Did you know that stretching can be hazardous to you health? I’ve had simple actions put me in a lot of pain before – I have issues with my neck due to car accident back in ’97, so there have been times when just turning my neck too far, or at a strange angle, have put me in a chiropractor’s office, unable to move. This time though, it was my back that decided to revolt.
I was working on an online project when I leaned back with my arms above my head for a good stretch – except right as I pushed my shoulders back, I felt a grinding pop. After that – just pain. I sat in my chair for a minute, cursing under my breath. It wasn’t going away, and any movement I made made it worse. Sophie was in the room with me so I was trying really hard not to sob uncontrollably, but not really doing a good job of keeping it together.
Long story short? Tom rescued me and after a very painful visit to the doctor, we had some pain pills, muscle relaxers (which you can’t take together unfortunately), and a diagnosis of a torn muscle. She explained that it was one attached to my rib cage and when anything involving your ribs is damaged, the pain can be excruciating. Which explained why even a normal breath hurt, let alone a deep one.
Six to Eight weeks for full recovery, but I’m hoping to be feeling lots better in the next few days. So far the pain medication is doing nothing but helping my arm, which is very sore from the shot (of pain medication, ironically) they gave me. The muscle relaxers are at least giving me a little more freedom with my movement.
Tom has been great about jumping in and taking over with the kids, meals, and monitoring the correct timing for meds. If I weren’t in so much pain, I might actually enjoy the break. Instead, I’m just anxious for things to get back to normal. I have so many projects waiting in the wings, and even if it didn’t hurt to knit or paint, I don’t know that attempting them while under the influence of narcotics would be a good thing. Although…maybe it would…