Re your health, social networking giveth—and taketh away

I didn’t get much sleep last night. After throwing my back out the night before, and things worsening throughout the day, I couldn’t find a position that would make the pain go away.

At six this morning, I decided to throw in the towel. I’ll get out of bed and make some coffee, I thought. But as I tried to sit up, an excruciating surge of pain went through my back. I knew right away I’d need to see a professional. But where to find one? I didn’t know. That’s when Facebook came to mind.

It took a long hot shower to relax my muscles enough so that I could plug my MacBook into the wall. I popped open a browser window and went straight to Facebook. I clicked on status and typed, “Can anyone recommend a good chiropractor in New York? I threw out my back…ouch.” I clicked “share”. It was 9:38a.m. A response, from a Facebook addict and very dear friend, came three minutes later. It consisted of a name and telephone number, and nothing else. I called and made an appointment for 11am.

On my way home from my chiropractic session, I thought about how—and whether—this would have happened without the world of online social media. I know I wouldn’t have trusted a name I found in the yellow pages. I would only accept a recommendation from someone I knew, and so I’d start calling people whom I thought might have used a chiropractor before. If the process yielded anyone at all, it would certainly have taken a lot longer than three minutes, and I’d probably still be in a lot of pain now—perhaps with an appointment a few days down the line.
Before the chiropractor did any adjusting, he asked me to assume my natural posture while he walked around me, observing. He correctly surmised that I spend a lot of time in front of a computer. He told me that my head position was forward and down with my shoulders rolled in, altogether a proven recipe for back problems that are frequent among heavy computer users.

So there you have it, one of the ironies of modern life. Social media contributed to the problem—back pain—for which I sought out medical attention, but it also provided me with the means of finding a solution. I’m not sure where to go with that. I’d probably be healthier if I threw my computer out the window and moved out to the countryside. But of course then I wouldn’t be able to find a highly recommended real estate agent.

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  1. October 20th, 2010 | Mulk says:

    Haven’t we talked about chiropractors before? You know how I feel about them. Oh well, I suppose if you feel better I”ll let that one go. Feel better!!

  2. November 5th, 2010 | Dennis Pyritz, RN says:

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  3. November 5th, 2010 | Loretta says:

    Hi Hon, Hope your back is better and you are pain free. The entry was 10/14 so you should be on the mend. Did you dress up for Halloween? I was a witch – I am a witch every year because Joslyn and Jason gave me a costume one Christmas. This is a crazy way to communicate. I don’t even understand what is going on – who are all the cute girls or don’t they belong on your blog? So sorry I missed you at J’s I arrived two minutes after you left. Love you, L

  4. November 7th, 2010 | Duper says:

    Hi L! We’re going to have to have a little technology update! Sorry to have missed you in LA, my dear. Let’s be in touch. Love, love, love. Ciao!

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