October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 15


In doing meditation, one of the things they always talk about is being mindful of your body and how it feels. Mine feels like its 80 years old. This writing stuff, turns out, is backbreaking work.

Seriously. I can’t remember a day when I didn’t have back pain. Most of the time it’s been upper back pain. But recently I’ve started to experience the joys of lower back pain. Heck, why let the upper back have all the fun?

And it’s all because of writing. Actually…scratch that. It’s all because of sitting. I like to sit while I’m writing. I’ve tried that standing desk stuff that’s all the rage nowadays, and I can attest that it really does help relieve back pain. But then my knees and hips started aching. So I figured, if I’m going to be in pain either way, might as well be in pain whilst sitting.

The problem is, I don’t know how to do anything else but write. If I’d have known it would end up causing me so much pain, I would’ve chosen another, less physically taxing career, like…um…well, I’m sure there’s something else less physically taxing. There has to be, right?

I think I’d enjoy doing something completely different. Something where I actually broke a sweat, got my fingers dirty, and finished the day with some tangible proof of my labors. Just today I walked outside to start my car, and some guys were across the street, in the middle of a rainstorm, building frames for a brand-new sidewalk, and I thought to myself, “Boy, those guys sure are dirty.” Then I went back inside and took a nap.

I doubt I’ll ever solve this back pain issue. I’ve tried it all—massage, chiropractic, acupuncture…you name it. But unfortunately they only work if you experience them regularly. And more unfortunately, they all cost money. And I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but writing isn’t the most lucrative of careers. At least not when you’re writing stuff like this.

So I guess I will just have to suck it up and work through the pain. My readers (all 3 of them) are counting on me. And, back be damned, I’m not about to let them down! ~


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4 Responses to "October Mindfulness Challenge – Day 15"
  1. Once again…Great writing! Back pain and all! For that lower pain…I do stretches in bed…yep…no hard floor for me. Don’t sleep on your stomach…that puts pressure on those lower disks. Lay on your side…you can switch back and forth whatever is most comfortable. Then pull one knee up towards chest…whilst the other leg you extend down like you are pushing brake pedal all the way. Do that several times. Switch the position of your legs and repeat. You will feel those joints in lower back lining up. I had 2 spinal injections 3 years ago. They helped a lot and I was told I would need surgery and more injections. I haven’t needed to. I do these stretches in morning before getting out of bed and at night. Best thing you can do them in your jammies under the warm covers, what could be better?

    Hope this helps Val!

  2. Val – I enjoyed reading your article, but feel sad that you are having so many problems with your back. I too have had problems with my back several times in my life. As a teenager I had problems with the neck and upper back and a chiropractor helped me. In the 90’s I was working as a volunteer at the school and I went to lift a box and I had severe pain in the back and I had to hold onto the wall to leave the school and did not even know if I could get into the car and drive home. I was in so much pain it was hard for me to move at all. I prayed about it and felt like I was suppose to go to this chiropractor. He did x-rays of my back and when I saw them I realized why I was having all of the pain. He saw me initially every day and then it was spaced out. When I first started to go to him I thought that I was eventually going to be in a wheelchair. I was not able to even sit in a stuffed chair without severe pain. The winter Olympics were going on and as I was watching all of the events I was thinking they are doing all of that and I cannot even move an inch without pain. Through the years different ones in the medical field have told me of exercises and different things to do and not do to relieve the back. I know that walking and swimming have strengthened my back. I was told when I had lower back pain to put a pillow between the legs at night to take the pressure off and to watch to not carry a lot of weight like a heavy purse on one side of the body. Pray that God will heal you and give you His wisdom.

    • Thanks for the advice and your kind words, Martha. It’s certainly been a nagging issue for me. Hope all is well with you!

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