Mediterranean back refers to southern European immigrants who regularly claimed back problems and went on to injured workers benefits and compensation. I wish it was that easy.
With some smugness, not so long ago, I mentioned about my siblings and their sporting injuries that are nagging them in the older lives. Me, not being at all sporting, does not suffer from such injuries.
And then something happened. I arose from bed and felt a pain shoot down my right leg. Five weeks later, it is getting worse. I have been to my doctor who gave me anti inflammatory medication and recommended physiotherapy. I attended physio and was recommended some exercises, which I have been doing, and given some manipulation. No more than ten minutes sitting at a time, a bit hard in my life.
A week later for my second physio session, it was pointed out to me that the pain no longer was shooting down to my calf, but only in my thigh. This is a good sign.
I asked Bone Doctor about it and she said, about seven weeks is the correct time to heal with care for yourself.
Seven weeks later, it appears to be getting better but is far from gone. The worst is getting in and out of the car and driving is not too great either. Sometimes it almost seems gone, and then I get a stab of pain from the lower back to my thigh. The physio wants me to make a Work Cover claim as she sure my job is aggravating the problem. She also want me to take two weeks off work. I do have holidays in a couple of weeks anyway, so I shan't bother with the claim even though she wants me to take time off immediately. I am probably being foolish about this and possibly should have stopped work earlier, but I do hate a fuss.
It seems I have one of the pads between discs squashed out. Who knows why it happened. I don't. The physio cheerfully told me it will never be quite right, but manageable.
Worst is, here I am telling you about it and I am sounding awfully like my mother.