It was Thursday morning when Pickles the Dog was happily greeting me, I bent down to pet her and was subjected instantly to massive amounts of lower back pain. File this away in the tenuousness of life department.
Stuff like this has been going on with me for the last 15 years or so. Every now and then I hurt my back doing a simple task I've done a hundred times - like petting the dog. Or getting out of bed. Weird. I suspect, though I don't want to admit, that somethings going on back there in the old spinal column.
Thursday morning, Pickles and I were able to complete our normal 2 mile walk, but I felt pain with every step. Friday morning, I could not do the walk - we didn't walk much further than the end of our driveway. This morning, we made it around the block, about a mile, still pain with every step. Tomorrow I'll try to complete a normal walk with her. It's good for both of us.
Still feeling pain, but not as badly.
What bugs me about all this is how quickly things can change. You're just going on minding your own business and suddenly you're in almost constant pain. Just can't take anything for granted.
If this behaves the way things have in the past, eventually the pain will go away and things will be back to normal.
For some people the pain doesn't go away, and it's hard to imagine how they cope with it. Chronic pain is not something I normally deal with, so I guess I'll continue to count my blessings.