Back in late January I tweaked my lower back muscles while playing ball hockey. It took more than a month to get almost back to normal. It was a long and often painful time that involved a lot of “taking it easy” (when possible), and doing lower back exercises and stretches. Late last week, not long after I had just started getting used to being more or less back to normal, my seasonal allergies started flaring up. On Thursday evening I was walking around the house, and I sneezed. While sneezing I felt the most awful pain in my lower back, and my legs almost came out from under me! Great – time for a few more weeks of trying to get over lower back pain.
It was only a couple weeks ago that I had a chuckle at the expense of Kevin Pillar, as he was sidelined during Spring Training by a sneeze. Turns out, sneeze related injuries can happen to you too!
It also turns out that this most recent back problem is different from before. The injury back in January was muscle pain, but this time it’s nerve related (an MRI revealed that today). This is probably going to take a bit longer to completely recover from. I’m not sure if I can blame the sneeze alone for the nerve compression that is causing the pain in my lower back and down through my right leg, but it makes for an interesting story anyway?