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And just when the motivation had struck again…

Lower Back Pain…I was struck down.

So I’d been going strong again with my workout plan. It was exciting to get back into it, and while I lamented the fact that some exercises were really hard again, it felt good at the same time. I got through the DOMS of the first week, got through my second week where I even FINALLY mastered some moves that I hadn’t been able to do before, and started on Week 3. Monday was fine, but Tuesday I didn’t feel well. I don’t know exactly what was wrong, but I had that feeling like when you take medicine on an empty stomach: nausea, dizziness, fatigue, upset stomach…but mostly nausea. I know I hadn’t taken supplements or anything on an empty stomach. I did nothing out of the ordinary. But I was miserable all day.

Hokay, so one bad day off-plan is all right. By that evening I was feeling better and was looking forward to getting back on track on Wednesday.

I remember getting up in the middle of the night to run to the bathroom (side effect of drinking all my water!) and was just fine. But in the morning I discovered I tweaked my back. Ow. Fucking ow.

Basically, this is the situation: I have a mild scoliosis in the lumbar region of my back. Normally it doesn’t bother me. I know I should take care of it better, like working on my posture while I’m at my computer. One of the things I like about the exercise program I was doing is that it helped me strengthen my core. A strong core helps that particular area of my back and keeps it from going crazy on me.

But all it takes is a wrong motion: I’ve hurt it from spending time shelving books, from sitting down on the couch wrong, twisting in an odd way, etc. These are usually not major movements that strain my muscles. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it happened this time from just sleeping wrong, like when you give yourself a crick in the neck by sleeping with your head hanging halfway off your pillow.

What happens to me is that my spine moves into a painful position. My muscles react by locking around my spine to keep it from going any further. However, they lock my spine in that painful position. Which makes them lock down harder. Which hurts more. Which makes them lock down even harder. It’s a vicious cycle.

I have seen a chiropractor about this, and the way I have to fix it is to stretch out and relax those muscles. So I have a series of stretching exercises that I go through to try to relieve the muscle lock. It takes a few days, but it’s nice when I can move again.

Right now I’m glad I can finally move. I can still feel some pain. It’s like when you get a really bad charlie horse at night (foot or calf cramp) and your entire leg feels sore the next day. Well, my muscles have been so locked up in that cramped position that there’s some residual pain.

The result? I had to stop exercising. Hell, there were days I spent most of my day in bed because walking and even sitting (putting pressure on my tailbone, which affected that locked area) hurt like hell. I still stretch as much as I can, and try to keep the pressure off my tailbone.

Let me tell you, though, I am SO restless and anxious to get back to my strength training. A good strong core doesn’t prevent this completely for me, but it certainly helps.

So yeah, there you go. That’s why I haven’t had anything to post lately: I haven’t been able to DO anything except lie in bed, stretch, and sit at my computer for only short periods of time. (The couch was more comfy.) It sucks, but I’m almost through it, and hope to get back on track on Monday.