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Oh, look who's here!

....which is what my osteopath will say today at 12.30 when l stumble in.

It's been 9 days since the 'dinner accident' where l pulled a tray from the oven and tweaked something, deeply somewhere in the lower back, and it's my first non running injury, but injury all the same.

I will see her rather than a physio, she dealt with it years ago and to her credit her charges haven't followed the inflation. I'm hoping to get it fixed as l simply need to run soon, it's terrible to simply faff around twiddling my thumbs and feasting on painkillers.

What l do doesn't help my lower back, and my body shape and height makes me susceptible to such problems. I failed to stretch as much as l should have done recently and it shows.

It goes to show the importance of stretching and strengthening exercises during rest days, do not skip them. I did. Maybe that's not the reason for this injury but it may well be.

Wish me luck, that lady will stretch me like a chewing gum... :)

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Try not to be too 'Wrigley'..hope it sorts out soon :)x

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Haha, she doesn't allow 'wriggling'. That plank of a therapist bed will bring memories. I dread when she says "ok, relax and take one looong deeep breath", before my spine gets detached from whatever holds it together. Oh dear.... ;)

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Well you do have the experience to know who is the most appropriate practitioner.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Thank you! It was a funny one. I thought I pulled the muscle when leaving the shower after the run, that's when the deep sharp ping occurred, but then remembered the oven and the tray from the night before when a much more subtle tweak appeared. Thinking back, with my experience, l shouldn't have done 15K in the morning, should simply have rested.

Never mind, it'll pass.

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It is strange how an injury can take as much as a day or two to cause pain.

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Hence 'listen to your body' mantra. And l do, especially when running, but this was a social situation, overseas visitors, wine, good atmosphere, brain was in relaxed mood. Yep, it can happen anytime.

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I had a tweak last Friday... but Sunday before the pain appeared...!! Trapped Sciatic nerve.. :)

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Ouch! And again, ouch!

I've just come back from the torture garden, the therapist suspects an inflamed disk in the lower back, it may be a week or so, at least, before l run. That injury was building up for a while and is not linked to running, she thinks. However, 15K run after l'd felt the first vague symptom must have aggravated it.

Here l am, ice on the back. ;)

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Oh dear... that sounds pretty glum... I think somehow when it is not running related it feels worse!

Apparently I can run gently with this.. walking and moving no issue.. just sitting and lying down!

Take care, and I hope it eases :)

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Yeah. The hidden beauty of this injury, and yours, is that moving actually helps but then you get tired, sit down and here comes the pain, haha.

It will pass, this is nothing compared to proper running injury carnage. Once you taste that, this is just entry level injury nuisance not worth complaining about. Except, it is equally *+*+** frustrating....

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Oh no Oldfloss! I am really sorry to hear this x

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Me too... sleeping is not fun! well not sleeping:)x

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Nope. It isn't. At first l looked like a crash test dummy. With approximately same level of movements.

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So sorry you have hurt yourself, and hope the osteopath gets you sorted out.

I hate it when we end up injured for silly reasons or doing banal domestic tasks. I'm always going on about it, but I had a comedy bum injury in the summer caused by slipping and falling heavily on my tailbone while mopping the terrace when on holiday. For several days I was reduced to walking like John Wayne straight after dismounting his horse, and taking post-op painkillers to be able to lie down and sleep at night. It didn't stop hurting completely for months.

Housework (or in your case, cooking) is dangerous. Just say no.

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Oh, l know that walk, lol. Mine at the moment is Kevin Spacey in Usual Suspects. I know my body and I don't think anything is trapped, there's just friction somewhere but it's still annoying, as you very well know.

Stay well!. :)

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Must be Reed Richards!

Yeah, stretching is a big must, certainly helps me, just wish I could sort out niggly knee, think that's arthritis though, I need to work more on strengthening that area.

Hope you recover soon..

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Cheers! Yes, I spend more time working on my knees and ankles so I've temporarily neglected the lower back. I can't remember those issues in my early twenties though....;)

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Ouch, I hope you got sorted :(

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It will be fine once the flare up is gone, won't be long.. I'm not pushing anything this time given that I've got PhD in Bad Decision Making. Lessons learned in my case. ;)

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Sorry to hear this mrrun , but at least you have a diagnosis and the osteopath hasn’t booked you in for a series of 12 sessions.....

Or has she, I hear the Porsche is looking a little dated 🚘

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Those machines date terribly! No, she reckons another session would be it, l won't have to juggle in Covent Garden to raise funds for this one. :)

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Ohhhh... all the best with your recovery. At least you know who to go and see about it. I swear by (or at) my chiropractor for my long-term lower back issues. I don't need to go often, but like you, I approach the therapist bed with trepidation and gritted teeth. She then says 'Take a deep breath and relax, let it go' - ha! I know what's coming! However, I walk out of there rather than hobbling, so all is well again. As you say, ice, time - you'll get there.

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Hehe, that's exactly how it was. My breath was taken away when she nearly dislocated my leg from my hip, before she pushed it back with all her weight while l was laying on the side, gasping, and questioning my existence. Not the cheapest torture in the world but, as you say, l walked out of there and had an uninterrupted sleep last night. :)

Lower back is a tricky customer that has been following me loyally for a very long time, every 2-3 years it would present me with a near complete shutdown. But in all honesty l am also guilty for forgetting regular stretches when all is fine. ;)

All the best!

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