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Oh! My Aching Back!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

At some point while working at my last job, I hurt my back. I dealt with it for two weeks before I did anything about it. Partly because I was thinking I'd just overdone it a little and would be feeling fine in a few days. Partly in fear of being fired because of it, since I did get hurt on the job. I didn't have money for the doctor at the time, since I wasn't even working 20 hours per week. My husband's boss had insurance for me, but with a $30 doctor copay and $15 for prescription, I didn't have the money. So I had them file a worker's comp claim on me. Something I'd never done before, and never would have thought I'd do. But when it comes to back pain, you can only ignore it for so long.

The doctor drug tested me before he would do anything else for me. Then I had x-rays done and nothing seemed wrong. Nothing cracked or broken anyway. Although I honestly believe something was pinched. He prescribed me some steroids and some good pain meds and sent me on my way. I'm glad I went when I did, because by the time I got home from the doctor that night I was hurting way worse. I went home, took my meds, and crawled into bed. I woke up in the middle of the night, and I absolutely could not get out of bed. My husband leaves for work early, so I didn't wake him. He found me half way to the edge of the bed when he woke up. He helped me up and helped me to the wall so I could walk myself to the bathroom. Then he took all my pillows and blanket to the living room where I camped out on the couch for the next few days. Eventually I felt better.

But every since then... Every once in awhile my back will start bothering me again. Nothing like when I hurt it, but it still hurts me enough. Enough that I can't bend over. Enough that we went to a bowling party, and I just watched. I suck at bowling, but I enjoy it. But for fear of causing more pain, I watched. With my new job I now have my own insurance. Pretty good as for as medical coverage. Not so much for prescriptions though. So I'm thinking it's time to go have a visit with a chiropractor. I went once a week when I was in the Army. Granted it was for hip pain, but still. I got out of the Army in 2007 and haven't seen a chiropractor since, so I guess I'm well overdue for a visit. I went once a month for a few years prior to joining the Army also. When I had insurance that covered it at least.

Prior to hurting my back on the job, I had discovered the joys of a Nintendo Wii. I'd heard so much about them that I decided I wanted one. I found one of those online catalogs that let you pay as you go, and by golly I got myself an awesome Christmas present! I was considering getting Zumba, but instead I hesitantly bought the first Just Dance game. Oh my gosh, I loved it! Now don't get me wrong, I'm a white girl with no rhythm, and you wouldn't catch me in public dancing unless I'm drinking, which I don't do. But dangit I loved that game! I now have 1, 2, and 3. If my back ever lets me get back to it, I will buy 4 also. I cannot wait to start feeling better so I can get back to them. If you love music, and love making a fool out of yourself in the comforts of your own home, I highly recommend the Just Dance games! I definitely got a workout from them!

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LOBOSMOMMA 3/30/2013 6:10PM

    The worker's comp doctor released me after 3 weeks because I was feeling better, and I no longer work with that company, so...

But I did get a letter from the VA today telling me to make an initial appointment to get set up with a primary care doctor. I tried to get benefits when I first got out in 2007 but got nowhere. Tried again when I started my new job in January and this time it looks like I got somewhere. So maybe they can help me with my back.

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LEAH43138 3/29/2013 6:19PM

    I know what you mean about dancing as a workout. I have zumba and i love it. I only do it in front of my family because i can't dance :) but i have fun.

If it still feels like it is pinching in your back you might want them to do a MRI. My husband hurt his back in the military and after he retired out he tried to get them to figure out what was wrong instead of providing him with drugs. After only doing xrays he made them do an MRI and that is when the found the pinched nerve along with bulging disk and fractured disk. So if you feel something is wrong keep on them. That is why they have workers comp.

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LOBOSMOMMA 3/28/2013 6:03PM

    Thanks for the tip! I'm not sure the furkids would give me a peaceful enough moment for that though! I have been doing some stretching and am thinking of giving yoga a try.

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NICKYCRANE 3/28/2013 5:26PM

    I sympathise as a fellow sufferer. Actually SP has more or less cured my back. If I feel it now, I know I need to take it easy. The one time I had it so bad I let them give me an injection (after which I had a sore bottom for the next month!), I was lying on the floor. 2 aged deaconnesses (Lutheran nuns, approximately) came in with armfuls of cushions, and told me to lie flat on the floor with my feet and calves on the sofa, with my knees at right angles and my calves parallel to the floor. I can't remember what they did with the cushions. Maybe supported my arms so I could read comfortably. I was very dubious about the likely value of the experiment, but was so desperate I was willing to try anything. I had a good book. After about 45 minutes the pain was so much better, I felt like a new person! The Germans call it Stufenlage. The Swiss go to clinics to do it. I asked why they didn't do it at home. My friend said: Because they are too lazy! Without wanting to accuse the Swiss of being lazy, they probably tend to be the opposite, it may be easy not to do something so simple at home. It's a good way of relaxing anyway. I think they recommend 10 minutes of it. I did about 45 mins the first time and it set me on the road to recovery. You need a blanket to keep warm, and a pillow under your head and possibly under your arms makes reading much more comfortable. I think you might find it worth a try!

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