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Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodPosts: 4,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
So, went to the church today to help strip and clean floors. Got down on my knees to scrub along the baseboards. Felt the muscles in my lower right back ball up like a fist. Couldn't stand up. Worst pain I've ever felt. A couple people eventually helped me to my car (passenger seat) and drove me home. Been resting it, doing gentle stretches and applying heat and ice intermittently, but it's not letting go. Walking like Quasimodo. Anybody have any suggestions? 
"When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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  • TrishTrish Surface of the sun AZPosts: 1,913 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Chiropractic and a tenz unit but until then massage/ if you have a tennis ball you can try laying on it working it around  a little 
  • genareddoggenareddog South eastern indianaPosts: 3,141 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ice and muscle relaxers. Back problems suck. 
  • CharlieHeisCharlieHeis South DakotaPosts: 6,567 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Ice Ice Baby

    I'm icing mine after a long day/week now.
  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    TENS works good for pain block/temporary relief.
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  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Lake Zurich IlPosts: 6,058 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "I suggest you start drinking heavily."  Ice 20 mins on 20 off, works well, also lay on the floor on your back for about an hour works for me at least.
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  • TX98Z28TX98Z28 TexasPosts: 2,130 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So, went to the church today to help strip and clean floors. Got down on my knees to scrub along the baseboards. Felt the muscles in my lower right back ball up like a fist. Couldn't stand up. Worst pain I've ever felt. A couple people eventually helped me to my car (passenger seat) and drove me home. Been resting it, doing gentle stretches and applying heat and ice intermittently, but it's not letting go. Walking like Quasimodo. Anybody have any suggestions? 
    Sorry to hear this, I’ve got the same damn problem...Apply the ice pack before the heat 20-30mins on then the heat pack same duration. The icing will reduce the immflamuation, the heat will then increase blood flow to the area/muscle group. 400mg ibuprofens morning and night. Tens unit if you have one. Do NOT stretch yet. Stay off muscle relaxers until after seeing the chiropractor, they will calm stuff down so much the doc won’t be able to tell what’s messed up. Drink plenty of water also stay off narcotic pain medication until seeing the chiropractor, they will kill the pain then won’t be able to tell how much pain your actually in! Buy a back support belt. Hope it gets better soon man.
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  • ForMudForMud Aka; Quickdraw, Clayton, DelawarePosts: 1,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Geisha girls jump to my mind......Just make sure they clip their nails first.

    I have nothing to useful to add that hasn't been said above.
  • IndustMechIndustMech ChicagolandPosts: 3,225 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lay on the floor, with your knees bent. It's a neutral position for your back.

    In a few days when, hopefully the pain is not as bad, while laying on the floor with knees bent, tightened up your abdominal muscles causing the small of your back to press, gently, toward the floor. hold for about 10 seconds and release. Called a pelvic tilt.

    I've gone the MD and Physical Therapist route. I went 2 or 3 times a week for 5 weeks and haven't been back since. that was about 18 years ago.

    I used to take Ibuprofen, too.

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    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Capzasin roll on can help.
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  • TX98Z28TX98Z28 TexasPosts: 2,130 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Take my advice @Puff_Dougie
    if not you’ll just just f*** it up more. Your injured and probably walk-in sideways, been there many tines, let the doc fix before doing stuff while your injured resulting in more being injured...
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  • Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodPosts: 4,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks y'all. Trying most of those suggestions. Hurts like #*%!#.
    "When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 6,195 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Just don't leave the heat on too long.  Makes it worse.  Ice, Ice, and methocarbamol, but you'll have to see your doc for that.  No buzz, just muscle relaxation.
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  • TX98Z28TX98Z28 TexasPosts: 2,130 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just don't leave the heat on too long.  Makes it worse.  Ice, Ice, and methocarbamol, but you'll have to see your doc for that.  No buzz, just muscle relaxation.
    I just came off those 1000mg a day withdrawl was insane...drink on em and you’ll be throwed. Think there same as Robaxin.
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  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yakster said:
    Capzasin roll on can help.
    It's starting to really heat up now.  I strained my back today and had the Wife roll some on, just got back from the store and I'm starting to feel the heat.
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  • firehouseguyfirehouseguy KansasPosts: 994 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Potassium gluconate
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  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    PT and plenty of scotch 
  • MartelMartel Somewhere in PAPosts: 3,303 ✭✭✭✭
    Get used to it.

