Monday, August 9, 2010

A Backsaver ...

I've spent the last ten days working on a story, which I'm probably a little more than halfway done with. I've been working on it a lot. I'm talking 25,000+ words in ten days. This also means I've been sitting -- a lot. I'm prone to having problems with my back and all this writing is really messing with it. I've been trying to move from place to place, so I'm not sitting too long. I've also been exercising everyday and trying to eat healthier. But even so, 25,000+ words involves a lot of sitting.

I get tell-tale signs when these spasms are about to hit. Not only do I feel the spasms in my back, but it runs all the way through my chest, causing pain and making me nauseous. As soon as I get that chest pain and nausea, I know the spasms are coming and there's no stopping them. I've been to the ER in the middle of the night because of this. Now I keep meds on hand to help me deal with it. I have to take a combo of three different things, just to relax the muscles, keep me from throwing up, and letting me sleep. And almost always, these spasms hit me in the middle of the night. Not today ...

I woke up at 6am with the symptoms. I was bummed because Rick is off work on Mondays and we planned on either kayaking or going to up Glacier, or both. I didn't want to take all my meds at 6am and be a zombie all day. I don't think I could handle it. So, I took some Excedin Back & Body and put my massager pad on my bed. Rick bought this thing for me recently. It's kind of rough and actually bruised my back at first, so now I use it with a blanket over it to lessen the impact. After about an hour, I noticed the spasms letting up. I'm still leaning on it, but it's helping! I can't tell you how happy I am because when these spasms hit, they're bad -- really, really bad. So, here I sit on my little torture pad, which seems to be doing its job. Maybe we can get up to the park after all.


  1. YIKES. I hope you feel better soon. Your back spasms sounds awful.

    On another note, 25,000 words in 10days?!?! Holy moly! That's serious writing. Good for you!

  2. I glad it seems to be working for you. Getting along without pills is always a good thing.

  3. First...congrats on getting a lot of writing done...

    I have a similar massage pad and use it quite often...there are times when it hurts to use it so I will have to remember the blanket idea...hope you made it to the park...and your back is feeling better...Hugs...

  4. I might have to get me one of those back massagers!
    Hope your back is getting better. Don't forget to do exercises specifically to help your back (and your abs to strengthen your core).

  5. ...."so here I sit on my little torture pad"...hahaha Not really funny, but you did make me chuckle there. I do hope you are able to find a way to get the spasms under control. I cannot imagine having to deal with all of the pain you do. Hang in there and keep writing!! Kick toosh!! :)

  6. That massager pad looks like a great idea. Thanks for posting this info, cause the longer I sit here, the more I'm going to need it.