Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bad Back Blog Break

So sorry for the lack of blog posts and for not visiting everyone else's blogs as much as usual... I have been having upper back and right shoulder issues and finally went to see the chiropractor. Seems that the muscles between my shoulder blades have shut down! They aren't working at all at the moment and my upper shoulder muscles are in over-drive. This all has caused my right shoulder to become slightly dislocated. Dr. feels the cause is most likely from working at the computer for long periods of time. Ugh! So, while I work at trying to get myself back in good working order, I am taking as much of a break from the computer as I can... cutting down temporarily wherever it isn't absolutely necessary.

I have new things I want to share, (the Spoonflower fabric I ordered is on the way, plus I have a new quilt with a new look, in the works). So, I hope to be back soon. Till then, take care!

27 comments:

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

Oh jeez. My right shoulder has been hurting a lot these days too and now I'm wondering... hmm... yes, a break seems good. Be well!!

Jackie said...

Oh my, I sure hope you get better soon. I know what it is like not to be able to do the things that you love to do. So take care! Can't wait to see your new fabric.

Diva Quilts said...

Oh no! Well then, YOU take care of yourself and will look forward to seeing you when we do.

High Desert Diva said...

Ouch!

Take care Victoria...

RosaMaría said...

I'm sorry Victoria and i hope you better soon ... I have problemsto using the computer for so long (carpal tunnel), so always it's good make a pause.
a big hugh!

jacquie said...

oh jeez...that's terrible. take care of YOU!

Cheryl Arkison said...

You take care. Just don't call it a blogging injury!

nicolette said...

Sorry to hear about your injury Victoria! I’m not surprised! Dr’s always claim it’s from computer work and quilting. I always think there’s more to it, like things happening in your life.
All the energy you’ve put in taking care of Mo and your daughter being in London. Our bodies tell us when it’s been enough, don’t you think so?
Take good care of yourself! Enjoy some rest. We will be waiting for your wonderful posts!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Rest up and feel better! This sounds like an excellent excuse to cuddle up on the sofa and read a good book or catch up on some girlie movies (of course using the remote in your left hand, only :)

Blue Is Bleu said...

Oh goodness! I hope your shoulders and back feel better soon... I know how terrible back problems are :(

Amy C said...

oh yikes, sounds really annoying, make the most of your time away from the old pooter and enjoy it.
Wishing you a speeeedy recovery.

Jackie said...

Get well soon Victoria. Have a good rest and don't do too much work until you are better.
x

Heleen said...

Hope you feel shoulder is better real soon!

Colleen MacDonald said...

Don't forget to stretch every now and then while you're at work on the sewing machine, too! I have problems from hunching over my work too much!

Hope you feel better soon!

kelly said...

So sorry to hear about your back, Victoria. Take a break and take good care of yourself -- we'll still be here when you're healthy again.

Allie said...

Oh no - I hope you're better soon! I think you're wise to just stay away til you're better.

Fer said...

Oh no!! I feel your pain, especially as I have tennis elbow and my chiro has been working on it for weeks!

Get well soon. :)

Fog and Thistle said...

Feel better Victoria!

Beate Knappe said...

get well soon!

Stickers and Stuff said...

just thought... one of my favorite things for aches and pains is a soak in a hot bath with about 2 - 3 cups of Epsom salts. Also worth trying: compress of castor oil and a heat pad. Hope this helps.

Sew It Up! said...

Now you have a great reason to buy a laptop and lay in bed while you surf/work on the computer! :o) Feel better soon.




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picciolo said...

I hope your break does you a lot of good, hope you are back to normal soon
: )

Hey Harriet said...

I'm so sorry! Silly computer giving you grief and causing you pain. Computers are both a blessing and a curse! Rest up, take things easy and look after yourself. See you back in cyberspace when you're feeling better. xox

Kayla coo said...

Hello, I have back pains now and then and I feel for you, it can be exhausting.
Hope your better soon.x

XUE said...

Ow!!!...that sounds so painful! I have similiar pains too & sometimes, it is soooo difficult to stop & take a break even when you know you shouldn't continue sewing/blogging/typing... :( .
Hope you feel well soon so that you can go back to sewing/blogging/typing... :) .

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Anonymous said...

First, I would get a doctors opinion before trying it!, but I will tell you what worked for me.
This only applies to lifting injuries.
I was lifting long tree limbs and throwing them over the fence for about 3 or 4 hours. Then 2 days later I had lower back pain.
For the next 4 years or so about twice a year I would be putting on my pants or some usual thing and move just the wrong way and the lower back would slip out and I would be bent over and in a lot of pain for 2 or 3 weeks. Also driving or being in one position for awhile was painful. I went to a couple of doctors but they couldn’t tell anything on the x-rays and one gave a diagnosis ,but I forget the name of it, he described it as the problem Felix Unger had on the Odd Couple when he would bend over to get in the taxi and get stuck.
Anyway these episodes got closer and closer together, maybe 4 or 5 a year and I was getting desperate so I took desperate measures.
I theorized that what I did originally was overstretch the ligaments on one side of my spine and them being weaker would let the spine slip or be pulled over by the stronger un-damaged ligaments on the other side, then the spine would hit a nerve, the muscles would spasm and tie up, and then take 2 weeks to get back to normal. So my theory was to weaken the ligaments on the other side in the exact same place [or I’d have 2 problems!]and I thought I could do this because I knew what I did to get the problem. So I got a tree limb of same size and started doing the exact same motion with it as before only lifting it on the opposite side, opposite hand, and throwing it the opposite way. I started out slowly in case it was making more of a problem and inched up on it but it worked. No more bad back.
I don’t know what the long term consequences of having weakened ligaments in your lower back are but it’s been about 10 years now or more and so far so good.