Scary, huh? Diseases are evolving; and Crunchy Chicken obviously gave me her Outback Disease, via the internet. Vibes are contagious!
My back went out on me on Friday. No question in my mind but that it's Crunchy's fault. That would make it one of the new ITDs; Internet Transmitted Diseases. So far, it's only the back though, I haven't caught her astonishing taste in gross-out jokes. Thank goodness.
And, because I'm someone who believes in being prepared- I actually managed to nip this episode in the bud. Today I'm basically back to 90% functionality, because of my amazing breadth of experience and deep wisdom.
(that's humor, guys)
I was putting on a sock. That's all. And Crunchy's Outback Disorder hit. Whammo- back spasm. I am subject to them, and they can cost a week, or two, to get over. Boy, do I ever not have the time for this.
Luckily- I was right near the bed. So I was able to just get right back in, as quickly as possible, and do relaxation exercises to keep the spasm from spreading or getting worse.
That's been my experience, several times. If I'm way out in the field somewhere when the spasm hits, and I have to keep walking/driving tractor or whatever for a while to get where I can lie down, the spasm will grow, intensify, and take much longer to heal. This time, I recognized it, and immediately got off it.
It still took two days flat in bed to really counteract it, but that's hugely cheaper than a week, or two weeks, with all that pain. The pain is also much less the sooner you can lie down. Also used heavy ibuprofen to knock down inflammation, and a hot water bottle to help relax muscles on the second day.
Right now I owe a bunch of folks some good replies to their comments. I'll get there, I think. But I also have to go out and get some firewood right quick; in the 5" of snow that fell yesterday. Lots of fun potential for little slips and jerks there!
So, Crunch- how's YOUR back doing? And thanks, so much, for the suggestion! :-P