Sharp, shooting pain that can bring you to your knees when you stand. If you have ever suffered from sciatica and lower back pain, then most likely you may very well be familiar with all I described in that first sentence.
I admit, I have had my far share of issues with my back from the time I was younger when I feel on my lower back roller skating as a kid. As I got older, the problem seemed to have corrected itself, but apparently laid dormant until one day when I was getting ready to go to work to teach.
It was about a year after Kevin and I got married. That morning, I was picking out clothes in my closet, when I bent down to get my shoes. I saw stars. I somehow managed to get up and thought if I moved around more it would get better.
Do not ask me how I drove to work that day, because I literally could not stand without almost falling to my knees when trying to stand after this happened that day. Somehow my brain also made me think that wearing wedge sandal heels (it was a beautiful spring day in May in NY) would my the problem better.
Not so, because I am telling you with every movement I thought I was going to keel over from the pain. That is how absolutely awful it was.
I made it 7 out of 9 periods for the day, before one of my other co-workers thankfully took over for the end of the day for me.
I made it home (again not sure how). I barely made into my home, where I tried my heating pad used during that wicked time of the month for cramps.
Finally, I realized this wasn’t going to get better and checked chiropractors covered under our health insurance, called and thankfully was taken immediately. I was prescribed muscle relaxers and pain killers to help. And was told to return the next day once the medication took hold to begin physical therapy, which I did for the next 3 months until insurance ran out and was told I was cured.
In reality the pain was gone, but cured I was so not. I miraculously made it through my first pregnancy with no issues. Not sure how, my only thought is she was a small, petite baby not even weighing 6 lbs, at birth.
But not so for my second pregnancy, where I made it all the way to 39 weeks. It was a Saturday morning, when Lily decided to move onto my sciatic nerve. I had to be induced, because I once again could barely sit and then stand again without being brought to my knees.
After, I gave birth, I did feel better, but when she was about 3 months old, I had another episode. It was Lily’s Christening and I seriously had that same awful pain in my lower back yet again. Here I was supposedly to be the hostess for the after party that day. All I remember was mind-numbing back pain and getting violently ill from food poisoning from the restaurant we had the party from. Try having to vomit when you can hardly move. So not fun and I found my now chiropractor (thank god for him).
But since finding this chiropractor, I have found that I have curves in both my upper and lower back that have contributed to my back issues (something I truly had no idea about before this). He has truly helped in maintenance (I go once a week now for that), but I do still get my fair share of aches in my neck now more then anywhere else (occupational hazard), because of all the computer work I do all week long.
That is where I have been told a good pillow to sleep on a night can truly make all the difference. And I am a firm believer in this now, because since I have been using a proper pillow for this reason, I have been feeling some much better and much less pain, too.
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