Once again, sorry for the long blogging absence. I’ve been a bit down.
It all started at the end of August. I woke up in the middle of the night with intense back pain. Terrible, terrible pain on the right side of my low back, heading down into my hip. I tossed and turned for the rest of the night, gulping ibuprofen and arranging my pillows in creative arrays to allay the pain. No luck. When the sun rose, I was still in pain.
Never one to do things the easy way, I went to work. It was painful, but doable. I told myself that things would be better the next day. They weren’t. Friday morning rolled around and the pain was even worse. Nothing if not stubborn, I again went to work. It was agony. At this point, sanity started to prevail and I cancelled the rest of my patients. (To everyone that had an appointment on August 30th, I apologize!!!) I made an appointment for a massage. It was painful, but after it I could at least stand up a bit straighter. For about a minute.
By this time, I had pretty much figured out what was going on. The iliopsoas is a huge muscle that runs from the lower thoracic spine to the inner hip. It is one of the major hip flexor muscles.
It’s a deep muscle, and pretty hard to treat. How I injured it is beyond me, but I suspect it has something to do with the nagging low back pain that I’ve been studiously ignoring and running through for the past 2 years.
At any rate, I spent Labor Day Weekend in a recliner. I ate, rested, and slept in it, as it was the only place I was comfortable. Come Tuesday, I was back at work, but still in pain.
It’s now 6 weeks later. I’m doing better, in that I can walk without limping. However, I still have pain. And it’s really, really aggravating. I’ll be starting physical therapy soon, so hopefully this will help. I plan to start swimming again this weekend, and I hope to begin slowly running again soon. I will try to take the advice that I give to patients after an injury- start slow and listen to your body.