07 12 / 2010
Hello back, where have you been?
I usually don’t like to post about super personal issues on my blog, but I’m curious if anyone else has bad upper back pains / repetitive stress issues like I do and what you’ve done about it?
Since post-college, I’ve had *terrible* shoulder/upper back pain, on occasion so bad that it would hurt to get out of bed. Some days that pain shoots through my right arm making it hurt terribly to type. Other days it’s just simply manageable but still there. Not to mention that without a good keyboard, there is just no way I could function in my line of work. It pains me to think that I’m only in my 20s, and I have worse back pain than my parents do. Does anyone else have this problem?
I’d seen a couple of doctors and have done some of their back stretches/exercises, but nothing really seemed to work. After struggling with this for 5+ years, I decided I needed to take more drastic action. I decided that I would force myself to go to a gym and pump iron every day until the problem went away (or until I had other pains to distract me :P). Well in just two days, amazingly it’s gone. I don’t want to jinx it, because I’m sure it will come back and be terrible again on some days, but just tons of repetitions of the weight-rowing machines has amazing results! I’m convinced that lifting weights (or rather the result of muscle strengthening) is a great cure to lots of aches and pains. Would love to hear ppl’s thoughts.