For a lot of people with back pain they really do have the very simple dream of being pain free. But as life goes along many things get added to that, you realise that you can’t do certain things. It might be things in your job or just life in general. Playing the sport you want to or just playing with your kids. Being able to do simple things like get out of bed without your back screaming! Ironically you can be the one that everybody is relying on.
Your Invisible Pain
It’s tragic if people don’t believe you. Some people that do though and that’s really important. A lot of people go through life not being believed, because back pain isn’t visible. I remember it took many x rays, MRIs and eventually a spinal probe to show that my discs were slipped. By the time it was proven I didn’t really care because it had been so long coming I was only interested in getting pain relief. Some people go their lives without this though and even when they have had treatment they are left with the same result. It makes you skeptical.
This can lead to lots of compensations too. From lying on a back stretcher or some kind of device to wearing orthotic insoles for different leg lengths. Exercises that make little impact. Not to mention the things you do with your body to get through your day. So there is a huge fight within yourself to chase that dream of being pain free because it gets taken away in small parts that make a big impact.
My Dream Seemed Way Off
My dream started out as being able to row again, and that still remained as an undercurrent whilst I was recovering. But, it wasn’t real. It wasn’t as important as not having to take pain killers or not being able to walk without aggravating my back or it failing on me. It seems ridiculous that my recovery took place with alexander technique rather than a surgeon’s scalpel. Especially as I had 4 slipped discs. But the people who I meet and work with who have had the surgery don’t always think it was the best choice. But the thing that I really want to get across is that just about anyone can do it. Just about anyone can get pain free and you can do a lot of it for yourself.
So keep that very simple dream of being pain free, because it is possible for many of you. It would be great to hear about where you are on your journey in the comments if you like or share this story so that others don’t forget that simple dream is possible too.