- Not going to the gym (I blame the new baby)
- Internalizing work stress (I can't seem to find anyone to blame here, but I'm still looking)
- Falling asleep in a terrible position in a terrible bed (ironically while trying to read my toddler to sleep).
Didn't work, of course. Doc gave pain killers, and relaxers. So, for literally five days, I was in a foggy, bedridden state of rest and pain. Lots of nerve pain down left arm and shoulder blade/back.
But also some fun! I'm now totally rested, caught up on movies, I get not to lift heavy objects, and I'm slowly recovering. I'm working, but fade fast in the afternoon. No long term damage I feel though.
Back issues are so complex! Some many variables! And while it all feels physical, there's so much psychology around them.
If you ever get this kind of thing, rest early, rest often, and hydrate. I made it last longer then I should have. Now I'm walking slowly to loosen things up, and taking lots of hot baths. When I'm not injured, I'll work on stretching and the gym. But the last thing you want to do with a sprain is stretch it!