I've had a rough week. I pulled something in my middle/low back doing - of all things - a seated forward fold. While relaxing into the stretch I felt a distinct "pulling" (for lack of a better word) right along my spinal column. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a tearing of anything, but it was definitely a release and not in a good way.
This event led to some pain radiating outwards from my spine. It has slowly gotten progressively worse during the course of the week. I've tried resting it and that helps, but as soon as I even mildly stretch the area, the pain returns just as bad if not a little worse than before.
In addition to the back pain, I've been experiencing pain in the tendons that connect my hamstrings to my sit bones for over a year now. I know this is a common injury in yoga and I've done everything I can think of to help the situation but I'm more than a little sick of it now.
These two things together prompted a visit to my doctor. She ordered X-rays of my back just to be sure that there isn't a tiny fracture there. (I really don't think there is, but I don't have the results yet.) She did say the entire area surrounding that particular vertebrae felt tight. She also ordered physical therapy, which is great. The negative side is that I can't get in until April 29. Not so great. I've tried visiting/calling other PT offices and they can get me in but they won't accept my insurance. Grrrr. I can't afford the out-of-network cost, so I sit and wait. And call my in-network PT office repeatedly to see if they get any cancellations.
This has added up to a great deal of frustration on my part with minimal practice. I waver between taking rest and trying to do what I can with modifications. Still, yoga is difficult without forward folds and even if I try not to bend deeply at all, I still seem to aggravate both areas.
All of this to say not a lot. Except thanks for letting me vent.