It started out like any ordinary Tuesday. Mad dash to get the boys ready for the day, fit in some work, and then head to my 10:30am Zumba Toning class. I ate a good breakfast and was really amped to get back into going to the gym daily. About fifteen minutes into Zumba Toning, I was doing a dance move and when I landed I heard a loud snap and crunch. It felt louder than the reggaeton music that was playing. I tried to take two steps and collapsed to my knees. I was in so much pain, a lot more pain than my last back injury. The instructor stopped her routine and came to my side. Tears welled up in my eyes and pride got the best of me and told her I was ok. Another woman asked if she could help and I said no. It took every ounce of my strength to put back my Zumba sticks in the equipment closet, grab my water bottle and cell phone, and walk out of the gym.
By the time I was in the parking lot, I was full-on crying. Every step felt like agony and I was walking at turtle speed. I saw two of my son’s friends’ moms in the parking lot and they immediately yelled if I was ok. I said yes. Again, with the pride. It took me a minute to try to sit inside my truck. I called my husband who was thankfully not travelling this week to meet me at the local chiropractor’s office. I am thankful that the chiropractor’s office was less than 2 miles from the gym because driving was painful. Unfortunately the chiropractor’s office was closed so we called my general practitioner and she was able to fit me in.
The entire 40 minute car ride I was writhing in pain and all I could think of was my sons. I could not feel my legs but I could move my feet a bit. It felt like I was on pins and needles. Every worst case scenario played out in my mind and although I had the support of my husband, I think I remained strong because of my sons. My GP wasn’t able to do anything but a quick exam, prescribe meds, and tell me to rest. She said that if my legs were tingly to go to the ER. Yes, my legs felt like they were asleep which was the scariest feeling.
We went to the ER and the entire staff was amicable and professional. They gave me shots of painkiller and muscle relaxants which helped the spasms subside a little. I was still in a lot of pain. X-rays showed no breaks but the attending physician said it looks like I tore a few muscles and probably had a pinched nerve. This is an excerpt from the paperwork from the ER doctor:
Back pain is usually caused by an injury to the muscles or ligaments of the spine. Sometimes the disks that separate each bone in the spine may bulge and cause pain by pressing on a nearby nerve. Back pain may also appear after a sudden twisting/bending force, after a simple awkward movement, or lifting something heavy with poor body positioning. In either case, muscle spasms is often present and adds to the pain.
I have been following doctor’s orders by staying in bed for the first few days. I have been sitting and walking around the house. It’s been hard to get comfortable and for the most part, laying on my side or on my stomach gives me some comfort. I also have been applying ice packs and heating pad. Today (Friday) I feel slightly better than the day it happened. I am taking it easy.
June is a crazy busy month for me and I am hoping to get back on track. Next week I have an appointment with an orthopedist and pain management physician so I will know more then. In the interim, I will listen to my body and REST.