Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When steroids are good

DEALING WITH A bad back or any chronic pain requires two approaches. The first in the mental outlook, where you can't let the nagging pain and the unending pressure on your spine get you down. Easier said than done, of course, and last night I let it get to me.

I've had to stand while giving guitar lessons and moving around helps. While teaching guitar I forget about my back and for the most part it's good, until I sit down by habit and then can't stand back up.

The other thing is to pay attention to your body, make sure you see a chiropractor and/or your doctor, and follow the directions when taking your medicine.

When my back goes out, I usually take a round of steroids called methylprednisolone. It's prescription-only and you take it in staggered doses - six pills the first day, five the next, etc., until they are all gone. It's worked every time, though I've had to do more than one round.

And, finally .... make your strong young nephew move drum boxes next time. Your back will thank you.

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