Tuesday, 8 May 2018
So you may have realized that the content in this blog lately has not actually included riding my horse. There's a reason for that. Kachina is sound and healthy, but unfortunately I am not. I injured my upper back a few weeks ago and I can't seem to shake it. There's no serious damage, my spine and spinal cord are intact and functioning. Best diagnosis we can come up with is that my back was tight from my computer job and then when Kachina jerked her leg in a certain way while I was cleaning her foot it pulled the muscles and made them angry (super scientific anthropomorphism, but that's basically how my physiotherapist explained it). If it was just muscular I should have been good in a couple days, but my nervous system got involved and so I have nerve pain when I move but also when I sit or lie down. It hurts when I do too much but it also hurts when I do too little, it's really hard to find the right balance. Some days are better than others but it's not going away completely yet. I had to miss a couple days of work when it was really bad and there were some days I couldn't go anywhere (partially because I couldn't drive if I couldn't look left). Some physio treatment and some kinesiology tape have helped, especially with improving my range of motion but it seems to a certain degree I just need to wait it out. I'm physically and mentally exhausted from not getting good sleep for the last two weeks (night is the worst, I just can't get comfortable in any position). Suprisingly enough, running 10km felt easier on my back than sleeping. Since activity isn't bad for it, riding isn't 100% off the table but even I recognize that it's hard to protect myself from another unintended jerk when working around such large animals, so I've mostly been steering clear of the barn and not doing a whole lot when I am there. I'm trying to treat this right because I know way too many people with chronic back pain and I don't want to join that group. Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon, yesterday was a good day so fingers crossed. Has this kind of injury happened to anyone else?
Posted by SarahO