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I have done my back in..

(23 Posts)
Enid Wed 22-Jun-05 09:36:26

and it is agony! sympathy and advice needed ,do hot water bottles help or will it make it worse. arrrrrrrrgh

Fran1 Wed 22-Jun-05 09:39:27

you have my sympathy!

I find hot water bottles help and a hot bath.

Do you have a dh? whens hes home stand back to back link arms and ask him to bend forward so he lifts you off the floor and stretches your back, does that make sense?

Lay flat on the floor and stretch.

Hope it eases for you!

batters Wed 22-Jun-05 10:05:07

You need anti inflammatory pain killers as well Enid.

And if you have any I think Rhus Tox might help.

invisiblegirl Wed 22-Jun-05 10:07:33

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.

How did you do it?

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jun-05 10:09:03

I find hot water bottle s help but hot baths don't because of the way you lie in them - depends what you've done really.

Lying on the floor and pulling your knees up to your chest can help - stretches the spine out but again, it depends what you've done.

Enid Wed 22-Jun-05 10:10:01

dd1 randomly wet the bed in the night and I did it changing the sheets

have rung gp as the pain is now unbearable as bad as early labour

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jun-05 10:10:14

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.

Enid Wed 22-Jun-05 10:12:08

tooo scared to lay flat in case I cant get up again its that bad

LIZS Wed 22-Jun-05 10:14:50

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.

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jun-05 10:17:15

If it lingers, I'd recommend an osteopath. Best money I've ever spent.

invisiblegirl Wed 22-Jun-05 10:23:19

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

moondog Wed 22-Jun-05 10:24:53

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 )

batters Wed 22-Jun-05 14:55:02

Enid how are you feeling?

Enid Wed 22-Jun-05 15:50:19

i feel b*y awful

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.

am typing stanging up as sitting is impossible

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jun-05 15:52:11

You really have my sympathy.

One thing - when you take the pain killers do not forget that you have hurt your back! 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.

EnidHobblingLikeAnOldWoman Wed 22-Jun-05 15:59:10

yes. good point The Soup.

solpadeine have taken edge off

childminder has taken kids out for an hour so going to lie down, carefully

bundle Wed 22-Jun-05 16:08:49

put cushion between bent knees and gently lower yourself down on your side. use same technique to get up, ideally with someone helping.

EnidHobblingLikeAnOldWoman Thu 23-Jun-05 14:05:51

help. now I have a horrible shooting pain in my shoulder. are they related??? what the hell have I done to myself

noddyholder Thu 23-Jun-05 14:10:11

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

EnidHobblingLikeAnOldWoman Thu 23-Jun-05 14:15:19

i have everything - valium, dicfloinac (sp??), and codeine. cant take the valium or codeine as it makes me too zonked.

LIZS Thu 23-Jun-05 14:21:59

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.

jenkel Thu 23-Jun-05 14:54:23

I always find cold helps better than warmth, try a bag of frozen peas on the area for 10 mins or so, a gentle stretching

Arabica Thu 23-Jun-05 17:53:26

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.

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