Monday, 16 September 2019

Oh my poor aching back

I slept a lot better (for me anyway) last night, so don't feel so woolly-headed this morning.  However, my back is absolutely killing me today.  For years the normal pattern has been for the backache to flare up for a week or two, then it goes away.  This time around though, it's been bad and constant for a couple of months now, it hasn't gone away at all, and is particularly bad this morning, I'm in agony.  

Now I'm really into the cardmaking, I'm loving it so much that I'm tempted to sit and do it for hours.  I think that's part of the problem, it's not helping my back sitting in one position (and slightly bent forward at that) for 2 or 3 hours at a time.  My chair (a padded dining chair) is certainly comfortable enough, and I have a cushion for added support behind my back, but could probably do with a good quality padded office chair with proper back support.  Oh well.  So today I'm going to try moving around more and go for a gentle walk this afternoon.  The pain is awful when I first get up and I can't even stand upright, but it does ease off a bit on moving around.

I don't want to keep taking painkillers, they don't do very much anyway and I really don't like taking drugs unless I absolutely have to.  I did start taking high strength fish oil capsules to see if that would have any beneficial effect on my joints, as some people say it does.  I haven't noticed any difference, though - perhaps I need to take them for longer - it's been about 5 or 6 weeks now, although I have forgotten to take them a few times.

I need to do a freezer inventory and meal plan.  We need to start eating stuff from the big upright freezer in the utility room, it suddenly seems to be jam packed.  Well, not full of jam, I haven't made any! (and I wouldn't keep it in the freezer anyway of course.  We still have jams that I made 2 years ago in the cupboard).  But there's certainly a lot of fruit in there, and some ready meals as I've made double of things like cottage pies and pasta bakes lately, so I could freeze one for future easy meals.  I did stock up on some bags of frozen veg too last week, since 'they' are saying that fresh veg and fruit may be in short supply soon because of the dreaded 'B' word.  We have plenty of our own home grown fresh veg at the moment, but that'll be coming to an end soon.


  1. Crafting may be good for your mental health, but not so good for your physical health. I find I get a numb-bum from sitting too long! It's not easy though, getting up and moving about, when you're engrossed in what you're doing. Good to have things in the freezer for those days when you can't be bothered. (Most days around here!) Hope the back eases up. Good that you slept better, although that may have aggravated the backache! Oh well, swings and roundabouts! Take care. xx

  2. Its all too easy isn't it to sit in hover mode. I try to not do it but usually fail. I get back ache just from sitting in my armchair!

  3. Sitting is not good for long periods - I have muscle and joint problems because I have to rely on Thyroxine to keep me going and it is a common side effect for some people. I am stiff in the mornings and it has been worse recently and after gardening too - so in the last week or two I have made a point of just doing a few simple exercises taking only 10 to 20 minutes. Already I can feel a difference. Look at Bob and Brad for Hip Pain/Arthritis: 5 Exercises to Help Your Pain on You Tube. For longer but very effective somatic exercises look at Posture Queen - these are gentle movements to free up areas that are stiff - each one is about 40 mins long but oh my goodness you can certainly feel the difference afterwards and no aches. x

  4. Sorry your back is so bad again and I can sympathise as I am suffering today after a huge walk yesterday.....oh to be 21 again.
    Big Hugs-x-

  5. Yes I do my exercises in the morning lying on the bed. It certainly does help me. Not completely painfree, but a lot better. If it is really really bad I take an Ibuprofen.

  6. I'm with you on the back, in fact the shoulders, hands and knees are all killing me. I'm loathed to go back to the doctor as all they seem to say is that losing weight would help and pack me off with more pain killers and as you say thay do not do much. Don't they think I'd like to lose weight? but when you can hardly walk it's not easy, I notice that most of the doctors in my practice are like sticks. lol

  7. sorry to hear your backs bad again. hope it starts to heal soon. I know what you mean about crafting though, when I start I can lose hours sat in 1 place !


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