My lower back is starting to feel better. However, now I am experiencing pains in other areas. My gluteus maximus is extremely sore. My rectus femoris, the muscle at the front of the hip, aches. There is some soreness around vertebra Th3, and a crick feeling in my neck around vertebras C5 and C6. My body generally aches.
This isn’t all that unusual after a back strain, at least not that unusual for me. It goes directly to the interconnections of the body. When the lower portions of the latisimus dorsi and the upper portions of the gluteus gave out, other muscles took over. My rectus femoris muscle, the muscles at the front of the hip, had to pull double duty in order to help rotate my pelvis forward and under my spine. My upper back would tend to slump a bit, helping to center my weight over my pelvis and thighs. My thighs had to pull double duty to help keep everything balanced.
Now that my lower back muscles are feeling a bit better and starting to pull more of their loads, the muscles that had to take up the slack are starting to shout out that they are tired of the extra work and they want to take a break.
It is amazing how the body takes care of itself, how it automatically finds ways to shore up weaknesses. There is a price to pay for this interconnectedness. But there is a benefit that outweighs the price. You get to keep going, perhaps slowly, perhaps painfully, but you still get to keep going. The price is that healing often means a double healing process. The original error must heal, and then the back up systems must heal. But that is a minor and worthwhile price.