Busting Your Buns, Literally
Yes, this is about the hazards of sedentary (pre)occupation. I have worked in front of a computer for about 25 years, ever since the desktop PC took the world by storm. First it was college papers and humble word processing. Like food processing, only different. Then desktop publishing, web programming and on to multimedia. The computer paid the rent, student loans and put food on the table for all that time. Who would have known? Gates for one, Jobs, Ellison, Zuckerberg and just a few others. Now we do everything with the computer, from banking to gawking. All day.
Less widely celebrated is the effect of all that sitting on one's posture. Not to mention wrists, eyes, weight and much, much more. With all that prolonged sitting, I recently sprained my rear end muscles and developed sciatica. Yes, I finally bust my butt.
You do not want to do this. Speaking objectively, Statistics Canada's 2006 report on Musculoskeletal Diseases give its top pain score to only this condition; acute low back pain. Speaking less objectively, there are not enough punctuation characters in all known alphabets to adequately convey the sensation.
At one point I inadvertently squished the sciatic nerve. I had always thought of "blinding" pain as being a poetic superlative, but one's vision does indeed go white when you do that. I was on the bed and landed on the floor. After deciding I may be partially paralyzed, I reached for my smartphone, mercifully close by and called the ambulance. The paramedics reassured me that I wasn't paralyzed and perhaps I did not need to wait for days in an emergency corridor to get confirmation. Oddly enough, I learned more from them about managing this pain than from the doctor, physiotherapists or nurse who had seen me a week earlier.Continued on the next page