Ever since I set up my movie/reading room (the back bedroom with a wing-back chair and my DVD player and TV), I’ve been having head aches and back pain. Turns out, that chair is NOT good for long-term sitting. It took me a few weeks to figure it out. I thought it was just from sitting too long in front of the computer — my desk chair needs better seat/back support. Motrin has helped with the back pain, but the neck pain isn’t going away as easily — I hunch my shoulders a lot.
I haven’t been reading much as a result. I’ve gone back to laying on the couch to read — Friday was the first time tried. So far, so good. I lay in such a way, there is very little strain on my neck. However, sitting at my home computer is still too painful — I’m fine when sitting, but if my neck get stiff and I stand up, my head starts to hurt. The intensity and duration varies — a dull ache and I feel like I have a sinus headache which goes away after a minute or so on the low end, to a pounding that makes me feel as if my head’s going to explode and requires me to lay down until the stiffness goes away on the other.
I’m able to write this because I think I’ve finally found the right chair height that works for the table I’m using as a desk. I’m hoping this works until I can buy a new desk chair. I should also get a better chair for watching TV, but that will take longer. I’m going to do my best to post the weekly Spotlight On, but I’m not going to stress over reviews and challenges — now that I’m able to read again, I’m in the mood to read whatever I want, regardless if it fits a challenge.