- "I just get out of bed in the morning with pain, but feel fine by the time I am out of the shower."
- "I can drive to work and not be in pain until I get out of my car and try to stand up, but by the time I walk into the building the pain subsides."
- "When I am at my desk sitting and working I am fine, but if I am there for more than 25 minutes, I have pain when I try to stand."
- "I have pain daily that is constant, it's not so bad, except for when I drive in my car or sit at my desk for any length of time then the pain becomes sharp and runs down my leg."
Often we have pain or health problem and minimize it. Then we rationalize why there really is no health problem and only minimal pain. Over time, the problem seems to creep into our lives affecting us more and more. This "non-problem" begins to last longer, happen more often and at times becomes more intense.
Based upon the anecdotal patient complaints listed above, can you see how the last patient's problem really began where the first patient quote started? When do you know you are in crisis?
Before seeking help I recommend you try these 3 self care tips at home:
1. Use ice on the affected area for 20 minutes at a time Repeat 1x per hour.
2. Walk for 3-10 minutes. This often can create a pumping mechanism at the affected area and dissipates inflammation.
3. If your lower back hurts try simple stretching. While you're lying on your back, bring your right knee towards your right shoulder and hold for 10-12 seconds and repeat on the opposite side. Try this for 3 sets.
If the pain persists or returns within 2 weeks, you likely need some help and support. I recommend that you get to spinal problems early to avoid permanent issues. This way you can keep your spine -- which is your lifeline -- free and clear of nerve interference!