I’m in total rehab mode.
I got a little smart yesterday. After the massage, I used one of the Flexeril tablets for muscle relaxation. It helped me to sleep very very soundly. I felt like I had gotten all the muscles feeling better post massage, why let them get tense again. This actually worked, and I woke with an improved back. Unfortunately, I also awoke with a Flexeril Hangover.
I felt pretty sleepy. Luckily work was one of those odd days, where I had a 3 hour meeting off site in the afternoon, so I just had to tool through the morning. Despite my sleepiness, I found myself really addressing the Risk Assessment, which is one anxiety producing nerve wracking task. Maybe because I was kind of sleepy, I wasn’t able to put enough energy into the anxiety, and I just got the work done.
By about 10:30 my back had started to feel pretty stiff and unpleasant. At 11:15 I left work, and went to pick up some packages that had been delivered. The apartment attendant couldn’t find my package and I got a bit irate with her, so I realized that I probably am still feeling the back a bit.
Meeting went well. We enjoyed ourselves. Year end get together with an Ornament exchange. I got a Spode Santa. Not thrilling. But I was happy when the person who got my Vera Bradley ornament gasped in appreciation when she pulled it out of the box… It’s always great to feel like you made a good choice!
I was still kind of cranky. Headed back to work, and at this point, I was feeling all the little spots in my back, and also just general fatigue. Our office secretary is very annoying to me, and so I had to bite my tounge to keep my temper. I am pretty good at ignoring pain, but when it is severe, it comes out in bad temper. I did realize that I must be having a bit of pain, so I just kind of chilled out in my back cubicle.
I headed over to the gym and had a 6 minute conversation with the coach. He cleared me to try the stationary bike and I did 30 easy minutes on it. By the end the back was feeling, if you will, a wee bit HOT. My pain is settled in the Thoracolumbar fascia… and now also the glutes which have been contracting overtime to stabilize the rest of the back. I did manage 7 plus miles in 30 minutes.
I got off with a bit of difficulty and stretched the piriformis and then headed back to the PT area where my coach was dishing it out to his patients. I set myself up on the table and pushed the E stim machine over. He eventually had a minute and swiftly hooked me up and then placed an enormous ice pack on.
Post treatment, I did feel once again much improved. Recovery Mode indeed. I am looking forward to build mode.