1. Let's start by stating the obvious: Back pain is just an unfortunate part of who you are now.
2. In fact, you wake up with back pain more often than not.
3. And it's an even less frequent occasion to go to bed without being in pain.
4. Once you've gotten close enough with someone, you spend all day asking them for a "quick massage."
5. Although what you really want is for them to jump up on your back and walk around a little.
6. You've mastered the art of self-massage.
7. You've dedicated so much of your life to doing stretching exercises to try to alleviate some of the pain.
8. You envy people who can slouch in their chairs all day without feeling any pain.
9. Although–in theory–you're a relatively young person, the pain makes you totter around like a grandparent.
10. You've thrown away tons of money on massages just for a few brief hours of relief from the pain.
11. You suspect that your mattress is to blame for your pain... and your pillow... and your office chair... and the sofa... and your shoes... and your posture... and... and... and...
12. Sometimes you need to bring out the big guns: creams, patches, packs, and medications.
13. And it's not only your back, it's also your neck, and waist, and everything connected to it.
14. You've started to consider the idea that maybe someone out there has a voodoo doll of you and they just keep jabbing it in the back with needles.
15. You've searched everywhere for the secrets to ridding yourself of back pain, but nobody has the answers.
16. And even though reading this post only reminds you of your pain, making it worse...
17. ...there's something nice about knowing you're not going through it alone. You're a part of a community*.
This post was translated from Spanish.