Category Archives: Hiking

A Baseball Bat to the Lower Back


On Friday, we packed up our bags and headed north to my parents house for the night. As usual, we arrived after midnight. On Saturday morning we got up early and after a delicious homemade breakfast (thanks, mom!) we leisurely pulled ourselves together and reloaded the car for the drive to Red Hook, NY to visit Andrew’s Aunt Kelly, Uncle Burt, Grandmother, and a few other friends. We made the drive up in about 4 hours. I’ll write another post about the trip and all the wonderful food, conversation, people, and times we spent, but the purpose of today’s post was to talk about back pain. Everybody gets it, right? This morning was bad. Well, I guess last night was bad too. I didn’t sleep exceptionally well (and not from lack of exhaustion). I was super tired, but woke up a bunch of times with a super-stiff back that felt like I had been assaulted with a baseball bat in my sleep. I slept on and off through the rest of the evening, but this morning I didn’t think I was going to be able to get out of bed. Is it possible that someone actually did take a baseball bat to my back while I was asleep? Probably not, but I was positive that is what happened.

I did manage to get out of bed without too much pushing :0) and Kelly and Burt so wonderfully brought us breakfast sandwiches and coffee from the diner. We scarfed them down and decided that we would take Franklin for a long walk before we all headed to brunch/lunch. Kelly and Burt suggested going to Poet’s walk which is nearby and is a nice little trail leading down to the river. I have to admit, I didn’t want to go. My back hurt too much and I was really tired. That combined with the looming stress of trying to get A TON of grad school work done that’s due over the next 7 days was just too much. Well, I remember reading a bunch of articles on blogs and medical sites stating that exercise is supposed to help with the pain caused by ankylosing spondylitis. As I mentioned previously, I still haven’t had my follow-up appointment with my doctor, so I haven’t yet gotten all the advice, but I figured I may as well try something… and at least get some exercise.

The walk ended up being a lot of fun and a relatively flat 2.5 mile loop; the weather was gorgeous and it at least felt a little like my back loosened up or relaxed a tiny bit. Maybe it was all in my head, but even it was, I’ll take it. The hike was a lot of fun and it was nice to get outside for a little while. I really hope that I get some good advice and pain meds on Wednesday…mostly because I’d love to NOT feel like a baseball bat just went to town on my back.