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About 10 yrs ago I was in an exercise class, jazzercize, when I hurt my back. It was like a pop. I barely remember how it happened. I just remember the pain. I just left the class and slowly walked to my car. I thought it would be ok but it hurt me all weekend and I could barely walk to the bathroom!

So now, every so often, it goes out. The last time was 3 yrs ago. I was on the couch for a week with frozen veggies on my back.

And now it's hurting me again! Last night, while grocery shopping, I felt it coming on. I'm supposed to work today but when I could barely walk this morning, I called in sick.

Now I'm just lying in bed. I can't decide if lying down is better than sitting. Or if staying still is better than trying to move. I hate this so much!

by on Nov. 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM
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mypbandj
by Jen on Nov. 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Ok I'll try it! I can walk again but my back feels bruised still.

Quoting mp3mom:

When mine goes, I do this~ lie flat on your back. Extend your legs, point toes up, then back. Pull both legs towards chest. Put one leg down, straight, pulling the othe other to your chest. Exchange. Put both legs in a knees up position. Put one leg over the other. Pull that leg ontop to the opposite side. Do the same with the other. Stretch both out flat. Point toes forward, then back. Pull both toward chest. Repeat. I swear, if I ever throw my back, it does it (I'd been in a car accident years ago.) It seems to straighten everything. (hugs!) Honestly, once does it.

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SAMandy
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

During Hurricane Irene last October, I tried to manually open my double garage door with no power. I herniated a disc right down low in my back. I have many auto-immune diseases and I don't heal well, so it's never resolved. Add to this, I have rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, both of which happen to also affect my lower back. I have pain in this area frequently. I "guard" the pain by hunching my body weirdly which affects the whole tilt of the pelvis, preventing it from relaxing. I ended up seeing a type of doctor called a "physiatrist" - they have often specialised in a multitude of degrees, such as chiropractic, naturopathy, physical therapy, etc. He referred me to a physical therapist who worked with the doctor's diagnosis of what was causing the pain and what was making it worse, and actually 1) showed me how to "release" my lower back by myself at home and 2) gave me exercises for that exact area to support the damaged disc. I would NOT suggest a chiropractor at this point - it sounds like there is soft tissue aggravation as well. If the muscles are inflamed, they will continue to pull the bones out, no matter how often they're popped back in by a chiropractor. I would see an orthopedic doctor, let him get a proper diagnosis and refer you to physical therapy to teach you how to adjust your back and pelvis at home and some exercises to support that area. To be able to "work" on yourself at home the instant the pain hits is so liberating, as opposed to having to wait for the next doctor's appointment.

Ice so long after the injury may not be that effective. Ibuprofen will go through your whole system and provide anti-inflammatory help wherever you need it. Remember, you may be feeling referred pain that is not necessarily at the injured site. You may be icing in the wrong area.

To end this LOOOOONG answer, I would suggest taking Advil as prescribed on the bottle. Make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor asap. Once he's made a diagnosis, ask for a prescription for physical therapy. I hope this helps. ::gentle hugs!::

mp3mom
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Sorry :( I hope you're feeling better!

Quoting mypbandj:

Ok I'll try it! I can walk again but my back feels bruised still.

Quoting mp3mom:

When mine goes, I do this~ lie flat on your back. Extend your legs, point toes up, then back. Pull both legs towards chest. Put one leg down, straight, pulling the othe other to your chest. Exchange. Put both legs in a knees up position. Put one leg over the other. Pull that leg ontop to the opposite side. Do the same with the other. Stretch both out flat. Point toes forward, then back. Pull both toward chest. Repeat. I swear, if I ever throw my back, it does it (I'd been in a car accident years ago.) It seems to straighten everything. (hugs!) Honestly, once does it.


Krysden
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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Quoting mp3mom:

When mine goes, I do this~ lie flat on your back. Extend your legs, point toes up, then back. Pull both legs towards chest. Put one leg down, straight, pulling the othe other to your chest. Exchange. Put both legs in a knees up position. Put one leg over the other. Pull that leg ontop to the opposite side. Do the same with the other. Stretch both out flat. Point toes forward, then back. Pull both toward chest. Repeat. I swear, if I ever throw my back, it does it (I'd been in a car accident years ago.) It seems to straighten everything. (hugs!) Honestly, once does it.

Thanks for sharing.   I might have ot have my husband try that next time his is acting up. 

Krysden
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

How are you feeling today?

Quoting mypbandj:

Ok I'll try it! I can walk again but my back feels bruised still.

Quoting mp3mom:

When mine goes, I do this~ lie flat on your back. Extend your legs, point toes up, then back. Pull both legs towards chest. Put one leg down, straight, pulling the othe other to your chest. Exchange. Put both legs in a knees up position. Put one leg over the other. Pull that leg ontop to the opposite side. Do the same with the other. Stretch both out flat. Point toes forward, then back. Pull both toward chest. Repeat. I swear, if I ever throw my back, it does it (I'd been in a car accident years ago.) It seems to straighten everything. (hugs!) Honestly, once does it.


Alyson121
by Alyson on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

awwww, wow sug.  I'm so sorry.  I know back pain can be the WORST ever.  I have more than a few family members who suffer dearly from back pain issues. 

cleanaturalady
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

You poor dear.  I hope you feel better soon. 

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