07 April 2011


Why is it that it is always during Spring Break that something happens to me and my health? During my first year here, in 2006, during Spring Break, I caught the flu. This time, I pulled my back. And oh my god, it is painful.

See, I wasn't even doing anything strenuous. It was about 9:00 PM, and I was just reaching into my fridge, when suddenly, oh my god, my lower back. It felt like there was a hook attached to it, and somebody cruel just decided to pull at it. They boy, they pulled at it hard. It was so hard that I basically dropped what I was holding and made a mess. It was the most painful thing I have experienced recently, and sleeping was just out of the question. I would doze off and then a few hours later, I would be woken up by this pain in my back, since I apparently moved the wrong way in my sleep.

The next day, I went to the doctor. The good thing is that apparently, these things go away on their own, and that it isn't chronic. I got myself a big shot of pain killer; the nurse actually injected it on my butt. And yes, it definitely helped. I also got a prescription of pain killers and muscle relaxants. I'll be on them for the next 15 days.

So yeah, hopefully, with this medication, things go better. I am 28, and yet my back felt like it was 68. It actually made me think, is it because I am not getting enough exercise? Is it because this dissertating life makes it really easy to have a sedentary lifestyle, by just sitting on a chair for the whole day? I should change that. After that, I am planning this summer to be adventure-filled, and an aching lumbar region is the last thing I need. Oh well, I hope that the Naproxen and the Cyclobenzaprine would do its jobs, and when I am back to my old self, I'll hit the road running again.

(Starting the Steps, from my Ollantaytambo Series)


  1. Feng had an herniated disk in his back a few years ago and boy, he was in pain. Take care of your back!

  2. Zhu,

    Fortunately, it wasn't too serious. I just pulled a muscle, which should recover quickly.

  3. what a coincidence! i'm dealing with pain myself - the kind that afflicts the throat and is called strep throat. i could barely swallow due to the severe pain. for 2 days now, my vacation has been spent in bed instead!

  4. TNP,

    Oh wow, if it forces you to go to bed, it must be severe! That surely ruins a vacation, that sucks. Hopefully you recover quickly!