Too Much Lower Back Exercise
In my world, too much ice cream is never enough – but who’d have thought too much lower back exercise was more than enough ?
Certainly not me.
A few updates from this wonderfully foggy world of lower back pain in which I am currently living.
Update # 1
I have a formal Return To Work Plan which has actually been rather helpful. It has dictated my working hours at my 9 to 5. Two weeks ago it said that I was going to be back at work for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.
And so that’s what I did.
However, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a challenge for me. Disappointingly I did not last very long before we needed to notch it back a bit to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
5 hours a day has been much more manageable for me, although I am still absolutely knackered. It has allowed me to still get to the pool as well as concentrating on my exercises – plus have the time to lie down on the floor.
(And think about side hustles, websites and other options that involve NOT being reliant on a regular income from a traditional 9 to 5 job.)
Update # 2
Basically, an epidural is a ridiculously large needle shoved between a person’s vertebrae and directly into their spinal column.
Epidurals are perhaps best known in birthing suites – they provide pain relief for women as they are giving birth. However, epidurals have many other applications – but they are all to do with pain relief.
Different issues require different drugs – the drugs delivered via an epidural for a woman in labour are different than that for an old wussy dad like me who has an unfortunate mis-match between brain age and body age.
In my case, the epidural will be delivering cortisone – a known pain suppressant and anti-inflammatory drug. Lower back disc protrusions are basically large painful swellings – so the cortisone reduces the swelling and relieves the pain.
But, man, epidurals suck heavily….
Although admittedly they are short term unpleasantness that can help get a body moving again.
This in turn has benefits from a mindset perspective as well.
Doubtless there will be a video about this coming soon.
Update # 3
As mentioned above, the idea of too much exercise is alien to me.
I am NOT some kind of fitness guru, nor am I an exercise junkie.
However, given the absolute pain and horrible-ness I have been feeling physically and mentally and emotionally, I have given the exercise program my physiotherapist put together for me a red hot go.
I was SOOOO disappointed that I couldn’t go overseas with my wife and kids because of my sore back that I made the promise to myself that I would work hard while they were away. I swore that I would do my exercise program religiously every day while they were away.
I also kept it up when they came back, but it was getting harder and harder as my lower back was starting to hurt more again. I continued to push through the pain and kept going.
At my next visit to the physio he basically said, “Easy on there Tiger. Let’s slow it down a little.”
I apparently fell into the too much exercise camp.
So, it was getting to the point, apparently, that I was doing more harm than good. I was under the impression of “no pain, no gain”, and it was hurting, so it must be doing me good.
Alas, apparently not.
It’s not as though I was bench pressing 17 tonnes of steel. I was not running marathons, nor swimming across the Atlantic ocean before breakfast.
I was merely doing my little wussy exercise program and gritting my teeth.
So, the pain increased and once again my brain proved that it was just that little bit stronger than my body.
And so we’ve come full circle from the start of this blog post.
Too much work, too soon, combined with too much lower back exercise has resulted in another trip to the doctor and thus another epidural injection is planned.
I will continue with my swimming and walking, but I will be leaving my wussy weights alone for a while.
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