So Leeds Festival is quickly approaching, and i’m going to be there for the whole weekend. I’m so excited to see Biffy Clyro & the Chili Peppers, and haven’t been to festival since 2012. I normally write about my anxiety, and it will certainly be at an all time high at Leeds Fest… but i’m much more worried about my physical health, something I usually don’t write about.
I have a bad back – a combination of scoliosis (suffered since I was quite young) and an issue with my sacroiliac joint (a newer development) which in recent weeks has left me in tears, and occasionally, literally unable to sit up unaided. And no matter how much I’m told in disbelief from friends and family ‘ you shouldn’t have back problems at your age’, I do, and it really bloody hurts!
Festivals include a lot of standing, which can be a pain for anyone. Sure, you can sit on the grass (weather permitting though?), but there’s no back support there. The campsite will likely be some distance form the arena, and we’ll be on our feet all day. But quite possible he worst part will be be dragging our stuff to set up in the campsite. Our tent is ridiculously heavy, I have a massive rucksack just for bedding and clothes, and then we also have food and drink. Quite a lot of drink.
The back pain is currently at an intermediate level, and I’ve been prescribed Naproxen. I’ve ordered a sack truck to try and put all of my stuff on, and the anticipated pain seems to be keeping at bay any worry and anxiety about the masses of people that will be there.
77 hours until we set off for Bramham Park.
I’m packed, but certainly not ready.
I have prepared so far with all the painkillers I can get my hands on, stick on heat pads, voltarol, deep heat and a back support brace. I don’t think this will be enough.