Marx wrote:When I’m pushing it, my ribs sometimes ache a little from the excessive breathing I do.
I certainly wasn't pushing it on Sunday. It was a comparatively casual ride.
But I still have a dull ache to my lower ribs, and especially around to my back.
Yesterday I had to take surgical strength pain killers for my back muscles. The thoracic region. Because I coudn't even lay in bed for 5 minutes from the discomfort which would turn into pain. The painkiller permitted me to get some sleep. But in the morning, just getting up for a whizz. I was barely able to finish it before my back seized up again and I was about to collapse from the pain. Am still in bed now. Have lined up an appointment with my GP for Thursday (earliest I can get), though am hoping it all goes away, or subsides by that time.
I’ve got a case of old-man-back, but ironically riding a bicycle makes me feel better (compared to resting up for long periods, lounging etc). I find that light floor exercises, closely resembling palates are a godsend.
I fear taking tablets for soreness, sometimes it’s good for your body to tell you that things might need some consideration.
I’m not 50 yet though.
I've had lower back pain before too, and in fact have a now fusing herniated disc between L5S1. But this pain is much higher up. It's the lower half of the thoracic region. Having had chronic lower back pain I know about taking it easy, proper lifting, and the benefits of light stretching and exercises. And sometimes if I know I'm going to need it I will pop a dichlofenac, to relax my muscles, particularly the involuntary ones, so they don't seize up on me and have me bedridden for a week. But otherwise I too avoid or prefer not to take unnecessary meds. For instance it is with regular exercise that I have kicked my hypertension meds, and cholesterol meds, and even rediagnosed as not diabetic. But I also know I have limitations, and my back can put me in bed for weeks if I don't take care of it. Up till now it was the lower back. So the thoracic has caught me off guard and I must admit is worrying me. I don't want to pop a disc there too. Today, when I was upright, my right thumb started tingling. The nerves for the digits fan out from the upper thoracic region. So am going to take it very carefully till I see the doc. Afaik, functional exoskeletons are still a way off in the future. But what caused it?