For a couple weeks now I have had some pain in my lower back. Its not a sharp pain, just a dull kind of ache. The muscles back there feel tight and hurt a bit when I stretch in certain positions. It hurts when I’m sitting at work for five hours, and I know my posture is crap. I’m not sure if the pain is causing the bad posture or the bad posture caused the pain. Whatever the case, it sucks not to want to sit down because standing is the only time I feel comfortable (hey, at least it burns more calories.) I don’t know if I need a doctor or a chiropractor or someone else, not that I could afford it if anything is actually wrong in my back and needs to be treated. Welcome to the world of the poor and uninsured – I avoid doctors even when I shouldn’t.
But after some googling, I’ve found out a few ways to “rest” my back and that I probably do not need to call a doctor (I will go to the doctor for anything serious, promise). I think a major cause of the lower back pain is the way I sleep. In the last year or so I started sleeping on my stomach, which is a bad idea for lower backs, unless you put a pillow under your hips. So now I need to change the way I sleep purposely so I sleep on my side with my knees bent, which is the best solution. How exactly can I force myself to sleep this way? I will have to find a way. I’m going to have to go to bed with pillows surrounding me until I get used to it.
Want to know what else I learned from googling? A recommended solution for relief for ongoing back problems is weight loss. Apparently being overweight can make back pain worse. So the solution is to lose weight, get muscles in better shape (especially core), and improve posture when sitting, standing, sleeping. All those years I thought my weight wasn’t affecting my health are over I suppose. Even if just a strained or pulled muscle my weight makes the problem worse, just like it does with everything else.
So the nice, relatively new back pain I have is just another reason to lose weight. Adding fuel to the fire of my motivation and certainty of one thing:
Being overweight is not healthy and it eventually will catch up to you.