It’s always there; sometimes in the open, sometimes hiding. For eleven years it’s been haunting me. I almost subdued it, but it’s not something that can ever be defeated. Once it has you, it holds on for the rest of your life. A year and a half ago it grabbed on again.
Oh, I’ve tried what they say – exercise, doctor visits, etc…but when you travel it’s hard to keep a regimen. Especially when you’re not super disciplined and easily distracted. A year and a half ago I started at Ground Zero again. Well, sub-zero if you count it effected me more this time and landed me in physical therapy and with a cortisone shot. Was even banned from exercise for a time because my spine was a scary zig-zag instead of straight. Funny how people still like you even when you’re not yourself for a time because of constant pain/uncomfortableness.
Have you figured it out yet? What is this life-long affliction that causes one to grow old faster than one should? Back pain. Car-accident-twice-over-aggravated-by-harsh-living-conditions-in-the-Andes-and-constant-world-travel back pain.
I have to say though, I’ve found chiropractors and masseuses around the world because of it; some good ones and some just “eh”. Best chiropractor so far was in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He had studied chiropractic in the US and Japan and – wow! – did he help. Ethiopia has found one of the best masseuses and she came today.
I suppose that’s why I find myself writing. Pain makes one do funny things. Today it finds me writing while I’m really wishing for a good adjustment to sort things out. Not bad, considering sometimes I wish I could go back and have a second chance at things instead.
So to my fellow pain sufferers – here’s to us! We do our best to live fully despite limitations. Cheers to a long and somewhat healthy life!
(….and if this started off sounding a little sci-fyish, well yes, I have been watching Dr. Who. 🙂 )