Y'all may be familiar with my previous posts about my back problems and spending money to fix them. I've seen a doctor, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist.
For a while, my back was fine. I had my little aches, a little tightness here and there, but, hey, I sit hunched over a computer most of my days.
Well, for the last few months it's not been something I could just ignore. I wasn't laid out or immobile, but it was bothering me enough that I had to do something -- again.
But then I realized something -- this is my own fault. When my back stopped hurting before, I just got lazy and stopped doing all the things I was supposed to be doing to keep it that way. I stopped my stretching exercises. I stopped going to the gym. I spent more and more time sitting on the bed watching TV or hunched over my laptop, on the bed, watching TV.
And then, a knot of muscle clamped itself together beneath my neck, behind my right shoulder blade. And my lower back hurt all the time, whether or not I stretched.
So, what has this laziness and subsequent aches and pains cost me?
Thank goodness for my health coverage! I can say that. I've had X-rays and bloods tests done and didn't have to pay for them. I saw my primary care doctor who sent me to an orthopedist. He gave me two steroid injections (for the inflammation). My co-pay was $15, but I saw that bill. The total being submitted to the insurance company was over $700.
Then he told me to see a physical therapist. I went to see her yesterday. She told me to come in 3x a week for 6 weeks! That's $270 that I did not have in the budget. It's not outrageous, but...
I really don't have a choice. I could have been diligently strengthening my core and working out at the gym I already pay $65 a month. But no.
I could have continued to use my at-home exercise DVDs combining core workouts, Pilates and yoga, which I had been doing before I moved. But no.
Now I've got to shell out all that money to fix something that probably shouldn't have gotten this broke in the first place.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to do the stretches I was assigned by the therapist.