Monday, June 12, 2017

Have You Ever Had A Reason To Sleep Sitting Up?

We still haven't moved Beth downstairs to her apartment. I recently spent a lot of time on my feet at work, then came home and painted the daylight basement.

My back was not happy.
(I was hit by a car when I was 12 and injured my spine.)

I've been in so much pain lately, not able to sit, stand, walk, lie down. The pain has been excruciating. 

It started about 3 weeks ago and I went to the doctor and was told that my spine is very stiff and the surrounding muscles are "white knuckled" they're so tight. I'm now seeing a physical therapist and am using heating pads to relax the muscles.

I've spent the last two weeks trying to sleep sitting up on the couch. When I couldn't sit up on the couch any more, I'd try sitting up in Chuck's recliner. Chuck even brought in one of our lawn chairs to see if that was any better. It helped temporarily.

I haven't been able to move without intense pain. I've had back pain my entire life but it usually subsides after 2 or 3 days but we're going on three weeks now. And this has been the worst back pain I've ever had. 

Chuck's been doing the cooking and grocery shopping and Beth's been doing a few extra chores.

Three weeks!

But last night I think I turned a corner. I was able to sleep in our bed and woke up without too much pain! I'll continue to see the physical therapist for a few more weeks but I think I'm on the mend. Hallelujah! 


Kristin said...

Ugh. Back pain is the worst. So sorry you're dealing with it! Hope you're on the mend soon!

Caz said...

Sleeping sitting up reminds me of pregnancy and trying to manage heartburn. Or long overnight train journeys.
Have you tried lying on you front with a pillow under your chest, and your head up? Not to sleep, but it was recommended to me by a couple of physio friends when I had a back injury and it helped a little.
I hope things continue to improve.

Rebecca Jo said...

Bless your heart. that's just miserable.
My back flares up on me & I'd be lost without my inversion table. Hanging upside down & releasing that spine... feels like heaven.

Billie Jo said...

Oh, my friend...
I am so sorry!
Steve has had some back pain lately...
He has tried heating pads and sleeping on the couch!