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On My Back

TromboneAlTTromboneAl Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions

I'm using this forum to moan and groan about my situation so that I can spare my wife the moaning and groaning. I know that many of you are worse off than I so forgive me.

I am lying on the floor with an ice pack under my back, posting with an iPod touch, and boy are my arms tired!

As I do every few years, I strained a muscle in my lower back 26 days ago. It's taking a long time to heal be cause I keep reinjuring it. For example I knocked something with my hand and automatically jumped to keep it from falling. Today I bent down and tilted my head to look for a beer and got that big twinge.

Mainly it's taking time to heal because I can't resist playing piano or sitting at the computer. I cannot sit comfortably in a chair.

Currently I take a long walk and do stretching and exercises such as pullups and pushups on one day and rest on the next but I'm getting very tired of that. I'm taking 4 days off from piano.

I have more to say and ask but typing on this tiny keyboard is tedious.

Moan groan blah blah. Thanks for listening.


  • Sorry you're having recurring bouts of pain. Have you been diagnosed with disc issues? You remind me of my husband years ago. He had a 12 pack of Coke in one hand and bent over to pick up something and that pushed his back and herniated...freaky. A few weeks later I was in the labor room for our first baby and he was lying on the floor next to my bed. I felt sorry for him!

    A couple days later, I wound up driving home with my husband and baby from the hospital because he was in such pain. A few days later he had a discectomy.

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Have you seen a spine specialist to be sure if indeed it is a muscle vs something more? I know none of us want to hear bad news, but with spine issues, sadly "ignorance is not bliss" as they say.

    You might want to seek out an Orthopedist or Neurologist that specialize in spine issues to see where things are at. Sometimes were are lucky and find that PT, medications, aqua therapy etc., are the key to giving us back our lives. Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. it may be you just need to see your gp and quite reinjuring yourself.. that sounds like your biggest problems at this time as you describe it.. sometimes back problems really do need rest and medication and alittle looking after from your regular doctor.. he can then best lead you on to where you need to go next.. good luck to you.. and be careful!! Jenny :)
  • Hello & welcome :)))

    I'm sorry you're hurting right now, and more so that you keep reinjuring. I'd echo the sentiment of Aviatrix and have it imaged if you haven't already, just in case what you keep reinjuring is not a muscle.

    Hopefully your ice pack will help :) Sometimes alternating between heat & cold also helps. I also lay on the floor (usually with my feet on a chair) and relax. I got a La-Z-Boy recently, and that's also a good thing if you have recurring back problems. You can adjust the tilt & angle and often find a comfy position while you heal.
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