My aching back

My back, specifically my lower right side of my back, has been hurting for almost a week now. It started with a few twinges here and there and has steadily progressed to the point that sitting in my chair at work today is deeply uncomfortable.

At first, I thought maybe I tweaked something in my back from carrying around a certain kicky 28 pound person. And then I thought that I tweaked it from stepping off the porch funny.  And then I thought that maybe it hurts because I am fat and carrying too much weight (though, really, I’m not fatter than I was two weeks ago when it wasn’t hurting at all). Finally, I thought that I should just buck up about it and it would feel better soon.

Yesterday it started hurting regularly enough that I called in the services of that respected medical authority: Dr. Google.

According to the infallible Dr. Google, I had one of 27 possible ailments, ranging from pulled muscle to ectopic pregnancy to acute kidney failure. I was pretty sure it wasn’t that last one.

I finally broke down and went to the doctor today. I don’t know why I waited this long. I think I have an irrational fear of being a hypochondriac (which, I totally can be, sometimes. Say the word “thrush” to my husband and watch his eyes roll violently into the back of his head, an involuntary response to my diagnosing our son with that every other week for the 6 months I breastfed. Number of actual time the baby monkey had thrush? Zero.) and I don’t want to go unless there really, truly is something wrong with me. I think I forget I have health insurance or something and that you are allowed to go to the doctor when you don’t feel right and you don’t like get charged extra if you go in for something that would get better on its own*.

So, turns out I have a kidney infection and possibly a stone. I’m on meds and if I don’t feel better by Friday morning it is off to the CT scanner for me. I’m hoping it is just the infection, but I’ve had stones before so I know it is always a possibility that they’ll come back**. And then the real fun starts.

Training plans are kind of on hold right now until I feel a bit better. I might look for a late June rather than early June tri to do, we’ll see.

*Soapbox moment: I can barely watch the news these days without getting beyond irritated about the health care debate. We need a national health care system. Full stop. Other countries are right about this. We are wrong and our current system is a deeply flawed. We spend more money on health care per capita than any other developed country but we don’t have better health or longer lives. Health care should not be a for profit industry. Access to health care is a basic human right. No one should go bankrupt because they get sick. Amen.

** Sometimes people say the pain of kidney stones is comparable to the pain of childbirth. These people are either men or liars. Childbirth is way more painful, though the end result is much cuter.

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