    I hate to be "that guy." But I'd never had back pain until one day I was buying bags of mulch...

    I've never been the same since.
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  • dirtdudedirtdude Green ValleyPosts: 5,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I found 40 years ago a good chiropractor is gold, trouble is good ones are hard to find.
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  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Had a partner of a good chiropractor give me a bad neck adjustment once.  Last time I went to a chiropractor.
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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 9,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good chiropractor, but eucalyptus oil and a good rest helps me a lot.
    Ginger and turmeric tea is a good native pain reliever.
    But you will want to add some flavor to it. I prefer honey and cinnamon.
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  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 6,195 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    TX98Z28 said:
    Just don't leave the heat on too long.  Makes it worse.  Ice, Ice, and methocarbamol, but you'll have to see your doc for that.  No buzz, just muscle relaxation.
    I just came off those 1000mg a day withdrawl was insane...drink on em and you’ll be throwed. Think there same as Robaxin.

    Yeah, it's robaxin.  Can be hard on your stomach.  I had never heard of anyone having withdrawals.  When I first hurt my back I took 1000mg/day for 5 years, quit, nothing.  Not denying your experience at all, everyone's different.  By the time I had my knee replacement I was up to 40mg oxycodone a day just to be able to walk.  After it was 80mg/ day for a couple months.  As the pain resolved I took less and less, now I take a 7.5 hydrocodone maybe 2 or 3 times a month with a Robaxin if my back gets too bad.  No problem.  I've known lots of people who couldn't do that. 

    Funny, when I quit cigarettes I definitely had withdrawals.  Sweats, tremors, IRRITABILITY on a grand scale.  Yet, if I can't have a cigar for some reason, no problem.

     YMMV.
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  • jlmartajlmarta 50 miles from ParadisePosts: 7,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    A good chiropractor has a place in society. Notice I said a good one. The rest are just quacks who’ll tell you they can cure athletes foot with a few adjustments. 

    For a number of of years I couldn’t ‘sleep in’ on a day off because of extreme pain in my hips. One day, on a whim, I decided to try a chiropractor. Long story short, he laid me on my side on the table and ‘cracked’ my spine like you crack your knuckles. I’ve had no further problems sleeping-in ever since. Seems I had a vertebra out of place. 

    So i’ll recommend the good ones and tell the others to look for another line of work......   B)
  • Puff_DougiePuff_Dougie Mr. Rogers NeighborhoodPosts: 4,601 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Last time I was "cracked" I ended up with severely sprained chest cartilage. Dude dang near broke my ribs. He was (past tense) my PCP, but was an Osteopath with "some training" in chiropractic. 

    Went to Wal-Mart this morning for some office supplies. Only needed a few items, but took a cart and used it as a walker. Getting old sucks!
    "When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • NOGILLS2NOGILLS2 Near New OrleansPosts: 156 ✭✭✭
    I remember those days of pain. The one thing I attribute to no more back pain is learning how to get out of bed properly! I role to my side facing the edge of the bed, and as I allow my legs to slide over the edge I use my elbow to raise my shoulders and head. until I am in a sitting position on the side of the bed.  Then I stand. Haven't had any back pain since!
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  • rsherman24rsherman24 Scranton, PAPosts: 4,834 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Foam Roller will help loosen the muscles.  If you have never used one, google it (has nothing to do with painting).  It hurts kind of like a deep tissue massage, but best thing ever for your back
  • MarkwellMarkwell Central PAPosts: 1,685 ✭✭✭✭✭
    One of those oriental massages couldn't hurt  ;)
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  • TX98Z28TX98Z28 TexasPosts: 2,130 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Heading to my every 3 week chiropractic appointment. Hope @Puff_Dougie you found a good one and getting everything feeling better!
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  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 11,205 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ^who cares where the phone is  :D
  • IndustMechIndustMech ChicagolandPosts: 3,225 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Dude, where's my phone?

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    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

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