Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back Pain!

Ugh. I've had moderate (but keep in mind I'm a wimp so even moderate pain is bad) back pain for three days now. I kept thinking it would go away because when I'd wake up in the morning there wouldn't be any. By the end of the day I'd be in so much pain I could barely walk. It's been torture making it through work each day where I have to be on my feet. It's on my left side and goes from the spine about mid way down my back all the way across my ribs to the front. I'm pretty sure it's muscle related because when I stretch it hurts!

I woke up with a crick in my neck earlier this week and I'm wondering if that did it from compensating. Or it could have been trimming Chrome's hooves because when I was working on the last one as I went to set it down my ankle rolled and to prevent twisting or spraining it I let myself fall. At the time nothing hurt, but you never know with back injuries. When I run my hand along my spine I can find a sharp pain about midway down to the left of the vertebrae. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow anyway to get my Thyroid levels rechecked, so I'll ask him about it then. I really hope he can give me something like a muscle relaxer to help me make it through work tomorrow, then I'll have three days off to let it heal. Let's hope this heals quickly.


  1. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I've got fairly frequent back pain, and the only way I've learned to cope is by working with a good physical therapist who gave me exercises to help with core strength, and also some exercises/self massage to help release cramping muscles - especially the psoas muscles that seem to be particularly problematic. Sending good wishes!

  2. Ok, not to bum you out about it, but the muscle pain does not necessarily mean the problem is muscle. I have degenerative discs, so the muscle pain comes from the muscles trying to protect my vertebrae from rubbing together. So while the muscle relaxant can treat the symptoms, the doctor really needs to see what the real problem is.

    In my case, one of the solutions (and only one) is to strengthen the back muscles through a series of stretching exercises that I do twice a day, every day. After finally having to have back surgery 6 years ago to regain full use of my right leg (extruded disc put so much pressure on my sciatic nerve that I lost reflex in my right ankle), I became a convert to the power of stretching exercises.

    Best of luck and hope the problem is minor (because I can attest to how little fun a chronic back problem can be).

  3. Hang in there...would a bath w/ some salts help your back pain?? Hope u feel better soon!

  4. Oh, I am sorry to hear about your back pain. I hope it will heal soon. My Mum also has back pain sometimes. But, my Dad always tells her that it is because of a lack of exercise, especially stretching. Mum says that she wishes Dad were a little more sympathetic.

  5. I'm sending you lots of positive vibes and hoping you feel better really soon. I have total sympathy for you as back pain is the worst and it affects practically everything you do. I had a bad riding accident over a year ago and my back has never been the same since. I've hurt myself more than once lifting giant tubs of soaked hay. Ice and anti inflammatories are always on standby in our house! I don't handle pain well either and get very irritable, so I know how you feel. Hope you're back to your usual self soon xx


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