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Oh My Aching Back!
by Pam Kumpe
01/15/05
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My twin was having excruciating pain in her back, causing stress, soreness and sleepless nights.

At my house, in my own bed, during those same episodes, I was waking up with my lower back aching, barely able to roll over in my bed, as my hip joint felt like it was locked into place permanently.

Jabbing, pangs caused me to wince, and I wished for relief, and it wasn't long before a shooting pain darted down my leg, waking me up at every turn.

Had I done something out of the ordinary, besides normal household chores and routine movements, like walking?

Nothing popped into my mind, and yet, my symptoms increased and the pain intensified and after losing several hours of precious sleep, I desperately longed for an answer.

On the morning of day three, I chatted with my sister telling her of my aching back!

What? What did she just tell me? She was dealing with pain, too?

She explained how she was headed to the doctor because SHE had an aching back, one lasting for three days!

We compared notes, the location of our discomfort and discovered - exactly the same, identical symptoms, twin pains.

Only thing is, she does have back problems on occasion, and I do not, so, I must be having sympathy pains for her!

By early afternoon, my sister had taken her medicine, from a prescription filled at lunch, and she experienced relief, her health improving by the hour.

It wasn't long before, I realized my back was not hurting, reaching for my leg, the soreness gone.

I was improving, too!

She was much better after going to the doctor and thanks to her; I was sleeping like a baby at night, again.

One of the perks of having just my twin see a doctor, was I didn't have the expense of the appointment, a nice benefit. Still she asked for a contribution toward her bill.

Now, I might have the ability to experience sympathy on some level, like sharing a pain or two with her, but parting with my money for ailment I cannot explain nor claim, is not going to happen in this lifetime.

Unless of course, she stops taking her medicine to black mail me, then I might reconsider.

Goodness, my leg is hurting now, oh, no it's my back. Ouch, my hip joint is acting up.

I can barely stand the pain. Iíve locked up and my left leg just went numb.

Twin sister, please take your medicine, swallow the pill, and stop that smiling.

I promise you will get the money, but do take OUR medicine!

Oh, my aching back!



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