Lying around and being lazy for one day? Spectacular!
However, when you’re going on close to a month of inactivity, and you’re used to being a fairly active person, lazing around becomes well… rather Awful.
The whole thing is a rather vicious cycle itself: Low back pain because of misaligned L5 vertebra = have to be quiet and not move around a lot, and careful when I do move. Chiropractor has okay-ed me for up to 15 minutes of light walking a day, but nothing strenuous that might re-trigger my sciatic. Not being able to move around a lot = boredom, frustration and weight gain. But I did negotiate for a better chair at work, so I can now sit properly and make it through an entire day without coming home in pain to spend the rest of the evening lying in the recliner with an ice pack on my lower back and a heating pad on my shoulder. (Score!) Weight gain = body is harder on spine, including the supposedly healing lower back. It’s also hard on my spirits, leaving me a bit depressed after weighing in at the doctor’s office last Friday (ouch — my heaviest ever!) and wondering if it’s not too late to bring shapeless gunnysacks back into fashion. (Wait — were they ever in fashion?!)
I know I haven’t been okay-ed to do much, but I’m thinking that perhaps tomorrow I’ll pack some gym clothes and try to just walk on the treadmill for 15 – 20 minutes before my deep tissue massage to work on my shoulder (before I get another round of lidocaine injections on Friday). If that goes well, I can try to keep that up that little bit of exercise over the weekend. I have a re-visit with my chiropractor on Tuesday, and he’s going to let me know if I can re-join my Wednesday Pilates class or not.
I really hope he gives me the go-ahead to attend the class, even if I have to restrict certain movements… I had only been to two classes before I got sick (and then blew out my back), but I was already seeing the benefit of the class. And right now? I really need to have something to look forward to.