One of our faithful Webner House readers asked me today for an update on my back. The short answer is: my back is better, thanks for asking.
After suffering through several agonizing days where I hoped my back would improve on its own, I went to the doctor. Her examination led her to believe that it was simply a muscle strain, albeit a painful one — which is good news. She prescribed a few days’ worth of steroids and an anti-inflammatory that I take daily. I didn’t ask for any pain medication because I don’t like the loopy, lightheaded sensation that it often creates. The steroids and anti-inflammatories have worked well. Chalk me up as another satisfied example of the miracle of modern drug therapy!
The only real challenge for me is getting out of bed in the morning. The automatic rollover and twist motion that I use to put my feet on the floor seems to tweak my lower back worse than any other kind of movement. I’ve tried to be more cautious, but when you’ve still sleep-addled it’s hard to not engage in the same, routine movement that I’ve done every morning since childhood.