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I don’t know how I did it but last weekend I hurt my back. I was drying myself off after my shower Saturday morning and I turned to the left and felt a twinge. I didn’t think much about it and went about my day, including going to Edward’s party. I took a couple of Tylenol Saturday night when I went to bed and that was that.

Sunday morning it was achy but not terribly painful. I took a couple more Tylenol and again went about my day, including Ambrynn’s birthday party (watch for that post next week) and dinner with friends. I was a bit uncomfortable but it was sort of like an earache – don’t think about it and it won’t hurt.

Until I went to bed. Then the pain was awful. I couldn’t get comfortable and I couldn’t get to sleep. It hurt to move my legs but it hurt not to move, too. Monday morning was awful and I called in sick to work. Every step I took was agony and there wasn’t a position I could find that didn’t hurt in one way or another. I finally broke down and called the doctor and got some drugs. Nothing fancy, just some muscle relaxants. And they helped a bit. I got a full night’s sleep on Monday and figured I’d be better on Tuesday.

Wrong. I got up Tuesday morning and it was Monday all over again. I took my drugs (and some more Tylenol) and called in sick to work again. That’s two sick days before a mid-week holiday. Oy.

The good news is that by Tuesday around 4:00 my back was mostly feeling better. I suddenly realized I was leaning over to put something away and it didn’t hurt. Isn’t it funny how pain is all you can think about when you have it but when it goes away you barely even notice?

It’s gotten better each day although the mornings are still rough. I just wish I knew what I did to make this happen so I wouldn’t do it again. And don’t you dare tell me it’s old age.

The rest of the good news is that this didn’t affect my knitting too much. Lace and muscle relaxants are not a great idea but simple sock knitting was just fine. Behold:


A finished Whisper Lace Sock I Feel Good Sock. These are my first socks for Summer of Socks 2007 and their mates are already on the needles. I may be getting old but I still think sock knitting is better than bingo.

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  1. Pretty socks! Glad you’re feeling better. Back pain stinks, hope this mystery pain leaves just as mysteriously.

  2. Sorry to hear you were in such pain and yet so glad to know you’re already on the mend! And for medicated knitting those socks look great!

  3. I know how you feel but am glad to read you are feeling better. Last time I had back issues, I really found ab work to help. Feel better. BTW, goregous birthday girl!

  4. Ack! I’m sorry you hurt your back. I hope you’re feeling mostly better. Every time I do that I wish I knew what set it off, I can never figure out what throws it out in the first place. I did find that heat seems to make it worse for me, so mornings were the worst (out of the warm bed). I learned to throw a pack of frozen corn on it for 20 minutes before trying to get up. It worked wonders.

  5. Somatics are the magic bullet. Check out some reading at Also, rest and hydration are key – drugs are not so much, they’ll numb you and fool you into not slowing down. Most back pain isn’t effectively treated because a lot of it is psychosomatic – the problems originate in our brains – what our brain is telling our body to do – and be cause we’ve learned to hold ourselves in certain ways. Good luck – and seriously, check out the Hanna method of Somatics – it’s great, I’ve had great relief.

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