I must confess that my back has not been entirely right for some time. But I realise that the tension across my shoulders is most likely to be Parkinson’s-related, and I know that it’s something I’m probably just going to have to put up with. But a few weeks ago, something happened to my lower back – it may have been related to moving a big box of books (or it may not) – and I started getting sharp pains, when I leant at a certain angle, that were totally different.
I tried waiting for the pains to go away. I tried mild pain killers (paracetamol, ibuprofen). Still there. Painkillers had little effect. It seemed to get better as the day wore on and I went about my usual activities. Exercise seemed to help – but not running (too jarring), and I didn’t fancy cycling either (too fixed in a bent position). Walking good. Yoga OK, mostly. Housework quite painful. Painting (pictures), thankfully, quite acceptable, but probably not beneficial with respect to my back.
But the pains still came back. So yesterday I went to the doctor’s. The chap I saw is very agreeable (almost overly so; you suggest a cause and he says yes, that’s probably it. Must stop putting ideas in his head). He gave me a prescription for co-codamol (paracetamol with codeine) and some cautions about using it, and suggested swimming. Oh, and he agreed that being distinctly lopsided and stiff with Parkinson’s has probably inhibited the natural recovery. Probably.
Must make time to get to a pool. I know he’s right about that one. Even without the back pain.