6 Lies People With Chronic Pain Tell And 7 Truths They Need You To Know

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Pain, sculpture by Antoni Madeyski, photo courtesy Vert, Creative Commons

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

This summer Keeper Hubby and I did something we have done at least ten times during our marriage. We prepared for another surgery for him. He’s been diagnosed with a condition called degenerative disc disease. No one knows why he has developed this condition at such a young age: it first showed up when he was about 32. Continue reading

Healthy Writer Wednesday: Is Your Writing A Pain In The Butt?

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Today was one of those great writing days. I did some research, discovered a few more history bits I want to try to incorporate in my story, and sketched out several scenes. Tonight I get to go to my local writers’ group. The writing universe aligned. I’d be in writer heaven if every day went like that. I’d get so wrapped up in writing I would stay at my desk, butt in chair, sipping tea and writing. There’s a dark side to this universe, however. It’s a pain in my *ss. Literally. Too much sitting and the dark lord of nerve pinches shows up wielding the Sword of Piriformis. Sword of Piriformis? Sounds like a cheesy fantasy movie on the Syfy Channel.

In reality the piriformis muscle is a small muscle that runs from the tailbone to the outer hip. If this muscle becomes tight, shortens or cramps, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Pain increases when the muscle contracts or when sitting for extended periods of time, otherwise known as a pain in your keester. Sitting is an occupational hazard for most writers. We sit a lot. Unless you write like this:

What can you do to avoid piriformis syndrome?

  • Check with your doctor first if pain persists
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain good posture when standing and sitting
  • Lift objects using your leg muscles, not putting pressure on your back
  • Take breaks if you sit for a long time – set a timer if you have to and go for a stroll around the home, office or yard
  • Get a massage if it fits in your time and budget
  • Gentle stretching of the muscle can keep it from tightening. Here’s a simple stretch to do:

Take a butt break and avoid the sword.

Question: Do you get so involved in writing you forget to do things like move or eat? Any tips on how to keep flexible without cutting in on your writing time?