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A blog by Louise Gallagher

Oh my aching back!


My body, especially my back, has been sending me messages since long before Christmas.

I’ve been ignoring them. Well, not completely. I have been stretching and doing strengthening exercises, but mostly. Okay. Yeah. I’ve been ignoring the messages.

Until this weekend.

Then my body gave me no option.

My back ceased up. I could barely move and whatever movement I could make made me cry out in pain.

I ended up in emergency — mostly because there was some concern I was having a heart attack — given my age,  the fact the pain was radiating down my arms and legs, oh and I was crying.

I don’t cry. Especially when I’m in pain.

Don’t want the other guy to see me weaken!

Okay. Not an effective strategy and not all that useful for coping with severe Sciatica. Note to self:  It’s okay to cry when in pain.

Right. Got it.

In the meantime, my weekend was very quiet. My back is slowly mending and I am moving without grimacing.

And, bonus!  I read a trashy novel in between Netflix binging and lots and lots of sleep.

Watch out world!  Here I come.

Oh wait. C.C. has warned me to not get all enthusiastic about picking up the pace just because my back is only marginally sore.


Heed my body.

Heed my beloved.  He takes better care of me than I do!

For right now, I’m off to the Chiropractor and breathing deeply as I remember to treat myself with compassion and care, heeding the signals my body sends me.


Day is looking sunny and bright!












Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

14 thoughts on “Oh my aching back!

  1. Oh No….Feel better! And yes, listen to your body because nobody else can hear what you do.

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  2. it’s slippery out there … watch your step!

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  3. Louise, you will feel much better soon. A little muscle relaxant, some rest and then some new regular stretch moves, and you’ll be as good as new.

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  4. Sorry to hear. I’ve been fighting on/off back pain for years but in the last 6 months or so it has become more chronic. An xray showed arthritis, etc. all the lovely aging things. So yes stretching, exercises, advil…. Good luck!

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  5. Take care of your precious vessel Louise. Kindness and compassion go a long way … and a good chiropractor and /or acupuncturist. 💛🙏💛

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  6. Years ago I learned a couple of yoga postures/moves for sciatica which, because I have hips that tend to tilt (the balancing of sacrum that helps sciatica helps that too), I have used for years to keep everything even. If we can figure out a way for me to teach them long distance, I’ll be happy to help when you are ready to move again.

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