Contributed by: Dolores
Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009
I am a 75-year-old woman, in pretty good overall health, but I have experienced chronic back pain which started about five or ten years ago. I’ve been taking care of it with rest, some physical therapy and some trigger point injections, but on one particular morning last year, I suddenly and without warning found myself unable to function. I couldn’t get out of bed; I could hardly walk; I couldn’t bend or move in anyway, and I couldn’t get comfortable. I spent most of the next five weeks in bed. Although I went to the doctor and he gave me additional injections, which temporarily improved the pain, the next day it would invariably come back, and I felt as if I was never going to get better! I lived on acetaminophen and bed rest for most of this time. I was fortunate that my daughter, who lives with me, was there for me, and basically took over the running of the house while I was incapacitated. I pray I never have to go through that ordeal again.
Now, when I do something strenuous, or fairly strenuous, or difficult, I do it in small stages; I stop for awhile and walk in between those stages, and when I sit for a long time, I get up every 15 minutes or so and walk, which seems to help a lot. I am pretty active and enjoy taking care of my home, landscaping and my family.
I absolutely refuse to let this pain stop me from doing the things I love! I just try to be reasonable in what I do, rest in between “jobs,” see the doctor on a regular basis, and keep myself stretched and flexible.