Recently, we went to Lake Livingston for a family vacation. I’m not a “camper” so we rented a cabin on the water. The vacation was fabulous! We were able to pack the 2 kids and dog in the car for a morning hike at the state park before it got into the high 80s. My husband got to fish. My son caught his first lizard. Our dog chased every bug she saw and my daughter chased the dog. Fun was had by all.
I was so tired at the end of the first day I couldn’t wait to get into bed.
As I’m getting into bed I realize they only have 2 pillows which means I’m not going to get the second pillow between my knees. At first I was okay but about halfway through the night my hip and lower back started to ache like crazy. I had to keep flipping sides to stop the ache. Thankfully it was vacation so I was able to sleep in for a little bit.
One of the natural consequences of the quarantine is that everyone sits so much more now. Even if you are normally an active person. If you live and work in the same place naturally sit more.
I’ve personally felt more stiff at the end of the day from all my sitting. After about 2 weeks of working solely from home I realized how uncomfortable my kitchen chairs are….they are not meant to sit in for 8 hours….
About that time of the quarantine, I got a call from Katie who was having severe lower back pain. “Why can’t I sit? I can't even sit for 5 minutes on my couch or in my recliner. I can sit for maybe 30 minutes on a hard chair. Why? “ Katie asked. She went on to tell me she had an intense tightness across her lower back all the time but after sitting for too long she had extra pressure on one side of her hip. The pain was better in standing sometimes but then it hurt to put weight on one leg.
We went to Fredericksburg a few months back for our summer trip. It was a little different with the COVID restrictions, no more wine tasting. Booo! But the beautiful scenery is still there. My son loved walking around the state park and staying in the cabin. So the trip was still fun.
I was telling this story to a woman I met at one of my kids' events when she looked at me and said “I’d love to go to Fredericksburg but I can’t sit in the car that long.” This of course started a conversation about her back. She couldn’t remember when the pain started since it started as an intermittent mild ache after riding a stationary bike at the gym. Eventually, she changed her workout to walking on the treadmill but the pain didn’t go away, in fact it steadily got worse. She finally went to her primary care when her back wouldn’t stop hurting no matter what she was doing….sitting to watch tv, standing in line at the grocery store, even brushing her teeth was painful. I asked her what the final straw was that got her to see her primary care. She told me she was not able to care for her kids the way she wanted. She had to ask for help for everything...cooking, cleaning, and the idea of going to sporting events was miserable. She went to the doctor feeling like her body was falling apart and that she was failing as mother and wife.
I asked how she felt after the doctor appointment. She said, nothing really changed except they ordered an MRI. That’s when the news got really bad.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald