Monday, May 12, 2008

Lower Back Pain on Mother's Day

I've been flat on my back for about five days now. I'm not sure what I did, but my lower back has been killing me. I tried to ignore it for a while, but it's been pretty loud. For the past two days, I've been getting up minimally, like just to eat. The ice is helping, and I'm taking ibuprofen around the clock. I had a similar episode about two years ago, and managed to get long-term relief with some core strengthening exercises (Pilates). But, man, when a body gets to be 40 or so years old, it takes active work to maintain it.

I did get up yesterday and headed to the Hyatt for Mother's Day brunch. It's still the best Sunday brunch on the island, combining great food, beautiful atmosphere, and good company. But over the years, the price has gotten really high, and our family has gotten really big. So, we hadn't been for five years, or so. It was an opulent experience, and I even ate flesh from some formerly-living animals. (I don't want to say "dead" because that would be too graphic.) It was good. Savage, but good.


The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

40 or so?

How many years equals "or so?"


Marianas Eye said...

It all starts to fall apart around 40, probably sooner for pudgy wisenheimer soccer players.

Bilguun said...

Have you thought about wearing a SACROILIAC BELT (aka SI Belt) around your pelvis? What it does is that by providing the correct balance of resistance and resilience, the SI belt re-establishes the joint’s normal motion, thus relieves stress and instability at these weight bearing structures. The price of SI belts are in reasonable range these days, average cost is about $40 USD. I know a lot of people who wear SI belts, and I've read some astonishing testimonials about it.

There are many si belts out there, but Serola SI Belt seems to be the best one as far as quality, comfort, and price are considered. Check out their website for more:

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Hope it helps, good luck to you!

Marianas Eye said...

Thanks for the tip -- much appreciated. I'm willing to try anything at this point.

Tamara said...

Dr. Fishman...I had excrutiating lower back pain that started out of the blue and I couldn't seem to shake..I went to her for one treatment and my back pain was totally gone. I was amazed and pleased! Go see Dr. Fishman!

Jeff said...

Angelo talks about people's weight for similar reasons as those Republican toe tappers who gay bashed -- he's hoping we don't notice what he's trying to hide.

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