This is a brand new shot of my office at Chaotic Moon. The past year and a half, I’ve been working at a standing desk, but this morning I walked in, grabbed a free chair, removed the four screws from the legs of my desk that were holding it at standing height, and adjusted them down to a comfortable ergonomic height for me to work while seated.
Well, first off: there have been many positive side effects from working standing up over the past year and a half. All of the lower back issues that I had been having all but disappeared last year. My legs and ankles have grown noticeably stronger. My right leg has always been less stable since I tore my ACL playing football back in high school, and I’ve always been prone to twisting that ankle. Since I’ve been using the standing desk, I have gone from twisting my ankle to once or twice every month or so to it never happening. So that’s something.
However, the main reason I got into the standing desk fad, was to ensure that I was having good posture to help address the back pain issues I’ve been facing ever since I started having to carry small humans around on a regular basis. Last year I went through some steroid shots to the spine to address a compressed disk between two of the vertebrae in my neck. The shots worked and everything has been great since, until about a week before Thanksgiving when I suddenly had some pretty severe back pain again. I went to my spine doctor and discovered that the symptoms indicate that it wasn’t a return of the same disk pushing into my nerves, but the disk below that one in the next set of vertebrae in my neck, which had looked like it was trending bad, but not as bad as the initial disk last year. Now it’s flaring up. But not as bad.
Oral steroids were prescribed and they seemed to have largely worked. All the pain is gone 98% of the time, every once in a while I move my neck in a way I shouldn’t right now and there’s pain, and then there is some slight tingling numbness in my right hand’s pinky finger. I also am still having to prop myself up slightly at night so that I’m not lying flat in bed. I have a follow up appointment in early January to see about another dose of steroids or to see if I need to go get a new MRI and line up shots like I did last year.
So all has been trending good…until yesterday. Yesterday was my first day back at work after a week off for Christmas. At the end of the day yesterday, after standing at my desk all day, all of a sudden the tightness in my back where the pain has been was back and feeling like it was trying to spasm back into full force pain.
So this morning, I changed my layout to the layout pictured above and I no longer have a standing desk (although I can still stand from time to time, as needed, thanks to the tiers).