the seat. The straighter the better and make sure it is close to your worktable. No slouching over the computer. All this and rest. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV

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  4. I really hope you get better soon. Been there with back and neck issues, but nothing like what you’re going through. John seems to have covered all the tips I could think of aside from a heating pad, but that doesn’t always work. Fingers crossed that it’s only stress related and you’ll be back in action on within a few days.

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  5. Oh, I feel your pain. I have back issues that incapacitate me on a regular basis. A simple move in the wrong direction and it’s excruciating, a reality I’ve learned to live with. Then there is the herniated disc in my neck which has been a companion for over a decade. I honestly think this stuff is related (not only to aging) but to the life of a writer….hunching over a keyboard.A drawback of the job.I don’t expect my issues will ever completely go away but I find ways to live with them–ugh!

    Take it easy, and listen to your body. Eventually, it will uncoil from all those muscle spasms.A day off on a heating pad and/or ice sounds like a good idea.Just don’t hunch over a keyboard while you’e recuperating!

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  6. N. N. Light

    Oh Craig, I know exactly how that is. I suffer from lower back pain caused by sciatica. Take care. When it’s spasm so bad I see spots, I take Robax Platinum and put a ice pack on the area. Rest, take care and thanks for letting us know.

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    • I feel bad even writing about it. I know there are some who are far worse off than I am. This is one of those things that happens occasionally. If nothing else, this is an honest writer’s blog. You get the warts and all.

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      • N. N. Light

        Don’t feel bad, it’s one of the reasons why I love your blog. You’re honest and truthful. Take care and rest up.

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  7. I’m wondering if we’re somehow channeling each other. We seem to be paralleling a lot of things lately. Right now, my back is on the fritz, too. Although I’m thinking this time was from Christmas decorating, not stress. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  8. Oh, I am sorry Craig. I know too well the debilitating back problems, and as I try not to say all the clichés that others have said to me, I can only say that your writing of this pain is impeccable. I got it, every word.

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  9. Ouch! … may it pass and never be seen again. Also, hot water bottle/heat pack. It can’t hurt and it’ll feel soothing.

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  10. Back pain is miserable at its best and crippling at its worse. So sorry to hear it. Hope you recover soon.

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  11. Sorry to hear this, Craig. I hope you get better soon – hope you applied cold for the first 24 hrs, then heat off and on. I can certainly empathize – I’ve had the same and my husband is having a three level fusion on Tuesday. Once you are recovered, you should see a physical therapist who can give you some exercises to keep your back healthy! Take care of yourself.

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    • Yeah, I didn’t do much more than complain. It didn’t help. My wife rubbed some of the knots loose and I took a hot bath. Nearly didn’t make it out of the tub, but it felt better. I’m applying a hot pad right now, and it is kind of soothing.

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  12. Gentle hugs coming your way, my friend. I know my back gives me hell after spending an extended amount of time in my wheelchair. Heat pads sure do help. I hope your back clicks back into place soon, Craig.

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  13. That’s rough. Yeah, you definitely hit a series of unfortunate events. I sure hope that’s the last of it. I am glad you’re taking the day off. Hopefully you get to feeling better soon.

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  14. Sorry to hear about your back. Hope it is just stress related and gets better quickly.

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  15. OUCH – Hope you get better soooon, Craig 😱

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  16. Ugh – stress really is the bane of modern existence! 😦 Hope it clears soon – at least you can keep your mind off the pain with some productive online chores that aren’t so onerous 😀

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  17. That sucks, Craig! My dad has had this problem for years – keep on it with Advil and the heating pad.

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  18. Sorry to hear Craig! Hope you get well soon.

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  19. So sorry this happened to you! I’m guessing it was stress…that vile element of our lives tends to take advantage of our weakest areas and the back sure gets a lot of abuse.

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  20. Ouch. I had serious back pain a couple weeks ago, oddly enough I think it was brought on by forceful coughing. I ended up sleeping in a recliner, because it was too painful to get in and out of bed.

    My coworkers got a lot of laughs, because I wore flip-flops to work for a few days. No way I could tie my shoes!

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  21. It sounds awful. Hope you can get better soon.

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  22. It’s the age where you can get a stretching related injury!

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  23. Well somehow I missed this post. So sorry you’re in pain. (Coming from the one who is counting the days to see an ortho about my painful knee problem.) Maybe we can commiserate together. Hope you’re better soon.

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  24. Oh no! Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you need a doctor to look at your back.

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  25. Hello Craig! I’m so sorry to read about your back pain. I can relate, because I was involved in a car accident and injured my back years ago, but every so often I throw my back out and it’s a paralyzing pain. Of course it always happens when I’m most stressed and have a million things to do. Hot and cold compresses, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medicine is usually what the doctors recommend and some light stretching once I’m feeling better. I hope you recover quickly, my friend. ❤

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