Good morning! 😀
Lovely post title right? Just gives you warm fuzzies I am sure…..
If you have been following my “pain” saga (here and here) the past few days you will know I have been having back pain and seeing a chiropractor. Note: This is something I don’t do…. haven’t done…. and am going because as of Thursday morning I could hardly turn my neck… what I thought was a pinched nerve went from between my shoulder blades, up my back into my neck and right arm. Yesterday morning after having my first treatment on Thursday, I could not turn my back, sit in a chair, or stand. My back felt like it was on FIRE and I called the chiropractor again in tears saying I was not sure if I needed them or a doctor but something was seriously wrong (and yeah…. scary too).
After this second time in they took x rays of my neck and spine. My spine was perfectly straight (hey I have to take the little wins right?) however my neck was looking straight too which I though “yay me”, but was told…. nah ahh.
Apparently our necks are supposed to have a nice backward “C” shaped curve to them. Mine does not. What was shown to me is that people who do a lot of computer work, laptop work, and even reading, can cause their neck to pull straight from looking down so much…. putting pressure into my arm and back.
Guilty. On all three accounts. 😯
So what do I do?
I need to keep my laptop on a table at a level that I am not leaning over it (instead of my usual on my lap in the recliner). When I read the book needs to come up more so I am not looking down to read it but more straight forward…. and I am supposed to exercise my neck by rolling it back as far as I can….
Even though I work out, the doctor said while that is good and strengthens muscles, it is apparently not enough to counteract the time I spend at a computer. This is true… between work and writing, I easily spend 4 – 10 hours on the computer a day.
So there is this mornings post. I figure many of you must spend pretty close to the same amount of time reading, and computer work as I do, so maybe a little heads up will prevent you from the pain I am currently in.I have been so tired! 😀
This morning I have another appointment. They have been doing an ultra sound on my shoulder and working out the ache and pain there and I am taking 800 milligrams of ibuprofen every 5 hours.
On the upside – hanging out at the house with an ice pack has caused me to really catch up on some reading. I have finished two books in the last two days and started a third. Nuts I know… but I am always looking for the bright side and hopefully will be back to working out on Monday.