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In July 2015 I hurt my back – a disc bulge in my lower back.  Ouch.  And Matthews Back was born.

This disc bulge never really recovered… but like a stereotypical male I “sucked it up” and kept on keeping on.

I had recently changed jobs from something horrible to something much more enjoyable, so I was disappointed that my lower back injury – received at work while being the enthusiastic new guy – was impacting my ability to perform properly in my new role.  Disappointingly there was a mis-match between my brain age and my body age….

A few visits to the physio helped, but did not cure my disc bulge as such.

At about this time my father-in-law was getting very sick and we lost him in late November 2015.  So all in all 2015 was not a great time for me or my family.

In February 2016 I did it again at work, only this time I made it worse.  Double ouch.ouch200x200

An MRI confirmed a lower back disc protrusion.

Again, I sucked it up as best I could – briefly.

In late March 2016, half way through the day my boss actually sent me home.  She effectively told me not to come back until I had some significant improvement with my back.

So, I went home and went down for the count.  Being horizontal on the floor provided small relief, but at that stage I’d take any relief I could get.  I was off work for a few weeks.

Doctors, Specialists, Physiotherapists, Rehabilitation sessions, Hydrotherapy, pain killer perscriptions, Swimming, intense lower back pain, etc, etc.  And much time spent lying on the floor.

I even had an epidural injection into my spine – I figured that approximately half the female population in the Western World had them, so why not ?  Actually, I went out of my way to make it happen, because to be honest the lower back pain was chronic and excruciating and debilitating.  It turned out that I wasn’t pregnant and this cortisone epidural injection actually helped me get back to some form of vague normality.backpain2_640x548

A month or so working from home in a very part time capacity was helpful in that I could continue my exercises and attend various medical appointments.  As of September 2016 I was still working part time but back in the office.

I am fortunate in that I have a wonderful wife and two amazing daughters.  My wife and I had been planning an overseas holiday earlier in 2016 – we knew our oldest daughter was going to be travelling overseas, so we thought that we could take our youngest daughter somewhere overseas as well.

As much as I didn’t want to believe it, the closer the holiday date came the more obvious it was that I would not be going anywhere.  Sitting in the car or at the dinner table or walking for 15 minutes was painful enough – sitting on a plane and then wandering around foreign cities was going to be impossible.  Yes, this is a First World problem, but none the less, for me it was very upsetting.

Disappointingly, in September 2016 I dropped them off at the airport then came home by myself.

I never want to feel this way again.

Because I had planned for this holiday for more than 6 months, I had put in for leave at work.  I didn’t cancel this leave.  I took the opportunity while my wife and daughters were away to concentrate on my physical and mental return to the real world – not one clouded by pain, frustration, physical and mental limitations.

While I have been spending far too much time on the floor, I have tried my best to do some thinking about life, the universe and everything.  While my wife and daughters have been away, I have been very motivated to return to my previously active and happy self.

I am pleased to say that I have turned a corner and that I and my lower back are on the mend.  I am confident that I am over the worst of it.

Matthews Back is a documentation of my recovery process.

The idea of a blog called Matthews Back had been bubbling away for a month or two.

It is a documentation of my experience(s) with lower back pain and all that this entails – my “Sore Back”.  I am using it as a form of self therapy.

Matthews Back is also a documentation of my “Come Back”.

Even now, looking back through some of the earlier videos I can see the difference.

I am slowly transitioning from a stiff, tired, sore, unhappy and grumpy old man back to the happy and loving father / husband / person that I was and desperately want to be again.  Slowly, yes, but I’m getting there.

Matthews Back is also a documentation of my “Side Hustles”.

In this fast-paced-always-on-internet-enabled-world in which we live, I am keen to join in.  While I enjoy my job, I do not really wish to rely on it for financial security.  My injury has been a bit of a wake up call in this regard.

I have no desire to start the next Facebook or Amazon, but I am keen to explore some financial and business opportunities that the internet can provide.  And maybe earn a few $$$ on the side.  Some of the affiliate links in this website might help in this regard – you get a great deal and I may or may not get a small compensation.  Either way, we both win.

Perhaps these concepts can help others who may be going through the same thing.

“If I can do it, then so can you”

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