When to Question Your Pain

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CHARLOTTE – Last week I mentioned I hurt my back playing golf and would report to you how I made it better. Makes sense, right? I’m a massage therapist, that’s my job! This has become another lesson for me. I’m all about research, letting me see if I can fix it before I go to a professional, but sometimes one must be so in tune with their body, they ask for help.

Turns out I have a kidney stone. The last one I had was 9 years ago and I will never forget it. Fever, vomiting, extreme pain. It was horrific (no exaggeration). My doctor at that point said there’s nothing we can do so you’ll just have to wait to pass it. No pain meds, nothing. Can I say it feels like childbirth x 100. I didn’t get the connection this time having played golf and not having additional symptoms. I just assumed. My conclusion was that I must have a weak core (which I do.)

I did cupping on myself that did provide relief. I could actually work. I took ibuprofen (I’m not much of a medicine taker, and ibuprofen is hard on your liver). It helped. I stretched when possible.

Look, do what you can to make yourself better. If you prefer natural therapies go for it. But pain is not your friend. Pain is the red flag that is being carried to your brain by a freight train. Don’t ignore it. Seek medical attention when you truly need it.

-Lisa Lane is a 9 year licensed massage and bodywork therapist (#13098) in Mint Hill. To make an appointment, visit her website at www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com.

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Lisa Lane
Lisa Lane is owner and lead therapist at Massage Sanctuary in Mint Hill. She specializes in pain management and is certified in neuromuscular techniques. Lisa lives in Mint Hill and is currently President of the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club. She is an active member of the community and enjoys travel, family time and trying to be the best photographer ever with her camera phone.