My Back Pain is Managed, but I’m Looking Forward to Retirement

I probably should have picked a different job than being a masonry contractor in Arizona. When I started at 18, it was a lot easier. Thirty-eight years into it is wearing on me. I like being outside, but the Arizona sun can wear you out. My arms and legs are still strong, but my back hurts me so bad sometimes that it makes me weak. I keep seeing my chiropractor in Phoenix on an as-needed basis to keep me able to do my job without going home at the end of the day too sore to do anything else.

I grew up back east in an area where there was coal mining. Continue reading

Testing the Limits of the Body

On the rock climbing wall, I always like to push myself beyond my limits, for better or worse. There’s something inside me that always look for a challenge, and I’ll test my body to see how far I can take it. Often this results in injuries, but you can’t expect to get anywhere without a little pain. Things like leg cramps and sore elbows won’t stop me, but a back problem nearly did. I pulled my back while reaching for a rock on the wall, and had to come down. I eventually went to the Oceanside chiropractors for treatment.

Initially, I didn’t want to go to the chiropractor. I wanted to rest for a little bit and try to climb the wall again. I figured it was nothing but a simple cramp that would go away, a very painful cramp. But at time passed, the pain was still there. Continue reading