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Having gone through the cycle of back pain many times, I felt like posting this handy chart to aid in discussion:
|1||tweaks a bit||“oh”||stretches and strength exercises||careful lifting|
|2||twinges more often||“hm”||stretches, careful strength exercises, maybe ibuprofen||no lifting or bending|
|3||angrier twinges, aches most of the time||“not this again”||careful stretches, ibuprofen||no smiling or fast movement|
|4||constant ache and some stabbing||“oh no”||ibuprofen, cyclobenzaprene||no facial expression or unnecessary movement|
|5||strong pain whenever vertical and often when horizontal||“holy sh*t”||above + narcotics||lie and grimace|
Fortunately, none of these last forever. Unfortunately, that includes Stage 0.
When are we going to get artificial discs? I’d like a whole new spine, please. read more...
Clara and I wrote and recorded this for the Fall Creek Elementary School Talent Show, and she lip synced it with friends Ava, Clare, Grace, Nuala, and Tivona. It's a parody of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz - see the (child-inappropriate) video on YouTube. I think it has to do with the similarities between the two most virulent parasites of childhood: pediculosis and Top 40 radio earworms.