When Back Pain Is Not Really Back Pain After All

For the last few weeks I have been suffering with some middle back pain or what I thought was back pain. After making yet another trip to the doctor, I now was told I have a dislocated rib. Fabulous….just what I need. No wonder it hurts every time I take a breath! So as you can imagine, I was told to rest, use ice and heat, and rest some more. I just had to laugh, me rest…can you even imagine? Ice and heat…sure….when I have time maybe. Again…I laughed even harder at this one.

Which meant after receiving this diagnosis mid week, my workouts became nothing. And to make things even more funny, we had already made plans for an trial run of sleeping in our SUV overnight while camping. And lets face it, if the good old doc would have told me that this would have been a bad idea I would of laughed hysterically at this one. So I decided not to tell him our plans….and continue on with this fun adventure. More on this later in the week….

Here is what a week of pain and rest was like for me:

Sunday: 3 mile evening walk and a nine basket game of disc golf

Monday: 3 mile evening walk and an abdominal workout at home

Tuesday: crunches and 30 minutes on the recumbent bike

Wednesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, stretching

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday:rest

On the flip side of things, I did not cook dinner one single night this week. HOORAY!!!! My boys took over the kitchen and wow, can my son cook. We had chili rellenos for the first time ever. YUUMMMM!!!! He did a fabulous job and knows exactly what his mom likes.

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My husband made his specialty of bacon cheesewiches….which was one of his family favorites apparently, when they were growing up. Good…odd…but oh so good.

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And grilled brats and sushi were all on the menu for the rest of the week. It was great to be able to sit back and relax while someone else figured out dinner for once.

Here to hoping next week I feel better and can manage workouts and lifting kids all at the same time.

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A Speed Bump I Was Not Prepared For

I finally feel as if I am back on the right track again…..thankfully. As you all know we have been training for our desert trip coming up here shortly. Everything was going very good until I heard the dreaded POP and immediately it hurt to breathe more than I could have ever imagined.

Let’s back up a bit. Over Christmas break I was pretty excited about all the workouts I would get in without having to tend to my normal work routine, wife routine, mom routine, and so on. Obviously, we had a few family gatherings to attend with the holiday’s and all, but in between all that, I was seriously going to concentrate on exercise. We were at the gym and just finishing up our workout when I extended that last repetition and something popped. The look on my face must have said it all because my husband knew immediately something was wrong. He then replaced all the weights that we had out and we headed to the locker rooms. The pain was almost unbearable but it was my breathing that had me so concerned. Every breath I took was like someone stabbing me. After a few hours, a very gentle back massage, and an emergency phone call to my chiropractor to see if he could fit me in the next morning, I decided to the best thing to do was to just hold still and try not to breathe more than necessary.

The very next morning I met with my chiropractor and he knew immediately what I did. He told me I had a dislocated rib and that is why it hurts to breathe. Well then, I was shocked that this could even happen much less that he suggested that I let him try to put it back where it belongs!!!! Panic was my immediate thought. I can’t breathe without it hurting much less have him press on me without feeling like I may crack in half!!! So I sucked it up, laid on the adjustment table and he did his thing. I thought I was going to pass out, but when he got it to move it was immediate relief. Tragedy averted. I was able to move, breathe and only had soreness in my back for a few more days, but nothing severe. The big question I had was, will this happen again??? He said it could, to take it easy and not over do it……ha….apparently he does not know what we do for fun as a family:) I said ok and left thinking to myself, in a few weeks I am going to be rock scrambling in the Mojave Desert…..I hope that qualifies as taking it easy!

Then, just as the pain from all this was subsiding my husband decided to share his respiratory illness with me. So that made for four really bad days of sinus pain and headaches that ultimately made me best friends with my couch.

Today however I feel completely back on track. I had two great workouts last week and spent this past weekend in the gym both days.