07 April 2011

Pain

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)

4 comments:

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

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  2. Zhu,

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

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  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!

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  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!

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