My aching back!

May 25, 2017

aching-backMy friend, Valerie, knows a little something about aching backs and so do I.  Can’t tell you the number of young trainers I’ve tried to talk into catering to Boomers, who seem to have rampant back issues. But in their youth and innocence, they don’t see it. Boomers have the aches and pains and the means to get help. A market waiting to be tapped. And Valerie’s post, which she is gracious enough to share, is proof of that. So here she is, with a post about her aching back. And mine. And yours. Read on:

Aging comes with its share of challenges. Some we face head on, others we want to sweep under the rug and forget about them. However, when that challenge revolves around your health, you sit up and take notice. 2017 began with what I thought was an isolated incident. It turned out to be more than that…likely something I will be faced with for the rest of my life. I’ve come to terms with this and am okay with it because I’m confident that this is a hurdle that isn’t insurmountable. Today, I’m still golden…and this is my story.

Midlife and The Cane at My Bedside

23 comments on “My aching back!
  1. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing this brave and inspiring story. It’s nice to read that even when life hands you a raw deal, it’s what you do with it that matters.

  2. Chronic pain is the worst, especially chronic back pain. You never realize just how much you use your back – even when you’re just sitting down – until it’s painful.

  3. Vera Sweeney says:

    I have had back pain issues in the past, and I am so grateful that it isn’t a chronic condition. It is just horrible. =(

  4. Julia says:

    As a midlife trainer I see young trainers not always “getting” it. They’ll get it eventually, one way or another! Gentle movements, slowly strengthening those back muscles, doing what we can to push off the effects of other diseases (like degenerative disc disease)…I love working with people our age! Can we change our bodies as fast as we used to? Nope. Is it still important and worth it? Oh yes. Exercise now so that your 60s, 70s, 80s are better than they would be.

  5. Back pain is horrible! I see a chiropractor to manage my issues and it does really help. I hope you’re able to find relief!

  6. Heather says:

    My husband just got his back fixed from four years of chronic pain. He’s not a boomer, but did construction in his younger years and that can reek havoc on your body for sure. I’m glad he’s feeling better now.

  7. Marcie W. says:

    I can certainly relate! Between back pain caused by my monthly lady cycle, frequently sleeping in an odd position, and the occasional spasm, I suffer quite a bit.

  8. Jeni says:

    What an inspiring post! Chronic pain is something that I wish could be eliminated for everyone, everywhere, as it is not a fun thing to deal with at all. It’s so important to share your story with others.

  9. Joely Smith says:

    I am so sorry. There is nothing worse than pain! I deal with plenty of it every day. My mother deals with serious neck pain issues and is having surgery soon. Her back also bothers her but I think once her neck is taken care of maybe that will let up a little.

  10. Kim Acedo says:

    I see, feel, and hear the need, Carol. I served a baby boomer demographic as a trainer many years ago, and now as you know as a health and self-care for women in their 50s.

    I agree that more health professionals should enter helping this market. It’s much needed and much desired!

    Thank you for your post(s)!

  11. Pamela Leon says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, I constantly have back pains too and it´s awful.

  12. Dogvills says:

    Chronic back pain is definitely not fun and I’m sorry to all those who are suffering from this. This is so inspiring.

  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    Such an inspiring mindset to have even when you’re in the middle of such pain. It’s good to be able to have that kind of positivity whenever you’re being challenged by life.

  14. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their lives. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits.

  15. Rebecca Swenor says:

    There are so many people with an aching back. I know I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and I also have the degenerative discs in my neck too. Living with chronic pain is something so many do but yet we still push on.Thanks for sharing this story.

  16. Chronic pain is so real. I am sorry you deal with this. I get aches and pains, but not like this. I benefit from the roller, yoga and lite stretches.

  17. Lisa Heath says:

    I fractured my L1 vertebrae when I was 18 and have had constant pain since. It’s difficult to live with and it never healed properly.

  18. I don’t even feel like I am aging (I’m only 31) but I’ve been noticing my body is definitely getting older.

  19. Echo says:

    I feel her pain! Although, I do not have degenerative disc disease, I am dealing with major body aches and pains. I have had x-rays and MRIs. Now, I am getting injections in my backand hopefully they will help.

  20. Rosey says:

    There really are some issues that come with age that I’d like to sweep under the rug. For me it’s aching feet! Weird, I know.

  21. Dana says:

    I can relate to this, even though I’m a lot younger. Ever since my early twenties I’ve been dealing with chronic back pain that leaves me exhausted on a daily basis and generally unmotivated. It’s a constant battle with myself to not let it get to me and stop me from accomplishing my goals. Your post is very inspiring!

  22. E H says:

    I have only had back problems a few times. I sometimes sleep badly, or turn funny and sort of go out of order for a few days. It can be hard to move, sit or lie down – it is no fun! I would be a wreck to have a continuous issue, it must be quite uncomfortable, sorry you have to deal with this.

  23. Adaleta says:

    Pain really is terrible, it is an issue that is hard to deal with. Sorry you go through this.

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