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anti-inflammatory pain killers definitely, avoid anything too hot as once you remove it the muscle will contract again and cause pain. gentle stretching will help too if you can bear it and avoid sitting, lie down if possible with back well supported.
Oh, and lying down on your side puts less strain on the back. If you lie on your back, put something under your knees so that your legs aren't out straight. You'll know when it's right because you'll be comfortable.
Can you sit ion a high chair with your back well supported, usign a cushion in the lumbar are if eneds. Tweaked mine at Christmas sweeping snow and felt really silly. Warm flannels, hot water bottle, ibruprofen based gel and Nurofen all helped.
enid - ive dislocated my hip from my back twice and its agony too. It sounds like you have sprained your back as opposed to anything structural. Try lying on your back and when getting up you need to roll onto your side and push yourself up at the same time as swinging your legs down.
sitting is very bad for your back.
If you can imagine your back as a lever the greatest pressure is at the base and is very easy to damage you need to rest it girl PROPERLY
I'd second soupy,as a long term sufferer of back and shoulder problems. Current advice is to keep moving (albeit gently!)
If you stop,the soft tissues will seize up.
Much sympathy XXXX
(Tell the household that bed making is no longer your department )
went to gps she prescribed lots of scarily strong painkillers. She says its basically a pulled muscle. Coudlnt bear to drive to chemist so making do with solpadeine. panicking now that I wont be able to get to work tomorrow and i have soooooooooooo much to do.
One thing - when you take the pain killers donotforgetthatyouhavehurtyourback! I no longer take pain killers when I have twinges because it just means the pain is masked and I forget I need tobe careful.
try syndol they have a muscle relaxant aswell as paracetomol and codeine I take them for migraines but they have worked really well on dp's back but best to take them at night as I find they are a bit drowsy
Coudl well be related. I found that in trying to make myself comfortable with the injury I later ached elsewhere as had probably compensated for it with an awkward movement or posture. As someone mentioned further down painkillers can ease it to a degree where you forget it for a moment.
You poor thing, I have a bad back (disc problem) which flares up from time to time, trapping the sciatic nerve which sends pain shooting from thigh to ankle. The first few days are always the worst because the muscles near the injury site kind of seize up to protect the delicate parts of the spine. If you can afford it, see an osteopath or chiropractor to get the problem diagnosed properly.