I don't know if it's from my fall while hiking, my lame attempts to do Pilates, or sitting hunched over a keyboard, but my lower back has rebelled. Every now and then today - especially when climbing stairs and nearly always when bending over - it freezes up and send me a message. That message is:
PAIN! PAIN! PAIN!
Now as I move about, I have an internal monologue similar to the pep talk you would give to a slow-witted child trying to learn to ride a bicycle. "That's it! Keep going! You're doing it! That's great! Oh no! Wait! Okay, okay, you can get through this. Just keep moving!"
My body is like a faulty robot and I'm trying to pilot it.
Got any tips for dealing with lower back pain, inability to pick anything off the floor (you should have seen me at the grocery store when I dropped a box of low-fat Wheat Thins) (which I figure I can eat with abandon because they are low fat), and sudden, searing pain?
Ice? Heat? Tylenol? Advil? Aleve? Any kind of stretch? How bad would it be if I took some six-year-old muscle relaxers I think we have hidden away?