Thursday, July 30, 2009

Computer Related Injury, Perhaps?

On Monday morning, as I was making our bed, pulling the sheets up, I felt a muscle pull. However, it was short lived and didn't bother me the rest of the day.

Later in the afternoon, after going swimming with friends and coming home to take showers, as I was towel drying my hair, I felt the muscle pull, and it didn't go away.

I've pulled some muscle in my lower neck/left shoulder and for the last two days, it's been close to unbearable. Last night in the middle of the night, I was up icing it, and crying it hurt so bad. After an hour of agony, I actually woke up Steven to try to rub out the kinks and knots.

This morning, both of the girls had dental appointments. As I was talking to our dentist about her recent back injury resulting from lifting her laundry basket, she suggested I go next door to the Chiropractor to see if he could perhaps work me in. He could! And our pediatric dentist was gracious enough to let me leave the girls in the waiting room of her office to finish watching the movie they started during their cleaning.

The chiropractor took a couple of Xrays and should me the scoliosis in my spine that I was diagnosed with when I was Hannah's age. He also showed me how my shoulders slant to one side due to the tension in my muscles. And the final xray showed how my neck is curving the wrong way. He asked a couple of questions and it was determined that how I prop myself up on pillows at night to watch TV in bed was causing damage to my neck and neck muscles. He adjusted my neck and did a couple manipulations and started the process of getting my muscles back to where they should be.

This evening as I write this, I'm still in pain and discomfort. But I do feel the visit with him this morning helped. I actually see him again in the morning for another visit.

When I was telling my Mom and good friend, and even later this afternoon when I was telling Steven about how the Chiropractor said about watching TV in bed, all three of them were willing to bet it's how I sit at the computer and how many hours I've been spending at the computer.

When the television season ended back in May, Steven and I began going into the office in the evenings after the girls were in bed. Him on his computer, me on mine. We've watched very little TV in recent months in the evenings, we've found things on our computers to keep up busy - online games, catching up on blog readings, etc, etc.

So for the time being, I'll be trying to stay away from sitting great lengths at my desktop computer - and will get back to being familiar with our laptop, which is what I'm writing this post on this evening.

Here's hoping for a much better night, and a successful appointment at the chiropractor in the morning.

1 comment:

Liz said...

ouch! Praying for your boo-boo's to feel better quick!