Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Oh, My Aching Back!

Somehow, I painfully pulled my back last night.

I wasn't playing football or rough-housing with some other big, burly guys. Nor was I in a bar fight or wrestling a bear. And no, I wasn't involved in a high speed accident or motorcycle stunt gone awry. It wasn't even a horse that kicked me.

Everything that you can imagine as being manly... just toss those ideas right in the garbage.

I pulled my back by bending over my bathroom sink to pop a tiny little zit.

Yeah... bending over my sink. I'm such a loser.

I leaned ever slightly, perhaps at no more than a 75° angle. While hovering over my sink, I suddenly felt a twinge in my sides. Then, a searing pain blasted all over my lower back, like I'd been hit with a dozen ninja stars. The muscles above my buttocks suddenly locked up, as did the left and right side of my lower back. I crumpled over in pain, steadying myself against the toilet for support.

To call my experience agonizing would be a massive understatement. I didn't sleep very well last night, having to crawl out of bed at 3:30 AM to take some more acetaminophen. Had the pain not have been so severe, I'd have almost certainly tossed and turned all night.

Today, the pain has subsided for the most part. I feel sore along the sides of my torso and some stiffness remains along my spine. For the next few days, I'll avoid lifting anything heavy. Honestly, I find this whole situation to be comical. I just turned 33 years old a few months ago. Is this what's in store for my body as I grow older? Goodness gracious, I hope not!

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