Back Pain Update

I’m still having trouble sleeping. I think a lot of it has to do with my back pain, because I feel so uncomfortable and have trouble relaxing when I’m trying to sleep. All of which causes anxiety and is not very helpful for my mood. So, I went on a mission to find out why my back has been hurting so much recently and how I can relieve the pain. I saw a chiropractor a couple weeks ago who told me that my back pain was caused by hip degeneration from sitting too much. My primary care physician then ordered X-rays to confirm that I have arthritis. The treatment is 600mg ibuprofen every six hours as needed and a muscle relaxant up to three times a day as needed. My doctor advised me to call her if I needed stronger pain medication.

Aside from medication, I should moderate my time at the computer, take more walks, and keep my weight down. I also should avoid foods that cause inflammation like milk products and wheat. The arthritis generally hurts less in the morning and gets worse as the day goes by. This does not make me happy because who wants to be in pain for the rest of their life? But arthritis is a common ailment some people get as they age. Some days will be better than others, some days I will have flareups. It’s unfortunate and a little depressing that I have so many health problems that prevent me from doing what I want in life. Because of my back pain, I only went raiding once last week in WoW. I haven’t been playing WoW much at all or socializing irl. But the upside is that I’ve been doing a lot more writing. I guess I don’t have any choice but to try to be strong. I’m not the only person in the world who struggles with chronic pain and mental illness. My problem is that I don’t have very good coping skills. I hope I can manage and cope with my back pain well.

The good news is I’m getting my puppy on Thursday! I’ve bought all kinds of doggy stuff for her 🙂 I can’t wait to bring her home and post pictures on my blog to share with my dear readers.

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Author: Katinka

Complicated, #bipolar writer, romance book blogger, #LoveTrumpsHate

5 thoughts on “Back Pain Update”

  1. Puppy! And lots of dog walks!!! Walking with my now-geriatric pup has done wonders for both of us. It’s also a great time to think about and work out writing ideas. And as I stroll along, sometimes slipping into an old, set habit of talking to myself, people assume I am talking to the dog. Winning, on all fronts! Have a blast, Kat, and send lots of pictures. :))

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  2. Have you tried stretching and yoga? Both of these can help to open the hips and relieve pressure on your back. I find a mixture of swimming, yoga, pilates and walking help me keep my back pain at bay. It’s all about staying active. Hours spent sitting behind a computer is a killer for the back!

    Hope you feel better soon.

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