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Dang it!...the back pain hits again!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Crap on a cracker...here I am, sitting with a heating pad shoved into my back trying to ease the pain.
This has been going on for about 8 years and what was once every 3 months or so for 7-10 days has increased to 2-3 times a week since January.
This is also one of the main reasons I am here to change my lifestyle on Sparkpeople. I figure that losing poundage and strengthening my back muscles will eliminate the pain. Actually, I hadn't had an episode for over 2 weeks since I started the stretching and strengthening part. You can Imagine how excited I was...talk about a motivator.
I know it is stupid to think that a couple of weeks of exercise like that will eliminate the problem overnight...but...
I have been x-rayed, poked and prodded and at least I know there is nothing wrong with my spine.
I try to be careful when I lift but my profession leaves an open door to injury. I am not really sure what I did to get it started this time.
Today was supposed to be my strengthening exercise day...
What it won't be is a Flexeril day!!! That stuff just knocks me out!
OK, enough moaning
emoticon (I can't decide if that is a cocktail or a dumb bell in the little guys hand) I think a cocktail might help though!
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LISSUS 9/1/2009 9:22PM

    I can definitely relate. I have ongoing back problems myself. Now that I've moved to warmer climates, it's the lower back that acts up, but years ago I sustained a cronic neck injury that put me out of commission for almost 3 years. (has gotten better after an operation and warmer environment).But I was poked, prodded, zapped, and used as a guinea pig for countless pills. I hear ya with the Flexoril. Been there, done that.

I had those spasms for the LONGEST time too, and ice didn't help at all, heat helped, especially moist heat. It made a world of difference between the heating pad, and the moist heat packs.

Another thing that helped a lot was a TENS unit. Have you spoken to your doc about one of those? It sends tiny little zaps into these sticky pads you put over the sore muscles. The TENS was a huge help, and really lessened the pain when the spasms were out of hand.

Good luck hun. It's a hard thing you're going through, but you can get through it.



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WHOOPS4 8/23/2009 12:49PM

    I was never sure if the mouse was holding a dumbbell or a drink either! I am glad I am not the only one! I thought it was another sign of how my lasix surgery did not get my vision perfect (but a darn sight better then 20/800!)
Sorry about your back pain. I have not had many issues with my back, other then a pulled muscle a few years ago (my pocket got caught on the med room door handle and jerked me back when my hands were full) but my husband has had issues with his back for 20 years or so after a fall at work. He is working on losing weight and does his stretches and exercises most days, but he is not consistent with them.I hot tub or whirlpool bathtub might be helpful, if you have one available.
That was one of my motivating factors for the weight loss journey I am on, We added a nice master bath with an oversized jetted tub, and I hardly use it because I am scared I wont be able to get out, it generally takes me 20 minutes to arrange the big body so I can get on on 4s and getup that way, since I can't lift myself up!.

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DENRNAJ 8/23/2009 12:33PM

    When I have had that pain in the past laying on the floor with my legs bent at the knee at a 90 degree angle up on a chair has been more helpful than any medication. I press my back to the floor and sometimes use ice (that wonderful temporary numbness!). The exciting part is getting up after- roll over and take it slow. You are on the right path! Never give in! Spark ON......

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SHOAPIE 8/22/2009 7:32PM

    I never could stand ice or cold. Heating pad for me every time which thankfully isn' t often now but I did have car accident years ago which caused upper back injury not low thank god. I think! Hope it improves soon . Shoapie emoticon

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1BODY1LIFE 8/22/2009 3:05PM

    I can relate! I have degenerative disc disease, which only means as I get older, it will get worse. There isn't anything surgically they can do about it but a good physical therapist gave me a dozen exercises that I follow to this day. Walking helps also. I have neck rests and back pillows everywhere, even in the car, that make sitting comfortable and a shiatsu machine for when I'm really cramped up and hurting. The worst is in the middle of the night when I get back cramps and can barely get out of bed to walk it off. Anything sound familiar? I'm sorry your job aggravates your back and hope you have a back brace to aid the muscles. For me, retiring was the best option. I hope you will get that option one day! Hang in there and have a great weekend!

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COFFEPLEZ 8/22/2009 2:18PM

    I see 2 comments about ice and I did try that when it was first injured about 8 yrs ago and a few times since. It does not help in the least. This is a "spasm" like pain, clenching, takes your breath away almost. And comes in waves, just like labor contractions. The heat really does soothe it, for a short time. But at least it is a little reprieve.
Thanks for the responses, I so appreciate it.

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CAREWREN 8/22/2009 1:46PM

    A dumb bell! That is so good! I love that image. I always thought it was a drink. Thanks for the new perspective.

I like ice. Ice is what my pain management doc recommends. I have a common ailment--degenerative disc disease--lower back. I've had a lot of procedures--everything but surgery. This is not a good problem for surgery. I have pain most days even though the pain is not so bad now that I have stronger meds and epidurals and other injections.

I am sure that a stronger back and losing weight has to help. I have back exercises I should be doing daily. You'd think that would be easy enough, wouldn't you?


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STRIDERGIRL 8/22/2009 1:27PM

  I think Ice is probably more helpful right after an injury than heat. You might just inflame it more!

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DDOORN 8/22/2009 10:07AM

    Yeesh!

I just had a "taste" of this back pain problem recently. Carried a big box of groceries up a couple flights of stairs for one of my clients and BAM, sharp stabbing pains! I think it's let up since yesterday...no pills for me if I can help it! :-)

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Don

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